Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse.


Thoughts on color blocking, Have you tried that? What about pattern blocking? So it’s totally on the runways but has this trend made it into your closet? Not in mine, sadly not many trends have made the cut… mommy problems. With that said, I have a quick DIY for you that will show you a painless way to recreate this look. This whole idea of mixing patterns and blocking of colors are fun and break the rules to what we generally think of clothing. Designers like, Altuzarra‘s and Band of Outsiders PreFall Collections had many color blocking looks that inspired this week’s DIY, so here we go!

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Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

To make this color/pattern blocked blouse: You will need, two button up blouses, that are roughly the same size. Crisp button up blouses made a huge impact for fall, see here, here, here… so make sure that’s a staple in your closet this fall. Lucky for me, I was going through my closet earlier this week working on a “give away” pile and I pulled out two old shirts that would work really well for this.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva   Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

I stopped wearing these shirts because one was too short in length and the other had puffy short sleeves, ew. Now when I say make sure they are roughly around the same size, I want you to check to see if the collars are the same length when you put them up to each other, and see if the waistline is about the same width as well. You could also iron your garments before doing this step so that sizes show more accuracy when you are matching them together. 1. First thing you want to do is remove the collars, ONLY unpick the stitching that connects the collar to the bodice.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

2. Attach the new collar to the other neckline, pin together, and sew.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

Really working that neckline in to the collar.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

3. Lay out the shirts on top of each other matching the widest part of one blouse to the widest part of the second one. Decide where you plan the line to be for pattern or color blocking.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

4. Then you will match/line up your buttons on both shirts, the shirt may need to be adjusted from the previous step and that’s OKAY. Stay as close as you can.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

5. Once you lined up the button placket, measure the extra hem on one side of the shirt and match it to the other side,

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

Again still keeping your button placket in line. This equal measure will help keep your color or pattern blocking even on both sides.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

6. Then find the width of the garment where the shirts match up (the line you will use to pattern or color block) and mark half way between buttons. Then do the same on the side seams. I used a long ruler to help keep this line straight.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

7. Once I made markings on the side seams, I also measured up from the hem to each side marking to make sure my line was equally cutting the shirt evenly in a straight line, just like I did in step 5. 8. On one shirt, cut 1/4 inches above that line and on the second shirt, cut 1/4 inches below that line for a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

9. Match up and pin all side seams and possible darts, if there any any, while paying special attention to the button placket. It’s important that this lines up perfectly when seen as it is located on the front of your shirt and everyone will see that first. Sew seams together.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

10. Press and flaunt that new color blocked blouse out the door!

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

I like this shirt a lot and lucky me, one of the shirts came with a sash which really help pulled the look together. I am also in love with the contrast of the color. You cannot tell here but there are fine black polka-dots on the shirt which creates an added interest.

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

In case you were wondering where my leopard print was… I cannot help it! I am a sucker for leopard print!

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

Last post with my clutch! ^^ Many thanks to everyone for the love and support from last weeks raffle!
Congrats To Heather from Woods of Bell Trees for winning!
Btw, she has such a cool site and I am digging all her festive pinatas and tassle ideas.
I cannot even handle the perfection of it all. haha Anyways, thanks for stopping by!
Good luck with your color blocking adventures, see you next friday for our next fashionable friday post. ANNNNNNNND stay tuned for monday, I have the most perfect DIY home project for you!
YAY Have a glamorous day!
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Color Blocking: DIY Button Up Blouse Tutorial at Riva La Diva

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    • 17
      Riva

      Thank you! I wasn’t sure if it was a win (seamstress problems – every sewer needs a fashion mentor like Tim Gunn), so I am sooooo thankful for everyone’s nice comments! Thanks again. xoxo 🙂

    • 19
      Riva

      Tamara, I wish I could teach you! I love to teachmy friends how to sew. You need to find a friend or make a friend that knows how to sew. An all girl’s sewing night is kinda FUN, especially when we get into the early hours. 😉 Thanks for the love! xoxo

  1. 24
    Julie

    Love your attention to detail, I would have just lobbed the bottom off each shirt and hoped for the best, I think the results show your way is better (measure twice cut once and all that) I love the finished result, beautiful.

    • 25
      Riva

      JULIE, I know right?? I can’t say I was not tempted to do the same LOL – but I imagined my old sewing instructors cringing in horror and opted for a ruler. LOL 😉 Thanks for the comments, you are so nice! 🙂 xoxo

  2. 26
    ADA

    Hi Riva, I am Ada. I just recently found your blog and love it. Not only are you a gorgeous blonde but so talented also. That blouse came out looking so chic and I love how you styled it here. Also your makeup and curls look flawless.

    You definitely got a new fan and follower, pretty girl. I welcome you to check out my blog. Thanks, Ada. =)

    • 27
      Riva

      Ada, you are too kind! Thanks for your comments, you made my day!! I saw your blog – fantastic floral skirt! You daughter is sooooooooo beautiful!! I wish I could comment but don’t have a google account! Thanks again for the visit and I look forward to more visits to your blog!! 🙂

    • 29
      Riva

      I would love to see how it turns out!! You are too kind, I will head over to the link up!! Thanks for the love my friend, you made my day!! 🙂 xoxo

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