DIY: Queen of Hearts

Cardigan: City Chic
Skirt: DIY!
Shoes: Schuh
A few weeks ago I spotted a navy blue skirt with heart pockets at Forever New which quite caught my fancy. It was too tight, too short, and the pockets – which were the same colour as the skirt as itself – didn’t stand out nearly enough for my tastes, so I decided to have a go at DIYing my own version of the same. I didn’t feel too bad about ripping them off, since as you can see they seem to have pinched the style themselves from Top Shop:
I actually used a dress pattern and tweaked it, but to be honest it was such a basic DIY that you could probably whip one up easily sans-pattern. Like my elasticised waist skirt it’s basically a few yards of fabric gathered into a waistband.

I mocked up a placket and sewed buttons on it myself, but it doesn’t actually open, the skirt fastens with a zipper at the back. To make the heart pockets I used the same applique technique that I used to remix my stripy Dorothy Perkins Top but I used iron-on interfacing on the backs of the hearts to give them a bit more sturdiness, and I left them open at the top so they were functional.

I was thinking it’d actually be an easy remix for any plain skirt you might have sitting in the wardrobe, or you can check the racks at your local thrift shop, too for a cheap and cheerful DIY.

23 thoughts on “DIY: Queen of Hearts

  1. Great outfit! You're wearing my kind of colours. And a clever DIY too! Well done.

  2. Dear Lilli,
    Love your site, have been looking for a while but never commented! You always look gorgeous and have such a fun, unique style! I check your site everyday so keep the awesome outfits coming!

  3. Wow! I love that skirt! I don't have a sewing machine at the moment but seriously considering upgrading one of my skirts – thanks for the idea^^

  4. Ahhh your outfits make me SO HAPPY on a consistent basis. Love the big hearts!

    – Sarah

  5. Such a great look! I love the colours and that skirt is too adorable. You're talented!

  6. Great minds think a like! I saw that same skirt in Forever New just before I went on holidays. I bought some cute light pink cotton to make my own version of it. I wanted it to be super cutesy by doing it in pink with the love hearts.

  7. Lovely outfit, lovely skirt.
    I want a skirt like yours!!!
    Thinking to do one… have your permission?

    I'm your fan!!!

  8. I love how you've matched the red! Oh, and yay buttons! And those hearts:) Congrats on a successful DIY project!
    p.s. sorry about the deleted comment above, don't really now what happened there:/

  9. Lilli, you are a font of endless DIY inspiration, and my girl crush on you only continues to grow 😉 I think you look marvelous, and I wish I had even the tiniest ounce of sewing know-how, so I could recreate this look for myself!

  10. Love the hearts – they are awesome. I have that same giordano top, but it looks a lot better on you!

  11. Thanks, everyone! I was a bit anxious about the skirt to start with – it's pretty theatrical – but it sounds like it's a winner!

    cute idea, Kat! I love pale pink… it's the colour of choice for my next DIY 🙂

    N@nd@, I'd be absolutely delighted if you made one of your own! Let me know how you go!

    Oh my lord, Goldenmeans, the shoes in your profile pic? To. Die. For!

    Cute dress, Kyerin! love the polkadots.

  12. Love this! so cute. Have to love anything with hearts incorporated into the design. Excellent creation 😀

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