Burda Sweater

Burda Sweater If I come across a Burda magazine, I page through it, and if I find easy patterns that I like, I buy the mag. Which is how I found this easy Burda sweater pattern. Any pattern that doesn't involve setting sleeves always get's my vote. You could take a...

DIY Off Shoulder Top

DIY Off Shoulder Top I've joined the ranks of - off the shoulder top - loving folk. Perhaps it's because they've been off the fashion radar for so long? Or maybe it's because they look so fresh and summery? My DIY off shoulder top was made from an old sheet. Yip,...

Non Stretch Fabric Bandeau Top + FREE Sewing pattern

How to make a non stretch fabric bandeau top Summer. Festivals. Fun. Hot. Bandeau top. For the young and lithe - wear as is. For the less lithe, or more mature, probably better worn with a slouchy tank top. Or under a kimono jacket. This top is great for pool and...

Camisole Sewing Tutorial

Camisole Sewing Tutorial I'm sure anyone who is on Pinterest with regard to DIY fashion or sewing has come across this gorgeous camisole top. It's not my idea. I would never have thought to take a semi circle, cut it half, sew it back together differently, and expect...

Wide Top + FREE Sewing Pattern

How to make a wide top I have been wanting to make a wide top for a while now. I've made similar deconstructed tops and Wide top kimono tops. See them here: - One seam cowl neck top Silver square top Kimono top Tapestry panel top T shaped top But this one is seriously...

Tank Top + Sewing Tutorial

Easy tank top How to make a tank top Most of my days are spent in leggings and some type of T-Shirt. In summer it's a tank top and in winter it's most likely a tank top and a long sleeved T-Shirt over it. One thing I dislike about bought tank tops is the narrow Trace...

No Sew Boob Tube Top

Make a strapless top without a sewing machine No sew boob tube top These tops go back to when I was helluva young. They say you should never wear something if it comes around a second time. Nonsense I say. But finding the same fabric isn't always easy. I wish...

How to make a Cowl Neck Top + FREE Sewing Pattern

FREE sewing pattern for a cowl neck top Cowl neck top We were with some friends a few months back and one of them saw this top in a shop. Lucky she bought it so I could have good look at how it's make. It's so easy to make, it's just not true. The trick is the right...

Easy Tapestry Panel Top + FREE Pattern Instructions

How to make a panel top plus free pattern Tapestry panel top This week, yet another easy on trend top. Love wearing loose slouchy tops. They are perfect for using up scraps of fabric. The mix and match fabric thing is bang up to date. Oh and in case you...

T Shape Top from Old Curtains

How to make a kimono top T shape top from an old curtain I have mentioned that I am not above recycling old table cloths and curtains into anything from serviettes to clothing. This week's top is made from old curtains. I used this pattern - T shape top pattern. Also...

Lime Green Sweater + FREE Pattern Instructions

How to make a fleece sweater This weeks post might be a bit of a cop out. I try to come up with something new each week. It's not like I don't have a whole bunch of things I actually want to make. It's summer in South Africa right now. We enjoying balmy days and warm...

DIY Silver Square Top + FREE Sewing Tutorial

Sew a top from two fabric squares Summer in Cape Town is awash with lovely loose unconstructed tops. Which is DIY heaven as they are really easy to cut and make. Silver square top I've made a loose T shaped top - see that DIY here. How...

Ombre Shirt Sleeves

Two tone sleeve T-Shirt OK, so I've done a good few T-Shirt/sweater refashions on Greenie. In - this post - I swapped the sleeves around on a pair of similar T-Shirts and - in this post - I cut out the front of a T-Shirt and replaced it with a piece of silver...

DIY Pleather Tank Top

Make this easy pleather tank in under an hour Pleather tank top I never, ever thought I would wear a pleather top. I no longer buy leather since I am trying to go vegan. A pleather top seems to stretch to the furtherest end of fashion. A touch too risky for me. But...

DIY Lace Top

Make your own black lace top I made a top in a plain light white cotton a couple of months back and I love it. Black lace top Also been wanting a black lace top. Since the last top was so easy to make, I thought why not use the same pattern? The tutorial for the...

Meet Greenie

My name is Karen. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. This blog is about how to make your own, how to recycle, restyle and up-cycle.

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