Love Aesthetics

April 3, 2012

Minimal White Leather Top





I’ve been making some new garments last weekend which I couldn’t find in stores. This minimalistic leather boxy top with a Céline feel and a Calvin Klein neckline was one of them and was incredibly easy to make. Here are the instructions!

•needle and thread/sewing machine

Trace one of your regular racer back tanktops on the back of your piece of leather with chalk. The leather has no stretch and will sit like a box around you once this top is done, so draw an outline of 5cm around the lines of the racerback tanktop that you traced. Add another 5 cm to every side of the back part of the top. Once you cut them out you should have two identical parts of which one is broader than the other (see picture). Sew everything together and make a little slit in the back so that your head can fit through. Done!

102 responses to “Minimal White Leather Top”

  1. youre a gem! a gift from the heavens.. love ya

  2. Amalie S. D. says:

    god it’s amazing!!
    i love the top, it’s gorgeous.

  3. It looks amazing on you! Such a lovely top 🙂

  4. looks great, good job.


  5. HONEY says:

    LOVE this. will definitely make one!

  6. Anonymous says:

    5cm or 5mm?

  7. Glad everyone like it!
    at anonymous, 5 cm 🙂

  8. Michele says:

    Wow! Zo cool. Heb alleen geen idee waar je wit leer kunt kopen..

  9. Amazing DIY, I’m so into frontlines that look like racer backs!

    Fashion Agony blog

  10. Joana says:

    Pretty cool top! I love how simple it is (now you’d say «minimalistic, duh!).

    x Joana

  11. Debbie says:

    SUPERMOOI! Wauw!


  12. Isabelle says:

    I was also wanting something in this style, and the only one i saw was in H&M, so with a poor quality! I absolutly have to do that, thank you for sharing!! 🙂

  13. PlaceTrends says:

    Great idea!! Looks perfect 😉

    xx alex

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  14. Love the Calvin neckline! Just wonderful.

  15. looks lovely and suits you well, but is it comfortable? it does not look so! anyway, awesome DIY!

  16. J. says:

    It looks great on you, maybe I’ll make one which has leather only in the front! 😀

  17. Vicki says:

    looks awesome!! xx

  18. RachRandl says:

    beautiful as always!

  19. Heel mooi! Zo minimalistisch en chic! love it!


  20. i just love how you make items that you cannot find, and they turn out so well. resourcefulness + skill + creativity + great style!

  21. you have to be kidding me… this is what I made yesterday…
    I don’t think I even have to say that I love it! I’m planning on making one in black and clear as well.

  22. twelve says:

    Woooop! I was waiting for a leather DIY by you! So good, seriously loving it.

  23. C.A.R. says:

    that’s it, i’m making one for myself.

  24. jul says:

    pure genius! love it.)
    it would also looks great as a boxy vest.

  25. jasnawoda says:

    brilliant in one’s simplicity.

    I adore your ideas.


  26. Karolina says:

    Very creative, it wouldn’t look good on me but you look fantastic!

  27. Paulina says:

    woow! It looks amazing ♥

  28. Camilla says:

    That is brilliant, so doing it.

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  29. this is a very lovely idea!

    xx, Sabinna and David
    Broken Cookies

  30. Yth says:

    This looks great! Quality fabric, odd, minimalistic shape, simple yet special, like all your DIYs

  31. Julie says:

    What a nice DIY-project – love it!

  32. stylorectic says:

    wow it came out awessssome girl.its perfect on you.guess what, i swear mine looks alike x)).love it!

  33. SINA says:

    omg thats beautiful. i will alsooo!!

  34. mrdavidPOP says:

    I love how easy you made that look! personalizing our own clothes is the way forward.

  35. Suuuuper mooi en minimalistisch!

  36. Anonymous says:

    I love it! Like almost everything you DIY. But with your Body any outfit kicks ass!

  37. jenaly enns says:

    love this. I really want a sewing machine!!!

  38. Andrea says:

    this looks awesome!

  39. Anonymous says:

    The top looks odd around the armpits….but you made me think of something. Minimalism would mostly be prevalent in a world where it were required to stick to the basics, say because there is not enough material/supplies available to be decorative( adding ruffles, printing fabrics, etc). Minimalism belongs belongs to a world of the future where resources are limited and people must make due with the basics, both in dress and at home.
    Not knocking your style, just a thought …

  40. such a beautiful top!

  41. Ria :) says:

    i loveeee it 🙂


  42. TASHA says:


  43. Anonymous says:

    There’s a mint leather top exactly like this that I want badly in COS at the moment, it’s loads of money though so I may try your way!

  44. At anonymous:
    Yes exactly, I totally agree with you, and sadly we are currently living in a world that is running out of it’s resources. These kind of thoughts and also ideas about sustainibility hang so closely with minimalistic aesthetics. I don’t consider myself a real minimalist yet though(more like a wanna be minimalist who’s working on towards living with less stuff) 🙂

  45. Helene says:

    Looks great! such an awesome idea! 🙂


  46. Anonymous says:

    Wow amazing!!you really are a breath of fresh air!Wondering where you bought your leather?It looks like a nice thick quality.
    Love your blog!

  47. Chila says:

    It’s supercool! I love it!

  48. kathy says:

    absolutely love this DIY!
    the cut is extremely flattering and it looks amazing on you
    still can’t believe that you commented on my blog hehe 🙂

  49. A says:

    that is absolutely gorgeous!
    the tank top you made looks fantastic on you ivania! i’m tempted to try to make my own now but i feel like it wouldn’t be very flattering on me. i have super broad shoulders so i feel like this would make me look even more manly 🙁

    thanks for this tutorial though!


    p.s. i love that silver clip you have in your hair! it looks really good against your hair and the white leather.

  50. JULES says:

    PURE GENIUS. amazing diy


  51. Clara Turbay says:

    full of style love this blog.

  52. Erin Z says:

    This is something that I’ve always wanted to try myself but never had the time to do so!

    It looks amazing on you!

  53. Lora Passage says:

    I like this idea,But the best vinyl, it is softer

  54. Wow- you’re little genius a piece like will generally coast a good 800 euros at least –
    It looks good ! Nice one !

  55. Kotryna says:

    OGM, looks SOOOOOOO great 😉

  56. Lini says:

    What a cool idea! It looks amazing too. I just always find it hard to maintain leather. I used to own a leather top, which I didn’t wear long as I didn’t know how to properly clean it.

  57. Have I told you I love your blog? If I had not told you I just did.
    I truly love!
    I’m sad because I do not have those materials close to me.
    Your ideas give me inspiration and actually I am dead to start new things but do not know where I can get the material.
    Can you help me?
    Where can I buy online leather and other fabrics that make deliveries in Portugal?


  58. Anonymous says:

    Wow het is echt heel mooi, net als die rok van een paar posts hiervoor! Waar koop je al het materiaal om dit te maken? In Amsterdam?

  59. Great top! Looks quite easy to make, might have to give it ago!
    Love your blog! Just found you and now a new follower!

    Style Willow
    Style Willow

    SW x

  60. Francesca says:

    I swear I say this in every comment… “so simple yet so amazing!”

    That just proves that you’re a master of effective minimalism and style m’dear. x

  61. Beng says:

    what a brilliant idea! thanks for sharing this! will love to try it some time! 🙂

    Xoxo, Beng

  62. apu says:

    my favourite blog!

  63. Maria says:

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  64. Maria says:

    Waaaau nice! Only if I could score some cheap leather somewhere.

  65. Tessa: says:

    Leuk artikeltje in de Metro van vanochtend, met je nieuwe top!

  66. Juanka says:

    What a wonderful idea! Love the color on you! Do you think the garment will change after sweating in it?

  67. dnalbnire says:

    I must say, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your diy’s! I need to make a list of them, so I can try them all out, you are just so creative 🙂

  68. Lydia Rose says:

    Looks great, I wonder where I get leather like that!

  69. Your new blouse looks amazing!
    Good job!


  70. This is nicely crafted and very cool.
    xx from Amsterdam


  71. Fabrizia says:

    I like your post so much! These pictures are really gorgeous!
    Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???

  72. Nathan Moy says:

    yes it does have a celine/klein vibe to it but it looks great!
    love how u did the neckline very sporty like rather than a simple top.

    im a design student from CSM and might i just add that you could iron the leather on a low heat and put pattern paper in between the iron and leather to prevent melting it and ur seams would look even better rather than having the curls from the rigidity of the leather, just FYI for your DIY, lol xx


  73. FASHION ICE says:

    that top is fab and you wear it so well! clever idea

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  75. D. says:

    check out cos .. they sell something similar atm !
    great idea

  76. Lucy says:

    I bet you’re loving the new H&M collection then? Very similar to your designs. x

  77. Olya says:

    WOW! this is so amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  78. Amy says:

    wow this DIY is super!
    Too bad I’m really bad at DIY’ing…. maybe I’ll give it a try!

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  80. Hi,
    What is the name of what you have in your hair?
    I have one too but i don’t no how to use.


  81. Anonymous says:

    I wish I could buy this one, because I hate to make clothes 😛


    Sell it pleasssse, open a stooooore

  82. Anonymous says:

    This looks fab’, but your tutorial is a bit (too) minimalist… you don’t explain what type of leather you used, or how do you pass your head in the collar (ahah…)

    Would you acre to explain a bit much ? Thank you !

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