Style DIY Top & Pants Matching Sets: For The Funky Cute Looks

“”How I style my DIY matching sets“ Fashion Design + Film by Terrisa Chen

The DIY Top& Pants Matching Sets

Although summer is technically over, I still hold my feeling for the pink sweet feeling of the lovely sunshine , bubbly rose and the yummy ice-cream. I made this pink sweets print to remember the summer and also to cheer my self up whenever I feel bit down. You just need to dress cute sometimes and cute style can be cool as well.

The Fabric

I chose cotton batiste for this DIY design. This fabric is very lightweight and comfortable, it is semi-sheer and has beautiful illuminous look. They are popularly used for making linings or loungeries. However, with some fun and unique prints, they can be great for day wearing. I made a matching crop top and pants with this fabric and I love wearing them.

DIY pinks sweets matching sets

The Looks

I believe the best way to style this DIY matching sets is to have fun with it. The funky sweets print of the fabric already stands out itself. I just need to mix and match the top and pants with some different clothes and accessories to create more statement looks 😛

The fun & bitchy 60’s Mod look

Pair the DIY top with mini skirt, mini shoulder bag, ankle boots and retro cat eyes.

The Happy Go Lucky Vacation Look

Pair the DIY pants with crop top, hand bag, mule sandals and chained sunglasses

The Back to School & Work but still cool Look

Pair the DIY top with boyfriend blazer, cross body bag , sneakers and metallic shades

DIY Summer Outfit: Jungle print crop top and high waisted flare pants

Summer is always a magical season in New York. In spite of what the city has been through summer always brings back the most charming and vivid vibe at the hottest time of the year. Needless to say it is the most colorful and fun season for fashion outfits. I created this jungle print matching sets to celebrate the hot and mad midsummer in New York. Crop top and high waisted flare pants are a classic combo for a summer look. Although low waisted pants are trending this year, so what, you can never go wrong choosing a style that flatters your body.

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Jungle Print Matching set by Terrisa C.

The Summer Outfit: Crop Top & Pants Matching Set

Since the beginning of this summer, as midsummer got nearer, I had a desire to get into the jungle . Due to the restriction of traveling, I’ve not had a chance to go to any jungles but at the very least, I enjoyed the blooming flowers and leaves , dancing bees and birds in the Brooklyn parks. This jungle print matching set certainly cheered me up. “Make the most of what you’ve got” is always a decent way to stay fulfilled.

This outfit is made by jungle prints rayon. The fabric is soft, light and breathable, it is perfect for the hot summer. The animals and plants print on the fabric are a jungle landscape in itself.

How I Made & Styled The Outfit:

In this video: The first part shares the fashion inspiration and styling tips . The second part shares the design process.

My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCovdFLKm3MWyNjFwYS5epsw

Video clips used for the film : https://www.videezy.com/

Materials I Used For Creating The Outfit

Fabric: Jungle Print Fabric

Sewing Machine: Singer Heavy Duty 4452

Sewing Needles: Schmetz Universal Sewing Machine Needles

Sewing Threads: Gutermann 26 Spool Thread Box

How I Style The Outfit

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The Vacation Summer Look

Pair with a straw hat and a straw bag.

Wide Brim Straw Hat

Square Straw Bag



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The Urban Chic Look

Pair with a Cropped Blazer, Shoulder Bag, Round Shades , Minimal Earrings and Strappy Heels

Cropped Blazer

Vintage Shoulder Bag

Round Sunglasses

Minimal Earring

Strappy Heel Sandals

retro head scarf and tassel earring

The Retro Hippie Look

Pair with a leather Blazer, Hobo Handbag, Square Shades, Statement Earrings and Suede Platforms

Leather Blazer

Hobo Handbag

Statement Earrings

Suede Platforms

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Check Out My Other DIY Summer Fashion Design & Fashion Film :

Side Slit Pencil Skirt

Gathered Front Dress

Baby Doll Tunic

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Explore The Secret Garden In Your Heart

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

🌟 Check out the making process of the Garden Floral Dress 👗🌸

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“Garden Explore”
Fashion design & Digital art: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

*All outdoor photos taken with no one else around. Keep safe social distancing.

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The Garden Explorer

I remember when I was a kid, every day I woke up with excitement and anticipation. The outside world always seemed colorful and magical. A park, a playground, a plot, a back yard, even a sidewalk can make me stop and wonder for a while, and of course, there is the wonderful light from the sun, mystical clouds, aromatic herbs, the pleasant sound of birds……I was always interested in and inspired by the simple things around me. I could make many places my secret garden, a hidden alter for me to paint and write all the untold stories.

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“Secret Garden”
Fashion design & Digital art: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

Find Inner Peace & Joy

As I’ve got older, for a long time,  I felt I lost the ability to sense and explore the charms around me, because life got too busy and complicated. I either did not have time or I did not have the energy to cherish the lovely little things around me, instead, I was stressed with other things, the same stuff all adults stressed with, I felt just stuck in repeated circles…….Till one day I realized it is actually pretty simple to get myself grounded again.

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“Garden Party”
Fashion design & Digital art: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

I have noticed that when I choose to listen to my heart and allow myself to enjoy the things around me, allow myself to be simple again, I automatically let go of unnecessary anxieties that distract me. The same simple things inspire me and present new ideas if I allow myself to be open. The desire to explore and create, which not only brings me joy but also brings me inner peace. The secret garden is always there.

The Secret Garden

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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Image by USA-Resisebologer from Pixabay

Brooklyn Botanic Garden was founded in 1910, a beautiful estate located in between prospect park and Brooklyn Museum. The combination of exotic plants and the unique ‘Garden within the Gardens” design highlights the whimsical charm of this place. I visit this Botanical Garden every year, every season. Every visit brings me something new and refreshing, the smell of flowers & trees, the sound of birds and bees, the cross-cultural architectures …… maybe they are exactly the same plants, the same buildings, but there is always something different when you let yourself to explore.

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Garden Roses
Photo by Joel Halbert

The truth is, no matter where you are, no matter how many times you pass through the same things and situations, you are not trapped. It is up to you to discover the beauty around you and you can build your own secret garden.

Wonder Journey In Dumbo, New York……Bring Magic Into Reality

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“Lost In The Wonderland–Night Play”

The Max Family Garden, Dumbo, New York. 2020

Fashion& Digital Design: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

The joy of wondering

Summer is short this year in New York, it is probably short in other places in the world as well. The virus “Covid” is like a hidden lock, closing the usual activities and entertainment. Without beaches, vacations, and parties, summer seems never really begins, the fall is already here. But it’s ok, I am not all that disappointed, I started my journey of wonder, I simply find there is no time for feeling down.

One thing I do a lot during the pandemic is free my imagination to wonder. It might sound a bit easy and lazy, but when you put your ideas into action, you will push yourself to learn and create. The process of wondering and creating generates magical and positive energy.

(*Note: All outdoor photos taken with no one else around . Safe social distancing, safe photoshoot.)

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“Lost In Wonderland–Dawn Play” The Max Family Garden, Dumbo, New York. 2020

Fashion& Digital Design: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war with reality.”

Alice started her adventure with curiosity, wondered through the rabbit hole, she explored the most bizarre and exciting world. I often wake up with odd and funny dreams, which add lots of colors in my night world. While the day-time is filled with routine, I would think about how to turn magic into reality, it turns out there are many ways. One way is to be open to your wondering imagination, get inspiration, then take action. Before the pandemic, I knew nothing about pattern making (Patternmaking for Fashion Design)or sewing, now I can not stop creating my own clothing designs and transferring them into digital art. It is a learning process, I explore, I make mistakes and I enjoy it very much.

The baby doll dress for the curious kids

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“Lost In The Wonderland–Day play”
The Max Family Garden, Dumbo, New York. 2020

Fashion& Digital Design: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

This cotton baby doll dress is a wonderful piece for me. I found the cotton fabric online and they are actually meant for kids’ wear. However, I immediately had the look of the baby doll dress in my mind when I sew the fabrics, it is a perfect type of dress for the forever kid in my heart.

Materials For creating this baby doll dress

  • The baby doll dress pattern
  • Light cotton Fabrics. eg: cotton lawn, cotton poplin
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing needles and threads
  • Pins
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Steam Iron

Sketch, Cut and Sew

DIY baby doll dress sewing pattern
DIY baby doll dress sewing pattern

The Wonderland

This stop of the wonder journey is The Max Family Garden, located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.  This open-air garden shares a wall with St. Ann’s Warehouse, a performing-arts venue.  The original brick walls and the scenic archways represent an industrial and rustic aesthetic, they also provide access for community members and visitors to come together for exploration and inspiration. I have visited Dumbo many times before, this garden corner always fascinated me. The Max Family garden, any garden in-fact is a wonderland if you want it to be.

Chai Tea White Russian Mocktail With Homemade Non-alcoholic Coffee liqueur

I decided to make this Chai Tea White Russian mocktail after craving for my old-time favorite cocktail: White Russian. Back to a couple years ago, I would just go get the liquors and make a cocktail in no time. However, the more I drink tea the more I feel it is more fun to try to create tea-infused mocktails. The process is whimsical and profound.

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Chai Tea White Russian Mocktail

This mocktail is combined with chai tea and homemade coffee liqueur. It is very easy to make, and you can even make it a decaf version with decaf chai and decaf instant coffee. The taste is still as wonderful!

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Ingredients

Chai Tea

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Chai Herbs

Chai Tea is a black tea mixed with aromatic Indian spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and black pepper. Chai tea has a distinctive fragrant. It is known for helping digestion, lowering blood sugar and boosting immunity.  It can also be a coffee substitute due to the caffeine content of chai tea.

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Iced Chai Tea

Chai tea tastes great by itself, is a balance of spicy and sweetness, it also goes well with milk, cream or non-dairy nut milk. You can enjoy it hot or cold.

Non-alcoholic Coffee Liqueur

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Non-alcoholic Coffee Liqueur

This homemade coffee liqueur is easy and delicious. Even without alcohol, the combination of coffee and cocoa definitely gives you a nice buzz. With the sweetness of brown sugar and the aroma from vanilla extract, this coffee liqueur stands up well next to anything shop-bought.

Chai Tea White Russian

With some fresh cream on the top and pinches of cinnamon powder, this Chai Tea white Russian mocktail is finished. The taste of it is smooth and aromatic. The sweetness and spice from chai perfectly balanced with the chocolate coffee liqueur, the final touch of cream just makes everything smooth and gentle.

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Chai Tea Russian With Cinnamon

Ingredients:

  • 4 bags of chai tea ( or decaf chai tea)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee powder ( or decaf coffee powder)
  • 1 1/4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp heavy cream (or half & half)
  • Water

Method:

1. Put chai tea bags into a glass jar, add hot boiled water, let it steep for 6 mins.

2. Take out the tea bags, add simple syrup into the jar, stir, let it cool down.

3. Pour 1 1/2 cup of water into a pot, boil.

4. Add brown sugar, instant coffee powder, cocoa powder, vanilla extract into the pot,           stir well, turn off the heat.

5. Pour the coffee liqueur mixture from the pot into a glass jar, let it cool down.

6. In a glass filled with ice, add 2 1/2 ounce chai tea mixture and 1 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur.

7. Add 1 1/2 ounce heavy cream ( or half & half)

8. Sprinkle cinnamon powders on the top.

9. Enjoy!!!

Related Art:

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“Afternoon Tea” digital art by Terrisa Chen @Rock Ur Tongue

Check Out More Tea Mocktail recipes:

Blue Butterfly Flower & Oolong Tea Mocktail