I love plain T’s. But here’s a way to add a little more to your average T.
Get your T- shirt of choice. This was one I tried to do this technique on the back that completely failed. Then I marked where I wanted to replace a panel. I started narrow at the top and made my panel wider towards the bottom…
You can see I wrapped it around to the front of the shirt.
Then cut that panel out. Here’s the shape of mine.
So basically you are going to replace the panel with another piece of fabric, the texture and color are your choice. I chose to keep it black and to add texture by a shirred panel. I got a piece of fabric that would fit and gathered each side. After doing this, cut it to the size of the missing panel. Pin it WELL and sew or serge in place.
I love the way this came out. It’s a little drapey, but only from the back. I love suprises on the back of shirts.
It’s an easy way to update a plain T-shirt in to something just a little less plain. You can also see that I made my panel a little longer to create that draped effect.
Like it? And so easy, huh?
Tags: refashion, tutorial, women's clothing, women's tutorial
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I love the look of a black blazer. It’s a timeless look that can be dressed up or down. It’s perfectly versatile.
I got this black blazer at Forever 21.
Since it was from F21 it lacked any details, but I knew I could spruce it up.
I wanted to add some trip to the lapel and pockets. I chose dupioni silk because I didn’t want it too shiny. But you could use anything you prefer.
Sew it inside out then turn it inside out and press it so you have a nice flat piece with no exposed edges, about 1/2 in inch wide.
Begin pinning it on the inside of the lapel.
Do the same on the pockets.
Then just stitch it on. Try to just ‘stitch in the ditch’ of the preexisting topstitch.
I think it’s those subtle differences that make somethin much nicer.
I love the black blazer!
I have LOTS of new tutorials I’m doing!
Stay tuned for them and for Friday Fall Fashion Puzzle tomorrow!
Tags: black blazer, refashion, silk, tutorial
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I had another scarf tutorial that I was going to show you guys but we’re doing this one first instead.
I really like all the tie-dying that I’ve been seeing. I love a little tie-dye. Here are some scarves that i’ve noticed that I’ve really liked.
So here’s how I did mine. I started with a light blue cotton.I had a yard of it.
I got rubber bands and started doing this:
(sorry. I don’t know technical terms. But over at Edie’s Fashion Factory she has lots of great tie-dye techniques)
Then I took each one of “those” and twirled it and wrapped it Sort of like a little bun. A fabric bun.
I did that all over the fabric.
Then I threw it in the wash with iDye in brown. I love that product for basic colors. You don’t need soda ash or any other setters. Just throw it in the washing machine with salt and you’re done! I took it out of the wash, undid the bands and dried it and it came out like this:
Here’s a little closeup:
Then I cut the material so it measured 17 inches across and 82 inches long. Obviously you could do this before you begin the project.
(Note, you’ll see notice a seam at the end of mine. That’s because it was shorter and I didn’t think it was long enough. So I added pieces on each end to make it 82 inches. I think it would have looked better to have one long piece of 82, but I had to have a ‘make it work’ moment.)
At the ends of each side, cut small strips. Mine were about 6-7 inches long.
Then tie them together with double knots. For whatever strage reason, I thought it would be genius to tie every other one together. To give it some kind of cross over effect.
After tying them all this is how it turned out. I believe it would have looked just the same if I would have tied the ones next to each other. Live and learn.
Here’s my final product!
I really like how there’s slight variation in color without being too tie-dye-ish.
And I really like the fringes.
Enjoy, have fun and have a great weekend!!
Tags: accessories, fall 2010, scarf, tie-dye, tutorial
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First off, thank you all for your sweet support on my Fall Collection. Since you have all been along with me on this journey, I couldn’t wait to share it with all my amazing supporters. Now, Back to business…
I found this “leather” coat that I thought was really cute. I liked the cut of it and the cute details it had.
It had this cute ruffled collar on it. But I loooove versatility in pieces.
I really like the way a bomber collar looks on leather jackets, but I know I wouldn’t want it there all the time. So here’s what I did…
I went to the Thrift Store and found another jacket that had a collar that I liked on it. I cut it off the jacket.
Then I sewed the back part of the button strip on the inside of the jacket’s collar.
Now I can snap it on whenever I want the bomber collar look!
I love the high collar in the back.
Have a Tim Gunn moment and “Make it work”. :)
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Denim cut off shorts. I’ve always loved them. I had them when I was a kid and I still have some now. (not the same pair ) You can have longer length ones or short ones. You can roll the hem or have them frayed. Almost anyway, they look great and they’ll be around forever.
I love them with a flowy top and heels.
I love them with plain old sandals.
But now that summer’s coming to and end, here’s some other ways to wear them. I love this way with thights, boots and a big, warm sweater.
Knee high stockings are huge this season and they look great with Wellies and a button up.
And here’s one more way with tights and heels (don’t like these giant boots, but think great black heels). I love it with this loosely fitted T.
Make your own!
-What I did was go to the thrift store and got a pair of jeans for $3.
-I cut them off about an inch and a half below where I wanted the hem to fit. They’ll fray, remember.
-Then I used my denim distressing techniques to distress them at the pockets and hems a little.
-Wash them a couple times for the ultimate look before you wear them.
Just don’t wear them with iceskates. It looks white trash. ( I learned the hard way)