I had a cozy, lounging sweater that was on it’s last life. It was too oversized and kept falling off. But I couldn’t let go of it.
In comes two sources of inspiration.
One- This sweater I saw on pinterest. I just loved it.
Second- this bondage trend I saw in Elle this month.
So here’s what I did with my sweater. I cut the back into a deep v. Then I sewed it wround the opening so it wouldn’t fray.
Then I just added three leather straps to the back.
(ps- do you know this is me? I think a lot of people think the blonde that I have modeling all the time for me is Lex. But it’s actually my sister. She is living close by in San Francisco so she can’t model at my disposal anymore. I have to do it myself a little now. yikes!)
I love the edginess of it. To do it over, I wouldn’t have cut it so low. But it stretched FAR more than I thought it would, so keep that in mind if you try it.
I love the ease of oversized sweaters. They’re so versatile because you can wear them as loungewear or style them up a bit for an “I-don’t-care” kind of look.
And don’t forget my fall line of scarves is 25% off for a bit longer.
Tags: bondage, DIY, fall sweater, leather, sweater, tutorial, women's clothing
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I’m so thrilled to show you my new scarves for Fall and Winter! I’ve worked hard on creating the perfect colors and just the right fabric. If you follow me on facebook, you’ll notice them.
These scarves are all hand dyed with varying color tones. They are 85 inches long, made from cotton batiste with lots of body and texture. As you’ll see, you can wear them long or as an infinity scarf. The leather bound makes it easy to style different ways.
The first is this blush scarf with gold leather. It’s a perfect neutral color.
Next, is slate with silver leather.
For some more color, coral with silver leather.
And finally, a gradient dyed navy with brown leather.
To buy one, you can go to my “Shop” page and send me an email with your order.
This is the first debut and they’re not even out in stores yet. So for my readers, this week, they will be on sale for 25% off.
Hope you like them!
Tags: fall 2011, fashion, leather bound scarf, Lex Designs, Original Designs
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My recent obsession- anything sheer.
I love the lightness and femininity of this look. I especially love it paired with a contrasting heavy knit. Here are some of my favorite looks.
This could very possible become my new fall wardrobe staple.
Tags: fall 2011, fsahion, sheer, sheer skirt
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I’m so excited to begin this loungewear revolution with you. All of my pieces reflect what I love in loungewear- stretchy knits and soft fabrics. A bit oversized but in a flirtatious way. I know this style isn’t something everyone loves, but it’s my cup of tea. For this outfit I created some cropped sweatpants with attention to detail. The top is an oversized, off the shoulder striped knit that’s cropped in the front and get’s longer in the back.
For the pants, get a pair of pants that you like the fit of. Adding a couple inches around the waist, cut out two pieces. Sew the legs then crotch seam together.
After doing that, I created a small foldover pleat in the front for some added detail.
At the bottom I created a cuff then added a pull up band on the side.
I made a waisband and added some elastic.
Then I added some gold buttons to the pleats for a sailor inspired detail.
For the top, I wanted to show you the shape I created on my dress form. You could get a big shirt and cut out this shape or make one from scratch like I did.
Here is the side view.
Then to my top I added this cross shped muslin. I have an old lifeguard shirt that inspired me and for whatver erason, I’m obsessed with it. I love the cream on the stripe knit.
Here is a si view of the outfit. It has a very relaxed fit to it without being frumpy.
This outfit is me being cozy to a T.
I hope you’re inspired! I’ve got more great relaxed outfits coming!
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It’s that time again! School supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc… This year I gave the girls a choice. They could buy either a backpack or lunchbox and I would make the other. They chose to buy backpacks so I researched exactly the type of bag I wanted to make. My goal was to make it with recycled materials. I decided to do a fused plastic bag “fabric” and embroider it with scrap fabric. Instead of showing you my own ways of doing it, Dana at MADE did a great synopsis of how she did her recycled grocery bags and referenced some other helpful sites. My only other addition is that to fuse them, I used butcher paper to sandwich the bags. It worked just great. Also, I didn’t want to go out and have to shop to get my plastic bags. That just seemed wasteful to me since I was trying to make something recycled. We already use recycled bags for any shopping so I didn’t have any around. I used freecycle to get bags and ended up with all I needed!
So to begin my tutorial, we’ll start with your already fused bags.
I let the girls choose whatever fabrics they wanted and shapes and embroidered them right on to the plastic. It’s extremely easy to sew on so don’t be afraid.
Next, I prepped my bag. You need a bottom, two sides and a front and back. ( you also need a flap over, but we’ll get to that later.) This isn’t rocket science. Sew them all together. I serged mine with colorful thread. If you don’t have a serger, use a thick zig zag stitch.
Next I made a strap out of fabric and attached it securely to the sides.
For the flap I cut out their names and did a stitch around the edges.
Then sew them on then attach it to the back piece of the bag so it folds over the front.
Add some velcro to the flap and the bag to keep it closed and you’re good to pack a lunch!
Here is the back of them.
And most importantly, don’t forget to include lots of love notes.
Tags: childrens, fused plastic bags, lunch box, recycled lunch bag, tutorial, upcycled
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