Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DIY Denim Leather Jacket

I saw this jacket in Urban Outfitters a while ago and couldn't help but think how easy it would be to do it myself, and save the 100$ that it cost. Lucky for me, I even had everything I needed laying around the house! 

All you need for this project is:

a denim jacket or vest
a faux leather jacket
seam ripper
fabric scissors
pinking shears
black thread
sewing machine

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIY Slouchy Beanie

A friend of my mom's gave me a great gift of fabric she was getting rid of, and in that load of fabrics I found a fabulous gray knitted fabric that I thought would be perfect for a beanie! Now that summer is sadly over and winter is fast approaching, theres nothing like a cozy beanie for the early morning walks to class, or better yet the days when you don't want to deal with your hair.

Meet my beanie-loving adorable roommate Lauren!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

DIY Halloween Costumes

This year, my roommate and I decided to approach Halloweekend in a way that would not only make sure we were original but would also go easy on our wallets. So I signed up to make the costumes!
I can't take credit for the loofah idea however, I saw it months ago on Pinterest, and knew that's what I wanted to be, even if none of my friends would do it with me. My roommate Lauren wanted to be something more in the Halloween spirit, so we decided to turn her into a mummy.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Simple Shoulder Cut-Out Top

This is my mom's linen button down, which I found in the attic and decided to use. I've seen a lot of shoulder cut-outs on the web and think its a really great simple look. If you haven't already noticed, I absolutely love tops that have some sort of cut out, or are backless (like this collared shirt, or this cute tube top). 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

DIY Pants to Top

I found yet another lovely tutorial on Kristen's blog, Studs and Pearls, which gave me the idea for this top! Here, you can see how she uses pants for the top of a romper, which I think is great! I however don't like wearing rompers so I decided to make a top instead, using the horrible pants you can see if you read more! Its such a simple and easy DIY!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

DIY Bubble Hem Skirt

Bubble hems are the next big trend this season. This bubble skirt could probably use a little more volume but it was so simple that I didn't want to mess with it. This DIY is even simple enough for beginner sewers and even those without a sewing machine! Its probably one of my favorite things I've made to date. The pretty blue and the black lace look amazing together, and even though I'm a little tired of lace these days, I think its a good addition. Read more to see just how easy and simple this DIY is!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Football Crop Top

p.s   I am wearing shorts here! 

My boyfriend gave me this t-shirt a few months ago, and since then its just been laying around my room. It's way too big to actually wear but I love it. It's surprisingly from 1997 and so I couldn't throw it out. Crop tops have been all the rage recently so I decided I would make a cute football crop top with this oversized men's t-shirt. And it was super easy to do!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mini Skirt to Mini Top

 This purple skirt has a really cute aztec-ish pattern, but I really don't need another mini skirt, so I figured I'd turn it into a cute top! I'm a little tired of backless/back cut-outs so I figured I would switch it up and try a cut out in the front.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Shoes That Make You See Stars

I found these plain old shoes in my closet today and decided I would do something with them. One of my good friends from school, Julia, asked me to do something with a galaxy print, so here it is!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Color Block Dress Up-Cycle

Before & After

I picked up this dress because I liked the material and the colors. I think the color blocking is also pretty clever, and luckily for me it fit pretty well. I was able to easily transform it from a little girl's dress to a cute cocktail dress. Once I got started working on the dress I realized that it was most likely home made. The zipper was hand sewn (which I later machine sewed to keep it in place, as it was coming off a bit), and the seam allowances weren't serged or finished in anyway so they were unraveling, as well as the fact that the lining was a strange green color. Nevertheless, whoever made the dress did a great job, but I still like it a lot better now that I've altered it!

Friday, August 24, 2012

DIY Glitter Heels

Glittery shoes are clearly nothing new, they've been in stores and all over Pinterest for quite some time now. They've been popping up so frequently that I decided to give it a shot. I found these not so glamourous white kitten heels, and despite their peeling soles and used look, I figured they would do!
A little bit of hot glue for the soles, and a little Mod Podge and glitter to spice things up and they now look as good as new! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rorschach Inkblot Hoodie

Inspired by the beauty of the Rorschach inkblot test, I decided to embellish a plain gray hoodie I had. To create the Rorschach embellishment on the back I used the reverse appliqué process which I found here on the blog Sweet Verbena. My hoodie needed a little TLC but now its super cute! Read more for the full tutorial!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Wasted Trousers to High Waisted Shorts

Turning old women's trousers into cute high waisted shorts is the perfect, and easy, DIY for summer! It's the first pair of shorts I've made, denim cut-offs don't count, and they are just adorable.

Vintage Dress to Modern Top

I found this green dress from the early 80's at the dump near my grandmother's house on Martha's Vineyard. Read my earlier post to learn more about the FREE! (and clean) clothes I picked up there. When I first saw it I wasn't sure what it was but I liked the color of it so I figured I would find something to do with it.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Once Upon A Time...

Before I started college last September, the only sewing I had ever done was on paper...

I lived abroad during my first two years of high school and studied Art at the GCSE level in the United Kingdom. For those of you that aren't familiar with the system, its similar to the American A.P (Advanced Placement) courses. One of the unit topics was "city life" and so it interest in the people flowing through the city and what their story was. I photographed plenty of people in the city, and became interested in who they are. Isn't that what fashion is? It's who we are. Some say we are what we eat, I say we are what we wear.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

FREE Clothes, What's Not to Love?

This is where I've recently been picking up all sorts of thrift-store-esque clothing, at a price which actually fits my broke college girl budget, FREE.

Men's Collared Shirt Up-Cycle

I was on Pinterest, as always, when I came across this lovely DIY from Whitney's blog Freshly Given, which you can find here. Then, I found this totally oversized, white men's shirt which was on its way from my brother's closet to the trash. I saved it and this is how it turned out!