My Spoonflower Fabrics Maker-Submitted Project Showcase

As you may know, I designed some fabrics awhile ago and offer them for sale by the yard through my shop on Spoonflower.
mygalaxydesignsonspoonflowerAt first I created them because I couldn’t find any galaxy-print fabrics that I liked, and I wanted to play with the trending print. After I opened my shop though, people that I didn’t even know began purchasing my designs and using them in their own projects. I was so thrilled to see other creators designing with fabrics that I had spent so long laboring over their designs, their colors, their pattern repeat until my eyes were practically crossed!

Some people were kind enough to share with me some projects they had made:
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Like Yannick who goes by @yansev on Instagram, who made this amazing wakeboard cover using my palm tree fabric. (He’s working on a line of wakeboard covers coming in Summer 2015 – follow him on Instagram for updates!!) Whoever thought of making a wakeboard cover with Spoonflower fabric…isn’t that cool??!

galaxytoteAnd Maria, who made this galaxy-print tote she offers for sale in her Etsy shop 162Pens.

galaxypencilcaseShe also made this cute little pencil case/makeup pouch too.

Her craftsmanship is just beautiful…you should definitely check out the other pretty designs in her shop to ogle!

Thank you everyone for sharing your amazing projects with me! I’m so happy that you found these fabrics useful and fun for you:-)
outfit9.02.13_bag2Just to share some more ideas, I made this DIY Flat Bottomed Zip Pouch with my Sideways Palm Tree Tropical Photo Print in organic cotton sateen…

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…this DIY Galaxy-Print Mini Skirt with my Alternate Blue Galaxy Print in organic cotton sateen…

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…and this scrunchie with my Red Star Field Galaxy Print in silk crepe de chine.

In addition to fabrics, you can also get any of these prints available for sale as wallpaper or gift wrap too!

I’m so happy that something like Spoonflower exists, where fabric designers can made beautiful fabrics come to life, and people like me, who just like playing with pattern and color, can even aspire to be a fabric designer.

If any of you have used my Spoonflower fabrics for anything, please share your projects with me! I’d love to showcase them on Chic Steals :-)

xo
Carly

DIY Ideas from Fall 2015 Fashion Weeks

0.diyideas_fall2015runwaysintrophotoMercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week has wrapped up, folks…London Fashion Week is drawing to a close…next up, Paris and Milan. Already some great DIY ideas are surfacing for Fall 2015 and I’ll bet you want to get right on top of those and start thinking about how to incorporate these trends into your wardrobe for the upcoming season. Here are some emerging looks from the runways:

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Though it’s hard to tell from the photo, hand-stitching some delicate silver ball-chain to the edges of your clothing a la Alexander Wang can look edgy and cool. Create a faux quilting effect on a dark pair of shorts using iron-on pearl nailheads and trim like at Alice + Olivia. Hand-sew a swatch of shearling to a jacket collar to make it ultra cozy.diyfall2015_2

Add white brushstrokes of fabric paint on the hem of a trench to make a bold statement like Band of Outsiders. You can mimic the Kaelen look by chopping off a shoulder from a long shirtdress (and finishing the hem by tucking under and securing with fabric glue or a line of stitching)…and add some ribbons looped into bows at either side of the skirt.diyfall2015_3

Go leatherette like L.A.M.B. by sewing some leather patches onto a sweater at the front and elbows, creating a patched leather skirt to match. Go full on cray-cray like Libertine and add a variety of appliques to a standard wool coat to make it vibrant and colorful.diyfall2015_4

Tartan and lace go together like peas and carrots. Do like Marc Jacobs and slit a pleated plaid skirt at the folds, adding lace strips in-between with some hand-sewing or hem tape. Create an embellished sweater like at Markus Lupfer and hand-stitch clusters of beads onto a thrifted turtleneck to downplay all the brown tragedy.

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Get out the white fabric paint and go all Jackson Pollack on a black suit like at Norma Kamali. Upgrade a well-fitting vibrant coat with a line of contrasting piping, sewn on higgledy-piggledy with a pipin foot like Peter Pilotto did.diyfall2015_6

Do double-duty DIY inspired by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi by adding tiny hand-stitched clusters of dark beads to a cropped cream sweater, and bright lacing and iron-on appliques to a standard plaid skirt. Get sexy like Proenza Schouler by cutting slits in a slinky knit dress (just overlock the edges after cutting so they don’t unravel!) and wear a pair of fishnet tights underneath to add the appeal.diyfall2015_7

Get into dip-dying by dipping a cream turtleneck fisherman’s sweater into indigo dye like at Sea. Add a bit of sweetness to a mini LBD like at Vera Wang by stitching on white flowers (pulled off a silk flower!) and securing with a white pearl in each center.diyfall2015_8

Make a standard gray turtleneck more fun like at Vivienne Tam by taking an open flame to a piece of polyester or rayon to burn it into a fun and raggedy pattern (which may take a few tries!) Hand-sew your hand-made lacey fabric onto the chest and shoulders of a sweater. Add texture like at Zero + Maria Cornejo by sewing lines of black fringe up and down a charcoal wrap coat.

Any brands or collections that seem to lend themselves to DIY in your opinion? Let me know in the comments: I’m always on the lookout for any new lines of interest!

xo

Carly

All photos from Style.com; photo collages by me.

Chic for the Week – 7

chicfortheweek_7Welcome to another installment of Chic for the Week, where I share a couple shopping picks that I can’t stop thinking about.

Actually, Chic for the Weekend might be more appropo. And it’s technically the last weekend before March arrives, so I’m on the lookout for some pale, Springy items to usher in the season.

Here are some items that have been on my shopping wishlist lately:

1. Besides a 401K, EVERY lady needs a fluffy tulle skirt in her life, one to twirl and play with and feel utterly feminine and childlike again. Behold this Amore Tulle Skirt, currently en route to moi, which will look amazing under a moto jacket or with a tanktop camisole a la the opening credits of Sex and the City.

2. A skirt this sexy requires a lovely and ladylike piece of jewelry to set it off, and this Rose and Pearl Choker Necklace hits both the edgy contemporary note of the open fixed choker necklace popularized by Celine and Karl Lagerfeld, and a vintagey vibe. L-O-V-E!

3. It may be stating the obvious, but tongue-in-cheek accessories are totally my thing. This All Dressed Up Clutch is oh-so-cute (and super-affordable, at under $15!). Great for tucking under the arm and organizing all your essentials.

4. To keep with the soft pastel feel, this Come On Downy Cardigan is the perfect pair for the fluffy tulle skirt, since it’s equally fluffy (and your significant other won’t be able to keep his dirtymanhands off of you! ;-)

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

xo
Carly

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Outfit 2.16.15: Faux Quilting and Faux Sequins

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Mismatched rhinestone stud earrings: I forget. Sequins sweatshirt: Romwe (old, similar here or here. Rings: mocha, Shashi solitaire ring in rose gold, Gorjana “G” stackable ring set. Hard-sided geometric clutch: ASOS (old, similar here). Quilted Faux Leather Midi Skirt: DIY (tutorial here). Follie Platform Pumps: L.A.M.B. Manicure: OPI Liquid Sand Nail Lacquer in Get Your Number. Dog: Pudding the Shih Apso.

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DIY Quilted Vinyl Midi Skirt

0.diy-quilted-vinyl-skirt_introphotoSo it’s still Winter and I wanted a (p)leather skirt – midi length, so demure, yet made of a material that’s a little reminiscent of biker gangs. That’s just how I roll.

Midi-length leather and pleather skirts have been a Winter staple for awhile – and I love that the quilting pushes it into Chanel-esque territory without being anywhere near that price-point. Plus quilting can hide fabric (or pleather) that is actually quite cheap and force it to look more expensive. And no hemming required! Here’s how:

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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May you spend it with someone you love today :-)

xo

Carly

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Last-Minute DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

The big V-day happens to be Saturday this year, and it’s now a countdown to what to get, what to make, how to profess your undying love to the one true person in your life. Here are a couple ideas from my archives if you need something to make last-minute:

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DIY Faux Geode Quartz Paperweight

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And, from a previous year: 15 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Everyone.

romantic-ideas-you-can-do-at-homeAnd, if you’d prefer not to give a THING but instead perform an action and make it a memorable experience instead: Romantic Ideas You Can Do At Home for Valentine’s Day Infographic

And, for those wanting to celebrate their singledom, here are a couple great ideas for you too!

7 Single Gals Valentine Day Ideas

xo

Carly

January From the Archives

Hello friends! Gee, this past month went by quick, didn’t it? I wanted to try something a little different as a recap and dig back into the Chic Steals archives for Januaries past to share some of my favorite posts with you that you may have missed. This month marks my 7-Year Blogiversary (can you believe it: SEVEN YEARS!!) and so I wanted to go way way back to near the beginning and see if there were any gems back there. Check out these fun projects and posts!

6a00d834515e6669e20120a7ae6ba0970b21Cutting Edge Innovation in Eco Fashion and Style (for FashionTribes.com)

This may have been back in 2010, but some of these innovations are still pretty cutting edge today!

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DIY Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban

I had a lot of fun with this project, eating cheese straws and moaning about the price tag on the original. It’s fiddly and difficult to make, but the result is pretty cool.

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The Easiest Party Skirt to Make…Ever

I made this skirt out of a bunch of rectangles cut in satin. It turned out pretty well (though the tutorial has no step by step photos so be forewarned).

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What is the Fashionista’s Dilemma and What Is Your F.A.P.?

I mused about fashion morality in the face of modern fast fashion. How do you create your Fashion Acquisition Policy into what works for you?

Current Obsessions: Sally Hansen Nail Effects Nail Polish Strips

I have no idea why, but this was one of my most-shared posts of 2011. It’s basically a how-to apply those nail polish strips out of the box.

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DIY Woven Ribbon Sweater

Just like at Christian Dior. And totally removable, so when you get sick of it you can start afresh.

DIY Dyeing Feature in Lucky Magazine

I scanned these magazine pages in because I thought they were particularly helpful in dyeing your clothing and accessories. Even boots!

DIY in 5: Cage Cuff

Soooo easy: just wire two cuffs together to make a longer cage-like piece of jewelry. Easy and fun.

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DIY Jil Sander Gathered Ruffled Peplum

Kind of a silly, but very fun, accessory. Wear over different skirts in contrasting colors.

DIY Beaded Collar Dress

DIY Beaded Collar Dress

I guest-posted this for the London Times blog. Great for zhushing up plain resort wear.

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DIY Metallic Clutch

I guest-posted this for the London Times blog. I used metallic shelf liner paper over a file folder.

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DIY Spike Beaded Woven Choker Necklace

This was one of my most popular tutorials back in 2013. Kinda fiddly but well worth it.

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DIY Prada-Inspired Rose Cabochon Earrings

These were super-fun to make, with a huge visual impact. You could even buy the cabs already made (I spied them in the scrapbooking section at Michael’s!)

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DIY Vintage Iron-On Decal Leather Keyring Charms

Such a cute project…these would make the perfect gift for someone special.

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How to Use the Cartwheel App to Save at Target

If you’re not using the Cartwheel App every time you go to Target, you’re totally missing out! You could save a TON more over Target’s already affordable prices.

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DIY A-Morir Embellished Sunglasses

I totally tricked out my sunglasses with rhinestones and beads. VERY 1950’s.

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How to Keep Your Clothing Looking Bright and Chic with Clorox

For any brights, you can easily keep them from fading by taking a little extra care when laundering. Here are the tips and tricks to doing that.

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DIY Free People Wrapped Quartz Bangle

This was such a fun, easy project – that ended up looking fantastic and was my most-read post of 2014.

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DIY Windowpane Print Sweatshirt

Easy to do this trendy windowpane with some trim and double-stick hem tape.

xo

Carly

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