DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

8.05.2012

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

I am on so many catalog mailing lists just for the inspiration!  I love window-shopping more than anything: collecting ideas, re-mixing, thinking, “Hey, I could DIY that!”  Rather than actually shopping the products, I’m scouting for DIY inspo, and here are some ideas I’ve formulated from J. Crew’s latest catalog: (which, by the way, I always adore the styling of)

J. Crew Style Guide August 2012

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Aw, this catalog starts off too easy.  Add white polka dots to a plain black clutch with acrylic paint.

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Customize a pair of fabric ballet flats with dots of white fabric paint (like this DIY) and a red toe cap painted with Angelus leather paint. DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Add a chain to an ankle-strap ballet flat, securing with a small piece of elastic hand-stitched to the toe box, to make a T-chain-strap flat.

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Give a boring flat a makeover with a gold heel, by adding Gold Leafing.

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Find a shapeless satin jacket at a thrift store, and alter into a short-sleeved fitted coat.  Wear with a beaded collar necklace.  (Like this ingenious DIY one!)

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Add some color-blocking to some shoes with Angelus leather paint to create your very own spectator pumps.  (Plus a DIY leather tassel!)

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

You can create a faux snakeskin texture print onto a white pencil skirt using a cut sponge like in this DIY tutorial.  Accessorize with some matching bold gold cuffs (or just some metal blanks from Michael’s metal-working section).

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Create a bold necklace with some oversized glass beads and string some costume jewelry brooches.

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

A polka-dot sweater is an easy DIY to try using Simply Spray Stencil Paint (it dries soft, like a screenprint!).

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Add marine-style stripes to a sweater with masking tape and fabric paint, like in this tutorial.

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Hand-sew tiny gold buttons to the sides of a boatneck shirt to jazz it up.  Add some colorblocking to your leather bag following my tutorial here.

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Create an heirloom jewelry masterpiece by adding a collection of brooches onto a sturdy chain.  What better way to wear Grandma’s jewelry box?

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

A photo-realistic print skirt is a cinch if you print out your fave photo or illustration…and use DecoArt Ink Effects paint to apply the print.  (Like in my tutorial here!)

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Leopard-print heels are an easy DIY with just a paintbrush, acrylic paint, and lots of dabbing.  (I also included this photo because I just love everything about this outfit!!)

DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

Pretty up your daughter’s shoes (or your own, for that matter!) with a coating of glitter (like in my tutorial here), and add some neon laces for that extra punch.

Happy DIY’ing!

xoxox
Carly

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6 Comments on DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

  1. Bromeliad
    8.09.2012 at 11:12 am (2 years ago)

    I LOOOOOVed that last outfit as well.

    Also plan on DIYing that vintagey necklace.

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