DIY Skirt with Tied Sleeves in Front…from a Sweatshirt

0.diysweatshirtsleeveskirt_introphotoAs I posted (quite awhile ago now!), skirts and dresses with faux sleeves tied in the front are a mini-trend that has made it all the way from the runways of Celine to everyday street style. It’s a cute way to define the waist and yet add a casual twist to any outfit. diysweatshirtsleeveskirt_step8I figured it would be super-easy to re-purpose a sweatshirt into a little skirt with the sleeves as non-functional accessories. With 5 straight seams to sew, it’s also fairly quick and easy, even for sewing beginners. Here’s how to make your own version of this look: (more…)

DIY 80’s-Style Acrylic and Rhinestone Triangle Dangle Earrings – Made From a Photo Frame!

0.diytriangleacrylicearrings_introphotoBig jewelry straight out of the 1980’s is having a HUGE moment this year. The bigger, the better – covered with plexi and acrylic, chunky bold shapes, and glittering rhinestones – anything goes right now. I saw these earrings for sale in a store during my last trip to Tokyo this Summer – and decided to DIY them with some materials I already had on hand. Clear acrylic for accessories is hard to come by – so I just repurposed an old photo-frame for my main material. Here’s how:

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DIY Printed Bodycon Pencil Skirt From a Men’s T-Shirt

0.diyphotoprintpencilskirt_introWhat could be more Summery than beautiful photographs of must-visit vacation spots? And nothing can herald the coming of this season more than wearing said photos on your person: an apparel-fueled mental vacation, if you will.

Get A Life is a series of photo-printed tops for men, sold at Wal-Mart for very affordable prices (around $9 and up, and now available on eBay by the hundreds).  Their pieces are made of a stretchy polyester, which makes them wonderfully-suited for women’s clothing (especially bodycon styles!).  These T-shirts, since made for men, are already oversized (read: TONS of workable fabric!)…and very easily remade into something perfect for a woman…and perfect for fun in the sun.  Here’s how:

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Re-use, Repurpose, and Re/Up-cycle for Earth Day 2011

I’ve shared so many tutorials on this blog about remaking items you may already have in your closet, I just wanted to share them again!  (Re-use of an idea – haha!  Totally green!😉 )  So here are some of my favorite past projects from the last year or so, that give new life to old items!

Upcycled Men’s Shirts

I Love NY Tote 

(from a t-shirt)

Convertible Skirt 

(from 3 button-downs)

Corseted Tee 

(from a t-shirt)

Happy Ice Cream Shirt 

(from a t-shirt)

Summer Tank Dress 

(from a tanktop + t-shirt)

Ruffled Top 

(from a button-down)

Jumpsuit Romper 

(from a button-down)

Bow Tunic Dress 

(from a long-sleeved top)

Repurposed Jewelry

Acrylic Bib Necklace 

(from a purse handle)

Boho Bangles 

(from curtain rings)

Spiked Crystal Ring 

(from a rhinestone ring)

Woven Shape Pin 

(from a ribbon)

Recycled Accessories

Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks 

(from old socks)

Givenchy Spiked Headband 

(from an old headband)

Wired Rabbit Ears Headband 

(from a handkerchief)

Bra Strap Applique Headband 

(from a bra strap)

Chic-ified Clothing

Woven Ribbon Sweater 

(add ribbon)

Elastic-Band Skirt 

(from a pillowcase)

Petal-Front Top 

(add silk flower petals)

Hybrid Sweater 

(from 2 sweaters)

And also, some of my recent projects:

I made this pyramid-studded zip clutch following the same directions for my DIY Laptop Sleeve from a Leather Jacket tutorial from last year – except this time I added a gigantic pyramid stud (1″ wide!) to the front, and a zipper as the closure.

You could of course make this zippered pouch out of any material you want – including fabric, a pillowcase, an old towel, vinyl, or even from a Dollar Store faux leather placemat!!

I also found a pair of leather pants at the Goodwill, and hacked off the legs, glued and sewed the hems, and hemmed the lining to create the perfect pair of leather shorts (for a mere $14.99 – which was the cost of the pants!  And now I have all that extra leather I cut off to make other projects…)

(I know, it seems sort of hypocritical to highlight projects for Earth Day that use leather – considering most conventionally-made leather is tanned and finished with environmentally-unfriendly chemicals…to say nothing of the environmental impact that a single cow raised on a factory farm makes…but at least it’s an option for what to do with leather items that are sitting at thrift stores or languishing in your closet or just being thrown away…)

What will you do this Earth Day? Make something, recycle something, plant something, use less electricity or water, cook a vegetarian meal?

Do tell!  And have a Happy Earth Day!

xoxox

Carly

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Taking Stock: DIY’s of 2010

Now with almost midnight and 2011, while catching up on Gossip Girl episodes and eating peppermint ice cream, I just wanted to take a look back at 2010 and all the DIY tutorials I’ve shared here (and elsewhere).  Missed any?  Here they are, one more time:

Hair Accessories
Accessories
Jewelry
Clothing
Men’s Clothing Remakes
Shoes
Home Decor
Recipes

Wow, it’s a lot when you look at them all like that! 63 tutorials and how-tos (and I only did 51 in 2009).  I hope this last year has been a wonderful, amazing year for everyone, filled with happiness and DIY!

Here’s hoping that 2011 is even better!

Happy New Year to all my wonderful readers, friends, fellow bloggers, and family!

xoxox
Carly

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DIY: Hybrid Sweater

After seeing this post on one of my new favorite blogs, A Pair and a Spare, I decided to make my own sweater by combining two that had coordinating colors.  I loved the combination of striped and chunky cable-knit sleeves!

source: JakandJil

I wore my finished creation for Day 23 in my 30 Days of Outfits Challenge last month.  So here’s how to make your own:

Difficulty:(Medium)

You Need:

*2 sweaters in coordinating colors (I think one of mine is men’s – it honestly doesn’t matter as long as you can fit into both)
*thread matching sweaters

And…
*seam ripper
*pins
*sewing machine ( if you do not have a sewing machine, this can also be sewn by hand, though it will take a little longer)
*machine needle (for knits or wovens; it doesn’t matter)

How-To:

1. Separate the sleeves from each sweater.  You need to find the thread that binds the sleeve to the armscye, and cut it with the seam ripper, opening up the seam a little.

Then, working from the center of the seam, try to pull the thread from in-between the sleeve and the armscye.  If you get it just at the right area where the thread end is in-between the two (it’s a little tricky), you can pull the thread and the whole seam will come apart – zzzzzpth!! (*that’s my sleeve-coming-apart sound effect*).  It’s a lot easier than going all the way around the seam on the outside, picking and ripping each stitch as you go.

 

2. Pin the sleeves from one sweater to the armscyes of the other sweater, matching the side seams, and easing any fullness (sweaters are stretchy, so easing is…well, easy!).  Pin from the inside, with sleeve inside the body of the sweater, right sides together.

3. Stitch on your machine around the armscyes, using a shorter stitch.  If you like, going over the edges again with a zigzag stitch or overcast stitch will add extra strength.

If you’ve sewn close to the edges, the new seam will be virtually indistinguishable from the outside.

4. Wear and enjoy!  Don’t forget to dry flat whenever you wash your piece – you don’t want undue stress on the arm seams ripping your new arms off!  (although that visual makes me a little squeamish…;-)

Happy DIY’ing!

xoxox
Carly

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