Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Do It Yourself Crop Tops: Summer Style Essential

This summer is all about being fresh, girly and flirty.

To me, there is nothing more quintessentially summer and fresh and girly and flirty than a cute crop top.

Whether paired with something lower cut to show off that sexy mid-drift, or worn with high waist bottoms to elongate your entire line; it is undoubtedly an essential item to have for the summer.

The inspiration is this cute one from Necessary Clothing.

necessary clothing crop top, summer style, summer fashion, crop top, vancouver fashion blog

At only $17.99, it's not a hard hammer to swing. However, if you happen to want to update your wardrobe without spending any money, or maybe you are the thrifting variety then stay tuned.

On my recent Thrift Shopping Haul, I picked up a few tops that I liked for the purpose of changing them into crop tops. This way, I can have 3 tops for the price of one, as well as practice sustainable fashion.

However, if you already have shirts similar to these in your closets that you probably haven't worn in awhile, then take them out and follow along. This is a great way to just freshen up your wardrobe.

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The steps are actually quite simple in deed, all you really have to do is cut the tops to the length you desire. If your tops already have tiers then it really is just cut and wear. for tops that have a clean finish, you may need to sew it to complete the entire look.

Let's get started shall we?

I love the print of the leopard top, however, the length I am not so happy about.

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Good thing these are tiered, made it easy for me to choose the length.

Simply cut the shirt under the tier you want to preserve. If the tiers are sewn down on the sides, just cut around it.

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This shirt had a lining. Cut that to the proper length, same or shorter than the outside length.

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You end up with this.

thrifted tops, vintage fashion, thrift fashion, eco fashion, eco style, diy crop top, do it yourself, vancouver fashion blog

Much cuter top now!

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Here is a before and after comparison.

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This blue top is tiered off in such an interesting way. However, I am not a fan of the length.

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This top isn't tiered on the back so you have to make sure your cut is as straight as possible. I recommend folding the shirt this way.

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Then folding it again so there is a smaller margin for error. Once it has been folded, make a quick and decisive cut.

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And voila!

thrifted tops, vintage fashion, thrift fashion, eco fashion, eco style, diy crop top, do it yourself, vancouver fashion blog

The next and final shirt is my favourite! It also looks the most like the inspiration top. It's tiered as well, so makes it easy.

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However, there is a button track in the middle of the shirt. To make sure the top looks clean, leave a 1/2" margin.

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You end up with this.

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Tuck the extra length to the flip side and either pin it or stitch it in place.

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I love the end product.

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Now I have three cute and current crop tops.

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The perfect topper to your summer outfit.

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Outfit: DIY crop top, make your own or buy similar here
Vintage shorts, similar from here
Vintage Multi-strand pearl belt, similar from here
Vintage pearl earrings, similar from here


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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Vintage Floral Dress Alterations

Spring has sprung and Vancouver has been blessed with many beautiful sunny days.

Finally better from the flu and with my spirits lifted by the sun, I have been thrifting up a storm as well.

One of my favourite pieces called to me when I first saw it in the display window.

vintage floral dress, community thrift and vintage store window display

As always, Community Thrift and Vintage worked their magic on their display windows.

The also 70's cape top really caught my eye.

When I sought it out, I discovered that it's actually a super long dress.

vintage floral cape dress, vintage dress

I almost passed it up. I definitely won't be able to rock that dress as is.

But channeling the display window dressing, I could at the least tuck it into a high waisted dress. At the most, I can continue to hone some alteration skills.

It looks much better as a short dress already.

vintage floral cape dress, vintage dress

I actually didn't really document of transformation, it's actually rather simple.

I just bunched up the hem and whip stitched a few loops.

vintage floral cape dress, vintage dress

vintage floral cape dress, vintage dress

Yup, much better short and oh so bright and cheery.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Prabal for Target DIY Alterations

Sick of reading about the whole Prabal for Target thing on my blog? Well get used to it, there is more to come.

I got this dress because I fell in love with the print! For that particular print, it was only available in the shift dress by the time I got online.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY

It was too big, even though some forums have expressed that this collection fits small, but for some pieces, it fits TTS or on the larger side. This dress definitely fits in that category. I usually wear a small, but this small is medium on me. Or maybe I shrunk *tee hee*.

Anyway, I can't really wear this as is. Even though, I have styled it out into an outfit that received many likes on Instagram.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, outfit with prabal gurung outfit

It could be because I am itching to use my sewing machine.

I have foreseen this dress turning into a crop top and a skirt. So on my day off, I got to work and got to cutting.

First, I sort of measured out where I wanted to cut with another skirt.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

Then I proceeded to sever the dress into to two.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

Soon, I had two pieces instead of one.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

Now it's just a matter to refining.

For some reason, I am really digging cropped things lately. On top of that, a hi-lo crop top. So I made a hyperbolic cut in the front.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

The result looks like thus.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

But, I cut a little too high and now that top threatens to flash the under garment. Only one way to remedy this, drop the neck line to reprieve some length.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

The end result is this, something more relaxed and beachy looking.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

Now the bottom, this is where more heavy lifting is required.

Since the bottom portion is pretty large to sit naturally on my hips, I have to think of a way to remedy that.

The easiest thing to do is to make a draw string of sorts. I have yet to venture into "taking things in" territory.

So my first step is to fold the top down to make the encasement for the drawstring.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

You can pretty much use any string for the drawstring string, but I decided to use the same material and cut off a thin strip from the skirt portion.

Now, just sew it up with the sewing machine.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

And then pull the string through.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

Now I have a super cute tennis like skirt.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

I think I am much happier with how the skirt turned out than how the top did.

Prabal Gurung for Target shift dress in first date print, Spring time print dress, DIY tshirt and skirt with Prabal Gurung for Target first date dress

But now I do have two pieces of items with this crazy awesome print.

Did I make a huge mistake?

Well, good thing the dress is still in stores. Plus, this amazing top as well.

Prabal Gurung for Target top in first date print, Spring time print top

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Vintage DIY Fur Vest and Muff Outfit

Finally, we had a decent sunny day last Friday.

Perfect time to rock out my DIY vintage fur vest and fur muff.

I just can't bring myself to wearing fur out in the rain. Which in Vancouver is 90% if the time a fur piece is actually needed.

So whenever a cold and sunny day presents itself, I jump on it without hesitation.

Vintage DIY fur vest and fur muff outfit, blue maxi skirt, leather sleeve and denim jacket, yellow sweater, LV purse, Margiela tights, ferragamo vintage loafers, fashion, style

I completed the outfit with a lot of layers. It's extremely cold still after all.

Vintage DIY fur vest and fur muff outfit, blue maxi skirt, leather sleeve and denim jacket, yellow sweater, LV purse, Margiela tights, ferragamo vintage loafers, fashion, style

Similar skirt see here
Similar sweater see here
Similar jacket see here

The amazing thing about maxi skirt for the winter, is that you can layer it over many layers of tights.

Vintage DIY fur vest and fur muff outfit, blue maxi skirt, leather sleeve and denim jacket, yellow sweater, LV purse, Margiela tights, ferragamo vintage loafers, fashion, style

Vintage DIY fur vest and fur muff outfit, blue maxi skirt, leather sleeve and denim jacket, yellow sweater, LV purse, Margiela tights, ferragamo vintage loafers, fashion, style

I'm quite happy with this DIY streak I have going on.

Vintage DIY fur vest and fur muff outfit, blue maxi skirt, leather sleeve and denim jacket, yellow sweater, LV purse, Margiela tights, ferragamo vintage loafers, fashion, style

Busy hands lead to a sharp mind. What? You have never heard of that saying before? Well, you have now.

Monday, 28 January 2013

DIY Flower Head Band

Happy Monday.

I am wishing for spring time, yes, I know it's old news.

Ever since I made my self that daisy crown last summer. I have been obsessed with flowers on the crown.

Been meaning to make my own for sometime now. Finally, I pulled the trigger and bought some materials.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem

Michael's had a sale and I got these springy bushels for 40% off.

I am going to make two different ones.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem

I will demonstrate using the pink ones.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem

You will also need some tools.

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Pliers, wire cutter and floral wire. All can be purchased from your local crafts store.

You will also need a head band.

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I looked in my "drawer of lost artifacts" and found this peacock dangly one that I never wear anymore. The feathers adds an extra dimension to the look.

You can use any old head band you like, but I would suggest choosing one close to your hair colour.

Floral tape is an optional item. I will explain later.

floral tape

Step 1. Strip all the flowers off of the stem.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem, strip the flowers from the stem

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem, strip the flowers from the stem

The reason why for these flowers is because they are not attached the the stem, just snapped on to it.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem, strip the flowers from the stem

It would be much more secure to directly tie the flowers to the head band not involving any stems.

Step 2. Make your own flexible wire stems.

Do so by threading the flower through the floral wire.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem, making wire stem

Pull it through.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem, making wire stem

You should be able to do this with these rose type flowers. They are usually hollow in the middle.

Then, you want to fold the wire down through the pedals to form a stem.

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There might be some flowers that you won't be able to thread through.

DIY flower headband raw material

Never fear, you can still wrap the wire on securely by going through the back.

DIY flower headband raw material, making wire stem

Put it in between the green part and the pink pedals and go around once.

DIY flower headband raw material, making wire stem

Then twist the wires.

DIY flower headband raw material, making wire stem

Step 3. Wrap the flowers onto the head band.

I would definitely recommend using pliers to ensure a tight wrap.

DIY flower head band, wrapping the flower to the head band

Stop until you have achieved the desired fullness and length.

finished diy flower head band

Step 4. *optional* Wrap floral tape around the stems of the flower and the head band

diy flower head band, wrap floral tape to the head band to cover the wires

The flowers should hold without this step. I do this only to hide wrap and conceal the prickly ends of the wires. Depends on how you have wrapped the flowers, there may be some ends prickling your head when you wear it.

But if there is nothing prickling after you have tried it on, then you can skip this step.

Modelling photo with DIY flower headband

I'm quite happy with how this turned out.

The entire project took me less than 1hr.

Make sure you are allowed to operate sharp tools on your own, other wise, please seek help from someone else.

Hope this was helpful. Can't wait to style this out with an outfit.