DIY: Fur Trimmed Sweater

Fall has arrived! I love the sea of autumn colors everywhere, from on the NYFW runways to the pumpkin spice latte ads I’m getting served on Instagram :) I’m already excited about the cool weather ahead, so I’m crafting something that will be perfect to wear as the temps go down! I took a long cardigan and grabbed some fur from JOANN for the perfect DIY!

Before - Sweater

Hello fur!!

Before - Fur

I loved how grey mixed with the chestnut brown and was obsessed with how fluffy the fur was! (I also have extra fur that will make PERFECT pillow covers for the couch!

I took my fur, my sweater, and grabbed a few more supplies - scissors, thread, and needles, oh my - and got to crafting!

Project Supplies

I wanted to make a panel of fur to cover the sweater’s edge - three inches on the front facing out and three on the the inside. I took a ruler and measured six inches and then cut strips of the fur, enough to completely cover the sweater’s edge.

Project Steps

I took the fur panels and and placed them next to the sweater to get perfect placement before pinning down.

Fur Trim on a Long Sweater

Three inches covering both sides of the sweater’s edge.

With the fur in place, it was time to pin it to the sweater.

Pinning Fur in Place

This is going to help with the hand stitching that comes next. I took some dark thread, a larger needle...

Thread for Hand Stitching

...and began to secure the fur in place.

Hand Stitching


While I was stitching, I was catching up on old episode of Gilmore Girls (because that show gives me all the fall vibes), and just like that I was done!

Fur Sweater - After look

I paired this with some flared jeans, my go-to Candie’s, and the Reformation top that I wore to my rehearsal dinner for the perfect vintage-y look!

Fur Sweater After Look 2

I can’t get over how much I’m obsessed with my how this sweater turned out! I feel like Stevie Nicks or Penny Lane from Almost Famous!!

Fur Sweater After Look 3

It’s cozy and warm and perfect to put on top of jeans or a vintage tunic and tights!

Fur Sweater After Look 4

With my extra fur I just might have to make a few more of these!

Fur Sweater - After Look 6

Who else wants one??  

September - After 5.jpg

OK, I’m ready for fall!  *grabs sweater every time she leaves house*

Fur Sweater - Side by Side

DIY: Palm Springs Caftan

We’re in the thick of summer and all I want is a weekend away at a pool with my BFFs. Palm Springs, here we come! To fit in with the desert vibes, I’m thinking vintage patterns, bright colors, and something super retro. A DIY caftan is the just the thing I’m going to make and bring with to lounge poolside in!

I went to JOANN to find the perfect pattern and fabric combo to get my piece started!

Here's what you'll need:
Pattern (Simplicity has SO many cool reissue patterns from the 60s/70s! It took me a while to settle on my pick!)

Fabric (I wanted something bright and desert-y and went with this cotton pattern. I got four yards just to make sure there was enough and to have the option of crafting a belt or head scarf with the remnants.)

August - Fabric Option

Thread (Find something that matches your fabric)

**Depending on pattern, you might also need the following: (Just check out the back of your pattern package where additional supplies will be listed.) Fusable interfacing, zippers, hook & eye closures

August post - supplies

I found the perfect pattern while browsing - I wanted to make all three of the options but decided on the top left. (Stripes FTW!) I mean we’re going to Palm Springs, so let’s keep it short!

I checked out the step by step instructions on the back of the pattern and started planning. For any sewing newbie, these steps are super helpful in understanding the best way to piece together your garment!

I began with the pattern and cut out the pieces that were needed to make my caftan option and then pressed the pattern pieces with an iron to remove any wrinkles.

August - Process Shots

I did a quick press of the fabric as well, pinned the pattern to my fabric, and cut the three pieces out. There’s such a sense of accomplishment once you have all your pieces ready to go!

August - Patterns

Following the directions on the pattern package, I cut out fusible interfacing for the collar pattern and ironed it to the fabric.

August - Fusible interfacing

Now it was time to sew all the pattern pieces together! I began with the collar - following the directions I pinned my piece in place…

August - Pinned Collar

...stitched the ends together and then turned the collar inside out.

August - Fused Collar

Next was the rest of the caftan! I attached my collar to the neckline...

August - Sewing Machine

...stitched the sides of the piece leaving room for the sleeves and then created a hem.

August - Fabric

And just like that, I’m ready for Palm Springs! 🌴 

August - After Caftan

Colorful and outfitted in a vintage straw had, because that’s how you do in the desert :)

August - Hat & Caftan

This is perfect for over a swimsuit, or to cover shoulders if you’re prone to burns like I am!

I also had the perfect clutch to pair with my caftan! Yellow straw clutch, FTW!

August - straw clutch

This is making me want to sew caftans to wear each day of the week!

August - Caftan DIY

I’m totally going to become that girl! :) Caftan Party, USA!

August - Side by Side

DIY: Lace Embellished Dress

It’s warm outside and the summer soirees and (bridal/baby) showers are in full effect! Even though I have plenty to wear, I was excited to craft a dress for a girlfriend’s baby shower! She’s having a boy, so I went with something blue to tie into the theme. I hopped over to JOANN to grab all the accoutrements to craft my dress! 

I was inspired by a blue Dolce & Gabbana lace dress from 2012 and knew this was the piece I wanted to recreate. I started with a cotton dress base. (I had this one in my closet and it needed a refresh! Go with something you own or pop into a thrift store to score the perfect piece)

White Cotton Dress - Before

You'll also need:

Beads (Mix it up! They’re for the center of the flowers and I went with some shinier black ones.)
Fabric Dye (I picked two shades of RIT - Evening Blue and Royal Blue.)
Thread (Something that matches the beads or dress shade.)
Appliqués or Ribbon (Flower shaped lace or appliqués are perfect for this piece!)

Dress Supplies

It’s dye time! Begin by rinsing your dress and appliqués in water to fully saturate before adding into your dye bath or washing machine.

Soak Dress in Water - Dye Process

Next add them into your dye bath. You can do this on the stove top in a pot or use your washing machine and the amount of dye used is dependent on how dark or light you want your piece to be. I wanted a light blue shade, so I put in two capfuls of Evening Blue with a few drops of Royal Blue in hopes for something lightish blue.

Dye Choices


I always get so excited to see how the color turns out post-wash

I was especially excited to see the appliqués because they’re made of all different kinds of materials (polyesters, cottons, linens, oh my!

Dyed Appliqués

Now that the dress and appliqués are dyed, it’s time to stitch the beads to the center of the floral appliques. String a bead onto a piece of thread attached to a needle and weave through the center of the floral appliques and out the bottom. Tie a knot to hold into place. (I went with 1-3 for each flower depending on size.) Continue until all flowers have center beads.

Create beaded centers on appliqués

Now place the beaded appliqués onto the dress!

Garden of beaded flowers

Scatter them around or place them in groups - totally up to you! With the dress covered in flowers, it’s time to put it on!

After Look - 1

I really loved how the different shades of blue complimented the dress!

After Look 2

Nothing like florals to make me smile!

After Look 3

Fabric dye has a way of giving an old garment a whole new look!

After Look 4

It’s more fun, more flirty, and the just the thing to wear to the baby shower!

After Look 5

Bye old dress! Hello new look!

Before / After Look - Blue Flower Appliqués