Remake: Black and White Dress

May 12, 2014 | 22 Comments

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend, including a most lovely Mother’s Day!

You got a little teaser of today’s dress last week…

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I’m workin’ on this lovely piece!

…and now you get to see how it turned out!

To be completely honest, it looks pretty good as is, however, the length is a bit off…

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Just eh…not in love with the length

…and there were some not so pretty spots on the top portion. The ivory was slightly discolored. Definitely not something that I’d be able to wear as is.

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Spotty times

I thought a bit of dye would do the trick to create a super cool color blocked dress!

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DIY: Girls’ Lizard T-Shirt

Mar 24, 2014 | 9 Comments

I’m a big ole fan of Girls and since the season finale was on HBO last night, I felt inclined to make something to tie into it. For those of you super-Girls fans, head on over  here to HelloGiggles for the entire TV rundown.

I kind of freaked out when I saw today’s remake on the fifth episode of this season. Lena Dunham in a crop top covered with little plastic lizards? Sign. Me. Up. Seriously. The original shirt is by Toy Syndrome and I couldn’t wait to make my own version!

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The inspiration piece!

This is something that can easily be done with a white shirt that’s already in your collection (or your boyfriend or girlfriend or roomie’s) or a basic Hanes tee from Amazon!

Here’s a rundown of the supplies you’ll need:

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Supplies

1. Fabric Dye in tan

2. Plastic lizards (these are from Party City!?! Grab some plates and balloons while snagging a package of these guys!)

3. Lime green thread and a needle

4. White t-shirt (I have a stash of basic Hanes tees that I wear all the time)

I began with my plain white tee and set up a dye bath on the stove. I boiled water, added tan dye to the pot, and turned off the flame. I dipped my already wet tee into the dye bath (wetting it in advance helps evenly distribute the dye), and submerged the tee completely in the pot for about 30 minutes to absorb the color.

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Dye time!!

Once the tee was dry, it was time to place my reptile friends! I found thread in the same lime green shade of the lizards, made pencil mark placeholders in the areas to match the placement of the lizards on Lena Dunham’s shirt, and began to stitch the lizards to the shirt.

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Place, mark & stitch

Three rows of five lizards had to be completed to match the original piece.

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Last row!

And after some quick hand stitching, the lizards were all attached.

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The reptiles are all attached!

To match the crop style of the shirt, a quick cut along the bottom of tee was all that was needed to complete the replica.

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Crop toppin’

Straight from the small screen, my new crop top is ready to wear.

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Marisa Horvath

I feel just like Lena Dunham.

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Someone’s getting heated!

And it’s a piece that is so easy to DIY.

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Gordon Gecko :)

Because of the hand stitching, this is something that would just be heading to my sink for some hand washing. Woolite City, USA!

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I feel like I should be in Florida with this shirt on!! (Oh the lizards…)

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Remake: Ivory Satin Jacket

Mar 7, 2014 | 12 Comments

You saw a few teaser shots of this satin blazer yesterday…

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It’s embroidered!

Ivory with light blue and pink embroidered flowers as well as one solo pocket, like you do…

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BEFORE

I had visions of cutting the sleeves short or tweaking the collar…

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Belt loops!

…but then I thought about making a color change.  Yep, that’s exactly what this piece needs.  Color change, here I come!

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Copycat: Hudson Brit Punk Jeans

Jan 27, 2014 | 25 Comments

I haven’t done a fun denim DIY in a little while, so when I found these rocker jeans by Hudson I had to add them to the list!! I saw them being worn by Lucy Hale (Aria) on Pretty Little Liars (yes, I’ve started to get a little sucked in!) and the wheels started turning. (For those Pretty Little Liars fans, you can head over here to HelloGiggles to read the post with the full TV tie in!)

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Me & Lucy

The actual jeans on Lucy are by Hudson and they’re an ode to the Union Jack flag, in a deconstructed way. It’s Brit punk, fo sho, and I wanted to try my hand at remaking them!

The key to remaking this piece is the base….

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DIY: Floral Headpiece

Jan 17, 2014 | 14 Comments

Because it was a CRAZY 80 degrees today in Southern California, I felt the need to get into the summer spirit!!  When January gives you 80 degrees, you dye paper flowers and make floral headpieces, obviously :)

I started off with my materials…

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Supplies

I wanted to make a headpiece using elastic, but then had a headband base that I thought I’d use as well!  This project would also work wonders, turning the flowers into pins with adhesive pin backs too if you’d like to go that route.  The final piece of this sunny day DIY are paper flowers, these coming from Prima Marketing.

I sorted through an assortment of shaded of Rit Dye...

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Spray bottle options

…and got to spritzing!

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