I am still working my way way through the "fix it" bag of clothing that I started after my closet clean-out. In this bag there are a few items that I made in high school when I was attending a fashion design vocational program. Some of these items are really hideous or outdated, but I held on to them for sentimental reasons. The piece I picked for todays' DIY had a number of virtues that I felt far outweighed it's negatives.
March 28, 2011
March 17, 2011
|Elizabeth and James blazer, Gap t-shirt, LE Canvas pants, Banana Republic scarf and Luck Brand boots.|
March 15, 2011
|Current hair - length; super long, style; nada.|
March 10, 2011
|Sweater in it's original form, complete with chintzy flower.|
I adored this little cardigan it's lovely almond color and simple, sweet silhouette has complimented many a summer outfit. Then I inexplicably fell out of love with it, I became bored with it, the shirring at the shoulders and the little chiffon flower no longer seemed current. I still thought it had potential so instead of depositing it into the giveaway bag I placed it in the fix-it bag. There it sat for a couple of weeks before inspiration struck. Do you remember the lace and embroidery that I salvaged from this dress well it became an integral part of the sweater's makeover.
|Cutting the lace and embroidery free from the dress.|
The first step was deciding where I wanted to add the lovely lacey embellishment. I was originally thinking of doing an asymmetrical design, but decided that I wanted the focal point of the sweater to be the back and the shoulders. The sweater had shirring and a chiffon flower on the shoulders, so I decided that both had to go. I took a seam ripper and removed the elastic at the shoulders and the flower. After a quick look over the sweater I decided that the buttons had to go as well, the were made out of the same materials and weren't really the look I was going for.
I laid the sweater flat, and marked the center back with a pin. I placed a pin in the center of the piece of the embroidered fabric, laying the lace over the sweater I matched to two pins. After matching up the centers of the fabric I began pinning the fabric, working my way out from the center.
With the lace pinned down I examined the effect. I trimmed off the extra lace and adjusted the fabric till it looked even. I used a simple whipstitch to attach the fabric to the sweater. I took care to find a thread that matched the embroidered fabric rather than the sweater since I wanted the stitch to be as invisible as possible.
The cardigan formally know as chintzy is now looking like a brand new sweater. The only thing that was left to do was to replace the buttons. I have buttons galore, left overs, cast-offs, so I dug into the button container and found five small ivory pearl buttons. They weren't a matching set, but I thought that they looked close enough to work, plus it would add to the vintage feel of the sweater.
March 4, 2011
This charming multi-chain necklace is a fun project to try this weekend. The inspiration for my necklace came from Nordstrom's jewelry styling tips. The project is super easy and you may already have most of the materials on hand.
What you are going to need; jump rings (available at any craft store), mini pliers, assorted chains about the same length, charms, earrings, ribbon/notions, rings, and pins. This is a great project to use those jewelry cast-offs.
Once you have assembled all the materials you are ready to begin. It's easier to edit what pieces you want to add to the chain if you lay them all out on the work surface, this way there is a visual of what you have on hand.
First you want to start by picking the chains, they are going to be the base of the project. I chose two chains and added a length of leather cord, so I had a three strand necklace (I like the look of groupings of three). I used the jump rings to attach the three chains together using on chain's closure as the base. Next I used the jump rings to attach the "charms" to the necklace. Open the jump ring with the pliers, hook the charm and the chains into the jump ring and then close using the pliers. If you are adding a ring just slide it onto the chains, presto! I used an earring which had lost it's mate, bow and heart pendants and a pin. I went into my sewing notions and found a strand of pearl trim which I decided to add on as a bow. I also found a small set of metal keys from a toy box (I no longer have it but I knew I saved the keys for a reason), on they went.
I am pretty pleased with the results, I managed to salvage a bunch of random jewelry box pieces that would have otherwise ended up in the trash. This project cost me $0 since I already had the materials on hand, it probably cost $2-$7 for the jump rings, pliers and notions. I hope you enjoy making your own charming necklace.
March 3, 2011
|Bernardo Collection pleather coat, Gap cowl neck sweater, vintage Betsey Johnson dress, FRYE boots.|