Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DIY Lace Floral Skirt

-Skirt ($50)
-1 yard of each lace color ($20/yard, the color of lace is up to you, but we recommend black, white, and a bright color)
-Straight Pins ($4)
-Needle and thread
1. Lay out the black lace on a flat surface. Cut out about 20 small pieces (note: these can vary in shape and size) to place on the front and back of the skirt.
2. Repeat Step 1 for both the white and colored lace.
3. Using the lace cutouts, create a pattern on the front of the skirt, layering the pieces so they appear as scattered clusters. Secure using straight pins.
4. Once you are happy with the pattern you've created, use a needle and thread to sew each lace cluster to the skirt.
5. Flip over the skirt and repeat Steps 3 and 4 on the back. 


Saturday, August 25, 2012

DIY Alexander Wang Cutout Sweater

- A wool sweater. (A thick, knit texture works best)
- 1-2 yards of sheer fabric (Depending on how many cut outs you do)
- Needle and thread (Color of your sweater)
- Scissors
- Pencil
1. Turn your sweater inside out.
2. Now, decide what kind of pattern you’d like to cut into the sweater.
3. You can either draw the patterns with your pencil or you can cut them free hand with your scissors.
4. Now cut pieces of the sheer fabric that are large enough to cover the holes you just cut into the sweater.
5. Sew the sheer fabric on top of each hole.
6. When you’re done sewing on the sheer fabric, cut off any access fabric with your scissors.
7. Once all sheer fabric has been sewed on, flip your sweater back out.

**Pair this sweater with some black leggings, and some cute booties for a hot new fall look!


DIY Cloud Tights

- Colored tights
- An array of pearlesque beads in different sizes
- Cream/white coloured string
- Thin needle (must be able to go through a bead)
- Household bleach
- Sponge
- Unused Toothbrush
- Rubber gloves
- Bathtub or sink
- Open window
1. Take out the tights from the packaging.
2. Lay flat in tub, wet the tights then wring out the water.
3. Using rubber gloves, sponge or toothbrush start sprinkling bleach onto the tights, being careful you don’t sprinkle on your own clothes or body!
4. Use the toothbrush to make smaller spray dots.
5. Leave the tights for approx. 2 hours, checking frequently to check up on progress.
6. Once successfully bleached to a level you’re satisfied with, throw into washing machine (with other laundry while you’re at it!) and give it a quick spin + tumble.
7. When dry, put the tights on (I’d suggest wearing another pair of sock under and over the tights to prevent it from getting dirty). Using needle and thread, sew into tights, pull out a length necessary for that section and do a double knot.
8. Start threading in beads of different sizes, alternating directions while sewing them in.
*TIP: try not to thread too many beads at one go, they may get quite heavy and snap off.
9. Be creative about the beads, add a bit of coloured beads here and there if you wish, and try organic shapes or even geometric. Repeat for other leg. (Or not).


DIY Color Blocked Bottoms

- A pair of chinos, boyfriend jeans or shorts
- 4 oz fabric or craft paint
- Flat paintbrush
- Small plastic tray
- Masking tape

1. Measure up to wherever you want the color blocking to begin (Half-way up your calf, near your thigh, 2-inches up the inseam of your shorts, etc…) Use a long piece of masking tape to tape off one leg (You should tape off about halfway up your calf).
2. Repeat this step on the other leg, being sure to align the two pieces of tape on each leg.
3. Squeeze a small amount of the craft paint into the small tray.
4. Don’t be conservative! Paint generous amounts of paint on to you paints. Be sure to get right up on the masking tape, ensuring the line separating the paint from the original pant is sleek and straight.
5. Once the outside has been painted, allow the paints to dry overnight.
6. When they are dry, turn them inside out and repeat the above steps to the inside of the pants. Allow to dry overnight.
7. Once each side is dry, peel off the tape.
8. For a polished look, fold the bottom of each leg into a cuff.


DIY Splatter-Paint Oxfords Project

Jazz Up Your Kicks!
- Oxfords
- Fabric paint
- Paintbrush
- Painters tape
- Newspapers
1. Tape off the soles of your shoes (or any place you do not want paint to hit).
2. Stuff the shoe with some newspaper to prevent any from getting inside.
3. Lay down any remaining newspapers as a protective covering on the floor and let the splattering begin!

DIY Valentino Sweater

-American Apparel's Fisherman Sweater ($78)
-1-2 yards of Wide French Lace ($25/yard)
-Paper and Pen (to make pattern)
-Chalk (to outline pattern if desired)
-Dritz Home Unique Stitch Fabric Glue ($4)
-3-inch Foam Brush ($.50)
Before you begin, make sure to clear a large surface so that you can lay your sweater down flat on your workspace.
1. Draw and cut out a circular pattern, which will be used to block out the center area of the sweater. The pattern should be placed approximately 2-3 inches below the neckline and approximately 5 inches from the bottom of the sweater. (Please note: the shape doesn't have to be a perfect circle, and the size will be determined by the size of the size of the sweater's center).
2. Cover the surface of your sweater (minus the sleeves) with the lace then pin the pattern you create on top of the lace.
3. Cut the lace around the pattern. Once completed, remove the pattern and excess pieces so that the lace only remains on the outside edges of your sweater.
4. With the foam brush, apply a thin layer of fabric glue on the sweater, wherever you want the lace to adhere. Pat the lace down on the sweater and wait approximately 30 minutes or until completely dry.
5. Trim any excess lace that is hanging off of the edges of your sweater for a clean look.

DIY Chanel Textured Bag Strap

-Flap Bag with Removable Straps ($39)
-Rock Steady Guitar Strap ($6)
-Collins Unique Stitch Fabric Glue ($6)
-9x9mm Studs (from $5)
-20mm Flat Back Rhinestones (from $8)
-Pearl Beads ($12/yard) (Per Domesek, feel free to pick whatever style you like.)
-Tweezers ($1)
-2 Carabiners
1.. Lay the guitar strap flat on a large surface.
2. Randomly place the various studs, rhinestones, and pearl trim so that they cover the entire strap.
3. Once you are happy with the placement, use tweezers to secure the stud accents, then glue the rhinestones and pearl trim in place. Wait an hour or until completely dry.
4. Once the strap is completely dry, use carabiners to secure the guitar strap to your bag. 

DIY Chloe S/S 10


-1 light-wash denim or chambray shirt
-1 pair of medium-wash jeans

-Scissors-Needle and thread
-Straight Pins
1. Cut out the back pockets of the medium-wash jeans; make sure to keep the pockets' outer edge intact.
2. Each pocket is comprised of two layers of denim. Separate those layers by snipping out the thread (use a seam ripper if you have one!). Reserve the top layer for the Extra Credit Step* or discard if you prefer to keep this D.I.Y. super simple.
3. Place and pin the bottom pocket denim onto the shirt where desired. (We like them on the shoulders as well as the front pockets, but they really can go anywhere you want!)
4. Stitch pockets onto the shirt, or if sewing isn't your thing, just use fabric glue to attach the pockets to the shirt!
*Extra Credit Step: For additional Chloe-like flair, use the top layer of the medium-wash pockets to make smaller shoulder details on the light-wash/chambray shirt. 

DIY Dip Dye Jeans

-Levi's 501 Worn Roll Shorts ($49.50)
-Home Depot 2.75 Gallon Neat'n Tidy Bucket ($5)
-Clorox Bleach ($5)
-Westcott 12" Wood Ruler ($.99)
-Firm Grip Disposable Nitrile Gloves ($15/box)
-Heinz Distilled White Vinegar ($3/gallon)
Before you begin: make sure to wear plastic gloves before you begin working to protect your hands.
1. To create bleach solution, mix two parts water and one part bleach in a plastic bucket.
2. Prepare your shorts by threading a ruler though all of the belt loops. The ruler will serve as a weight to balance the shorts while they are soaking in the bleach solution.
3. Dip the shorts into the liquid to the desired depth. Rest the ruler on the top of the bucket to allow the shorts to hang in the bleach solution without being completely covered. Leave the shorts soaking for approx 30 minutes. (Note: the bleach will run slightly, so we recommend leaving an additional inch out of the solution.)
4. After the bleach has turned the shorts the desired white shade (may take a few dips), remove shorts from bleach solution and soak in a sink or bathtub with two parts water and one part vinegar for approximately five to ten minutes to stop the bleaching process.
5. Let the shorts dry out completely, and then cut them to your desired length. Gently pull along the edges of the shorts to create a more distressed and ragged look.
Please note: Wash and dry the shorts alone for the first time. After that, you will be able to put into regular loads for future washes.

DIY Lanvin Belt

-Double Faced Satin Ribbon (approximately 2 ¾ inch wide)
-Sequin Patches
-Fabric Glue
-1 yard of Black Felt
1. Before cutting the ribbon, measure your natural waist-where the belt should hit-then add 12 inches to that number. (For example, if your waist is 25" around, you'll need 37" of ribbon. The extra inches will allow you to tie the belt around your waist.) Once you have the correct number, cut a piece of double satin ribbon to that length. Set ribbon aside.
2. Now it's time to make the glitzy part of the belt! Place the yard of black felt in front of you, then arrange the sequin patches to create a design you like. PS: it's okay if they overlap.
3. Once you are happy with how you've placed the patches, apply fabric glue to the back of each one and adhere to the felt. Hold in place for a few seconds to help set.
4. After your sequin patches are dry, it's time to trim the felt! Snip any extra felt around the outside edges of the sequin patches; the goal is to give it a clean and finished edge.
5. Once you have cut out the sequin design, attach it to the center of the ribbon using a generous amount of the fabric glue. PS: A glue gun also works as well.

DIY Eyelet Collar

-Eyelet Fabric ($10/yard)
-Velcro Sticky-Back Squares ($4)
1. Print out the P.S. I Made This pattern or make your own. Note: If you do not use the pattern, the collar should be approximately 4.5 inches wide and have a diameter of 4.25 inches.
2. Lay fabric out on a flat surface. Place the P.S. I Made This pattern on top of the fabric and trace the shape of the collar. 3. Use scissors to cut out the collar and create a scalloped edge.
4. Attach a small piece of Velcro as a closure. Style with high-neck blouses or dresses. Get creative with fabrics and colors.

DIY Statement Floral Earrings

-Beadaholique Clip On Earring Backs ($3.25 per pair)
-Krazy Glue ($4)
-2 Rose Flower Pendant Beads ($5)
-4mm Rhinestone Strands ($19/yard)
-2 Rhinestone Appliques ($10 each)
-Sporting Goods Monofilament Fishing Line
-Wire cutters
1. Use wire cutters to snip your rhinestone strand into two equal pieces. Each strand should be approximately 1½ to 2 inches in length, depending on your preference.
2. Now it's time to attach the rhinestone strand to the floral bead that will serve as the base of our earrings. There are two holes on the back of each flower bead; string the fishing line through the two holes.
3. Place the rhinestone strand on the back of the flower bead-make sure the rhinestones are facing outward, toward the face of the flower bead-and secure it with the fishing line. A simple knot will do the trick.
4. Use glue to attach the round rhinestone applique to the lower half of the rhinestone strand, making sure that the flower bead, rhinestone strand, and applique are all facing the same direction. Wait approximately 20-30 minutes until dry. Repeat steps two and three for second earring.
5. Use glue to adhere the earring backs to the flower bead. Wait approximately 20-30 minutes until both earrings are completely dry.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

DIY Alexander McQueen Gloves

-Solid Color Nylon Gloves ($8)
-Solid Sports Socks ($7)
-2 Brooches
-Gold Plated Liquid Hot Dog Beads ($2.20)
-Hot glue gun
If you already own a pair of fingerless gloves, or would rather purchase a pair instead of making your own, please skip to step 6.
1. First, you need to make your fingerless gloves! Using your scissors, cut across your gloves horizontally, removing all the fingers. Then snip off the tip off the thumb.
2. Next, it's time to make an insert for the gloves. Start by cutting the feet off the socks. The idea is to create a tube shape that is approximately 12-inches long..
3. Halfway down the long side of the sock, make a one slit (approximately one-inch long), which will act as the thumbhole.
4. Slide the fingerless glove inside the sock tube and pull the glove's thumb through the slit.
5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for the second glove.
6. Now it's time to create the gloves' embellishments! For the first glove, glue the hot dog-shaped beads onto each brooch to create dimension. Ideally, you should create a sunburst effect, as shown above, but customize the gloves however you want.
7. Wait approximately 10 minutes or until completely dry.
8. Once you are finished with both brooches, pin or glue them to the glove. 

DIY Burberry Trench

- H&M Trench Coat ($60)
- 17 bags of Tree Spikes ($13/bag of 20) in Gold
-Leather hole punch or X-Acto knife
1.Before you apply the studs to the jacket, use white chalk to outline a rectangle on each arm, starting at the shoulder and ending at the elbow. You want it to be large enough to fit approximately 24 rows and five columns, but this will vary depending on the size of your jacket and how many studs you want on it.
2. Create small holes using a leather hole punch or X-Acto knife where you would like each stud to go.
3. Press the post of the stud through the small hole and screw the back onto the post.

DIY Marc Jacobs Cardigan

-1 crewneck cardigan
-Rhinestone, vintage, or otherwise interesting buttons
-Needle and thread
-Glue gun and glue
1. Lay cardigan on your workspace and unbutton it.
2. Line up your rhinestone buttons in a vertical pattern next to each buttonhole.
3. Sew the button flush to the seam of the buttonhole corner closest to the inside. (Note that you are notswitching out the original buttons, but rather adding larger, more ornate buttons that will sit on top of the pre-existing ones.)
4. After securing the new, bigger, rhinestone buttons, you may need to glue them to the cardigan so that they lay flat. If so, wait a few minutes for the glue to try before buttoning the sweater.
5. Button up the cardigan. Your new decorative buttons should now fully cover the original small buttons.
6. To style it in a Marc Jacobs fashion, wear the cardigan so that the buttons are facing the back!