so i made this dress so i could wear it on thursday :)
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so i made this dress so i could wear it on thursday :)
it really confuses me when i look at the tag “DIY fashion” and there are dozens of pictures of people with no DIY influence on their clothes at all. i mean, i would think that if you tagged something with “DIY fashion”, it would include some DIY fashion.
i guess this post is ironic then too, isn’t it. haha.
DIY: mom’s pants to high waisted shorts :)
1. so first start off with some pants that are many sizes too large for your body. to be sure that the pants will suffice, try them on. hike the pants all the way up so that the crotch of the pants is in the -errr.. correct place? if the top of the pants are at your waist, you’re good to go.
2. since we’ll be making shorts, i chopped off the pant legs. we can do a lot of things with the excess fabric.
3. next, put the shorts on. grab the excess fabric at the sides, so you’ll know roughly the size of the seam you’ll be making along the side.
4. using blue tailor’s chalk, mark the seam you’ll be sewing along. then sew down the chalk line and cut off the excess. *before cutting: be sure that the short’s aren’t too tight by doing a fit check.
5. then, do a final cut on the hem of the shorts. i cut mine so that they’re shorter in front and longer in the back.
6. done! :)
DIY: T-shirt to T-strap halter
1. cut the T-shirt. make sure the shirt is large enough. the large bottom piece will be used for the main part of the top, so be sure to make it as long as possible by cutting it at the underarm area.
2. take the sleeves and sew the “top” of the neckline, leaving a 1” gap
3. using excess fabric from the chest part of the shirt, make the back of the top. i included a zipper in mine. sew the front piece to the back piece of the shirt.
4. with another piece of excess fabric, sew a tube that is about 6” long and about 1” wide. this will be the piece that connects the neck piece to the shirt.
5. connect the tube to the top and to the neck piece. to clarify; the “neckpiece” refers to the piece ribbed Tshirt that was cut off from the neck area of the shirt.
6. it should look like the sixth picture.
7. Now attach the bottom of the shirt to the top. Since the bottom is a larger circumference than the top, pins are needed to pin down the pleats made. I made four pleats; two in the front and two in the back of the shirt.
8. done :)
made this today for my sunglasses.
i’ll have to make another one later for all my other pairs though.
inbox me if you want me to do a DIY :)
DIY: rubber eraser stamps
1. start off with an eraser (has to be flat) and carving tools. i got my carving tools at a japanese boutique, but i’m pretty sure they sell them at craft stores like Michael’s. they have to have a curved or angled blade to carve out chunks in the middle of a piece.
2. the image that i wanted to make into a stamp was larger than my eraser, so i cut my eraser in half using a kitchen knife and laid them side by side. i glued both pieces to a used giftcard. it is important that both of the rubber pieces are level.
3. pick an image that does not have any gradients or middle shades. the stamp will make the image become only two values (color and white) i used a picture of Pabu from LEGEND OF KORRA, because of the cartoon style.
4. trace the image using tracing paper with a pencil. it’s important that it’s a pencil for step 5.
5. now place the traced image graphite side down to the eraser. rub the image onto the eraser.
6. now start to carve the white parts of the image. this will be the parts that do not show up with ink. be careful not to slice open your hand and bleed to death while crying.
7. once you’ve done all the white parts, do a test print. sometimes you need to cut some parts down more, or some parts need to be smoothed.
sophie (my model), hana, kim (me)
at a fashion show hosted by my school’s fashion club.
remember that plaid top DIY?
the grey skirt DIY will be up soon :)
today i made a jacket for the fashion show we’re having at our school, but IT IS TOO SMALL. noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
DIY: sophie’s birthday batwing sweater
1. start off with at least a yard of fabric. this fabric can be either stretch knit like i used, sweater material, or anything else that isn’t stiff. NOTE: to keep the stretch of the material, use a zigzag stitch. this won’t hold the material back like a straight stitch.
2. i made a simple pattern for half of the front/back pieces, and cut it out on the fold so that the front was one piece and the back was one piece. make sure to cut the front neckline lower than the back for a better fit.
3. the third picture shows almost all of the pieces we will be using. the front and back pieces, eight rectangles for the back, a long tube for the rectangles, and two pieces for the sleeves (cut on the fold).
4. now sew each rectangle down the sides to make a tube. turn each tube right-side out. the long tube will be used for the centers.
5. cut the tube into 4 pieces for the rectangels. use the tube section by sewing it around the middle of the rectangles. flip right-side out to make a bow-like piece.
6. then, cut the back piece down the middle for the bows. sew each bow end down the back piece, making sure that the seam is on the inside of the sweater. do this to both sides.
7. sew from the neck, down the shoulder to the end of the sleeve. do this to both sides.
8. this step is tricky, since you are trying to sew a triangle shape to a “V” shape. sew the sleeve to the front and back pieces. be sure to align the seam from the shoulder/arm to the point on the triangle.
9. now sew from the end of the sleeve along the underarm to the bottom of the sweater.
10. add a finishing hem or extra fabric to the bottom, neck and sleeves. to do this, you can fold over the fabric at the bottom. to add fabric like i have done, cut a long rectangle and fold it in half hot dog style. then sew the raw edge sides to the bottom of the sweater so that it ends up with a fold at the bottom instead of a seam.
11. and you’re done :)
XOXO, Kim <3