DIY: sun bathing suit

I am calling this a sun bathing suit because technically that is what it is. I don’t go in the water at the beach or the pool so I wanted to make a cute bathing suit to tan in!

Materials:

  1. Polyester fabric
  2. 100% Polyester thread
  3. Bathing suits or bralette that you own to use as a pattern

I couldn’t decide on the style of top I wanted so I decided to make two different styles.

Top Style #1

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The first thing I did was stretch my fabric in both directions to see which side was stretchier. With the stretchier side, fold it in half so that when you pull the bathing suit on, it would stretch. (If that makes sense?)

Next, I laid out a Calvin Klein bra to be the pattern for top #1. I then traced it out on the fabric. At this point, the fabric is folded in half so when cut the pattern out, you will have two tops. This is correct. But then do it again, so you have four in total.

You will put the two sides together, right sides touching each other. Then sew along the edges, keeping a small section unsewed so you can flip the top outside in.

Do this again with the other two sets. Once you know have two tops, sew them together, right sides touching to make your complete top!

Top Style #2

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For this style, I grabbed a bralette that I already owned and used the width to create the pattern.

Instead of creating two of each side, I created the pattern closed to the folded side. As you can see in the photo below, the top is folded over and the bottom will be sewn.

After sewing the bottoms of the top, I sewed the two tops together with the sides, having right sides facing each other.

After that, I took leftover fabric and created straps. I kind of cheated on the straps because I do not like making straps; so I took the left over fabric and just pulled it until they looked like straps, as you can see in the photo below. Once I finished that, I sewed the straps on.

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Bottoms

I’m really into the high-leg bottoms right now so that is what I wanted to create! I have a one piece suit that has a high leg so I used that as the pattern to create my bottoms.

I made the bottoms similar to the first top. I created two patterns for the front, and two for the back. I sewed the two front together, leaving a little space to flip outside in. then did the same for the back. Once finished, I sewed the sides and bottom together, right sides touching.

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And taaa-daaa, here is the finished product!

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Disclaimer: I am self-taught. I look at pieces and get ideas on things to create then I basically create from how I think it should be done. So I am sure there are much easier or different ways to sew and do what I do, but this is how I do it 🙂

DIY: overall suspender bottoms

I am LOVING the suspender look. A few months ago, I fell in love with a overall suspender skirt and didn’t get it and now its gone… which means, time for me to DIY it. I am going to show you how to DIY suspender cropped pants & a suspender skirt from pieces I owned, that didn’t wear and needed to upcycle!

(So this one, you do need to sew but it is so easy, that you could sew by hand!)


So lets start with the pants.

I took a maxi dress that I didn’t care about anymore.

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Step 1: Cut off the top so you’re only working with the bottom of the dress.

– I liked this dress because there was already elastic in it, so when I was cutting off the tube top part, I kept some elastic so I didn’t have to worry about that. So I recommend using a dress with elastic in it already! Or you’ll need to put your own elastic or zipper in!

– The other nice thing about this dress, is now I have a separate tube top as well!

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Step 2: If you skirt doesn’t already have slits, then cut some slits on the side.

I lucked out because mine already had slits, so I folded the dress in a way that created two legs then I just sewed up the slits!

Step 3: I cut off some of the bottom to 1. make it shorter and 2. to have fabric for the straps.

Once I did that, I created two straps. Then I sewed the straps into the correct place and there you have it!

To create a strap, cut enough fabric where if you folded it in half, it would be the thickness you want! Once you have it cut, fold in half with the printed sides touching, then sew along the edge, then flip the straps inside out! (This is the most tedious part)

(I didn’t hem the bottom but you can to make a cleaner and more finished look!)

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Now for the skirt!

It is the exact same process! Except I turned my high-low skirt into a flowy, one length skirt. You can pick your length.

With the excess, create straps then sew the straps on!

And you’ll probably have more excess – with that excess, I love to make headbands, scarves, chokers, whatever you think would be cute!

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DIY: downsize/alter jean waist

So I do this thing where I like something and its not even close to my size, but I buy it anyway because I like it and I think I can do something about the size, and I usually succeed, except for in the case of shoes, I just let myself suffer there.

Normally with pants, I just safety pin them because thats the easiest way to make them work BUT! today I decided to finally teach myself how to alter my jeans because its getting to the point of where most of my jeans are too big and I am losing safety pins.

So I am going to show you how I turned a pair of big & baggy jeans into a pair of fitting mom style jean (lazy style)!

Materials:

  • Jeans
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing tools: scissors, thread, safety pins, pins.. ya know, the usual

Step 1:

Put the jeans on, gather the fabric to the point of how tight you want the jeans to be, then measure that with your tape measure. With that measurement, divide it by two because you are going to create two darts on the back of the jeans above the pockets. First I safety pinned the sections like so:

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Step 2:

Then I flipped the jeans inside out and on each side, I moved the pin section to the side and create a dart then sewed along that line. I don’t know how to explain it so I’ll insert a pic:

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Step 3:

Then I flipped them inside out again and put them on and voilà, they fit!

*Make sure that you are not altering them too much because then its gets to the point where the back will look weird & bunched up*

Step 4:

I didn’t stop there…  I put the jeans on inside out and gathered how much fabric I wanted to take off to make them more fitting.

Step 5:

From there, I placed them inside out again and started lining pins along the inside based on the new fit I wanted.

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Step 6:

I then used a straight stitch to sew along the pins… I did that twice because the jeans were pretty thick. Then cut off the excess so you don’t have fabric all bunched on the inside and there you have it!

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I am currently trying to decide if I want to cut a hole/rip and if I decide to, be on the look out for a blog post! Until then, here are the jeans & enjoy!

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DIY: ruffle crop top

Here is how to make the ruffled trimmed crop top that everyone has been loving!

All you need is a WIFE BEATER, SCISSORS, and a SEWING MACHINE.

So take your wife beater tank top, and cut from the middle of the top how long you want the shirt to be. With the rest of the fabric, cut how long you want the arms to be.

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Then take one of the pieces, and do a zig zag stitch along the top and the bottom. Then repeat for the other piece, then sew the arms on the top and there you have it!

As you can see, I made another one without the arms so you can make many different kinds and many different sizes!

 

DIY: pleated skirt & circle skirt

Pleated Skirt

So my original plan was to create this skirt for a Velma costume, but I loved it so much, I made a part of my wardrobe.

Materials:

  • 2 yards of fabric (to be safe)
  • Zipper
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric scissors

Step 1: Measure your waist then multiply by 3. Then add 2 extra inches for the seam allowance. Example: 26 (my waist) x 3 = 78 + 2 = 80. Measure out 80 inches of the fabric.

Step 2:  Lay out the whole length of fabric, and take your tape measure and make a mark every 3 inches. 1,2,3,1,2,3. Pinch the fabric at every one and fold it over to the three, then pin it there.

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Step 3: Sew down the top of the skirt. IF you want, you can sew a few inches of each pleat to keep the pleats in line.

Step 4: Create a waistband. Fold the fabric in half and sew close to the edge. Then sew the waist band to the pleated end of the skirt – place the fabrics, color/print side touching.

Step 5: Sew the raw edges of the bottom of the fabric, then sew the zipper on, then sew the rest of the ends together and you have a pleated skirt!

Circle Skirt

Okay so this skirt is unbelievably easy. (Its the same concept as the two piece skirt)

Materials:

  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Zipper
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric scissors

Step 1: Measure your waist, or where you want the skirt to sit.

Step 2: Take the measurement, and divide it by two. Because you are going to fold the fabric in half. One half is the front and one half is the back. (26/2 = 13in)

Step 3: Eyeball where the middle is and measure half of your waist size, then make a mark where that is. So I would put my tape measure in the middle, measure 1-13 and make the mark.

Step 4: Then fold it over again so the two marks are touching then cut the shape of the skirt (diagonal). Once you have the skirt shape, touch the two printed sides to each other, then sew along the two diagonal cuts.

Step 5. Then sew the raw edges on the bottom to create a hem. Also, create a waistband (same as above). Then flip the skirt inside out, so print side is showing.

Step 6: Once that is done, cut a slit in the back center for the zipper and sew it on!

How I sew on a basic zipper:

So once I have cut a slit down the center of the back, or if Im using the edges on the side.. I open the zipper all the way, fold a nice clean edge of the fabric and simply pin the fabric to the zipper. Once I get towards the end of the zipper, I zip it up some so the zipper does not get in the way. Then I repeat for the other side. Super simple!

 

 

 

DIY: tie crop top

Ok so this is the easiest DIY EVER. I literally bought one yard of fabric, cut it in half (hamburger style) then I took that fabric and wrapped it around my chest and volià, you have a tie crop top! But okay after I did that I went back and modified it.

Imagine you have the strip of fabric laying down… fold it in half then kind of take your scissors and cut diagonally… I don’t have a photo of the fabric but here it is drawn up so you have an idea.IMG_2524

After I did that, I sewed the top and bottom raw edges. Then I just tied the top back on! Seriously so simple.

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(Also, I made that skirt^ so be on the lookout for a post on the skirt :))