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 :))

DIY: 2 piece skirt and top

So I’m not a professional or anything like that. I am a normal girl who knows how to work a sewing machine and wants to make her own clothes. I don’t know how to make patterns (yet)(well, I’ve never tried) and I don’t know all the fundamentals of sewing. I see something that I like, I inspect the piece, I go buy some fabric and I attempt to make it. I make mistakes and I am sure there are probably much easier ways to make things but eh, I do it my way. So by doing it my way, I am going to show you how I made this two piece skirt and top!

 

Materials needed:

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Zipper
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Pins

Steps:

    1. Measure your waist. This is the smaller part of your stomach, above your hips. Or measure where you want the skirt to sit.
    2. Fold the fabric in half, with the print side touching. With the folded side facing up, make a guess of where the center is and lay your tape measure along it. Measure from 1 inch to half of what your waist size is. (example: waist size: 27 so use 13.5 inches. I also gave myself some slack to work with so I would do that and you can always fold it over when you are putting the zipper on). Make a mark on where that is then fold it in half again but to the side, not up and down. The point of this is to create a front and back of the skirt. Once you have folded it. Cut the shape of the skirt so when you unfold it, it looks like a skirt. Here are some pics to help it make sense.IMG_9659

 

  1. After I created my shape, I cut the waist part so there was an opening. Then I pined the two sides and did a straight stitch to create the skirt. Remember to do this with BOTH print sides touching each other so when you flip it inside, the stitches are the inside! IMG_9663
  2. I then placed the skirt fabric and the, what will be the band fabric, facing each other and sewed to create a band!
  3. Once I did that, I lined the zipper up to the back of the skirt to see how long it was and I cut a straight line down the back of the skirt. With the skirt being inside out, I folded the raw edges and sewed the zipper on.
  4. From there, I was able to put the skirt on and I measured how long I wanted it to be. Then I took it off, cut it and sewed the raw edges and the skirt was finished!

My friend, Maggie asked me what the shirt was going to look like, and I didn’t even think about making a top! So I gathered some left over pieces and created this top. How I made this top is very similar to how I made my gingham top – which I will make a blog post on next. The only difference is that I added straps to this one. To make the straps, I cut two pieces of fabric then folded them in half – print sides touching then sewed close to the edge so I had room to flip the fabric inside out. I measure the length of the strap then sewed them on normally!img_9671.jpg

Again, I am not a professional. I am just learning and having fun with it so thanks for reading 🙂

8 year old hobby

Ok so I know I said I was going to do a DIY every month and I haven’t posted once since August BUT to be fair, I have been DIYing, I just haven’t posted them yet!

About 8 years ago, when I was a freshman in high school I would not shut up about how I wanted to be a fashion designer. So, one day, my mom put me in some classes and I learned how to sew. I made a dress. I was so proud and thought it was so cute – maybe not so much today but hey, I still dig it. Although, the bow is falling off.

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ANYWAY, during that time, I convinced my mom to buy me a sewing machine and I couldn’t tell you if I ever used it. For the past 3ish years, I said I would take it out of retirement and sew again. I never did until a few months ago. I somehow got the urge, desire and passion to just sew and create and see what I could make. I started off basic then did a few more things. I really enjoy sewing and want to continue to learn more and get better at it.

I decided to make a “style” section on the blog where the DIYs will go. I will share how I made them and what the inspiration was! So be on the look out for those 🙂

I think its so cool when you try out an old hobby again and end up loving it. I encourage each of you to go out and try something new, or old!

fall mood

Remember when I said that instead of doing monthly “favorites,” I would do seasonal moods… Here is my Fall Mood:

Clothing pieces:

Considering it is still 90 degrees in California right now – I am still wearing my favorite clothing pieces that I wore during the summer time. But I can tell you some things I am EXCITED to wear when the weather gets colder / things I am loving this fall:

  • BERETS! THEY’RE BACK! Do you know how excited I am? I can finally wear the beret my parents got me years ago because I was inspired by Massie Block (my childhood inspo – Google her)
  • 60s and 70s vibes (grandma florals – heck ya)
  • Business attire!!! Oversized blazers and cropped and fun patterned slacks
  • Any type of cropped pants really (my absolute favs)
  • Monochromatic
  • Fur – something that will always make me happy
  • Jumpsuits make me happy too

I’m seriously so excited right now because of that list.

Songs that are on REPEAT

  • December, 1963 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

Favorite shows

  • The Voice. Just started watching this two days ago. So random but I dig it.

Favorite accessories

  • Wicker circle bag
  • Scrunchies
  • Scarves & headbands
  • Berets

staying sane

In order to keep myself sane, I decided that I am going to do some sort of DIY at least once a month. It is important to do what you love every once in awhile – we tend to get caught up in school work and real work but the things that keep us sane are the things we love to do and NEED to do. My thing is DIYs. I remember the first time I discovered what a “DIY” was… It made my fashion designer dreams a heck of a lot easier. My DIYs involved cutting pants into shorts, and gluing patterns, studs and fabric onto them. I turned my ugly or not used shirts into something cute and trendy. Any trash I found, I wanted to revamp it. I would go to the mall and see what was trending and see how I could turn what I own into that piece so I didn’t have to spend money that I didn’t have because I didn’t have a job. I have a job now but still don’t feel like spending money on certain things. This is a great transition into this months DIY. I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw Shannon Barker in the CUTEST SWEATSHIRT EVER – I had to have it. So I looked it up and found the great Mink Pink sweatshirt – it was $80 and I was like HECK NO I COULD DRAW THAT MYSELF. Then I realized, I can draw that myself… So that’s what I did.

Pieces include: fabric markers in black, yellow, and pink and your sweatshirt of choice from wherever in whatever color you want! – the brilliance of DIYing – it’s all up to you.

And here is the finished product… TA DAAAAAAA

Stay tuned for next months DIY 🙂