9.03.2018

Tasseled Khaki Jacket DIY Refashion


I thrifted this jacket back in 2014, and I loved it for chilly summer afternoons in San Francisco. Fast forward to 2018, and I see my poor little jacket all alone in the back of my closet. I've worn it maybe once or twice these past couple of years, so I decided to give it a makeover. I'm currently loving the tassel trend. (Dear fashion, please keep it alive a while longer!) If you've know me for a while, you've probably realized that I love pastel colors, so I was so excited to make pastel colored tassels when I found these threads hiding in my stash.


WHAT CHANGED:


1. New half circle bell sleeves were added

2. Tassel detail added on front and around new sleeves

3. This jacket was sash-less, so I made a new one that matched the sleeves. 
(I tied it in a bow, for an ultra feminine look!)



I matched my new DIY refashioned tassel jacket with this pastel floral necklace. 
I also loved how well it paired with a skirt (for a more dressed up look) and my favorite jeans (for a more casual look).  I'm all about versatile pieces in my closet!

7.31.2018

Anchor Print Faux Wrap Ruffle Skirt


It wouldn't be summer without some beach pictures right? Okay, I didn't take these at the actual beach, but I took them in a beach town, so that counts right? The beach was a few steps away, but it got full of people since I waited too long to take my photos. I didn't really want to be like "oh excuse me, excuse me" around beachgoers trying to have some summer fun, so I opted to take photos around the town instead. 



THE PATTERN:


This summer I really wanted a ruffle wrap skirt. I love wrap skirts that have the ruffle front design. My mom actually got the J.Crew Rugby Knit Wrap Skirt for her birthday and I really wanted to recreate it. Originally I was going to draft a pattern, but pattern drafting brings me little joy, lol. Sewing is my joy, so I searched for a ruffle wrap skirt pattern. I came across the Carmen Flounce Skirt from Designer Stitch and I really loved how it turned out. This is actually a faux wrap skirt, so I added a faux tie belt to make it look like an actual wrap skirt.

I chose standard waistband, shorter length options. For the tie, I self drafted a tie belt that was 43 1/2" x 2 1/4". 


THE FABRIC:


I purchased this anchor print lightweight denim at Joann's. Originally, I was going to use it to make a pleated skirt, but I decided to use it for a nautical themed summer wrap skirt. I found it in the denim section, next to the chambray fabrics. It has a slight stretch and sews up very nicely. I believe it was priced at $19.99 a yard, but it was half off, so it turned out to be $9.99/yard.




Here are some tips and tricks to use when making this skirt.

7.20.2018

Cold Shoulder to "Normal" Sleeve Modest Dress Refashion

cold shoulder to modest sleeve refashion before and after

I got this dress last summer when the cold shoulder trend was everywhere and I was in love with the trend. Now, I still enjoy the trend every once in a while, like when I wear this cold shoulder lace dress I refashioned last year. I was definitely more into the cold shoulder trend last summer though.

vintage style modest wrap dress refashion

The cold shoulder opening was too big on this dress and the v-neckline was deeper than I liked. The cold shoulder sleeves had great potential, because they were big and ruffled. When I was playing around, draping the fabric, I fell in love with how the new ruffle sleeve looked like. 

WHAT CHANGED:

- Too big cold shoulder sleeves turned into new modest ruffle sleeves.

- The v-neckline was brought up by using a sew on snap to hold it in place. (Like these)

6.30.2018

DIY Tulle Circle Skirt Tutorial

lavender tulle skirt with unicorns sign

Oh tulle skirts, how I love thee. No matter how I'm feeling, tulle skirts give me so much happiness and make me feel like a princess. In all my years of sewing, I had never made one though. The only time I made one was when I made this Fourth of July dress, 3 years ago. It's incredibly easy to make a tulle circle skirt. The fact that it is a circular piece gives it a beautiful shape and movement.

tulle skirts with sewing supplies

 Seriously, now I want to make one in every color, even though I already have a couple in my closet! I will keep updating this post when I make more tulle circle skirts. :)

tulle circle skirt with ruffle blouse

For my magical 24th birthday this year, I made this lavender tulle skirt to match my unicorn print ruffle blouse. Usually, I hide my elastic waistbands, but this time around I bought this pink glitter elastic, so I wanted to show it off. You can make a waistband if you want your elastic covered, or you can show it if it's glittery or colorful. (or both!) There are many different colored elastics available, and in different sizes. I don't really like wide waistbands, so I chose a 1.5" wide elastic.

Now, let's get to making this beautiful tulle skirt!

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