I bought this adorable used handmade dress on eBay. It was a bit long for my liking so I took the scissors to it. The dress has a circle skirt so it was challenging to hem & I ended up taking too much off leaving me with too short of a dress. The solution? Eyelet lace trim!
I bought the widest trim I could find to give the skirt the extra length it needed. It worked out perfectly! I was afraid the white would stand out too much but it looks nice with the tiny white contrast stripes in the plaid. I really love the color combo.
The dress is a bit big for me size wise but a belt definitely helps. The person who made it even included belt loops :)
I love the cute casual summer dress, but I wished I could have another one in different, darker colors and a not-so-sheer bottom. That didn’t exist, so I decided to challenge myself to make my own! This is how it came out:
I documented the process of figuring out how to make the similar styled frock and wrote up a tutorial. It has quite a bit of steps so I put it up on Flickr as a set.
It’s finally officially summer! To get in the spirit of the new season (not like I needed to) The boy and I spent Sunday afternoon refashioning some tees into tank tops.
1 // I’ve been hoarding this crazy cool printed shirt I got thrifting for a long while–so glad I waited to cut it up because I love it in this style. What are these kind of shirts even called? ‘Side exposing shirt?’ ‘Slouchy tank?’ I have no idea. I’ve always wanted a tank like this to secretly show the tattoo on my ribs [Is it weird that out of my 6 tattoos my very first one is still my favorite?] Sometimes it makes me sad that I can’t see it :)
I just measured down from the bottom of the sleeves a few inches, followed the bottom line to the top of the sleeves seam & cut the sleeves off. Now that you have a shirt with wide armholes–keep trying the shirt on and cut the arm holes lower & lower until you’re happy with it. I say to gradually keep cutting so you don’t take off too much! You want to make sure there’s still enough coverage in the front. Then cut the neckband off and cut a new neckline. Super easy.
2 // For the guys tank, or a regular girls tank, we just traced a tank top that fit well and cut the sleeves and neckline accordingly. I sewed some tshirt ribbing on for a finished look.
3 // For this shirt, I chopped the top of the tee off below the sleeves & sewed contrast black knit fabric to the top. I used a standard t-shirt pattern (Burdastyle) but omitted the sleeves & took the sides in a bit. Added some buttons at the end.
Fun fact: I NEVER wear flip flops unless i’m at the beach or something. I’m more of a sneakers/flats girl all the way. Why am I wearing them in these pictures? Look what you did to me, summer.
Also, while taking these pictures we were reminded about how mosquitos existed. I had almost forgotten. Boo!
I’m going to make a couple skirts next! What summer DIYs are you working on?
I’ve been itching for a new camera strap for awhile now–I found some tutorials for making one but I wanted something quick instead of creating a whole new strap with the attachments and everything. I used instructions over on Design*Sponge to make a sweet cover for my existing strap. It was super easy, and I was back to taking photos in less than an hour. The only change I would make would be to make it a bit longer because it *just* fits and doesn’t always stay stretched out to both ends.
This is a bit of a late Valentine’s post, but this is what I made for my boy for love day. I finally got to give it to him, and here he is hamming it up for the camera [more like, me asking him to.]
I used to stencil a lot on t-shirts, it was the first craft I got really in to. I made him a Scott Pilgrim shirt with his favorite character, Kim Pine. I chose a frame featuring her from the comic book and enlarged it in Photoshop. Freezer paper is awesome! You just feed the paper into your printer, cut out the design, and iron it on a shirt.
White is a hard color to work with–you have to do a couple layers of the paint to get it to really show up. It took awhile to cut out the stencil, but it came out great! Worth it.
Did you make something for Valentine’s Day? ♥