Sunday, September 23, 2012

More glamming up....

Hey sweeties,

This post is kind of a part two for the previous post, so if you wanna know how to this, check out that one. :)

Anyways, here's another glitter DIY, mostly in pictures this time!

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I got this pair of flats that used to be white originally, but as the color wore out, I painted them silver.

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However, the paint is starting to chip a lot, so I thought I would give my trusted pair a one last shot. So I dug up my crafting box and started to make them more glam.

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Covering the insides of my babies.

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Glitter and decoupage varnish before mixing them together.

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Ready to apply!

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I actually glammed up my calendar a bit before the shoes....

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Looking pretty nice, right?

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I also decorated one pair of heels I haven't worn in a long while - I thought making the heels glittery would make them more fun to wear.

So, what do you think about these little things?

And is there some DIY post you'd like to see here? Let me know in the comment box! ♥

xoxo

Johanna

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Glammed Up Sneakers

Hey lovelies!

What you've been crafting lately?

Today I'm showing you a little shoe project, inspired by many of my blogger friends. I had been dying to do this for six months, but I didn't have a pair to use for this. But then I found a cheap pair of sneakers, and could finally do it.

And now, I'm sharing it with you all. :)

I used:

A pair of sneakers
Decoupage varnish
Glitter
Rhinestones
Old newspaper for covering the floor
Paintbrush
A cup for blending glitter and the varnish

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I started off by covering the area where I was going to work with an old newspaper. The glitter - not to mention the varnish - is so nasty to clean up, that I was rather safe than sorry. I removed the laces, and used some scotch tape to prevent glitter from getting into places I didn't want it to.

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Then I mixed some black glitter with some decoupage varnish, and started adding the mix onto the shoes.

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I let the shoes dry up for a while, then added another layer of the glitter mix.

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After the shoes were completely dry, I took some rhinestones, and started adding them to the fronts of the shoes. There were black ones already, but they looked very cheap and unfinished alone, so that's why I felt I needed to add something extra.

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I added the rhinestones one by one, using the varnish (without glitter) as glue.

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I let the pair dry before adding the laces, and below is the result:

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They're now unique, and more statement that they were before. I'm sure they'll have a plenty of use when school starts and I need a pair I can run in - and look fine doing it. ;) (Notice how I changed the laces from black to white? I think they're better this way ;))

Is this something you would try out? And what's the latest "glam-up" you've done - with clothing or any other item?

I hope you're week is being very creative - as mine is. ;)

xoxo

Johanna

Friday, May 25, 2012

DIY: Studded White Shorts

Hiya lovelies,

Today I have another little DIY post for you. How many of you have been craving for studded shorts this Spring? I know I have. And I found the perfect-looking pair from Gina Tricot, but paying 40 euros for a pair every other girl on the street will wear wasn't really an option for me. So, what's a girl to do?

Make her own, kinda unique pair, of course. ;)

White Studded Shorts


You'll need:
A pair of white jeans (or shorts)
Scissors
Studs
Tweezers
(Sandpaper and/or crafting knife - anything that can be used for "destroying") 

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Start off by cutting the jeans short. You can (and should) figure out the perfect length by putting them on and drawing a line to where you want to cut it off.

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Look at the fun little detail the back pockets have! So cute! :)

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Time to start the detailing. I started off with cuts and holes and whatever, but you can start from the studs if you like that better.

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I created one slightly more clear and bigger cut than the others, as I needed that for a detail. Others are just "worn out" looking.

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Add the studs the way you see fit...

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...I made a pattern that looks like this.

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And this is what the bigger slit is for. Cut a piece from the leftover fabric, that's slightly bigger than the slit you made. Then, add some studs to it the way you like. (I mimicked the design of the Gina Tricot shorts)

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Pin it on it's place, and sew.

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It should look like this. 

Now, just make the finishing touches to the legs (I worn mine out with the help of tweezers).

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In the end, your creation could look something like this. I'm eager to get on wearing them. ;)

I'm actually upgrading another pair as we speak, don't know if I'm posting them here much, but I think I can at least show a picture on the next post. ;) 

Stay creative!

xoxo 

Johanna

Sunday, May 6, 2012

DIY: Cut Out Shirt

Hey lovelies,

Today I'll bring you a post about a little project I had a couple of weeks ago. If you don't know already, I really love the make my own clothing as much as possible, because that's the only way to really have unique clothing, and therefore, unique style. I've maybe mentioned it on the style blog, but I hate to pay big prices for items that every other girl on the street will wear that season. That's why I've learned to sew in early age, and try to learn new things every year.

Unfortunately the past year has been very busy and all, so I haven't got to do as many projects I would've loved to. I have, however, stored loads of fabrics in our closet for the time I can actually just focus on the stuff I really love. And within a week, I can start doing projects one by one, and hopefully get to post here more often as well. ;)

But anyway, back to the post itself.

You know the cut out trend that seems still to be around? Well, I've looked in one store after another, looking for the perfect shirt, but never quite found one. Not that there weren't beautiful ones, but I don't want to wear the same piece everyone else has.

So one day, I was going through my enormous pile of fabrics, and found the same neon green fabric I had used for my lace skirt (seen here and here). I saw there was easily enough fabric for a shirt, and realized it would make a nice cut out shirt.

So I dug out my Burda patterns and started out the fun.

How to create your own cut out shirt?

If you like to sew, like I do, start from the beginning. If you don't, scroll down to step 4. (Then you'll need a long-sleeved shirt you dare to cut.)

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1. Start out by choosing a pattern you want to use for the shirt. I used 7742 from Burda Young, which is my go-to pattern for nearly any shirts. Cut the necessary pieces from the fabric as instructed.

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2. Follow the instructions included with your pattern. It probably goes the way I've done it, though. So start out by taking the back and front pieces of the shirt, and place the pieces outsides against each other. Pin the shoulders together, and make the shoulder seams. Turn the edges of the neckline to make a neat finished look.

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It should look somewhat like this.

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2. Take the sleeves, and fit them to the correct places. The easiest way to have neat seams is to start the pinning from the edges, and work your way towards the center. You may have to create folds to make the sleeve fit in nicely. Make the seams, and remove the pins.

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At this point, your shirt should look like this.

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3. Sew the side seams, and tidy up the ends of the sleeves and the hem by turning the edges and sewing them neatly.

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4. Decide the size of the cut outs. They don't have to be similar on each side, so you can just be as creative as you may. Cut them out a little smaller than you want them to be, then turn the edges as you did with the sleeves, and sew them in place.

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It should look like this when you're done. Now you can put it on and wear it. (You may notice my shirt doesn't have finished hem in the picture, that's because I realized it only after taking the photo... Oops.) I think I'll be editing the ends of the sleeves later on, but when I do, I try to remember to update this post. :)

This was super easy to do, and I strongly encourage anyone with a little patience to try this out. Maybe you have an old shirt in your closet that needs a little something? Well, this might actually be the easiest thing to do with it. ;)

If I can do this, so can you. :) Just be creative ♥

xoxo 

Johanna

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Recent sewing projects

Hey you all,

It's been a while I've written anything here (I mean, I've had things to write about, but it has just been so hectic or something). But now I thought it's time to fix it. The other day I finally decided to take photos of many things I've sewn recently (meaning, within six months). I also have a kind of DIY post coming up (a cut-out shirt), and I wanted to ask if there's any DIY you'd want me to cover here?

Of course, there's a lot of projects I'll get to when my vacation starts after a couple of weeks. Then I will only have my job, no school for many blessed weeks, so it's perfect for the blog. (Or, well, for all 4 of them... :D)

Anyway, to the point. Here's some creations by me:

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An old shirt I got bored of. So I gave it a fringe. ;) Not much of a project, just something I cut while watching TV.

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I've shown this one before on the style blog, but here we go again. A chiffon tunic with a floral pattern, perfect for days on the beach.

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Also something I've posted before, a light green (not mint, though) lace dress with a little detail in the back. The neckline looks more asymmetric here than it actually is, lol. :D

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More lace... This one is an old dress of my cousin's, which I took in a little and started to cover with lace. I ran out of white lace while doing it, so this one is waiting for me to have the time to run to a fabric store and grab some cute white lace. (and possibly something colorful for the waistline... Suggestions?)

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A metallic tunic, which is an old, old project that I dug up because it's so adorable. It's missing buttons, and needs a belt and slimming, but we're getting there. ;)

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Thrifted military style jacket, which was desperately needing an edge from something black. So I added some satin and lace. (And yes, it's missing lace from other sleeve. Apparently some of my fabric boxes has swallowed it... I wish I knew which one!)

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And then, my newest addition (sorry for the terrible light!): A green - yes, green, not yellow! - lace skirt with some tricot fabric underneath. I made the waistline adjustable, so it can be worn as high waist or super high waist....

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...and it doesn't stop there because it's also the cutest short dress this Summer. ;) 

So, what do you all think? And what's the recent DIY project you've had?

I'm really sorry for the light in the photos, it doesn't compliment the clothes too much. But you can see all these later on styled in different outfits, and in much better light, so don't worry. ;)

Later this week - or at the beginning of the next, the latest, I'll be showing you how I sew a cut-out shirt from scratch. I'll be also making studded denim shorts, headbands, and some other pieces before June. And I really want to know: Is there a DIY project you'd want to see here?

Now, I'm off to bed - lots of studying to do tomorrow...

Be creative! ♥

xoxo

Johanna