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