+ - - - - - - DIY ruffle bell sleeve top refashion from men’s dress shirt

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Pants: gap//top:self-made refashioned//shoes: enzo
For some reason, I’m a bit addicted to ruffle and bell sleeves. I have a hard time convincing myself to not make one every time. Literally almost made one 10 times this month. Made a little easier with sleeves just incorporated into the top.

Supplies: oversized button up (used hub’s too big dress shirt), top you like the fit of, scissors, sewing machine, pins, thread

Instructions:
1.Grab an oversized button up top and cut off the arms, the collar and the yoke in the back to flatten the box pleat, and seam rip the pocket off.
2.Lay a top down the center and cut around one half including the sleeve, folding it over and cutting the other side.
3.Sew the front and back shoulder and the sides together. Serge or zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.
4.Try the top on and make any adjustments, mark and cut where you want the neckline to be.
5.Cut on one sleeve into 2 rectangles at least 5 or more inches wide and 10 to 20 inches long once sewn together into a tube, the longer it is the more gathered and full it will look. Mine were about 15 inches long and 5 inches wide.
7.Sew the rectangles into a tube, then sew a basting stitch along one side.
8.gather the basting stitch to fit the sleeve opening. Repeat with the other sleeve.
9.Turn the shirt right side out and pull the sleeve end into the ruffle opening, pinning right sides together
10.Sew them together.
11.Hem the bell sleeve with a rolled hem by sewing 1/4” twice
12. sew the neckline under with the same rolled hem as the sleeve. Try to be careful here to not stretch or pull too much because it can look warped or roll forward.
13.Hem the bottom if you need.
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I wore this out on my date last Friday, and danny (his idea! wha? Not usually his thing) wanted to take some pics while we were there. We ate at Sundance which is my favorite place. This was post garlic fries, hamburger and fried brussel sprouts.

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+ - - - - - - DIY 10 minute side stripe jeans refashion

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Want to take out your pants a little, make them into boyfriend jeans or just want to add some flare?? Well this tutorial was fun and easy! Will take just 10 minutes and 2 pairs of jeans you have fallen out of love with. For me these pants were way too tight both of them….they had major bleg (butt-leg). So i would always need to cover them with a jacket or  what not. So! Instead of going to the second hand store….its back into my closet.

Supplies: 2 pair of jeans, scissors, sewing machine or needle and thread, marking chalk, thread

Instructions:
1.first, cut the side seams out of a pair of jeans. If you already like the fit of your pants then take a little more out to match the same width of the piece you’re putting in.
2.take another pair of pants and check to see if it is similar enough to match up the pockets. If it a little off it will just add to the personality of the pants.
3. cut out 2-4 inches from side seams of the second pant, including some of the front pocket. Make sure both piece are cut the same – I marked it first to make it straight.
4.match up the pants and piece’s front sides right sides together. Pin to keep it all matched up.
5.At the sewing machine, unpin the top of the jeans till just under the pocket, then open up to the inside and pinn the top of jean pockets together. Sew them together till the end of the pocket.
6.Repin the side back up, making sure to cram the just sewn pocket into the pant leg.
7.sew the rest of the side all the way to the bottom.
8.Line up and pin the other side of the piece right sides together.
9.Do the same with the other leg.
10.Serge all the seams with a zigzag stitch to prevent fray
11.Cut the extra off at the ankle and I made it uneven to make it fun. fray the end by pulling the thread with a seam ripper.

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+ - - - - - - DIY cross flounce top refashion

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Supplies:
Oversize or maxi dress (or material can be used too)
basic top you like the fit of
scissors, pins, sewing machine or needle and thread, pins

Instructions:
-Grab an oversized or maxi dress or you can grab a yard and a half of material.
-Cut the dress’s bottom from the top.
-Lay a top on the dress’s folded fabric.
-Mark and cut
-Lay out that top piece again and cut out the back piece. I made sure to make the side seam be the center of the top’s back. if you want you can round the back’s arm hole less than the front.
-Sew up the shoulder seams.
-Cut out the sleeve’s from the original dress to reuse.
-Cut open the sleeves
-Match the center of the sleeve’s curve to the shoulder seam allowing a little tiny bit of gather at the top of the sleeve’s curve near the shoulder seam, if you want.
-Pin and sew.
-Line up the sides of the top and the sleeves with right side of the fabric touching and sew.
-When you make the front flounce piece you can make it any size
-measure the length from mid shoulder to a few inches below your armpit. this is your CROSS FRONT MEASUREMENT
-If you want a looser flounce or circular ruffle then you will want to make 2 semi circles with the inner half circle being that front measurement you just took. When the 2 half circles are sewn together you get one big circle that will go around you top.
-or If you want it really flouncy then make 2 small circles with the inner circle being that measurement you just took. making one circle for the front and one for the back. Cut them open and Sew up the little circles ends together.

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For making the flounce-
Take the cross top measurement (as you see in the video) then plug it into this equation:
Circumference=diameter x pi
-So the front measurement for me was 20 then I would double that for to include the back. This is the circumference aka the entire length you want the inner circle of the flounce and the length from your shoulder down the front side and back around to your shoulder again.
-So for a less ruffley (looser than the “after” shots in this video) then you need to do Make a big circle and for me it had to be 2 half circles. By plugging your circumference (the cross front measurement x2 ) into the equation then you know that you will have to divide be 2, then by pi (pi is equal to 3.14). So for me:

40=diameter x pi
40/pi=diameter
13=diameter

The diameter is the length you will straight across the center of the circle. Then add the 4.5″ on both sides to make up the ruffle width. To double check you will measure the inner circle to make sure it is that front cross measurement which for me was 20. You can see in the video where this measurement is.

The more ruffly you want the flounce the smaller the circle. For this exact top I cut 2 circles that had the inner circumference of the cross front measurement each with the added 4.5 inches. So Each of my circles had the inner circle or edge circumference of 20 (which was my criss front measurement).

20=diameter x pi
20/pi=diameter
6.36=diameter

So this would be the straight across center of the circle measurement with added 4.5″ on both sides to make the circle. And the inner circumference aka the complete length around the inner circle is 20 or your front cross measurement.

For the most part….if this is sill confusing….which it was for me, then just test it out first with some extra material before you cut it from your main fabric or dress.

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-Either way you must zig zag stitch the inner and outer edges of the circle to prevent fray.
-Then hem the outside edge of the circle under once 1/8” then iron
-Pin where you want the flounce-y ruffle to go making sure to pin the piece upward with right sides together.
-Sew the inner edge to the top.
-Then sew the neckline with a rolled hem by sewing 1/4 twice.
-If you need to you can hem your sleeves here with the same rolled hem
-I decided to take up the sleeves later!
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+ - - - - - - DIY very easy lace shift dress

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Well, the story behind this dress is simple; I found some pink lace from savers and I really wanted a girly Valentine’s dress. Yes boring but true. Fortunately for me, I did finish it in time to wear on VDay, but unfortunately I didn’t get this out in time for you guys to have on VDay. Life just got in the way. And now….thankfully that life is getting better thanks to antibiotics.  Here it is anyway!

Dress: made by me // Coat: f21(old) // Shoes: topshop // sunglasses: rayban

Supplies:

2 yards of lace fabric
2 yards of lining (I chose knit because of the comfort and stretch)
Boxy top and A line skirt (or something close enough!)
scissors, matching thread, sewing machine

Instructions:
1. grab 2 or more yards of lace and lining fabric. My lining is knit because I find it more comfortable.
2. also grab a boxy top and an A-line skirt. Fold them and the fabric and match the folds up.
3. Mark the arm hole shape like so, then follow the top and skirt down to make an A-line shape and make sure to add seam allowance.
4. Repeat to make the back of the dress.
5. Now line up the fold of the inside out sleeve to the fold of the lace. 6. Mark the curve of the arm hole and taper down to an A-line shape.Like so. I found that the top of the curve and the end of the curve are within a square. And I decided to make it elbow length instead!
7. Cut out the lining fabric to to be the same as the lace front and back piece, but take it in a little so it doesn’t bunch underneath.
8. Sew the shoulder seams of the lace dress together.
9. Open up the dress so you see the neck hole in the center.
10.Grab the center of the sleeve and pin it it the shoulder seam right sides together. Then pin the sleeve outwards from there. If the dress doesn’t like up perfectly thats ok because we will be matching it up later when we sew it.
11. sew the sleeve to the arm hole and repeat with the other side.
12. Leave the lace dress inside out and the sides up. sew along the sleeve down the sides to close up the dress.
13. Grab the lining pieces and line them up right sides together. Sew up the side and shoulder seams.
14. Then hem the sleeves under with a rolled hem by rolling the edge under 1/4 twice and sew.
15. Try the dress on and mark any adjustments as well as mark where you want the neckline and the lining’s hem to hit.
16. Cut out the neckline on the lace and the lining to be the same
17. Turn the lining and the lace dress inside out. Now slide the lining into the lace and match up the neckline and sew.
18. Turn the lining into the dress and you’re almost done! Unless you want to add a topstitch to the neckline here you can. Last hem the bottom of the lining.

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+ - - - - - - Last Minute sew and no-sew Valentine’s Day projects

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I’ve always been a sucker for seasonal decor and cheesing it up on any holiday…..Valentine’s Day is NO different. I’m posting just a few of some past tutorials and outfit DIYs to do in case you haven’t fulling embraced the VDay spirit or you’re just feeling crafty. Or like me….you don’t have anything you want to wear. So get your crafting/sewing pants on and have some fun!

For those who are looking to make something for you HOT date….look no further. Here are a few sewing and non-sewing ideas below. Also checkout my DIY section for even more clothing diys including maternity.

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wide pleat wrap skirtmaxi wrap skirtasymmetrical wrap dressflutter sleeve wrap dress

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2 EASY go-to Valentine’s Day heart inspired hair tutorials

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heart-felt banner and 3D vintage book pages banner

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DIY reversible kiss clutch

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XO stamped top

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“Follow the string” idea – fun gift surprise idea!

+ - - - - - - 2 EASY go-to valentine’s day hair tutorials – twisted heart and double braided heart knot

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I’m all about cheesy holiday hair and outfits, why not? So embrace the heart for valentine’s day and stick it in your hair do! Make it subtle with the double braided heart knot or make it not-so-subtle with the twisted heart half up do.

 

Twisted heart half-up hair tutorial

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Double braided heart knot hair tutorial

 

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