+ - - - - - - DIY Boxy Ruffle Dress Refashion video

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When I saw this oversized dress I just knew what I was going to do! Only because I saw something very similar when I was browsing online, something I could afford. Which is usually the case. As long as you can find a boxy dress (it can fit you! It just has to have at least 8″ to 10″ (more would be even better) of extra length so you can cut off the bottom for a ruffle. Happy weekend.

Instructions:
1.Try the dress on, mark where you want the ruffle to begin…then cut on this mark. Keep in mind the width you want the ruffle because the fabric you cut off will become the ruffle.
2.Lay a boxy dress flat on top of the dress you’re sewing. Mark around the boxy dress. I left a little more room because I wanted it to have a little more flow
3.Sew along the lines and try on inside out. Make adjustments if necessary. If you need to take in the shoulder seam more you can, but I like a dropped shoulder seam. Also, You can hem your sleeves shorter here as well.
4.Cut off the extra and serge or zig zag the raw edge to prevent fraying.
5.Measure the bottom of the dress you cut off and cut it almost in half, you will need to add about a half inch to the non hemmed piece.
6.Hem the edge of the newly cut half of the ruffle piece to mimic the very bottom of the dress’s hem.
7.Sew all of the pieces together to make a very long tube
8.Sew a basting stitch along the very top unhemmed edge of the tube.
9.gently gather to make it the same size as the bottom of the dress opening. make sure not to snap the thread.
10.Pull the right side out dress into the inside out ruffle matching up the seams if you can. Pin and sew.
11.Serge or zigzag stitch the edges to prevent fraying.

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+ - - - - - - How to remove pilling, aka lint balls (2 ways)

Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 7.57.52 AMTwo easy peasy ways to remove pilling! You know those annoying fuzz balls that roll up on the top of your fabric? Well, I have a few simple tricks to get rid of them and they are life changing (for the wardrobe that is)!

Supplies:
Lint Shaver
Razor
Optional – lint roller

Instructions:
1. Lay item to be de-pilled as flat as possible. Any bumps or ridges can result in a hole! Be very careful!
2. gently and slowly run your razor along the surface (or you can just use a lint shaver). I find the razor to have the best outcome. I always run a the lint shaver over the harder to get parts. If you are looking to quickly de-pill then use the lint shaver, it will work great!
3. If you used a razor, then roll some tape or a lint roller over all the fuzz that was shaved off. Done!

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+ - - - - - - DIY loose peplum eyelet top refashion – video tutorial

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I love a good refashion, I love to be challenged and I’m a sucker for before and afters. I picked up this top at the local thrift store, lover the pretty thick lace it had. I couldn’t resist. Some similar drawing diys in the past you can follow as well here and here.

instructions from the video:
-Try on the top and mark your natural waist and where you want the sleeve to end..
-Cut the sleeve and waist 1/2″ below the mark you made
-Put the top back on inside out and mark where you need to take it in. Just as an added help I put a boxy top on top of the lace shirt to make sure that I am marking it right.
-Sew along the marking
-Take the bottom half that was cut off and the extra sleeve that was cut off and cut them all open. match the extra pieces up to make sure they are all the same width.
-attach these pieces all together to make a long piece
-Fold the long piece in half and sew the short ends together into a big tube
-sew a basting stitch along the top of this tube
-pull gently till it gathers to be the same size of the waist opening of the top half
-Put the right side out top half into the inside out ruffled bottom half.
-pin them together and sew
-Cut out the lace edge of the sleeve and neckline if that is the look you are going for. Or you can hem them instead by folding under 1/8” two times.

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+ - - - - - - DIY 5 minute distressed jeans video

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Grab a pair of jeans you’re sick of and distress them!! Takes 5 minutes and you have a new pair of pants in rotation. All you need is some tweezers, scissors, seam ripper, and some no fray glue (optional).

top: target//pants: h&m//shoes//shoes: steve madden//bag: INC

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+ - - - - - - DIY gathered bell sleeve refashion

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This dress is actually a refashion from one of my DIYs! I literally couldn’t find the right fabric or the right dress at the thrift store so I just grabbed my old boxy dress DIY and went for it! I took it in to be more A-line and added the sleeves. I realized after I attached the sleeves and took in the dress a little, it turned out to be kind of summery. Ehhhh, what can you do. Still love it and can’t wait to wear it!

Instructions:
-mark where you want your gathered bell sleeve to start
and measure the length you want the bell to be
–cut just below you mark
measure the opening of the sleeve then double the measurement.
-Cut out 2 rectangles that are the doubled sleeve opening measurement by the length you want the bell sleeve to be.
-Then hem one of long sides of the rectangle
and sew a basting stitch to other long side.
-then gently pull the basting stitch to be the size opening as the sleeve opening.
-sew the side of the bell together to make a tube.
-pull the sleeve through the gathered part of the inside out bell
-pin and sew the 2 openings together
-topstitch the outside of the sleeve just above the seam you just sewed, making sure to sew the inside raw edge or the seam allowance upward into the topstitch creating a flatter gathering.

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Instructions:
-mark where you want your gathered bell sleeve to start
and measure the length you want the bell to be
–cut just below you mark
measure the opening of the sleeve then double the measurement.
-Cut out 2 rectangles that are the doubled sleeve opening measurement by the length you want the bell sleeve to be.
-Then hem one of long sides of the rectangle
and sew a basting stitch to other long side.
-then gently pull the basting stitch to be the size opening as the sleeve opening.
-sew the side of the bell together to make a tube.
-pull the sleeve through the gathered part of the inside out bell
-pin and sew the 2 openings together
-topstitch the outside of the sleeve just above the seam you just sewed, making sure to sew the inside raw edge or the seam allowance upward into the topstitch creating a flatter gathering.

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Here is the before shot! If you want to know how to make this boxy dress hop over HERE!

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+ - - - - - - DIY velvet wrap dress refashion video

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Instructions:

  1. try on the dress and mark your natural waist then add a half inch for seam allowance. then Cut.
  2. Also mark where you want the sleeve end and leave a half inch for hemming
  3. and cut 
  4. try on the top half inside out, then mark and sew where you want the top to be taken in. 
  5. lay out a skirt you like the length of over the bottom half of the dress you cut off. Then cut off the extra length
  6. If you have a back seam to the skirt, cut that part open. Unless you just have to sides seams then cut up one of the side seams.
  7. fold the skirt in half and mark a curve on the open side like this
  8. hem the curve by rolling the edge under 1/8” then  1/4”
  9. lay the skirt back down on the table and fold it into a wrap, 
  10. flip the top inside out and slide the right side out skirt into the top matching up the waists. Pin. Keep in mind where you want the seams of the skirt to hit when ou pin it to the top half of the dress. I also let the back of the skirt have a little more fabric that I will later gather so it isn’t too tight around the booty. But you can adjust the wrap however you want depending on preference
  11. Sew the waists together! You can use a zigzag or what I do is use a straight stitch but stretch the material as I sew so it will have a nice seam and still stretch. 
  12. Hem the sleeves the same way you would hem the curve.

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