Want to take a simple sweatshirt from “I just watched 3 hours of Netflix.” to “This is my street-wear look.” then this lace up sweatshirt DIY is for you! Continue reading “Easy Lace Up Sweatshirt DIY”
This Winter has been the season of FUR! I’ve seen so many amazing fur coats, especially on my trip to London, and was totally inspired to pick one up. Not surprisingly, a fur jacket is not a cheap item to purchase, most of them starting around $75 – 100. Could I make one? I wasn’t really confident, to be honest.
I remember the first time I wore a maxi dress. I walked into my college lunch room and was asked by a guy friend why I was wearing a gown. I busted out laughing thinking, I literally threw this on because I didn’t have to match any pieces of clothing together. But the more I thought about it, maxi dresses really set you up for success. They require zero thinking and make you look like you have your life together. You also appear ten feet tall, and are essentially wrapped in a blanket. Win win win win. Continue reading “Off the Shoulder Maxi Dress Sewing Tutorial”
Just adding a ruffle to the sleeve of a dress or the bottom of your shirt as a peplum can take a plain outfit and make it completely special. I love that this girly shape can be used in so many ways, and is so simple to make! Though there are many ways to create a ruffle, I find that this one is the simplest. Continue reading “It’s Sew Easy: How to Create A Ruffle Sewing Tutorial”
I recently went on an amazing spring break trip to Arizona with my family. We somehow seemed to cover so much ground while still getting in some quality relaxing time. The highlights included visiting Taliesin, a Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio, barbecuing with family, traveling to Sedona to see the gorgeous scenery, hiking at the Grand Canyon, attending a Cubs training game, and just relaxing by the pool with my family!
But I digress, this is a packing post.
You may wonder how many of the pieces I make on my blog I actually wear frequently. The answer is, most of them all the time! Since I am making my own clothing, I am able to make it exactly the way I want it and to fit comfortably. This makes my homemade DIY pieces some of my favorite ones! Not to mention, it takes quite a bit of time to make each piece, so I have a deep sense of requirement to wear them every once in a while.
I packed quite a few of my DIY pieces for my trip to Arizona, so I thought I would share them with you and how I styled them to work with my travels.
I sported this DIY off-the-shoulder seersucker dress to the Cubs game with my red Longchamp bag since it was the perfect pairing of red and blue to root on my hometown team! The bag was perfect for carrying my camera and other items, while the dress and the Lucky Brand hat (similar) provided a breezy cover from the sun. The sandals are by Steve Madden (similar).
For casual strolls around the resort I styled my DIY seersucker peplum top with American Eagle jean shorts (similar) and comfy Birkenstock sandals. I also brought along my trusty Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar) with DIY tassel charm for a bit of fun, and to carry my wallet so I could pick up souvenirs along the way!
The most versatile piece I brought with me was this DIY black maxi skirt that was great in the cool mornings when we would go get coffee on the patio. Paired with my striped Gap sweater (similar), this also made a great travel outfit for sleeping on the plane. The sunglasses are from Nordstrom.
You’ve seen your fair share of box pleated skirts from me. My first was in this chartreuse pleated skirt, and my second in this gold midi skirt for a new years party. Both times I made these skirts, I did a whole lot of math and a whole lot of pinning. I’m an engineer, and I still managed to mess this up a few times before getting it right. Continue reading “It’s Sew Easy: How to Make Box Pleats Sewing Tutorial”
You know those seams in your shirt that tend to be right below your arm pits or straight down the back that make the shirt look tailored? Those are darts. I know, you were hoping this was a DIY for your man cave, but I haven’t taken up metal working yet…yet… Continue reading “It’s Sew Easy: How to Make a Dart Sewing Tutorial”
My closet is so packed to the brim it’s insane. In my defense, it’s really small, but it pushes me to live a simpler life with fewer things. I keep trying to clean out my closet and every time manage to get rid approximately one item. Then I come up with another sewing project and fill it up with 4 more new things… #crafterproblems. Since my closet is about to burst, I have to focus on making pieces that are more versatile. Let’s get down to the basics, shall we? Continue reading “Drop Shoulder Long Sleeve Tee Sewing Tutorial”