DIY Embellished Denim Vest

It’s been a while since I posted a DIY!

My brother bought a vintage denim jacket a few months back and never wore it so he gave it to me. Unfortunately, it was a bit too oversized for my liking so I decided to get a little crafty. I cut off the sleeves and frayed the edges, only to come to the conclusion that I still couldn’t pull it off.

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It was just still too big for me to feel like I could wear it without drowning.¬†I like to think that my personal style is a combination of the masculine and feminine aesthetics, like my personality. Like yin and yang, you can’t have too much of one without the other. So for this oversized jacket-turned-vest, I decided to give it some feminine flare with pearl embellishments that would detract away from the large fit.

Everything that I used to make this DIY was already in my possession or bought at a thrift store. I was browsing Goodwill’s jewelry section for cheap pearl necklaces I could unstring and other brassy, bronzy statement embellishments and found a bag of 40 freshwater pearls for $3. Okay, so I don’t know the market value of precious gems, but I figured if it was at Goodwill, it was a steal. Can someone give my a figure on a typical price? I didn’t find any other jewelry pieces that inspired me, but I did have a stash of vintage buttons right in my crafting hoard.

Now here’s a photo montaaaage!

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I ran out of white thread so I had to run to the store before finishing, but I couldn’t wait to give it a test run and Instagram last night.

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Wow, you can really tell the difference up close that I started using white thread before buying invisible thread. Invisible thread is truly invisible.

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I love mismatching textures and patterns! Oh and some jewelry chain just because.

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The finished project :D Can you tell I’m obsessed with Instagraming my projects?

IMG_3071I am totally flaunting this vest for the first day of Spring semester on Monday.

 

 

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One Woman’s Trash Is a Thrifty Woman’s Treasure

Sometime over Thanksgiving break (I know this post has been a long time coming) my brother dragged me along to Goodwill to do some thrift shopping. Normally, I’d be all out but I had just bought a bunch of new clothes and wanted to clean out my wardrobe before buying anything else, but I found something I could not pass up.

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This vintage sweater is long enough to wear as a dress. I love the bow color work. It’s totally adorable! There were only two small problems. Two holes in the underarm seams, one on each side. I didn’t find them until I had made my purchase and sadly Goodwill changed their return policy so I couldn’t get refunded. I took it since it was only $5 and figured I could find a way to mend the two holes. I ment to do it once I returned to school from Thanksgiving break but it took all the way until now, after Winter break for me to get around to it.

This video tutorial is so helpful. Add it to your favorites or bookmark it for future reference! The results are amazing easy enough even for a newbie sewer like me.

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I didn’t have navy blue thread but black worked just fine.

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The smaller hole. It was barely noticeable so this was a pretty easy fix.

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The bigger hole. The method worked like magic!

The method works similar to the mattress stitch used for invisible seaming of knits. Of course, it’s not perfect but it’s as great as anything. Especially because of the location of the holes, I didn’t really care what it looked like but this method is definitely usably for more obvious holes.

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So here I have a perfectly functional, cute sweater dress! I can’t wait to wear it after I wash it. There are two lessons to be learned here: 1) Always check your purchases when buying second hand and 2) If there’s a ruined garment, there’s a thrifty girl to fix it.

How to Add a Hole to a Shoe Strap with a Pin and a Knitting Needle

Good morning world! Guess what today is? It’s BAND BANQUET!! Remember that I was trying to find the perfect vintage dress? I’ll be sure to show you guys pictures from tonight. I’m definitely ready to shake my tail feathers but there was just one problem. My shoes were a little too big.

I got a pair of hand-me-down heels from my aunt, but who says there’s any shame in secondhand? I, of all people, know the value of a great perviously owned article of fashion. The only thing is that her shoe size is around a half to a size bigger than mine, so in order to where these heels I would need to add an additional hole for the buckle. And after a little internet searching, I gathered a little background knowledge in order to do it myself with the things I have in my dorm.

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Go from this (5 holes)

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To this (6 holes)

All it takes is:

A pin (A thumbtack could probably work as well)

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A size 1 knitting needle (Any bigger will make too big of a hole)

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How to do it:

  1. Use the pin to make a small hole where you want to add it (either to make your shoe strap tighter or looser). Make sure the spacing is even with the rest of the holes.

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  2. Use the knitting needle to make the small puncture bigger. This takes some elbow grease, so be patient.

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  3. Rock your newly fitted shoes!

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My DIY: Neon Saddle Shoes

If you’ve been following me on my various social networks, you’ll know that I’ve been packing for college. Yes, it takes me a week because I don’t have the motivation to do it all in one day but I am slowly getting there. While I was going through my shoes (yes, I have a lot) I found these white canvas sneakers that I bought from H&M for $5 last summer.

I hadn’t worn them much but they still got dirty. Keeping white shoes white is difficult! Well I decided that since they were cheap and I didn’t wear them much anyways, I would give them a little sprucing up.

 

I didn’t have any fabric paint handy but I did have t-shirt puffy paint. I figured it would work the same way if squeezed onto a pallet and applied with a brush.

And this is what I ended up with…

I can’t wait to wear these for Neon Day at band camp! The flute section has a tradition of having a different themes and these are perfect for showing off my spirit!