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.

 

 

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.

NYC Adventure!

I mentioned in my Christmas post that I took a little day trip to NYC this past Monday. It’s trips like these that makes me wish I lived in a big vibrant city sometimes!

It was the day before Christmas Eve, but we didn’t do the normal tourist stops like Times Square and the Rockefeller Center. Guided by my Manhattan-resident cousin, we explored New York City like a true New Yorker.

First was the hour long train ride on the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station.

We passed by 1D World! Confession: I’m a One Direction fan. Not a huge one but who can dislike their catchy tunes?

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After a bit of struggling (NY subways don’t like to be on time) we made our way to East Village. Our (my) goal was to visit a yarn shop. I’m not sure that my cousins and brother enjoyed it as much as I did. We all also wanted to go a little thrift shopping and to grab some of the best eats in New York according to my cousin.

This song is becoming more and more the theme to my life.

There’s a thrift shop on just about every corner of East Village so there was no trouble finding one. We stopped in the first one we saw. Great finds while thrift shopping is really based luck and I just didn’t find anything I really liked, especially now that I’m trying to build a capsule wardrobe. One of my cousins found some things so after his purchased we walked a few more blocks to Downtown Yarns.

Downtown Yarns is a tiny but cute and cozy yarn shop on Avenue A. I’m not sure what heaven looks like but I imagine it’s a little something like this.

IMG_1436 IMG_1438The employees were very knowledgeable and helpful. They also wore crazy and quirky outfits that featured things they knitted which was pretty awesome! I’ve knitted a lot and for a long time but there’s no way that I’m an expert. Walking into a store like this was a bit overwhelming, considering I didn’t have any project in mind. I decided on knitting a pair of socks for myself and the employees did a great job with helping me choose the right yarn and needle size. I haven’t started on the socks yet but I’m deciding between two patterns I found on Ravelry. I’ll keep you posted on the progress!

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Next was the food portion of our trip. According to my cousin, we had to get the best ice cream New York had to offer. I was expecting a hard serve place with about a million flavors but instead I found us walking through the door of a soft serve shop called Big Gay Ice Cream.

IMG_1439Their specialty is in adding unique and interesting flavor combinations to plain old soft serve – and it is literally the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I cannot stress this enough. If you ever get the chance, go there and if you can’t decide on what to order, just ask your server. He’ll probably suggest the Salty Pimp, their best selling cone. If that yarn store was what heaven looked and felt like, the Salty Pimp might be what heaven tastes like.

IMG_1441 IMG_1443Alright, I next was the best fry place in New York. How can you tell when a restaurant is the best at what they do? If they get bogged down by lines just for serving one type of food. Pomme Frites just serves Belgian style fries. They also offer over a dozen dipping sauce flavors. The shop is tiny, something a lot of NYC stores have in common so there’s barely any room to sit or stand. We took our order to go and had to chow on the street so I didn’t have the hands to take any pictures.

Then we went on to Buffalo Exchange. I wouldn’t call it a thrift shop, but this chain store sells fashionable second hands at a fraction of the cost of retail stores. The clothes they sell come directly from people in the community and they seem to have some higher standard than regular thrift shops because most of the clothes they sell are trendy and in style. I picked up an oxford button down, a batwing sweater, a polkadot skirt, and these awesome harem-style trousers all for $45.

Then, we took a quick walk through the Union Square Holiday Market since it was really crowded. We finished off our day by seeing The Hobbit in 3D. So I have to admit that I haven’t seen all of the Lord of the Rings movies, among other trilogies. However, I have read The Hobbit twice. I can’t say I enjoyed it both times, but I think now that I’m older I’d probably appreciate it more. The movie though was very good except for the slow start. It was very visually appealing and the soundtrack is amazing. Now I have part 2 to look forward to plus the actor who plays Bilbo, Martin Freeman plays Dr. Watson in Sherlock, which I figured out right at the end of the movie. Is it weird that I think he’s adorable despite being 41?

We took a cab, which was a bit of a crazy ride by my standards to Penn Station right on time to catch the train back to Long Island. This trip will probably be the most fun I’ll have this Winter break and it’s something I wouldn’t mind doing more often. The next time I visit family in Long Island, we’re going to have to do this again, but that might not be until another year if I end up going to Hong Kong this summer. By the way, I submitted my application to study abroad today so wish me luck!

 

It’s that time of year again… Band Banquet 2012 + Finals Week

Today I finished up my marketing class with a presentation on a product my group and I developed. It’s huge relief not having to deal with it anymore! Now I have ample time to study for exams, write some posts, and finish/start all my Christmas gifts. It’s turning out to be quite a challenge. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get them all done by the time people start leaving for winter break.

I just wanted to write up a quick post to show you guys what I wore to Band Banquet. As expected, it was a great time filled with good food, sometimes subpar music, silly dancing, and being with my favorite people on campus. I can’t imagine college without the UDMB and they’ve truly become a part of my extended family.

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That’s me in the red! I bought the dress off Etsy for $30-something. It was such a great deal! I got a lot of compliments on the dress Sunday night. Gosh, I just love vintage dress shopping. When can I do it again? :P

But really, I need to find another occasion to wear this dress to because it is so lovely.