Thursday, May 31, 2012

DIY Geometric Jean Shorts

DIY Mod Podge Geometric Shorts

I realize I just wrote about how I hate summer clothes-- especially those blasted jean shorts, but sometimes a you gotta make an exception-- especially when these said jean shorts make a nice canvas for one of my favorite craft supplies: MOD PODGE. ;P From glitter shirts to bib necklaces to glitter sunglasses, I am a huge fan of what Mod Podge can do.

DIY Mod Podge Geometric Shorts

For this project, I used Plaid's fabric Mod Podge which is really flexible compared to the regular Mod Podge. I also used the FolkArt Extreme Glitter paint for the triangles.

DIY Mod Podge Geometric Shorts
This is a really simple DIY, I just painted on the triangles and used the Fabric Mod Podge on top! The best thing about the fabric Mod Podge is that it is really, really durable and you can wash it!

DIY Mod Podge Geometric Shorts

DIY Mod Podge Geometric Shorts
And another scarf shirt. :)

DIY Mod Podge Geometric Shorts

Monday, May 28, 2012

3 No-Sew Scarf Shirts

3 No-Sew Scarf Shirts
I love summer barbecues, summer nights, and summer adventures, but I HATE summer clothes. (Jean shorts in particular are so restrictive to me and no matter what I wear I become a sweaty mess.) While I hate most summer clothes, I do love a couple summer staples-- breezy pants, cotton tops, mmm. :) Recently when I was working on The Knot Library, I came up with a couple ways to wear scarves as shirts that might just change my mind about summer clothes. Here are three of my favorites.

3 No-Sew Scarf Shirts

Scarf Bustier:

I love wearing this strapless top with a long skirt-- people don't believe this is a scarf when you tell them! Shop the Rory Aztec Scarf. I'm wearing the Tristan ZigZag Scarf.

Scarf Halter Top:

A breezy way to tie a summer top, this scarf shirt looks great with a flowy high-waisted skirt, jeans, or shorts. (Shop the Floral Bahama Scarf. I'm wearing the Rebecca Crinkle Scarf.)
Scarf Shirt>

No-Sew Scarf Shirt

Similar to my DIY scarf shirt, instead of stitching two scarves together, just pin everything in place with safety pins! (All scarves in these photos are thrifted. But you can find nice silk square scarves here.)

Still looking for summer scarf tips? Check out this post! :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Project 365: Week 21 + Links a la Mode

This post is part of my Project 365 where I am taking one photo every day for a year. Click here to see all of my photos in the series-- and if you want to join, feel free to do so anytime! :) (All photos taken with a Nikon D7000.)

Project 365
132/365: 5-11-12 A camera I got a long time ago on Ebay...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DIY High-Low Skirt

High Low Skirt
A recent post over on The Fashion Spot-- how to make a high-low skirt from a thrift store maxi skirt. (I love that it is also called "The Mullet Skirt!" Hahaha.) ;)

High Low Skirt

I've also got a guest post of sorts up on Shrimp Salad Circus on 6 things I can't live without while Lindsay is off traipsing around Europe! (Lucky girl.) ;)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DIY Clay Teardrop Bead Statement Necklace

DIY Necklace

When I was a little kid, I loved to make things with clay. I mean loved. My favorite things to make were tiny clay animals-- complete zoo sets for homemade dioramas, colonies of penguins, paddlings of ducks, and miniature replicas of every animal I ever owned. (When you grow up in the country, you accrue quite a few.) I was so in love with clay that I would spend my birthday buying packs of bake-able Fimo clay from Hobby Lobby. One time, in elementary school art class, we were making clay jugs for our moms out of the moist pottery clay and I decided to wrap a chunk of that precious clay in a paper towel and stick it in my pocket to make a critter later at home. As luck would have it, the class tattle tale saw my stealthy clay thievery and told the art teacher after class. During our next class session, my teacher (gently) lectured the class, telling us that the clay was for the art room and the art room only. Her kind eyes made contact with mine in a way that said, "Stacie, I am talking to you, you clay pirate." I felt so guilty and ashamed that afterwards when I got home I could barely look at the clay dog I'd made with my stolen clay. ;)

While my clay-stealing days are over, I still love the stuff. I rarely make a clay creature these days, but I did make some teardrop beads. Craft product love endures. ;) This statement necklace from Anthropologie was my (loose) inspiration.

Anthropologie Teardrop Necklace
(This picture is from Jessica's blog where she made an INCREDIBLE and EXACT replica of the pricy Anthro necklace.)

Clay Bead Necklace
My version. A bit more summery than Jessica's classic version, but I need to attempt her necklace ASAP. ;)

What you need to make the teardrop bead necklace:

-Bake-able Fimo Clay
-Paint (Unless the clay is the color you want.)
-Mod Podge
-Paper Clip
-Needle, Jewelry String
-Beads of choice
-Necklace (I used this necklace base from the new {styled} by Tori Spelling jewelry line-- this is just a sneak peek of that, though. I have a huge post coming up on this cool new line. :)

Step 1:
Mod Podge Beads
First you need to shape the beads and then poke holes in the top with a paper clip/needle/whatever you can find around the house. None of my beads were exactly alike, but I think that fits the boho vibe of the necklace. Also, it is darn near impossible to make multiple beads look exactly alike. :) Then you can bake the beads until they are hard. (I think I did mine for 15 minutes at 375 degrees? I was winging it because I lost my clay directions.) After the beads have baked and cooled, you can paint them whatever color you choose-- unless the clay is already the color you want.

Step 2:
Mod Podge Beads
After you've painted the beads, seal it with your favorite trusty Mod Podge.

DIY Necklace
String some beads and you've got it! Add a layering necklace to make it even more of a statement.

DIY Necklace DIY Necklace

DIY Necklace

DIY Necklace

DIY Necklace
Yup. Love clay that much.

DIY Necklace

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Instax Post: Graduation Sunday

Instax Instax

Don't get me wrong, I love, love, love my Polaroid cameras, but the film is so expensive and the cameras are a little bulky so that I can't take photos on a whim whenever I want. I usually save my Polaroids for landscapes, buildings, and special places I want to remember. Recently I bought this little Instax Mini and I'm in looove. The camera takes little credit-card-sized instant photos and I can take it everywhere. The film isn't temperamental and I kind of like how the flash looks on the film. It's great for capturing funny moments with friends and life details. (And if you don't like the price of the camera I have, you can get a white Instax Mini for a lot cheaper.

These photos are from my weekend back at my alma mater. Some of the most fun and emotion-filled hours of the year. :)


Instax Instax
My sorority, making grass angels.

Instax Instax

Friday, May 18, 2012

Project 365: Week 20

This post is part of my Project 365 where I am taking one photo every day for a year. Click here to see all of my photos in the series-- and if you want to join, feel free to do so anytime! :) (All photos taken with a Nikon D7000.)

Project 365: Week 20 Project 365: Week 20
Project 365: Week 20
132/365: 5-11-12 Baby cats are growing! (And those new little whiskers just KILL me.)

Project 365: Week 20
133/365: 5-12-12 Maggie, a cat enthusiast, finally met a dog she likes. Mz. Olive is definitely the second coolest dog in the world, behind ol' tripod Bridget. :)

Project 365: Week 20
134/365: 5-13-12 An outtake from this post.

Project 365: Week 20
135/365: 5-14-12 An upcoming project.

Project 365: Week 20
136/365: 5-15-12 A visit with the furballs, again. :)

Project 365: Week 20
137/365: 5-16-12 The bowling alley on Wednesdays.

Project 365: Week 20
138/365: 5-17-12 Working on some scarf stuff at work.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! :)

For more photography tips, see this post on digital photography tips for beginners. You can also check out the rest of my photos from the year for my Project 365!

If you want, you can always join the project!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

15 Ways to Wear Summer Scarves

Knot Library

This little graphic is something I've been working on this week at work. It was so fun to make up some of these scarf knots-- and I still can't believe this is my job sometimes. I can already tell that the scarf halter top is going to be one of my summer wardrobe staples. (I hate tight summer clothes and jean shorts. Blech. ;) )

Go check it out!

Monday, May 14, 2012

How to Make a Fendi-Inspired Flower Dress

Fendi Flower Dress Fendi Flower Dress
*This is another project from a couple summers ago where I never posted the entire tutorial on my blog.

When I was in high school and middle school, I sometimes thought to myself that I was born in the wrong generation. I would sit on the floor of my local library and read the fashion history books, drooling over the cuts and shapes of fashion in the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. When I checked out CDs, somehow I always ended up with those "Top 10 Billboard Hits" of the same eras. As I've gotten a bit older, I've grown very thankful that fate plopped me down in 1988 as opposed to those other times so that I could live through this crazy decade. Do you ever stop to think that it's kind of incredible that, because of the web, there is this diverse splintering of music genres, culture, and fashion? It is totally acceptable for me to wear a polka-dotted 50s-inspired a-line skirt one day and then wear leather leggings and a fringed top the next. We have the freedom to mix floral bellbottoms straight out of the 1970s with a 1940s-looking button-down blouse and no one will think, "Wow, that girl's style looks so outdated." We can pick and choose, mix and match from generation to generation and it's completely A-OK.

But if I had one beef with this decade of fashion, it would have to be that there are very few occasions where it is appropriate to get all dolled up in a long evening gown and sweep into a room. I'm sure some people are appreciative of society's increasing informality, but I just wish there were more opportunities to wear those darn ball gowns. (And this indignant feeling might have something to do with the fact that I just watched "The Last Emperor" about Valentino's dresses... those pieces are handmade works of sewing art. *swoon)

Fendi Flower Dress Fendi Flower Dress

A few summers ago I was really into scouring haute couture fashion blogs for dress inspiration... and then figuring out a way to make the pieces myself. I would spend hours upon hours working on one dress and I'd finish it-- but then have no place to wear it. While I've moved towards making more practical fashion pieces, those fancy dresses will always have a soft spot in my heart. :) This dress, inspired by Fendi's SS/09 is one of my creations from that summer. (The flower t-shirt dress is another.)

Fendi Flower Dress

Image sources: Outsapop, Stylehive, Girldir 

How to Make the Fendi-Inspired Flower Dress:

You need:
-A dress-- preferably with a zipper
-3 types of fabric for the flowers: a base fabric like cotton or muslin, a stretchy jersey knit-like fabric, and a billowy sheer fabric
-Sewing machine
-Fabric glue (I use Aleene's)


First you need a base dress on which to sew the flowers. You can either get a plain dress at a thrift store or one you have lying around, or you could make a dress from a vintage pattern.
It is a very good idea to make sure the dress has a zipper.



Next you need to make the base layer for the flowers. You can choose any color you like, I chose white because it was more summery and similar to the original Fendi dress.
I took squares and little rectangles of muslin and then folded them in and ironed the folds until they resembled circle-like polygons.
Tip: you can use fabric glue to glue down some of the folds if you'd like-- I did on a few and it was very helpful. Also, you can iron multiple layers at a time and it still works.


Next you cut out little circles of lightweight fabric and add one layer of that colored fabric on top of your base. Then you need to cut strips of fabric to make the first swirl of fabric. (Jersey knit and other stretchy fabrics work well for this.) With the strips of fabric, you sew little swirls around the base layer and the color layer. This helps things stay in place when you pin the flowers onto the base dress.
Tip: Iron the flowers flat after you are done sewing on swirls. I felt like this helped.


Now you need to cut more strips of a more billowy fabric-- I used a sheer fabric. When you cut out these strips, make sure you cut along the bias so that the fabric doesn't shed too much. I think it looks kind of nice when it sheds a little bit, it makes it look more like a flower.

Next you need to pin all of your flowers to the dress. This felt a bit like putting together a puzzle to me, you just need to make sure that there aren't any wide-open spaces.

Then take the sheer fabric strips and sew them over the first swirl making another swirl. This makes the flower look more complicated and locks the flower to the dress. You can cover the entire dress or just do a few spots like the original Fendi dress.


Once you've sewn all of the flowers to the dress, you can take some fabric glue and glue down any rogue edges. (You can also hand-stitch these down if you want.)

Fendi Flower Dress
And you've got it! Here's to hoping I find somewhere to wear this dress. :)

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