Thursday, November 29, 2012

DIY Inspiration: Exposed Zippers

I'm loving this funky new trend of Exposed Zippers on clothing.  Certainly looks like an easy, inexpensive DIY, stay tuned for a tutorial early next week!

Cynthia Vincent $198

Alexander Wang $595

Remeo and Juliet Couture $45 (cute way to enhance a boring shirt!)

Serfontaine Jeans $196

Sunday, November 25, 2012

DIY Crochet: Ski Cowl

It's that time of year again! There's a chill in the air and the snow is starting to fall, that can only mean one thing, it's almost time for ski season!

Last year, bored on a road trip I crocheted an extremely ugly yet soft ski cowl, and, I must say it served its purpose on the ski slopes.  This year, I decided I wanted to recreate the cowl in a more pleasing way, and since I had so much free time thanks to hurricane sandy stealing my power for a week, the project was a success.

Here's what I did:
Make a slipknot

chain 60

Attach the last chain to the first chain using the slip stitch

chain 2, *double crochet all the way around, slip stitch, chain 2*
repeat from ** 22 times, or until you reach your desired length

Fasten off

Simple simple project, and comes together in a few short hours (so easy decided to make a few!).

Monday, November 19, 2012

DIY Jeans Refashion: Flares to Straight Leg

I've had this pair of blue cult jeans sitting in my closet for a good two years, but I couldn't bare to part with them because I love the way they fit at the waist and thighs, and the actual jean is so soft!  As the flared jean style is no longer in right now, and these pants actually are a little short for me (just a few reasons why they've been sitting in the closet unworn for so long) I decided it was time to refashion to straight legs!

My first step was research, I wanted to read through other bloggers attempts and see what method I thought would work best for me.
The majority of tutorials showed only altering the inside of the pants, but to me this didn't make much sense beacuse you'd be pulling the jean and might end up with awkward bunches.
I decided the best way to go would be to alter both sides of the jean starting just above the knee
Here's what I did...
Turn your jeans inside out and try them on
Starting above your knee pinch fabric and pin (make sure your jeans are laying flat and you're not pulling the fabric to one side or the other); work your way down your leg moving from right to left; once complete do the same thing to your other leg

Keeping the pants inside out, use a long straight stitch (just in case you mess up you can use the seam ripper to start over) to sew down both sides of the pants; when sewing make sure to start just off the fabric above the knee so the seam is nice and straight

Try on the pants again, if you like the way they fit (left side is altered), turn inside out, cut off excess, and resew using a zigzag stitch.  Do the same process to the other leg.

That simple, new wearable straight legs!

Monday, November 12, 2012

DIY Crochet: Poncho

At long last, I have finally found a great extremely easy crochet poncho pattern! 

I've been wanting to make a poncho since the day I began crocheting, but every pattern looked crazy complicated and wasn't exactly appealing to the eye.  Thankfully lionbrand yarns came through for me for this season.  Check out the pattern I used here.

If you're interested in making this, I would definitely use the lion brand pattern, but if you want to recreate exactly what I've done above, you can use this altered pattern below.
Make a slip knot
chain 73
Row 1: Half Double Crochet (hdc) in 3rd chain from the hook, and in each stitch across
Row 2: *chain 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across* repeat ** until piece measures 50 inches
fasten off

                          Fold piece lengthwise bringing 1st row to meet last row
               Beginning at top right hand corner, slip stitch side edges together for 13 inches
hdc around neck opening join with slip stitch at the beginning chain
*chain 2, hdc in each stitch around, join with slip sitch*
repeat ** until neck cowl measures 8 inches
fasten off