Friday, July 26, 2013

Outfit Of The Day #2 ♥

Black and White














High Five for DIYS! 








    







 Top: Blouse from Garage and modified by yours truly 
$5

Bottom: Made from scratch! 
Less than $9

Shoes: Bamboo
Free! (Samples from a relative)

Sunglasses: Forever 21
 $5

Necklace: Urban Planet
$2

Evil Eye Bracelet
$6

Check out my DIYs and learn how to shop on a budget! Total outfit is just under $30~
Shoutout to my handsome boyfriend for helping me take photos and agreeing to be in a few hehe!

Stay tuned for more OOTDs!

Hype my look on Lookbook~
 (my previous photo got deleted because I had my watermark on still D; )





xoxo,

Livy ♡




DIY Heart Blouse Mod ♡

Hello darlings~

I have another quick and easy DIY for you guys! This one is SUPER easy (seriously it is).

Weeeee~ I hit my face with my necklace lololol don't jump with a long chain guys

Lets get started~!!
 Heres what you need:

 A blouse of your choice!
Scissors
Pencil or Chalk for marking
Needle and thread
Straight pins
Fabric of your choice (I used pleather because I liked the texture of it on chiffon)
Felt  & Tacky Glue (Optional)


Step 1: Remove Pockets (if there are any on your blouse)


I'm using this blouse I found for $5 at Garage. I really didn't like the pockets (as I mentioned in my haul post) so I went ahead and took them off with my seam ripper.


The seam ripper is really handy but if you don't have one you can use a craft knife or a pocket knife but be careful!

Step 2:  Cut Hearts Out Of Your Fabric



I cut my hearts out beforehand but basically take the fabric of your choice (pleather is my favourite because I don't have to deal with fraying) and draw a heart (or whatever shape you prefer) on the wrong side of the fabric with a pencil or chalk.

You will need 2 hearts (one to cover each boob LOL).
I cut one out first and placed it on the shirt to make sure it was the right size I wanted.
Once I was happy with the 1st heart, I went ahead and traced it on the fabric for the 2nd heart.


Once you both hearts cut out, place them on your blouse to make sure you're happy with the size!

Step 3: Cut Out and Glue Felt Hearts (OPTIONAL)


This step is completely optional, I added felt because the chiffon was pretty thin and I wanted a bit of OOMPH on the hearts.
 The felt added an extra layer so the hearts stuck out a little more and added dimension. 

You can skip this part if you don't want to add felt.



 Glue the felt onto your fabric with tacky glue or any glue of your choice. I prefer tacky glue because it isn't as watery as Mod Podge. 
I find that Mod Podge shows up on my fabric and leaves a a really bad stain on thinner fabrics. If you are using thicker fabric like pleather  I would recommend Mod Podge then.


I trimmed the felt so that it was smaller than the pleather heart, that way none of the felt would show.


Once you've glue the felt to the pleather, pin the hearts in place BEFORE you sew anything!
Because I'm using pleather, I made sure the straight pins only went through the chiffon and felt.
Why?
 Because if a straight pin were to go through the pleather and I removed it, a little hole will show up on the pleather. 

After you've pinned the hearts on both sides of your blouse, try your blouse on to make sure they're at the right level and matched up.
 Of course you can have it at different levels if you want something cool and funky. 
I had mine lined up above my boobs.


When everything is pinned in the perfect spot, take your needle and thread (same colour as your blouse) and stitch around the heart. Make sure your needle is only going through the felt and blouse.


I went ahead and stitched an X in the middle of the heart to keep it in place but you don't necessarily have to do this.


Yaaaay! They're finally in place!

Step 4: Sew Around The Heart


Using the same colour thread as the pleather (or fabric of your choice), stitch around the outer edges of the heart. 
I opted to use the sewing machine for nice tight stitches but you can go ahead and hand stitch this! 
Any stitch you prefer: straight, zig-zag, or cross! 
I went ahead and used a straight stitch all around and added some zig-zag stitches around the top of the hearts. It's barely visible in this photo but it looks pretty funky!

If you want a really cool look you can also use a neon colour thread so that it adds a pop of colour!


Hope you enjoyed this easy DIY! 

Check out my OOTD #2 to see me in this blouse!

Stay Crafty~!

xoxo,

Livy ♡




Thursday, July 25, 2013

DIY Striped Pencil Skirt ♡

         
Hello lovelies!

What are you guys up to?
As you know I've been DIYing a bunch of clothing lately~
I literally JUST finished making this super sexy pencil skirt that you're about to learn how to make hehe 





~Heres what you need~



Stretchy Striped Fabric! Any stretchy fabric will do: lycra, cotton etc. (I had 1/2 a yard but I didn't use all)
Straight Pins (LOTS!)
Needle and matching colour thread 
Scissors or cutters
Elastic (optional  if your fabric is not super stretchy)
Measuring tape or ruler
Pencil or chalk for marking
Tacky Glue


Step 1: Measure


 Measure your waist or hips or wherever you want your skirt to sit.
This will determine how much fabric you need width wise. 
Now figure out how long you wanted your skirt to fall. Take this number and subtract 4.5" (this subtraction is for the waistband).
I wanted my skirt to be high waisted but not too short or long so I went with 13".
My final measurement was 26"x13".

Step 2: Cut


Now that you have your width and length go ahead and cut with a cutter or scissors. 
I wanted the stripes on my skirt to go down vertically and my fabric was only 18 inches wide with the stripes going horizontally. To solve this I cut out 2 strips, 18"x13" and cut off the remaining 10 inches.

PLEASE SKIP STEP 3 if you have enough fabric length and width wise you can cut your fabric as ONE. Because my fabric was not long enough I had to cut twice. If any of you run into this problem the continue on~

Step 3: Cut and Sew


Here are my 2 pieces of vertical stripes.




With both pieces of fabric my total width came up to 36" and I only needed 26" so I cut off 10" from one piece.

 I then pinned the fabrics (right side facing) together and sewed them to create the one big 26" x 16" fabric.

Step 4: Waist Band


Now time for the waistband! 
Cut out: width" (same as the fabric you previously cut) x 4.5".
In my photo I have 3 strips because my fabric was not the right length (again another problem because I wanted my waistband to have the stripes going horizontally)  so I did the same thing I did in step 2. 

If you don't have to worry about the size of your fabric continue to cut out (width") x 4.5" of your fabric and SKIP step 4!

Step 4: Waistband Cont'd


Now that you have all your pieces cut for the right width, go ahead and pin each piece RIGHT SIDES onto one another. They should look like this when you unfold them. (I'm sorry I should've taken a photo with the pins on the top, if you don't understand what I mean about the rights sides then please let me know!)

Once your piece are all pinned together, go ahead and do a straight stitch so that each piece is joined. I like to run a zig-zag stitch on the seam just to make sure the fabrics won't rip apart.


Step 5: Waistband cont'd

Once you have the right size of your waist band cut out, fold it in half and pin the sides shut. 
Sew the sides shut with a straight stitch but  DO NOT sew the short ends shut! You need these ends open so you can turn the waist band inside out.


When you finish sewing the longer sides shut, it should look like the photo above.


Take one end of the waist band and turn it inside out. The trick is to stick a safety pin on one end and push it inside till it comes out the other end. Once I had everything right sides facing out, I readjusted it so that the seams of the waist band were in the middle of the back part.

Step 6: Attach and sew


Now that your waistband is looking FAB, pin it on the right side of the bottom fabric. 
Remember RIGHT SIDES facing together! (The right side of my waist band was the side without the seam).

Once everything is pinned in place, go ahead and sew using a straight stitch then a zig-zag stitch on the outer edge.

Voila! The waist band and bottom fabric have now become best friends!

Optional: If your fabric is not so stretchy, place an elastic ( width of your fabric + 1")  inside the waistband. How to get the elastic inside the waistband? Just use a safety pin on one end of the elastic and feed it through the waist band. Pin the ends in place so that 0.5" of the elastic sticks out from both ends of the waistband.

Step 6: Sew End Shut


If you've noticed the lighting change, it's because I've been working on this skirt ALL DAY!

Okay so now this step is really simple. 
FOLD the skirt in half so that the RIGHT SIDES are facing each other and pin in place.
 Run a straight stitch down the seam and a zig-zag on the outer edges.
 (You see where those straight pins are? Pretend those are the straight stitches, the zig-zag stitch will go to the right of those stitches).

Once you have your baby all stitched up, flip her inside out and try her on!
If  your skirt looks fab and fits like a glove then skip step 7. 

Step 7: Sew to Alter


If you find that the skirt was too loose at the waistband, use a ruler and a pencil to draw out a diagonal line like so. (I'm sorry the lighting is bad, its hard to see the pencil marks.)
Basically I drew the line from where the ruler is. I measured one inch from one corner and had it end diagonally half way on the skirt. 
I repeated this on the other side by folding the skirt and tracing out the same exact line.

Using a straight stitch, sew across the marked line.
 Once you've finished sewing both sides, flip the skirt to the ride sides and try it on. 
If it is still too loose, place the top of the ruler closer to the middle of the waistband, draw a line and sew.
If it is now too tight, place the ruler closer to the end of the waistband and draw a new line. Remove the old stitch with a seam ripper or craft knife. Sew on the new line.

Use a zig-zag stitch to secure the seams once the skirt fits snugly!


When you're happy with the skirt, go ahead and cut the remaining fabric off!
 *snip snip*

Step 8: Glue/Sew


Fold the hem of the skirt 1" up so that the right side is up. 
I'm using tacky glue to keep them in place but you can do a blind hem stitch to secure it in place.
 The reason why I chose Aleene's tacky glue is because the glue doesn't show on the other side and is a better alternative if you don't have a serger.


Just dab some glue into the fold and press down!



Yaaay! Go ahead and glue down those seams too while you're at it.
I used needle and thread to keep the seams on the waistband down since the glue wasn't tacky enough to hold it in place.


Step 9: Flip


Once the glue has dried (it didn't take long) just flip your skirt inside out so that the right sides are facing up and voila~!
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Your pencil skirt is ready to wear!

Here are some striped pencil skirts you can purchase from retailers if you don't have the time to make one: http://www.polyvore.com/black_and_white_striped_pencil_skirt/shop?query=black+and+white+striped+pencil+skirt

I spent a total of $9 on half a yard on the fabric so guess what? I still have some fabric left over! It cost me less than $9 to make this baby! 

Hope you enjoyed this DIY, if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Stay crafty,

Livy 



Click here to see this skirt on me!