Continued from my first installment,  DIY Ideas from New York Fashion Week Part 1 (A-M)…here are some more ideas to spice up your Spring 2012 wardrobe, DIY style!

NAHM: Create a hybrid dress by using an old 70’s-style polyester top and a button-front dress; retain the bodice of the top and add the placket and collar of the dress, as well as the skirt.  Cut the hem in an asymmetrical mullet.  Don’t forget the ankle socks!

Opening Ceremony: Embroider the shoulder of a white blouse in a kitty fae, and cut out the eyes.  Create a gumball-cluster-style hair elastic with brightly-colored beads.

Peter Som: Find a trenchcoat that’s a little small for you at the shoulders and cut off the sleeves.  Unbutton and rearrange the collar front; add a belt made from reflective tape and a sliding belt bulk (from the sewing findings section at Jo-Ann Fabrics).

Ports 1961: Fasten a bright 80’s-style suit jacket with neon cording (ended with silver cord caps) threaded through the buttonhole in lieu of a button.  Pair with platforms and an equally bright pair of pants!

Prabal Gurung: Sex up a plain white dress with a handmade black corset: use black cord or shoelaces to fashion a Y-shaped harness at the front, and punch holes into a 3″-wide piece of vinyl off corsetry-style lacing.

Rachel Comey: Create a hybrid tee by sewing together two t-shirts of contrasting colors and slit the top one at its shoulders.  Use extra black fabric (or 2″ wide elastic!) to create a ladderlike effect inside the slit.

Richard Chai Love: Add interest to a printed blouse by placing strategic cutouts at the shoulders and below the collar.

T by Alexander Wang: Convert a maxidress into a cut-out hybrid 2-piece.  Cut off the bottom for the maxi at the front only, with a high triangle in front; turn it into a halter dress by adding a coordinating cord around the neck.  Thread the cord beneath the top part of the dress and cut some thinner slits at the sleeve seams.

Thakoon: Cut the front out of a bright trench for the staggered-hem look.  Use brown textured duct tape in strips on a simple pair of khaki shorts.  Pain half a camel-colored hat white, using painter’s tape to mask.

Tory Burch: Create a skirt worthy of ladies who lunch by adding pinwheels, fabric or otherwise.  (Do those look like Reese’s peanut butter cup papers to anyone else?)  Add a rhinestone in each center; pair with a cropped white sweatshirt.

United Bamboo: A hybrid suit jacket can be made by sewing together two halves of two different jackets and chopping the sleeves off the top piece.  Pair with some sassy leather cutoff shorts!

Z Spoke by Zac Posen: Paint each nail a different color of the rainbow, stud the edges of a bright clutch, and pair with a Springy yellow cardigan flecked with gray fabric paint.


Some of these I’ll probably be doing tutorials for in the coming months.

See anything you’re just dying to know how to make?  Leave it in the comments section, and if it’s possible, I’ll make it so!



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