Youtube Video: DIY Men’s Shirt Dress Configurations

Just found this uber-cool vid on styling a men’s shirt into a dress.  And you know me – I’m all about re-purposing men’s shirts, right??! Though maybe not all of the different styling ideas shown can work for all of us, I think we can all experiment with and see what works for each of our body types, and with what size of shirts!  (Maybe with some leggings underneath for winter?) Also, how about formulating our own guy’s-shirt-configurational possibilities??!

Still drowning in class and personal projects, and now Lil Tot has some flu or bug.  I’m still here, though – and hopefully will be getting a DIY Links of the Week post up tomorrow!!  Thanks~


Found via the amazing Outsapop.

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DIY: Happy Ice Cream Face Applique Tee…An Alternative to a Screenprint

So to break up the monotony of my 30 days of outfits…I thought to share with all of you this cute and easy DIY.

I first saw this on Ramblings from the Sunshine State, where Wendy shared her how-to for a 6 Scoop T-Shirt for her daughter’s ice-cream-themed 6th birthday party.

I loved the idea of adding brightly-colored quilting fabric to a t-shirt!

I’m always dreaming of screenprinting designs into tees…The colors!  The vibrant blacks!  The limitless designs!…But face it, screenprinting ONE t-shirt (even with a Yudu) is a huge time commitment.  There isn’t much point if you’re just going to make one.

Fabric paint I don’t like very much, as even the “soft” fabric paint adds stiffness to the shirt, and you can’t get very crisp lines.

The iron-on transfers they sell at the sewing store also leave a distinct and ugly “sheen” to them…it’s obvious you’ve stuck something on your shirt.  No thanks.

But applique?!  Never thought of that!

Now the world is my oyster…or at least, the design possibilities are limitless when you start to think of re-creating your favorite screened t-shirt design with cutouts of bright fabric and patterns.  The edges to the appliques are crisp, and the applying is so easy!  (Plus it’s a great way to experiment with color and pattern…and use up the scraps of fabric you may have laying around in your scrap bag.)

You Need:

*a t-shirt (I originally was going to use the white one above, and changed my mind after I took the photo)
*brightly-colored fabric for your design (I picked out some quilter’s fat quarters at my local Jo-Ann Fabrics, paying attention to the coordination of the patterns and prints)
*black fabric for your details (mine is a woven lightweight cotton suiting)

*double-sided fusible web for applique
*(optional) black embroidery thread

*iron & ironing board
*paper to make your pattern


1. Make a pattern for your ice cream cones.  I made one that I used for each scoop, one for the cherry, one for the chocolate sauce, one for the ice cream cone, and one for the smile.

2. Place your pattern on your fabric (folded over).  Trace and cut 2 pieces for each part of the ice creams, and one piece for the smile.

3. Follow the instructions for fusing the pieces to the front of your shirt. (Usually sticking the applique onto the sticky front, peeling off the back, pressing to the shirt, and ironing for 15 – 30 seconds, applying pressure and making a few passes.  The instructions said to stick the entire piece of fabric onto the sticky front of the web and cutting through both layers just once…I don’t think it really matters how you do it.)


4. (Optional) To make your creation more “polished,” you could go over the edges of each fabric piece in a satin stitch (closely-spaced zigzag stitch on your machine), in black embroidery thread.  (I didn’t because I was feeling lazy.)  This will make your tee look (from a distance) like a cartoony ice cream face, without all the hassle of the screenprinting!

But even without the outlining, it looks pretty cute as is!

Cool down on a hot summer’s day quickly in this…or just have a sweet sense of humor while relaxing at home.

Happy DIY’ing!

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DIY: Men’s Shirt to Jumpsuit Romper

This is a long one, so hang on for the ride…

We’ll be using one ENTIRE shirt – and leave only the tiniest scraps behind when we’re done.  It will take awhile, and this tute is probably not for beginners.

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Jump! Jump! Jumpsuit Romper Outfit…from a Man’s Shirt


Button-Down Jumpsuit Romper: Handmade by Me from a Man’s Shirt
Xhilaration Multi-Studs Wallet: Target (I added the chain)
Faux Fox Fur Tail: Handmade by Me
Black Leather Pumps: Michael Michael Kors

Now that it finally feels like summer here in Portland (hellloooo, 90-degree days!!), I celebrated by making this jumpsuit from a man’s button-down shirt.  I used almost every little bit of the original shirt!


With ruched shoulders, belt loops, and self-tie at waist.

It took awhile to formulate the how-to, but I figured it out and shared the tutorial a couple days later here.  Check it out if you’re interested in making your own!!

I took an instant liking to this cute little wallet from Target.  You’d never think it was actually a wallet once you add a chain handle to it!  (I’ll probably change the chain to something a little less bright, but overall, I think this is a great little purse for going out.  Just the right size for the bare essentials!)

I made this faux fur fox fur tail recently.  I’ve been seeing them starting to crop up in photos around the blogosphere, and something tells me they will be a HUGE trend from Fall ’10.  I can only find them online made of REAL fox’s tails.  I’m so turned off by this idea (of using a real fox’s tail and hanging it off your bag –*blech*) that I decided to make my own.  So for those wanting to get the look of the foxtail accessory, but not inclined to use real fur, I’ve created fake fur tails – out of the most luxurious faux fur I can find.  Seriously, I’ve been searching for about 5 years for faux fur that looks like this and has all the beautiful variegation of real fur (and is sold by the yard to non-wholesale customers – something more rare than you might think!).  It’s just lovely.  This is the Brown-Tipped color, and I’m also offering pure White, solid Black, Orange-tipped Cream, and Brown in my Etsy store!

I also added this tiny pewter fox charm – to indicate that no foxes were harmed in the making of this piece (and still paying homage to the animal that inspired the design;-).  I’m offering the tails with and without the charm – and I donate 10% of sales to the Humane Society, who has worked tirelessly to create regulated fur-labeling standards in regards to fur-trimmed fashion products, and advocates going “Fur-Free” when it comes to fashion.

Wedge Platform Heels: Velvet Angels Optima Wedges (purchased on HauteLook for 77% off retail!)

Haha!  I just had to try these babies out!

I was so embarrassed about my lack of a pedicure I Photoshopped one in.  Sorry for the deception. 


You can also wear the romper without the belt, and with the collar open for a more relaxed look.

Hope everyone’s having a great week!
I have an interview tomorrow for a potential job…so psyched!  Wish me luck~


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DIY: Men’s Shirt to Bow Tunic Dress

Once I saw this bow tunic dress in Vivi Magazine, it was all over.  I’m such a sucker for bows and anything really girly – especially when it’s multifunctional!  This sweet little piece you can wear with the bows running down your back or down your front depending on your mood.  Fashioned from an oversized man’s long-sleeved shirt, with a couple fixes it becomes a cute A-line batwing tunic dress – paired with pretty tights if you like your dresses super-short, or perfect over a miniskirt or leggings.

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