DIY Tribal-Print Festival T-Shirt with boohoo

0.chicsteals_DIYtribalprintshirt_introphotoTo mix and match with destroyed denim cutoffs, favorite jeans, or a soft, loose maxi-skirt…the ultimate piece of festival wear is the versatile T-shirt. Take yours a step further with your own DIY print and some well-placed studding to complement the print. boohoo makes the softest, drapiest, most versatile tees – just perfect for customizing with your own hand-made print. And it’s super-easy to make a #boohooDIY with some sticky foam, soft fabric paint, and some pyramid studs!  Here’s how:

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30 Days of Outfits Challenge: Day 21

 LS Tee: Petit Bateau
Draped Rose Chiffon Skirt: DIY
Studded Cuff: Target
2-finger Pyrite Ring and Spike Ring: handmade by me
Diamond-pattern pale blue tights: unknown
Suedette Tie Shoes: Lela Rose for Payless (2009)
Quilted Bag: indio (Japan)
Pierced Rose Brooch: DIY

Day 21 in my 30 Days of Outfits Challenge: November 21.

Sunday at home recuperating from the long shoot from the day prior.  But I still wanted to take a couple DIY items for a spin – and put together an outfit in dreamy pastels.

When I first saw luv aj‘s pieces, I thought they were a wonderful solution to connecting large statement pieces onto ring bases without soldering.  Many jewelry artisans cannot solder (myself included).  Not being able to do this simple construction method (though goodness knows I’ve tried!) often limits the designs you can create, especially when it comes to rings (which usually need to be soldered together lest the stone pop right off the base).

But wire-wrapping is an ingenious solution to the problem of connecting the top to the ring, and completely eliminates the need for soldering!  I tested it out on a couple similar designs.  (The drawback is the rings are incredibly uncomfortable on the fingers.  I wonder if luv aj’s versions are easier to wear?)

This skirt I made from a curtain valance.  Yes, a curtain valance!! If you ever check out Goodwill (or any thrift store that sells home items), you can probably find some curtain valances that have chiffon overlays to them.  I was struck by how beautifully they were draped – so I bought the pair ($3.99) and made a skirt out of one.  When I draped it onto my body I found the waistband wouldn’t sit right, so I did have to make some darts at the waist…and sew a front-seam and hidden fly.  It’s not perfect – it’s DIY, after all!

But if you have any valances at home lying around, or spot any at the secondhand store – they really look lovely as a draped, twisted skirt – a style of skirt that is so popular now (just look at the recent collections of Alexander Wang, Burberry, and Celine, for example).

The Pierced Flower Corsage is so easy to make: just a silk flower from the craft store, with rings threaded through it, or grommets added and rings and ball beads through those.  I made two and thought the rose one went better with this outfit.

Hope everyone had a great Sunday!

xoxox
Carly

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DIY Ruffle Studded Necklace: Create Couture Challenge

Inspired by Candace Ang‘s ruffle necklaces, I created a super-simple, super-affordable version for one of my submissions for Style Sample Magazine and New York Design Shop’s Create Couture Challenge back in early August.

You Need:

*Cream Sweater Style Stretch Trim
*Large Silver Pyramid Studs


Additional Tools/Materials:

 *silver necklace or chain
*sewing machine
*hand-sewing needle
*matching thread
*pliers
*chain-cutting pliers

How to:

1. Cut the Stretch Trim in half.

2. Zigzag stitch the two halves together along the long sides on the sewing machine.  (Slightly overlapping them is best.)

3. Securely knot a long piece of thread on your needle, and make long, basting stitches along the long side of the trim piece you just made.

4. Pull thread tight to gather the trim – and knot securely on the other side.
5. Sew back through the top gathers to secure.

6. Stud the trim and fold the stud prongs down on the underside.

7. Cut chain necklace in half, and stitch both ends of it to the top ends of your ruffle piece.

 Fuzzy and fun – this was sooooo quick to do.

Totally tactile, this fuzzy trim makes an edgy statement with all that metal peeking out!

xoxox
Carly

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DIY Tube Flower Headband: Create Couture Challenge

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In the home stretch now, everyone! Another one of my submissions for Style Sample Magazine and New York Design Shop’s Create Couture Challenge back in early August.

Materials:

*White Sweater Style Stretch Trim
*Gold Circle Studs


Additional Tools/Materials:

*thin headband
*sewing machine + needle for knits (optional)
*hand-sewing needle
*matching thread
*hot-glue gun

How to:

1. Sew the Stretch Trim into a tube down its long side.  (I sewed it on the sewing machine but you can hand-stitch it if you prefer.)  Turn right-side out.

2. Cut into 3 pieces: 1 longer for the large flower, and 2 shorter for the two smaller flowers.

3. Hand-stitch the two ends of the long piece of Trim together, to form a circle.

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Make 5 loops in the circle and push inwards to the center, stitching through the center area.

4. Pull the thread tight to gather the loops.
5. Sew a few times more all the way through the center to secure.

6. Repeat Steps 3) – 5) for the two smaller flowers.  I made only 4 loops (4 petals) for each.

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7. Dab some hot glue in the center of each flower, and glue down a Circle Stud.

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8. Hot-glue each flower to the top of a thin headband.  (For more security, I’d recommend hand-sewing the flowers on, looping the thread around the headband.)

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And that’s it!  This of course can be accomplished by using any scrap fabric or ribbon you have – though it works particularly well with “puffy” fabric like this sweater stretch trim because it creates a tube-like appearance to the flower petals.

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Everything’s in bloom during the summer!

xoxox
Carly

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DIY Fringed Gladiator Sandals: Create Couture Challenge

Yes, another project I submitted for Style Sample Magazine and New York Design Shop’s Create Couture Challenge back in early August.  I’ll get all of these posted if it kills me!!!

You Need:

*Mocha Suedette Fringe
*Mini Gold Pyramid Studs
*Large Gold Pyramid Studs

Additional Tools/Materials:

*faux suede or leather strappy sandals (American Eagle Tomahawk Beaded Sandals from Payless)
*pliers
*leather glue
*awl (optional)
*moleskin (optional)

[prep: remove any embellishments from shoes first]
How to:

1. Push studs into the straps of the shoes, using pliers to bend the prongs over on the underside.  If you have trouble pushing the studs through the shoe material, an awl can be helpful to punch holes first.  You can also use small pieces of moleskin on the inside of the shoes if any prongs scratch your feet when you are wearing them.

2. Measure length of fringe needed by wrapping it around top of sandals.  Cut.

3. Apply a thin strip of leather glue to the tops of the sandals, and press the fringe into it.  Allow to dry.

And that’s it!

Gladiatrix, boho, SoCal…however you say it, these sandals are FAB!

xoxox
Carly

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