Friday, January 31, 2014

wrap it up

It's BLUE FRIDAY! Everyone is getting ready for the big game. I heard you can't say super bowl unless you pay them. But this is the internet and I am not literally saying it. So anyways… I am nervous and excited. I don't even like football. But everyone else getting pumped makes me happy!

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I've never study fashion.

I've just always had a love and deep appreciation of it. I never learned to sew from any classes or schooling. All my sewing skills I've learned from my mother. But everything I make are really just happy accidents. This shirt with built in scarf is the best example of that.

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There was no pattern. All I had was an idea of what I wanted (a simple shirt with a scarf or draping piece around the neck.) It was really trail and error. Mess up, restitch, try on, try again. That's pretty much it.

Nothing special. It's far from perfect but hey! I am happy with the outcome.

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Timberlands x Levi's Jeans ($15.00) 
Shirt (guttersnipe one-of-a-kind DIY) x earrings (also DIY)
Hat (H&M) $5.00

Thursday, January 30, 2014

when grey matters

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Any true reader who has been with me since the jump remembers this logo! I was cleaning my room and going through old notebooks and stumbled across this baby. The guttersnipe OG logo. I do miss it at times.

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Everyone in Seattle is getting so ready for the big game this Sunday. I am working that day but have no fear! That is a good thing. The Seahawks always win when I don't watch the game. Go Hawks!

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So like I said before I've been cleaning my room. Moving things around and trying to figure out a new arrangement of everything. Which is hard because I get really into then find something to distract me, like my old notebooks, get lost in those and end up watching a law & order SVU marathon. I need to work on being more productive. Ugh.

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I have cleaned my closet out, repurposed a lot of items, and find some good stuff to steal. I also have been really big on candles. Who knows.

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In the fashion life - I've talked about "street ninja" this fashion trend of wearing all black. I've discovered I can't do it. However I've been finding myself wearing a lot of the same shade. This is my take on a lot of grey aka gray aka silver. Or whatever. 

I am liking this idea. Stick to one color and make it work. Boom! Fashion.

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Air Jordans x Disco Pants (American Apparel)
Sweatshirt (LoveCityLove - Pop Up Shop) x necklace (goodwill) $7.00
Hoodie (H&M) $20.00

Friday, January 24, 2014

DIY: Letter Sweater

It's Friday night! Are you staying in?

No shame about it! I like staying in. Don't have to get out of my sweats, watch a movie, veg out, catch up on TV, curl up with a good book OR do a DIY project. Yep - another one! I am kind of on a roll which is a good thing for you of course.

I was online window shopping (just looking, I promised!) Checking out what's new, seeing new trends, and searching for inspiration. I found some!

I saw these two sweaters on Nasty Gal for $68 each.

Bullshit. I am sorry. However if you do wish to purchse them though check them out here & here.

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But for me personal - this is waaaaay too much money for something so simple. So you know me - I made a cheaper and more personal version. This is also great way to re-vamp any shirt or sweater. Not to mention a good way to use up any iron on letters you have laying around like I did.

This is also *NO SEW DIY* (I realize not everyone has access to a sewing machine so I am trying to carter to both.)

Supplies needed:
 iron x iron on letters (any color) x sweater (any color - but cotton)

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This sweater was $0.99 at Goodwill in the men's section (small)

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All you need to do is peel on the letters and arrange them as you wish, with the iron on the cotton setting, press hard, and wait. Repeat until all letters are on the sweater.

I kind of went with a cluster look and then spread the letters out.

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But really - it's that simple. And yes, that cheap. The iron letters were like $5 or something.

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Now my favorite favorite step - wear it & share it! I went for white letters because I had a lot left over from other DIY projects and I really liked how the white on grey worked out.

You don't notice it right away but once you see it - it's really cool.

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Play around with this DIY. Change the color of the sweater, the color of the letters, use bigger iron ons, or even numbers! I am thinking about maybe trying this on a pair of shorts. Letters are ideal for a cool graphic design so have fun!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

DIY: Jean Jacket Back Patch

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Found myself in my sewing room again. Boy, it felt good!

I forget how much I love sewing. It's very relaxing. Also like being able to post my work on Instagram and getting feedback. But the best feeling is getting to share cool DIY projects with you guys! Like this one.

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Jean Jacket Back Patches - You of course can spend $50-100 on a jacket like this at places like Top Shop or Nasty Gal OR you can make one yourself for less than $15

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1. Find a great inexpensive jean jacket with a single panel back. It's easier to cut and sew with. This jacket was $4.50 found at deseret industries.

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2. Cut the back panel out.

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3. Use the back panel you just cut out to get the ideal shape for the patch you'll be sewing in the back. When cutting, leave yourself some room for sewing a seam. Give yourself about half an inch of extra space. 

(Side note- I found this great fabric at Stitches on Cap Hill. It was $7.99 a yard. Best part about this DIY you can use any pattern)

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4. Pin the patch in places.

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5. Take your time and being to sew. Remember to remove the pins!

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6. Best for last - Wear & Share!

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Ta-da! There it is. It's truly that easy. I am already working on a new design for my boyfriend. New jean jacket and a whole new fabric type. This DIY is interchangeable and really all about making it your own.

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