TUTORIAL | How to Refashion a Blouse Into a Pencil Dress

Monday, September 15, 2014

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Everybody loves a great pencil dress, which is why I decided to refashion my never-worn-in-two years cami from J.Crew and create something I would more readily grab from my closet. Using a dress from my Refashion Challenge post as inspiration to recycle my old clothes, I created this dress by utilizing some left-over fabric from The Soo dress design in my 2012 Mid-Summer Collection.  Even though it's really simple, I think it's a dress that will be super versatile, and since I was using materials I already had, it didn't cost me a dime. Score.

how to refashion a blouse into a sheath dress via Kristina J blog tutorial 

what you need
  • Blouse with side zipper.
  • 1/2 inch bias tap
  • Two yards fabric for skirt
  • 14 inch zipper
  • Pattern in your size with general silhouette of sketches below. I used McCalls 5927, which is out of print, but available on amazon.com.


 what you do
1.  Cut out skirt portion of pattern onto a fabric of your choice and assemble by instructions.

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2.   Enclose raw edge of top of skirt with bias tape and top-stitch to attach and finish.

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3.   Pin skirt to natural waistline of blouse and top-stitch 1/4 inch below bias tape. Leaving one inch free to fold under at zipper

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4.   Fold raw edge of skirt under at side seam even with zipper and pin.

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5.   Top stitch 1/4 inch from zipper edge to finish. DONE.

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On the Dot

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Boden Nancy skirt | J.Crew top (similar) | Nine West wedges 
Target bag, wedges + watch | Charlotte Russe headwrap

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DIY PATIO EDITION | How to Make a Wood Dowel Pendant Light

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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what you need
1.  15 square wood dowel rods
2.   Hacksaw
3.   Large jump rings like these from Joann Fabrics
4.   Keyhole screws
5.   Acrylic paint in three colors
6.   Rectangle wire stacking shelf like this one from Walmart
7.   Pliers
8.   Gold chain
9.   Parachute cord in three colors
10. Two pendant light kits. I used the pendant light kit in PINK from the Color Cord Company.
11. Clear protective spray paint for wood

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what you do
1.   Mark the dowel rods into 9 inch sections and use a hacksaw to cut. I used 60 dowels for this project. Lightly sand ends.
2.   Insert keyhole screws into one end of all dowel rods.
3.   Paint the bottom four inches of the dowels. I painted 20 in each color. 
4.   Let dry. 

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5.   Cut chain with pliers into 60 sections
2 inch section = 30 
3 inch section = 30
Attach both ends of chain to jump ring.
6.   Attach one end to keyhole screw
7.   Repeat for all dowels.
8.   Attach other end of chain to wire shelf with jump ring, arranging colors as you like

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10.   Spray all dowels and chain with clear coat of glossy spray paint to protect and add shine.
11.   Thread color cord kit through wire shelf in desired location. 

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12.   Knot cord as desired and attach to ceiling with hook or to patio canopy as I did here. Almost done!

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13.   Wrap edge of wire shelf with three sections of parachute chord like I used for my planters to finish the edge. I just twisted all three colors together and did it all the colors at the same time.  
14.   DONE.

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LOVE THAT | Gold Metallic

Friday, September 5, 2014

love that
Gold metallic shades are just so, so full of contradiction. The tones are warm but austere and can evoke emotions of grandeur  while also inviting you to curl up next to them and enjoy the gleam. I constantly find myself drawn to these shades, especially when paired with organic textures like the card-stock chevron stationery from Minted below. These are just a few of the pieces that are on my fall wishlist.

gold products for fall
1.  Gold shimmer skirt from Miss Selfridge
2.  Foil pressed personalized chevron stationery from Minted
3.  The Rapids gold print by Rose Lindo
4.  Lola Skye gunmetal skirt from Dorothy Perkins
5.  Gold booties from Dorothy Perkins
1.  Schuler & Sons Sunset Crossbody Bag by Anthropologie
2.  Embellished Hair Ties by Banana Republic
3.  Karina Shiny Gold Headband 
4.  FULL TILT Abalone Accent Head Wrap
5.  Two's Gold Dot Scarf
6.  Women's Merona® Metal Watch Gold 
7.  Gold Platform Heel by Wallis
8.  Sequined Crossbody Bag by Aeropostale

How about you? Any other gold metallic finds have you ecstatic?

DIY | Bib-Front Maxi Dress Refashion

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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diy inspiration

You may or may not remember my refashion challenge to myself a few weeks ago. My goal was to create fashion pieces that will transition into fall using discarded pieces from my summer wardrobe. This project is inspired from #4 above and was created from a worn-too-much-and-tired-of t-shirt from J.Crew along with a torn sundress from the clearance rack at LOFT.  I love bib-front tops and decided to highlight the bib on my top by outlining it with the fabric from the maxi dress, which hopefully brings it all together into one cohesive maxi dress (if doesn't, I'm wearing it anyway!). Either way, the end result is a comfy dress that can be layered over as the weather gets chillier. Goal: ACHIEVED

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1.   Fold the dress over so 1/4 inch remains above stitching line. Pin into place on right side of shirt, stretching to fit.
2.   Topstitch the two pieces together to attach, slightly stretching as you sew.
3.   Trim excess shirt fabric away from waist seam. 
4.   Press.

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5.   Cut a strip of un-used sundress fabric 1 inch wide. Press in half and pin to edge of bodice bib with raw edges facing to outside. 
6.   Top-stitch along center to attach to dress. Repeat along other side and across bottom.

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7.   To create the rolled sleeve look, cut existing sleeve 3-4 inches longer than you want the final sleeve.
8.   Roll up one inch wide to the length you want. Use needle and thread to tack underneath to keep roll in place. DONE.

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