Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shortening Straps Tutorial

I love shopping for clothes!  However, I hate spending money.  This conundrum leads me to often shop of thrift shops and consignment stores.  If I'm paying full price for a dress, I want it to fit me off the rack, but shopping at thrift stores sometimes means that you need to make a few easy alterations to clothing to make it fit.  The most common problem I run into with clothes is the waist and bust fitting but the length of straps on tank tops and dresses being too long.  If the tank top or dress fits everywhere except the straps, it's a great buy!  Straps are so easy to shorten, so you can save money and have great fitting clothes.

There are essentially two types of straps.  Straps that attach in the back, and straps that attach in the middle of the strap.  The following tutorials will help you shorten both kinds with just a few easy steps.  This simple alteration will require the help of an additional person just because it's very difficult to pin things on yourself!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Caftan: The Lasting Way

Caftans can be super easy to make.  My tutorial Caftan: The Easy Way shows you have to make a caftan that is perfect if you only plan on wearing it a few times or as a beach outfit.  Were you looking to make a caftan that would be little more lasting?  Then this is the tutorial for you.  If you want a caftan that will last you until caftans go back out of style (and maybe come back in to style again), you just need to add a few extra steps.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Caftan: The Easy Way

Caftans are really popular this summer season.  What's not to like about them?  They're loose, flowy, and super comfortable.  An added bonus is that they can be worn for a variety of occasions depending on how they're made and accessorize them.

Are you looking to make a caftan for a beach cover up or as an easy dress?  Then, this is the tutorial for you.  With just a few cuts and two seams, you will have the perfect easy caftan for the rest of your summer.  Are you looking for a little bit more of a substantial caftan that will look a little bit more high end?  Check out my other caftan tutorial!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Canvas Shoe Decoration: Marauder's Map Edition

I wanted a pair of canvas shoes for summer.  I also wanted them in a natural so they'd go with all the crazy colors I wear.  When I saw this color my first thought was, "These are the same color as the Marauder's Map!"  Now, I'm making my Marauder's Map canvas shoe dreams are coming true and yours can, too.

Decorating canvas shoes of any kind (TOMS, Keds, Vans, Converse, etc.) is super easy.  Below are general instructions for decorating canvas shoes, then I'll show you how I made mine into a Marauder's Map.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Bleach Design T-shirts: Harry Potter Edition

As a Harry Potter fan, I love wearing Harry Potter paraphernalia.  If you're planning a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the near future, you'll want to have a Harry Potter shirt on to show your pride.  Rumor has it that people wearing their own homemade fan apparel have been known to get special treatment at the park, so there's also that to consider.  There are a lot of cool ways to make your own personalized T-shirts.  One method that is easy and awesome is the bleach design method.  With a few simple materials you'll be all set to show off your own T-shirt!

 Now, I'm making mine Harry Potter themed because I am so excited about the opening of the new park.  However, if you are not obsessed enough with Harry Potter to make your own T-shirt, the same instructions apply regardless of your design choices.