Thursday, July 24, 2014

Restyling Pants

As I've mentioned before, I love the thrift store.  One of the biggest problems with thrift stores is that the items are usually a few seasons out of style.  One clothing item that you can save the most money on but are often the most out of style is pants.  Goodwill and other thrift stores sell pants for about $5.  Since brand name pants can cost you $50-$100+, buying used is a great deal.  Skinny cut pants are still all the rage, but they're almost impossible to find in good brands at the thrift store.  The solution is to buy a pair of boot cut or flare pants (which take up most of the racks at thrift stores) that fit you well in the waist and butt.  Then, following this tutorial make them into the skinny pants of your dreams.

Not a skinny fan?  You can still use this tutorial to take any style of pant and turn it into a more narrow style of pant.  Examples include:  Wide leg to a straight leg, flare into a boot cut, etc.

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.