Diy: No Sew 2 Piece Set

2 Piece sets have to be one of my all time favorite trends, as I am monochromatic by nature. I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon, this is definitely something that I am going to carry over to the fall and winter months ahead of us.

I have really been on the hunt for a cute set, but unfortunately it’s been really to find one that I absolutely love, that fits correctly, is made of a great material and that is cost effective. I came up with idea that I could make my very own out of thrifted dresses and long skirts, so that’s what I did! I bought a few garments to try this on, but wanted to test the waters with this $5 Gingham printed skirt. I loved the material, the print and most of the button detail on the skirt, I thought it would the perfect combo for summer.

I started out by pre-planning what look I was going for, and how long/short that I wanted the skirt portion to be… this would let me know how much fabric I had to work with for the top. As this was a no sew project I used the same materials from my previous ‘No sew’ Diy post, the hem tape that I purchased from walmart, and my handy dandy Iron. Watch the video below to see how I transformed this thrifted gingham skirt, then scroll to the pictures below to see how it all turned out. If you like the look, but don’t want to Diy, don’t worry boo I got you too. I’ve listed a few similar sets to this one at the bottom of this post.

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Boohoo:

Gingham Tie Crop & Frill Shorts Co-ord - Multi - 2

Romwe:

Agaci:

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Forever21:

Gingham Off-the-Shoulder Crop Top & Button-Front Maxi Skirt Set

Forever21:

Gingham Crop Top & Shorts Set

DIY: Belt Bag Obsession

I totally feel as though this “Belt Bag” trend popped up out of nowhere, and I’ve got to tell you….I’m not mad at it. To me it feels like the Fanny Packs that I used to love as a child have grown up with me and now it’s all sexy and sophisticated and has changed it’s name to match.

As you may know from my previous blog entries, I’m very selective about the trends that I’ll join in on, due to the fact that I don’t want to purchase items that wont have longevity in my closet. I have been looking for a Belt Bag that suited my tastes and was something versatile that I could either dress up or down, but unfortunately I wasn’t finding quite what I was looking for.

Luckily on one of my, oh so many, trips to Forever21 I saw this crossbody purse that I felt was exactly the look I was going for. There were only 2 cons at that point, it wasn’t a Belt Bag, and It was full price. I have a weird thing about purchasing full price Items just to experiment on them, but I bought it anyways because I thought it’s only $17, and it should be a relatively easy transformation with little to no casualties. Can you tell I’ve had failed DIY experiments or no lol.

So I bought the purse, then I got the materials needed to transform it, it took me about a total of 10 minutes to complete and I have to say, it was one of the easiest and most stylish Diy’s that I’ve done in a long time. I highly recommend when buying the velcro strips to get the industrial version, because it’s supposed to hold up to 10lbs of force. I can almost guarantee, for something going around your waist, there is no way that you’re going to put upwards of 10lbs in your Diy belt bag, nor will you probably exert that much force moving around.

Below I pictured the origianl Diy, the one that started it all, plus a video showing 3 other bags I transformed as well. The ones in the video were purchased from my local thrift store, which I feel are perfect for practicing on. I recommend that if you are wanting to try out this Diy to go for purses that have longer straps, like crossbodies, because then you’ll be able to play around with where you want the bag to fall on your waist or hips. I hope that you enjoy the videos and if you do try this Diy out, I’d love to see pictures of what you guys do!!

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Shoes:

Old Skool Platform

Three Easy DIY Tops: Tiger Mist Inspired

So, like I usually do, I was scrolling the internet minding my own business, when  I stumble upon the Tiger Mist website.  Ok, ok…I was online shopping, you caught me!

Well anyway, while I was perusing their new stock and seeing the latest designs they had to offer I came across a few tops that I really wanted, like really bad, but unfortunately my size wasn’t available.

Cabana Long Sleeve Crop - StripeRio Crop - CreamStella Tie Up Blouse - Brown

Each top honestly looked like it would be fairly easy to re-create, so I decided to embark on a new NO-SEW DIY project. I chose to get the thrifted items, because let’s face it, our parents wore some wild stuff back in the 80’s an 90’s and I felt like I would have an easier time finding fun prints. I feel like you could create these tops in so many different ways, using old t-shirts, collared blouses, and so much more.

 

Things you’ll need for this Project:

  1. Iron on hem tape
  2. Scissors
  3. Iron
  4. Thrift store shirts

 

 

Don’t judge a dress by it’s first appearance

Sometimes you have to look past what something looks like, and see it for what it could be. I feel this rings true in nearly any aspect in life, but especially when thrifting.

Most of the clothes you’ll find at the thrift store are predominately straight forward, what you see is what you get, but there are some instances where you can take something that looks extremely dated and virtually make it brand new again with very few minor changes.

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I recently purchased this dress for only $5 at my local Goodwill. The first thing that I noticed about it was the print, then the triple layer ruffle skirt, those were selling points for me, but the top portion was more than lacking. I almost left without it, because I had that little voice in my head telling me that it was too far gone, and definitely not going to work. Well I can tell you that I’m glad that I pushed that thought out of my head, I absolutely, head over heels love this dress.

Once I looked past the flaw, I definitely saw a way to instantly update it and make it work. I simply tied the dress in the back, unbuttoned a few buttons, and positioned the top to be and off the shoulder dress. What a world of difference it made, this dress reminded me of so many hot items that I’m currently seeing in stores, except mine only cost me $5. This post was mainly just to tell you guys to keep an eye out for great finds, but most importantly an open mind for something that may not seem like the obvious choice, but will definitely have you feeling like a winner!

Check out my video below to see how I flipped this thrift!

A little DIY never hurt nobody

Lace Up Sweatshirt

Hello my thrifty friends!

So we’ve all heard the expression to not judge a book by it’s cover, right?! Well surprisingly enough it’s the same with clothes, and when you thrift as much as I do, you sometimes have to get creative.

I’ve seen the lace up trend everywhere lately, and in so many different ways, so I wanted to give it a try myself. Since we’ve established that I’m quite thrifty, I wanted to do something that would be both trendy and inexpensive, because both are equally important to me.

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 On one of my thrifting adventures I found this Men’s XL Hanes sweatshirt, and I instantly thought it would be the perfect piece for this project, I specifically looked in the men’s section, because I wanted to create a baggy look. Also It had a very worn look, the color is faded, and there are a few tears in the fabric, but it was exactly what I was looking for. The fact that it was only $1 made it just that more appealing for this project.

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The only things that I bought to create this look was the sweatshirt, grommet ribbon and the para-cord all of which totaled to under $6. I paired it with my favorite American Apparel bodysuit and theses thigh high boots for somewhat of a dressy/casual look. I think if you wanted more of a casual look, it’d be easy just to switch to sneakers. I love using the para-cord, because it brings more of a sporty vibe to the look, but there are so many options to choose from when it comes the lacing you want to use.

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If this is a trend that you love, the next time that you’re hitting the thrift store, keep an eye out for anything that this would work on.  Depending on how you want this to fall on yourself should dictate what sections you should look at thrift store. My advice for any thrifter is that just because it’s not perfect now, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have the possibility to look amazing.

(Psst…Below I’ve added step by step directions below on how to recreate this look.)

Outfit Details:

Bodysuit – American Apparel

Sweatshirt – Thrifted (similar style)

Boots – Reshop Store ( I bought them for $50)

 

This cool DIY Sweatshirt for under $6 total! 

Supplies:

  • Sweater was $1 local thrift store
  • Grommet ribbon $2 on eBay
  • Para-cord string $2 at Walmart
  • Scissors
  • Hem Tape $2 at Walmart (I have a sewing machine, but this is the next best thing)

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  1. First you’ll want to find a sweatshirt or sweater to fit the look that you’re going for. I look for the mens sizes because I want to fit larger on me like a dress.
  2. Try on your sweatshirt and decide where you want the v to fall on you and mark it. I like having a deep v, so I make it as long as the grommet ribbon.
  3. Take off the sweatshirt and fold it in half, this will ensure for an even cut on both sides. Cut out your v to the place you marked previously.
  4. Unfold your sweatshirt, align your grommet tape along the v, and secure it with pins.

 

Sewing machine: sew along the v to secure the grommet ribbon

Hem tape: iron along v where you want your grommet ribbon to sit, the take off the backing, flip the sweatshirt inside out and carefully place the grommet ribbon where you want it to fall inside the sweatshirt. Iron over the back and make sure it’s secure.

once everything is all secured, loop your string in between the grommet ribbon and voila! You’re super cute!

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View this video below to see a step by step tutorial of how I achieved this look!

(PS the spot on the sweatshirt is actually a paw print from Quinn, she only drinks water with her paws…lol)

Later Babes!

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