For the girl seeking to invigorate your current wardrobe or for the girl budgeting to work with what you have (both me), I have found some fairly easy methods in revamping the look of a piece with not too much but a pair of scissors!
As part of my ‘Beauty + Fashion’ series, I wanted to dedicate a blog to some of my favorite and easy “Do It Yourself” clothing methods I’ve learned over several months.
The looks I show in particular compliment the spring and summer seasons. Optimal for a sunny day meet up with friends or a night on the town, I hope you find utility or inspiration following these methods or implementing any version of your own. I want you to feel empowered in what you wear and how it makes you feel, and so I encourage you to tailor and/ or make what I’ve learned your very own.
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Let’s Get Started
One of my favorite trends as of recent is the use of bandanas.
It’s funny how often I wear one: I just find there to be so much utility in highlight of a really low price. You can find an array of them at your nearby craft store in multiple patterns, colors and sizes.
I place them on my belt loops, on my swimwear when lounging, on my neck, in my hair, and even on my backpack and purses. It’s festive and adds another element to your day look when you’re not quite sure what’s missing.
For festivals and concert venues, I’ve worn bandanas for tops as well. I also wrap it around my hair and head on occasion when I’m performing a more sweaty, strenuous task.
Your look can certainly vary with just one bandana and I recommend for it to be a staple in your summer wardrobe!
Next, I am really excited to cover a trend done on Jean items specifically: frayed ends. Unless the fit is meant to look professional, I like ends of skirts and jeans a bit frayed and distressed. And doing it yourself adds personalized dimension without the dent in a paycheck! Two things I’m all for.
Distressed Denim ⋆
supplies needed: any form of denim, tweezers, scissors, time!
I find distressing denim to be an imperfectly perfect process; you don’t have to worry that you’ll make a mistake because the purpose of the method is to be fairly messy in technique.
In this instance, I frayed very little but the amount you fray is dependent on the look you’re wanting to go for! I like to pair casual, distressed jeans with heels when I go out for a weekend lunch of sorts and so I frayed enough to maintain the glam but not so much to the point I think it may conflict.
I recommend playing around and finding the style suitable to you but this could certainly serve as a basis.
You’ll begin by making horizontal slits with a pair of scissors where you intend to make the area “distressed.” With a pair of tweezers, you’ll begin to pull on the white threads only. It’s up to you how far you’d like to pull but that is how you achieve the look.
It can be time consuming when you’re wanting the denim to appear very worn out, although washing and drying the denim afterwards should certainly loosen up the threads!
The fun part is that you aren’t confined to any one look. You can distress pockets and even create slits on the sides for you to fray as well.
This is just one outfit variation of a pair of jeans I had distressed more so than what it had looked like originally. I made the back slit (note: the slit will widen and get bigger in use so keep that in mind when you make the cut).
Lastly, for this look I decided to fold the bottoms to accommodate for mid-top Nike’s.
Shirt Tied In The Front ⋆
There’s many variations of how this shirt could turn out: dependent on how long your blouse or t-shirt is initially. Picking a longer shirt to work with gives you more leeway in picking how lengthy you want the finished piece to look and even where you’d like to tie it.
It is also ideal that the material would be malleable enough to pull both cut ends so that you may tie it comfortably around you.
My shirt was a fitted crop top and so I didn’t have the advantage in determining the placement of the tie or how long/short I wanted to make the look. I also didn’t have time to shop for a new look the day of this photoshoot which led me to a quick revamp of a shirt I had already worn. In fact, I actually grew fond of this DIY later on when I played with the outfit variations.
I paired this top with exceedingly high-waisted, loose boyfriend jeans from H&M I had purchased a couple years back, and finished off the look with a pair of white hightop vans for a more casual and practical glam look when I had gotten a bite to eat with friends.
“The secret of great style is to feel good in what you wear.”
supplies needed: shirt, scissors, ruler, pen
The simplest method of them all: you’re going to begin by picking a shirt. Maybe you like the sleeves, the back pattern, or even the color of this shirt, and you don’t wear it often so you’re more comfortable with experimentation- perfect!
I recommend not practicing on a shirt you’re afraid to mess up on (at least for the first time) and I also recommend not using a shirt with words or a graphic; uniform patterns and solid colors are optimal.
Now that we have the shirt: we’re going to place it on a flat surface and be sure that there are no folds or bumps present so that our measurements can be as precise as possible. Placing the edge of our ruler dead center on the shirt, we’re going to mark with our pen a couple marks so that we cut a straight line. Frankly, this isn’t too important (yay) because since the material is stretched or loose when worn, you cannot clearly tell how the line was cut.
Now we’re going to grab the scissors and cut amongst the line. And just like that this top is finished! I’d suggest cleaning up the collar area so that the line blends with it, in the case it looks off. Sometimes you may have to cut off the collar in its entirety (cutting precisely on the rim), but not to be scared- it looks good. 🙂
For our next look, I’ll actually be performing the opposite task in tying the back this time. Not to mention, this is my favorite look for the sole reason that I’ve enjoyed a lot of backless tops recently.
These tops have proven to be staples in my wardrobe. Although they are a bit trickier to make, once you get it down: you’ll be radiating in one yourself. ❤
Shirt Tied In The Back ⋆
supplies needed: any no-slit dress or shirt, scissors, ruler, pen
My top in particular was made from a long suede dress that I never wore. I cut the entire dress horizontally only utilizing the bottom half. It’s important to denote how long you’d like your top so that you can cut the right length. Once you’re confident in the length, you can then cut the dress (use a ruler + a pen for a straight line).
See pictures below because this is when it may begin to sound a little tricky! You’re going to fold the piece you’d just cut downward (sowing is recommended, although I didn’t sow for my example top) so that the sown/ruffled/clean edge is what’s seen at the bottom of your top.
Now you’re going to put the front side facing down. You’re now going to cut triangles on both sides of the top with the tip of the triangle facing center, and these will make up the two ends that tie to fit your torso.
For the suede top I made, you’ll see how I only used one set of triangles to tie together (because I made a crop). Although dependent on coverage, length or even the style you’re trying to achieve, you can decide to make multiple sets to tie which means cutting more triangles.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Spring and summer are by far my favorite seasons and so it’s incredibly fun to play with ideas and share methods, suggestions and tips i’ve pursued and loved thus far with you all.
I give my very best wishes. Till next time.
My very best, Char