ReFashion

ReFashion: Bracelet to Necklace & Tasseled Shoes

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Sometimes life throws you some curve balls and you have to be creative.  These two ReFashions came from disappointing situations, and I turned them around into something fantastic.  The first project is a jewelry redo and the second is a shoe bedazzling as my hubby would say.

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DIY ReFashion: Adding Length to a Faux Leather Skirt

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Several months ago I reviewed a brown faux leather skirt I got from Forever 21 Plus and expressed how much I loved it.  My love for it has not changed, and to refresh your memory or to share with you for the first time, I had a little concern with the length and that I needed to wear it lower on my natural waist to make it an appropriate length for me.

You can read all about its first wear with a lace tank and giraffe print cardigan in the link below.

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Then I wore it again with a dog sweater, tights, and tall boots to help camouflage the short length on me.

Dog Sweater BSee original post: I Love My Dog!

Well, my biggest issue that I had both times was that the back of the skirt got even shorter due to my amble behind.  It made me a little wary of wearing it again without tights or leggings and I thought it looked more attractive on me a little high waisted.

With all of these conclusions, I decided it was time to make this piece work for me by adding some length.  It took me a while to decide what medium I wanted to use and finally decided some faux suede in the same dark brown tone would not only look the best, but be the easiest material for me to work with.

I got 1 yard of dark brown faux suede at Hobby Lobby and went to town to refashion this skirt I loved so much.  Here is how I did it:

-Step 1: I wanted to add 6″ of length so I first cut two 8″ wide strips of fabric (one for the front & one for the back).  I measured the circumstance of the skirts hem and then cut the length of the 8″ strips accordingly.  Each side (front & back) was 52″, so I added a few inches & cut them at 54″.

-Step 2: To prepare the suede for the new bottom hem I folded up the long edges & ironed them down.  First 1/2″, then folded again another 1/2″ to hide the raw edge.

-Step 3: With the right side up, top stitch the new hem.

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-Step 4: Iron down the new top stitching.

-Step 5: With the right side together, stitch together the two pieces so you have one long strip with a hem on one side.

-Step 6: My sewing machine is not heavy duty enough to go through the faux leather & suede so I glued the raw edge to the underside of the skirt with flexible fabric glue.  I lined up the hem of the strip with the side hem of the skirt & went around the front and the back leaving a few inches unglued on the unhemmed side of the strip.  When the glue had set up a bit I was able to take the skirt to the sewing machine, sew up the other side of the strip, then glue it into place.  I did use some waxed paper in the process of gluing to prevent the front and back of the skirt from gluing together.

Now I am able to wear this fabulous faux leather & suede skirt without the fuss of making sure everything is covered.  I decided to pair it with a red floral blouse for a romantic feel.  Tucked in, you can see I am now able to wear the skirt higher on my waist.

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I love the new texture that the suede gives to this skirt and I love how it turned out.  I have to admit I had my reservations about how this refashion would turn out, so I am glad I took a chance.

This outfit would be perfect for Valentine’s Day with the red and pink color theme.  This blouse is silky and has lace that flows down the arms.  I incorporated my new red Crossbody bag that really stands out against the dark brown of the skirt.

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A romantic necklace made of Rose Quartz and cascading gold metal leaves gives a little dimention to the flowers on the blouse.  And a layered gold and rhinestone stretch ring completes this feminine with an edge look.

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Outfit Details

Have you ever fallen in love with a skirt only to find out it is too short after to wear it a few times?  What have you done to deal with it?

 

Today’s Postivity Note

You are capable of more than you know.

 Be Blessed!

Janeane

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DIY: 2 Shoe ReFashions with Fringe and Studs

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Over the past several months, heels of any sort have been out of the question due to my hip injury.  Now that I am on the mend after surgery, thoughts of slipping on a pair of heels are in my sights.

Two paid of heels that are currently waiting for me in my closet are the Christian Siriano Kactus Fringe Pump in Cognac and Brash Hyper Caged Pump in Nude, both from Payless Shoe Source.  While I love these shoes, I wanted to add a bit of embellishment to them to make them showstoppers.

So without further ado, here are the step-by-step tutorials:

FRINGE

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Before & After

I have already worn these fringes beauties a couple of times on the blog, and while I liked how they looked, I was still longing for a fuller, more fringe-y look.  In other words, I want to give them hair extensions.

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For supplies and tools I gathered up some brown suede fringe trim from the “by the yard” section at Hobby Lobby, flexible fabric glue, scissors, and clips.

Step 1: Cut 4 pieces of fringe in 3 1/2″ lengths.

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Step 2: Clip up the existing fringe to expose the lower strap.

Step 3: Put a bead of glue across the top of the cut portion of fringe trim.

Step 4: Apply the glued trim to the lower strap and release the clip to let the existing fringe lay down.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the upper strap and attach clips to secure trim as glue dries.

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Step 6: Remove the clips after glue dries.  Ok, let’s be real, I was not pleased with the indentations that the clips left as well as still not being satisfied with the fringe fullness, so if you do not want to use clips, I totally get you.

Step 7: Cut four more 3 1/2″ length pieces of trim, but this time cut off half of the fringe.  Attach the trim just like in steps 2-5.  I refrained from using clips this time around and now am loving all the fringe-y goodness.

I cannot wait until I can wear these!

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DIY: 2 Shoe ReFashions with Fringe and Studs | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

 

STUDS

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Before & After

During my time of anticipating my hip surgery, I ordered these snake print pumps as a kind of prize for when I could wear heels again.  I actually had the idea to add pyramid studs to them prior to purchasing them and I am excited to show you how I did it.

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The supplies and tools I used for doing these is pyramid studs (I found these “Fashion Tidbits” in a bronzy, antique gold finish at Hobby Lobby), Crazy Glue, needle nose pliers, pencil, tape measure, paper plate, and highligher pen.

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Step 1: Bend in the prongs on 16 studs per shoe with pliers.

Step 2: Measure and mark with a pencil where the studs are to be placed.
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Step 3: Draw a small area of your paper plate with highligher and let it dry (this is so you can see the clear glue when you put it down, otherwise it gets lost).  Squeeze out a dollop of crazy glue out over the colored part.  Taking one stud with pliers, dip the back side into the glue.

Step 4: Immediately place the glued stud onto the shoe onto the pre-determined and marked locations.  Press the stud down with your fingers to ensure contact.  This glue dried really fast, so move as quickly as possible.

I am beyond pleased with how these turned out and are even better than I expected.  This is yet another pair of shoes that I can’t wait to wear as soon as I am physically able.

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DIY: 2 Shoe ReFashions with Fringe and Studs | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

Today’s Postivity Note

Seek peace & pursue it. Psalm 34:14

 Be Blessed!

Janeane

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From Wall Mural to Outfit {Inspired by Interior Design} + A Couple of Mini Jewelry ReFashions

If you do not know by now, I am an interior designer.  One of my favorite features I love to incorporate into my designs are decorative wall treatments and murals.  I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the topic.  Below are two treatments I pinned from Apartment Therapy with one being a bold orange triangle pattern and the other, fun colorful dots.  They both give a flavor of whimsy, and are incorporated into a much more sophisticated palette with the MidCentury Modern credenza and the sleek modern stools.  Since these have been on my digital inspiration board for quite some time, they are a true representation of my style and the reason for today’s outfit.

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When I first saw the Marini Wrap Skirt on the Anthropologie website, I instantly thought of these two wall treatments.  The combination of colorful triangles and the asymmetrical hemline made me swoon.  I did not realize the textile was a soft knit similar to a sweatshirt until I tried it on during my Las Vegas trip.  I love that this skirt is a nod to the Mid Century Modern style that I love in interiors as well.  And since it has a stretchy elastic waistband and overall stretch from the knit, I was able to make this straight sized skirt work for me.Anthropologie Marini Wrap Skirt with Olive Tee and Denim Jacket | Designing From My Closet

To continue with the Mid Century theme, I selected a macrame tote with tons of fringe.  It reminds me of those fun plant holders I used to have in my childhood home.  On the top, a Dried Herb long sleeve tee knotted on the side is a neutral backdrop paired with a dark denim jacket layer.  These create a low key, relaxed vibe that I like to wear on a daily basis.Anthropologie Marini Wrap Skirt with Olive Tee and Denim Jacket | Designing From My Closet

These pierced wedges have been in my wardrobe for several years now and have proven to be one of my favorite shoes.  Because I live in Southern California, open toe shoes like this rarely get put away, but I like how the illusion of coverage from the bands give me a more “fall” look without having to put on a pair of booties and get overheated.

Anthropologie Marini Wrap Skirt with Olive Tee and Denim Jacket | Designing From My ClosetFor the jewelry, I kept going with the more modern feel of the interior inspiration.  The first was this wood and rope collar necklace from Forever 21.  I love how it has a much more luxe feel despite its rather low price point.  The only issue with it was it was challenging to put on.  This is not the first time this has happened to me and not from only less expensive pieces, but from some of my higher priced necklaces.  Whenever the clasp is attached directly to the end of a necklace that has a thick end it makes it difficult to hold my fingers onto the clasp with it open and put it behind my neck to attach.  It has caused me to get rid of several necklaces in the past, but once I took the time to do a quick fix, I know I do not have to pass on pieces with this issue.
Make a necklace easier to put on: 1-This necklace has a lobster clasp attached right to the main part of the necklace hardware making it challenging to grasp when it is behind your neck, 2-With a needle nose plier open up the eye that is holding the clasp and remove it, 3-Add a small piece of chain (found at any hobby or jewelry store) and close the eye with the pliers, 4-Attach the clasp to the end of the chain. The extension gives your fingers room to hold while you are attaching the necklace.
For my first mini “ReFashion”, I am fixing this little problem with my necklace by taking the following steps: 1-This necklace has a lobster clasp attached right to the main part of the necklace hardware making it challenging to grasp when it is behind your neck, 2-With a needle nose plier open up the eye that is holding the clasp and remove it, 3-Add a small piece of chain (found at any hobby or jewelry store) and close the eye with the pliers, 4-Attach the clasp to the end of the chain. The extension gives your fingers room to hold while you are attaching the necklace.

For my second mini “ReFashion”, I am showing how I made the bracelet I am wearing in this outfit.  I got this DIY Jewelry Kit at Hobby Lobby that contained a piece of faux tortoiseshell link to make a necklace.  I thought the link was a little small in scale for my taste so I decided to make it into a bracelet instead.Hobby Lobby DIY Jewelry Kit: I tuned this tortoiseshell link necklace into a bracelet.Instead of using the provided leatherette strings, I attatched large jump rings and a T-bar closure to give me a beautiful bracelet.I made this tortoiseshell bracelet from a Hobby Lobby DIY jewelry kit | Designing From My Closet

These quick and easy fixes have given me two great pieces of jewelry.  As far as the necklace is concerned, not only does the added chain give me an easier time putting this necklace on, it gives me the length I like for this to lay the way I prefer.Forever 21 Wood and Rope Collar Necklace | Designing From My Closet

This skirt is one of the more pricier pieces in my closet at the moment, and I am so happy that I splurged on it.  It provides such a unique flair that is truly my style and I will gladly pass on having several less expensive skirts hanging in my closet to have just this one.  With all the colors in the skirt, I can see this having multiple possibilities with top pairings.Anthropologie Marini Wrap Skirt with Olive Tee and Denim Jacket | Designing From My Closet

Outfit Details

Marini Wrap Skirt: Anthropologie

Denim Trucker Jacket: Old Navy

V-Neck Boyfriend Tee: Old Navy

Fringe Macrame Tote Handbag: Target

Wood and Rope Collar Necklace: Forever 21

Wedge Sandal: Franco Sarto (similar)

Tortoise Link Bracelet: Necklace DIY Jewelry Kit from Hobby Lobby

Today’s Postivity Note

Inhale the future, exhale the past.

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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ReFashion: Making a Jacket’s Sleeves Larger Around

ReFashion Making a Jackets Sleeves Larger Around

Several weeks ago I purchased an Ann Taylor LOFT cargo jacket at my favorite local thrift shop.  This camel colored jacket had everything on my checklist, well almost everything.  The color was perfect, the length was great, it had great details like the drawstring waist, sleeve pockets, and epaulets on the shoulder, and it was the perfect mix of casual chic.

The setback?

It was one size too small and fit way too snug in the shoulder and upper arm.Jacket ReFashion G

I am not sure if you can tell from this picture, but this is TIGHT!Jacket ReFashion H

Solution: Add an extension to the sleeve to open up the arm hole and release the arm a bit using a lace ribbon.  Here is how I did it:

This first part was a bit scary as when I typically alter an item, I carefully open up the seam.  Since the seams were placed in a different area on this particular jacket, I took the plunge and cut the under part of the sleeves open all the way down to the drawstring waist.2015-09-05 14.18.13

After ironing down a fold a quarter of an inch on the raw edge, I placed the lace ribbon underneath and pinned it into place.2015-09-05 14.41.55

I then top stitched the sleeve, attaching the lace to the jacket.
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I then flipped the sleeve wrong side out and attached the other side of the lace ribbon to the other raw edge of the sleeve with pins.2015-09-05 17.30.20

I then stitched up this side and flipped it right side out.  And just like that, I was able to give myself enough room in the sleeve to feel comfortable.Jacket ReFashion M

This was the perfect project to complete on a rainy day.  Since it was soaked outside and raining on and off, I chose to stay under the patio cover to take a few shots of the completed jacket in a styled outfit.Jacket ReFashion A

This refashioned jacket is now a great addition to my fall wardrobe.  I paired it with a graphic tee and green pants for its debut.  I attempted to get a great shot of the underside of the sleeves to show the lace, but this was as good as it got!Jacket ReFashion E

Since this is a small accent to really make this wearable for me, I probably will not be posing like this any time soon in public.  I had this lace from a previous project and it was to the 1/8th of an inch enough to complete this.  Whew!Jacket ReFashion D

I am so glad I did, because I am so pleased with the results!

Outfit Details

Jacket: LOFT, ReFashioned (similar: option 1, option 2, option 3)

Graphic Tee: Old Navy (similar: option 1, option 2, option 3)

Ava & Viv Colorblocked Ankle Pant: Target

Green Woven Clutch: Anthropologie (similar)

LaJolla Necklace: Anthropologie (similar)

Summer Woods Bangle Set: Charming Charlie (similar)

Tori Open Pave Ring: Charming Charlie

Pierced Brown Wedges: Franco Sarto (similar)

Today’s Postivity Note

Refuse to be average.  Let your heart soar as it will.  -AW Tozer

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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