Thursday, February 28, 2013

DIY Men's Shirt

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Fashion DIY of the WEEK

I had an old shirt of S in the closet that had been well worn and seen it's days and I was keen on making a reconstructed top using it. Since plaid is so in this season and this shirt had a beautiful color combination, it gave me the perfect slate to work with.

I started by cautiously cutting out the sleeves, cuffs and collar close to the seams, so as to leave a neat edge and not waste fabric as you never know when you might need a spare inch that got wasted away.

Next, I cut out the back yoke, again close to the seam, cut a straight line in the front matching the back yoke, all this while keeping the shirt buttoned up in the front.

Then I placed some tucks in the front pieces to adjust the width to my size, as I was looking for a slim fit around the chest and made a big box pleat at the center back, stitching it down till the waist length. This gave me a fitted upper silhouette and flare at the bottom. I had to remove the top most button to get the piping and finishing done neatly, I am yet to attach it back, my laziness gets the better of me at times.

The top rests right below the hip and so flares out beautifully. Then I cut out straps for the shoulders using the fabric from a sleeve that I saved before, also made an extra flare for the front using fabric from the second sleeve and making two triangular panels diagonally, stitching them in a cut I made in the front panels.

I used the cuffs as a design detail, attaching them at the sides and used the collar for the neck. I opened up the collar stitched its label inside out, that gives it character and stitched it sitting over the front panels like a necklace. I used the fabric from the yoke that I had cut out earlier for piping and finishing details.

The whole rugged feel and character it gets from an old worn out shirt makes it even beautiful. It goes perfectly with fitted denims or shorts and will be a staple in my wardrobe this summer. It was a shirt I gifted S years back and I am happy it got this makeover rather than going in the trash!

Happy DIY'ing everyone! Be Yourself! Be Awesome!xx

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Best Oscar Looks of 2013

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Looks we are still drooling over...

And the one's that didn't settle well with our fashion philosophy... Sadly!

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

DIY weekend: Ikea Rast and more

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Last weekend we decided we wanted bedside stools to complete the look of our bedroom. Finally after major discussion revolving around budget and choices we ended up buying the Ikea Rast 3-drawer dresser, shown below.

We painted them green tea and ocean blue, with stains we had left over from previous crafty adventure, around the outside base and gave the drawers an awesome antique/ distressed look with antique stain we bought off the counter from Ikea store.

Here are the pics of at least a $1000 project we achieved in just $90. Any one from pottery barn or restoration hardware checking these out? I find they fit pretty well in out eclectic home and are comfortable plus the added bonus of extra drawer space.

Also I made this pretty little thing with some old left over piece of plywood and simple jute twite. The jewelry hanger is on sale. You can also purchase it at Etsy here:

Also if you are interested the Rast Ikea chest finished in green tea or ocean blue is on sale for Toronto locals only at $250, that counting the effort and talent that went in making it from plain jane Ikea to a rustic looking home decor piece.

Cottage chic with a rustic feel to it, distressed look achieved using antique glazing paint and green/ blue stain. Took us a total of 2 days to get the look, dry it perfectly and enjoy our latest creation.

Creative juices flowing with old wine corks and jute twine

The original Ikea Rast when purchased from the store
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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Do a Denim

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Thinking of investing in a denim shirt this Spring? Here's a hint on how to style one for any occasion, day or night!xx

Do a Denim

Denim top
$75 -

Line Dot skirt

Animal print skirt
$14 -

$48 -

Army boots

Leather shoes
$63 -

Alexander McQueen bangle bracelet

Mimco crystal jewelry
$340 -


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