DIY Sequin Sweater

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I’ve been itching to do another clothing upcycle/refashion project for the past few months and I finally got around to it this past week! Today I’m excited to share my DIY Sequin Sweater. Yes, I went in to the hubby’s closet again, but to be fair, I’ve never seen him wear this particular sweater/shirt since I’ve known him.


Before Sweater

 

I’ve always stumbled across this shirt when we swap out our clothes as the seasons change. Somehow the hubby has always managed to convince me to keep it. This time I’m glad he did, because it became my guinea pig to refashion into something for myself. My inspiration for this refashion project came from this pin from here I came across on Pinterest: a short sleeve sweater layered over a dress shirt.

I tried on the sweater to see how much fabric I was dealing with. Yes, it looks like I’m swimming in it.

Before Sweater 2

But no worries, I pulled out a  J Crew sweater that I owned which I was going to base my sizing on. Now it was time to get down to measuring and cutting by doing the following:

Bodice:

  1. Lay your sweater on top of the black one, matching both sweaters by the neckline to make sure they are centered.
  2. Mark on both sides with chalk the desired width of the new sweater based on your existing one. Baste or pin both sides and try on the sweater first. For me it was too fitted for my liking the first two times around, so I re-drew my lines out a little wider. Once you’re happy with the width, sew a straight line down both sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance. I then finished the edges with an overcasting stitch to prevent them from fraying.
  3. Cut off the ribbing from the neckline. Fold the edge of the neckline under by 1/2″ and sew it down with a straight stitch.
  4. Cut both sleeves off. Make sure you mark each sleeve for which side it came from.
  5. Cut your arm holes. I made a template for the armholes, by tracing the armhole of my J. Crew sweater and factoring in a 1/2″ seam allowance. Using the template, I cut out the shape of the armhole.
  6. Hem your sweater to the desired length.

Sweater Cutout

Sleeves

  1. Similar to the armholes, I made a sleeve template based on my J. Crew sweater and factoring in a 1/2″ seam allowance to attach them to the bodice. Using the template, I cut out each sleeve from the existing ones. Then attach your sleeves.

Sweater Sleeves

Here’s how the sweater turned out. I was quite nervous when it came to attaching the sleeves, since this was my first time attempting it. To make thing more nerve-wrecking, I chose to make the sleeves gathered at the shoulders so they would look slightly puffed. But it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be because I got them both right on the first try!

Sweater After 1

I was happy with the way the sweater turned out. However, it looked too plain, like it was missing something. So I went back on Pinterest to look for more ideas. I came across this pin: sequin trim around the neckline! So I went to Joann’s to pick up a pack of gold sequins and some transparent thread.

Sweater Sequins In progress

 

Now here’s how the final product turned out! I LOVE it! The sequins definitely make this sweater stand out. This is going to be a staple in my winter wardrobe and maybe into spring!

Sweater After Final

Sweater After 2

Preview: DIY 3D Dining Room Art

Hi there! It has been way too long since my last post. Sadly, this summer went by too fast and there was not much time for DIY projects. But fear not, I’m slowly getting back on track. So here’s a preview of one of the art pieces I just finished for my dining room. I can’t wait to hang it up! Still have to finish the other pieces…will share when it’s all put together 🙂
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DIY Peplum-Style Dress Shirt

My husband’s dress shirts always rip at the elbow first without fail. In the past when that happened, the dress shirt became useless to him, and in the trash it went. So sad. Now that I have my sewing machine, I save them to practice my sewing. It’s free fabric for me to mess around with. If I screw up, oh well.

Lately, I had been pinning quite a bit of clothing-related sewing ideas, one of which was a tutorial to transform a men’s dress shirt to a woman’s dress shirt from Cotton&Curls. Considering I had never sewn a single article of clothing before, I thought this project was perfect to try because it only involved deconstructing the shirt, cutting the pieces down to size, and putting it back together. No pattern needed! So here’s the my husband’s dress shirt that was to be my guinea pig. You can see the tear on the left sleeve.

 

Before Picture

The tutorial was pretty easy to follow concept-wise. My lack of experience in sewing clothing is what made this project difficult. But you have to start somewhere, right? There was definitely a learning curve that I had to overcome. I studied the construction of my own dress shirts to understand how the seams were supposed to look on both the inside and outside.  I didn’t take pictures of the process this time around because I just wanted to focus on making it look right. To be honest, I went through several iterations of sewing certain portions of the shirt  at times. To add my own twist, I chose to make the shirt sleeveless since warm weather has finally arrived. I added mini ruffle sleeves as a finishing touch. Here is the finished product!

After

 

I love it, it’s simple and clean. This is a great addition to my spring/summer wardrobe!

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Side

Back

Ruffles

I feel inspired now to make other clothing pieces. My husband better beware,  his shirts might start to go “missing”. =P

DIY Accordian File Organizer

How do you store all the Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary, Thank You cards, etc. that you’ve received? If you’re like me, they usually have gone into a shoe box that gets tucked away up into the closet. I like to display my keepsake cards around the house year round, especially the ones with cute and fun designs. They’re like mini pieces of art. It has always been a hassle digging out those boxes and sorting through them to find what I need. So enough was enough. I looked on Pinterest for DIY organization solutions that were pretty enough to display but still functional.  This time, I came across this accordian file on Pinterest.  I love the bow detail!

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I  found a tutorial from Damask Love that gave me a basic idea of how to construct the accordian file organizer. Overall, the steps are pretty straightforward and easy to follow. Like any DIY project, the beauty is that you can take that basic concept and modify it to fit your needs.

So first, I assessed the dimensions and the number of file compartments I needed for my accordian file organizers. I chose my dimensions based off the largest cards I had. I also added a spine piece to give the bottom added support.

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Luckily I had most of the materials already on hand, with the exception of the bookboard/chipboard.  As a substitute, I used cardboard from the boxes that our nerf guns had come in. Yes, side fact, we are adults that still play with nerf guns 🙂 The nerf gun boxes were perfect because the cardboard was thin.  I cutout and glued two pieces of cardboard for each outer piece required. Glueing together the multiple layers of thin cardboard made the outer pieces pretty sturdy rather than just using one layer of thick cardboard. They don’t bend that easily.  I love it when I can upcycle cardboard!

I chose to cover the outside of the organizers with fabric instead of paper. I find it as an easier material to work with and more forgiving if you need to shift/adjust as you glue. The first one I made, I covered with a postard/airmail-themed fabric. But I couldn’t just make one.  So I made a second one with a custom modern diamond pattern. For this second one, I used plain fabric and painted on the design myself.

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As you can see, the cards fit perfectly in there!  I’ll probably be making more of these in the future to organize and store my other stationary/paper goods.

DIY Fabric Covered Magazine Holders

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Now that the holidays are over, I’ve been doing de-cluttering and purging around the house. One of the things that’s needed attention was my ever-growing stash of magazines.

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There was no way that I needed to keep all of them. I picked through which ones to keep and which to recycle.  With the magazines that were left in my ‘keep’ pile, I wanted to make some custom storage to display them in, instead of just leaving them stacked in a corner.

I ended up making a few simple fabric-covered magazine holders, and you can, too. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

magazine materials

1. Cardstock
2. Glue, tape, and a cutting tool (rotary cutter or scissors)
3. pencil (or marker) and ruler
4. cardboard box
5. fabric

I chose to use a few Amazon shipping boxes I had saved. They’re sturdier than using cereal boxes. The 1A3 size is perfect as it measures out to 3.5 ” x 9.5 x 12.5″ and will accommodate most magazine sizes.

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1. Outline your desired shape for the magazine holder. I chose a simple straight line, with the short side measuring  5″ tall.

2. Cut along the outline and remove the top portion of the box.

3. On each side, glue the inside flap to the outer two flaps.

4. Similarly, on each side, secure the outer two flaps together with tape. It’s just like taping up a box.

5. Cut off the rectangle flaps from the unused upper portion of the box. They will be used to reinforce the upper insides of the magazine holder.

6. Trace and cut out pieces for (a) and (b). Glue down on the inside of each side.

I chose to use fabric to cover the magazine holders because I felt that it would be more durable than wrapping paper or cardstock with use. Plus, I liked the texture of fabric.

magazine fabric

To make the cover I went with a concept of wrapping a present. First, I traced the outline of the magazine holder on the fabric. Next, I marked off flaps where I would fold over edges and corners. The cutout as shown above is the end result. It literally was like wrapping a present, using glue adhere the fabric to the magazine holder. Lastly, I cutout cardstock to line the inside and to nicely conceal the edges of the fabric. Here’s how they turned out.

Magazine final

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I love the way they look. They are a great new addition to my bookshelf! Have a Happy Monday!