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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Starstruck

Another remnant of Thanksgiving crafting...

Rodarte showed these hair pins at their Fall 2012 show--so awesome!


They've been on my mind ever since, so finally I made my own.


Basically wire, buttons, gold spray paint, a hair clip, and pliers are the necessary supplies. To not have the button holes, there are also star shaped rhinestones and other doodads that would work pretty well.


Started by just wiring and twisting the stars in different patterns...


And then wrapping them on the clip. I suppose you could leave it with the different colored stars, but I thought the all gold look was much sharper. And, by spray painting the whole thing it hides a lot of the hot glue and other imperfections.




























Voila!

Super happy with the finished results :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Look Book

Thanksgiving Break provided some ample crafting opportunities...finally! College life is so inhibiting to all the things I want to make!
I saw these cool book clutches on Kate Spade, but the price tag wasn't so appealing...


The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, however hardcover copies are hard to come by. So I used another of my favorites, Harriet the Spy.
I bought an old copy off Amazon...

 ...and cut out the pages.
Next, I used Mod Podge to seal the jacket to the cover...

  I put wax paper over the newspaper so that the book wouldn't stick and get all ugly.

Then I sewed the inside purse part, and hot glued the frame along the top edge to the inside cover.






Ta Dah! These will probably be quite a few friends' Christmas gifts!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Polka dots yay

Polka dot pants...finally!
After seeing various variations (Anthropologie, etc.), I had to make my own!
All you need is a pair of jeans, some fabric paint, and a sponge brush.
I found the template for my polka dots here.
Beginning at the bottom, lay the template flat and dab the paint over. To make sure the dots line up, overlap the template's holes on a row of already painted dots.
I used an off white fabric paint so it wasn't as stark of a contrast with the denim as white would be.

Use the end of the brush for touch ups
Et voila!

Boiler Up!
Thanks to my lovely new friend Brooke for helping me out with these fabulous pictures!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fall Calls

College=limited creation time, however there's so much stuff I want to make! Here's a few things on my mind right now...

Polka dot jeans from Anthropologie

I love this shape and color from Alice + Olivia
Dying for a Peter Pan collar like at Anna Sui
Shoulder bows at Burberry Prorsum...umm yes!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Prom dress!

'Bout time I finally got around to putting this up!

I was having a hard time deciding what to do for prom. Nothing really was sticking out to me. I knew I wanted to do a tea-length dress, but I wasn't sure on how to do the bodice. Thankfully, my InStyle magazine came just in time, and as I was flipping through, I saw this Elie Saab dress that Emma Watson wore. PERFECT!


Off to the fabric store, and $80 later...
(With the besties.)

The bodice front is from Vogue 8280. It is a lace overlay on a satin. I did the satin and bodice lining on the machine, but I handstitched the lace on.
The skirt was just layers and layers of tulle (and an underskirt). I had seven layers--six navy blue tulle, and one sparkly silver.
(Also, if you look closely, you'll see my Nicki Minaj for OPI nailpolish!!!)

Here's the back of the bodice. I am sooo happy with how this turned out! I was worried about it gapping and not laying right, but it worked out perfect. I designed the pattern for the back myself!





Sunday, March 18, 2012

Best of (so far)

Dear Purdue readers,

This is my blog post that I designed specifically for you! I think that to better understand me, you need to see what I am able to do--something that can't come across in writing. I have selected several of my previous posts for you to check out; these are my greatest hits!

From oldest to newest:
1. A hand embroidered purse that I made for a friend.
2. The best dress.
3. Some look-alike shorts.
4. My Harry Potter premiere outfit.
5. A self-designed dress for a 1920s party.
6. My (If I do say so myself) awesome homecoming dress.

Thanks for reading!
Dana