Monday, December 24, 2012

DIY Torn Cross Denim Jacket // TUTORIAL

Used to be available at NastyGal

Supplies:
- a denim jacket that you are willing to sacrifice
- an exacto knife (possibly extra blades)
- disappearing fabric ink marker
- tweezers
- sand paper (optional)
- dremel (optional)

Directions:
1. draw the shape you want to look destroyed on the back of your jacket with the fabric marker. The example above is a cross. Don't pick anything too complicated because it will get hard to recognize the more the shape is destroyed/distressed.
2. start slashing horizontally from one side of the shape to another.
3. if you do like an inch at a time, you can pull out the individual blue threads (the weft) with tweezers.
4. if you have a dremel, use the sand paper attachment to sand away the weft (blue threads) slowly not to rip the warp threads (white threads).
5. roughen up the edges with sand paper if you want a more distressed look.

Boom! You have an edgy new jacket that's uniquely yours!
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DIY Striped Sweater


Supplies:
- a sweater you want to jazz up
- fabric paint (not acrylic, fabric is more flexible)
- foam brush or paint brush
- painters tape
- iron
- tpins (or sewing pins)
- newspaper
- a flat surface to pin your fabric to/work on
- blow dryer (optional)

Directions:
1. prep your workspace with newspaper so you don't get your paint anywhere. 
2. pin down your shirt so it's slightly stretched. pin the arms down next to the shirt if you want the stripes to continue in the same place. 
3. put newspaper in between the shirt layers so the paint doesn't bleed through.
4. tape off your stripes the thickness you want. use your iron to press down the tape for a crisp line.
5. paint on your fabric paint in thin layers. if you paint it on too thick it will feel weird when you wear your sweater again. 
6. let it dry completely before you flip it over to paint the other side.
7. once you've painted both sides and let both dry completely, remove the tape. 
8. most fabric paint requires heat setting put your iron in between the layers to iron the back side of each stripe for the time that it recommends on the bottle. usually it's 2-3 minutes. 

Boom! Rockin new comfy sweater for the winter weather! 
ps: this would be super cute if done with metallic for those holiday parties! also neon for that nude/neon trend!

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Sorry I've Been M.I.A.!

Hello everyone,

I'm not sure if anyone has noticed that I've been gone, but I definitely have been. Which I feel super bad about by the way.

In case you didn't know, it's my senior year in college and I've been a little busy. And by a little I mean I've become accustom to sleeping in my studio rather than going back to my apartment. Anyway, I only have one semester left and I will be a free woman!

This next semester should be a little less busy and stressful which is great because then I can have at least some free time to dedicate to things I love, like my blog :)

I will be revamping it very soon, so be on the lookout for some new stuff and a new look :)

<3 Kelsey
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