Saturday, April 28, 2012

DIY Leather Paper Lunch Bag // INSPIRATION

I always love it when I see totally DIYable stuff instantly on the runway. These bags from Jil Sander fw 2012 are super easy to make!


- a throw away paper bag (for a pattern to follow)
- scissors or knife
- something to draw with
- something to take fabric from. I suggest a big purse or a skirt. I also suggest a thin leather/pleather for the material so it's waterproof.
-iron to make the creases in the fabric so it folds like a paper bag
- sewing machine and thread
- hand sewing needles and thread
- a really strong adhesive

1. take apart the paper bag for the pattern carefully.

2. take apart your purse or w/e you are using to get a flat yardage to trace this pattern from.

3. lay the paper bag over the wrong side of the fabric and trace around it. make sure to mark where the folds are. then cut out your bag. now would be the time to add things that are too

4. you can go about this step 2 ways. option a) if your fabric is thin enough and it can be creased, then just marking where the folds are so you can later press the fabric then glue it correctly is the way to go. option b) if your fabric is a little too thick and you want the creases to be nice and perfect, I would suggesting cutting each section out then sewing it back on. you can do this by hand or using a sewing machine.

5. finish your bag with either sewing or adhesive. add stuff to your bag to make it yours with paint or studs or whatever you wish to make it yours!

Image courtesy of Rodeo.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

DIY Balmain Denim Jacket // TUTORIAL

It's finally here! My first ever full tutorial!!!! :)

I hope you all are excited because I worked very hard on this jacket and how-to so all of you can have awesome statement jackets like me! 

Remember: This is just how I interpreted Balmain's style. Please just use this as inspiration and make your own awesome, one-of-a-kind jacket! :)

- scissors/fabric shears
- pliers (needle nose preferably)
- lots and lots of various studs and spikes
- various safety pins
- xacto knife/blade of some kind
- seam ripper
- pins
- sewing machine (not shown)
- thread/bobbins/etc (not shown)
- adhesive (E6000 preferably)
- bleach/bleach pens
- pens such as sharpie (not shown)
- paint (metallic looks sweet on dark denim)
- fabric to add on to jacket (optional)
- a denim jacket to makeover
lots of free time

1. Here's my denim jacket that I will be giving a makeover. I got it from goodwill for like $5.
I laid it out on a table to see what I had to work with. It's good to plan in advance kind of what you'd like to do to your jacket because sometimes after a certain point it becomes very difficult to go back. 

2. I decided to cut out the yolk of the jacket. Cut it out nicely and very close to the inside of the seam so you have a good template for the next step if you choose to replace it with another fabric.

3. Take the yolk you cut out and lay it over your replacement fabric. I used lace. I just pinned mine to it and trimmed around it, leaving about half an inch on each side so I would have more than enough to later attach it back onto the jacket.

4. Un-pin the old yolk from the new yolk. I then pinned my new yolk (the lace) to the underside of the denim jacket so it would look flush with the jacket. This part was rather tricky.

5. After you have pinned the new yolk to your jacket, now is time for the somewhat challenging part -- sewing the dang thing. Because this was lace that had a little stretch in it and again, the fact that it was lace, I set my stitch to a very tight zig-zag. After all this work, I didn't' want that lace to go anywhere. I used black thread that was unnoticeable on the other side of my denim jacket. You may want to do a test stitch to check how visible the stitch is on the other side if you have a lighter wash denim. 

Finished yolk :)

6. I then studded around the yolk. The seams here are usually very thick so I used an xacto knife to push through so the stud would stay secure to the jacket.

7. I knew the back of my jacket would be my focal point. I grabbed some extra news paper and laid it over the back of my jacket. I traced/eye balled what the 2 side panels would look like. I then cut out that template.

8. I then laid out that template and traced it twice onto my leopard print fabric with a metallic sharpie. I again added about half an inch to each side for later hemming. I only did this because my fabric frays. If yours does not fray, feel free to skip this step.

9. I hemmed these panels with my sewing machine using a zig-zag stitch. Again, I only did this because my fabric frays. Skip this step if your fabric is awesome and you do not need to do this.
After I hemmed my panels, I pinned them the best I could to the back panels of the jacket. They aren't perfect because I eye-balled it. 

10. I then used a straight stitch to attach these panels to the jacket. You could use a zig-zag stitch if you wanted. 

11. At the same time on the front of the jacket, I used a seam ripper to take off one of the pockets. I then used that pocket as a template and traced it onto the leopard print fabric. I left a seam allowance to hem it. I then pinned it to where the old pocket used to be and sewed it using a straight stitch.

12. I decided to somehow put my logo on my jacket. It could have been the exact thing, but I decided to abstract it -- with safety pins :)
I printed off a cut out of my logo the size that I wanted it. I then cut it out and traced it onto the back of the jacket where I wanted it with a fabric marker. You could use chalk as well. 

13. I then played around with different sized safety pins and how I would like to conquer this crown so it looked like a crown. I succeeded!!! :)

Caution: please close all of these safety pins with a needle nose pliers. You could get stabbed in the back if you do not take the time to complete this step. I recommend closing sections at a time as you complete them rather than at the very end. 

14. Remember what I did for the back panels of the jacket? I did the same thing for one of the front panels. I eye-balled it, traced it, cut out the template, traced that template onto my fabric leaving a half inch on each side, hemmed it, pinned it to my fabric, then sewed it on using a straight stitch.

15. Between a lot of these steps I took breaks of studding and spiking various places of the jacket:
- the back panels
- the front pocket
- the collar
- the arms
- the cuffs

Here is MY final jacket! :)

top pocket and collar detail

left front pocket detail 

finished crown detail

spiked elbow detail

front panel detail

full back shot

full front shot

I will always keep adding on to this jacket as I gather more materials and such. I want it to be super over the top like Balmain :)

But for now... it is finished!


Dear readers,
If you make a jacket, please send me your pictures! I'd love to feature you on my blog! :)

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Sunday, April 8, 2012


Coming up this fall I will be getting my own apartment FINALLY!!!

You know what this means?

I've been making a list of things that I need to buy, DIY, or already own.

Here are some DIYs to look out for this summer:

1. DIY curtains & shower curtains.
these will feature a bunch of different surface techniques for you to create completely unique curtains and shower curtains for super cheap!

2. DIY rugs.
these will be for various rooms like bathroom, closet, kitchen, entry way, etc. so they will utilize different materials that suit each specific space!

3. DIY wall/art pieces.
I know a lot of you are looking for ways to not only spice up your wardrobe, but your living space as well! I hope to have a lot of different types of decor DIYs to spice up your walls and such in various rooms where you live!

4. DIY pillows/throws/comfy things
a lot of things i've been inspired by lately are all comfy things like blankets and throws. a lot of them are also super expensive. broke college student here. i have a big need to DIY these for cheeeaaap :)

If there are any more things you'd like to see me DIY please let me know :)
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