Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DIY: color-block oversize shirt

an oversized two-tone shirt 
using two worn-out men's dress shirts

I made this refashion quite long time ago, when I wanted to get familiar with my overlocking machine: (so intimidating!)...

I have plenty of my husband's worn-out shirts: in this case the blue one's collar was at the end of its life, and the white one's french cuffs were in bad shape.

Then I remember saving a picture on my computer of a white and blue color-block shirt and asked the help of True Blue Me and You on how to find the original source for that picture... and found out that
the inspiration piece comes from M12, great collections!

left: M12 - M12 on Molecule-F / collage by moi

Make a color-block shirt // supplies:

* two dress shirts in different colors but in the same size (your choice for the fit: I wanted an oversized look for the finished shirt, so I used my husband's - fitted shirts for him, pretty loose for me - )
water erasable marking pen
rotary cutter + mat + ruler
* sewing machine and (optional) serger
* scissors and matching threads

The color-block shirt: the how-to // tutorial

Take the sleeves off the blue shirt and then cut it just above the arm hole lines
make sure that you're cutting perfectly symmetrical
Position and pin the blue shirt onto the white one
make sure that the distance between the buttons will be the same with the other buttons
I used my serger threaded with 4 threads to do the overlock and stitching.
This shirts consists only in straight seams, therefore it was the perfect project to break the ice between me and my serger machine. ...We became almost friend after this!!

the tricky part is to get the color-block on the sleeves perfectly aligned
with the front and back.
I wore my shirt and draw the straight line with the water erasable marker
where the seam had to be.
Because the shirts I'm using are larger than my size,
the result is that the sleeves will be cut at a diagonal angle.
Match the blue shirt's sleeves with the part that has been cut on the white shirt
(in this case, it's better to bast in place the two parts of the sleeves, and try the shirt on
to assure that the color-block will be in the right place)
Measure and cut the cuff to reach the 3/4 length for the sleeves:
I took a shortcut and rather than make the cuff, 

I slipped into the 3/4" seam an elastic band
which I didn't tie much, just enough to shape the sleeves.

Last, I made the color-block pointed pocket and sew it in place 
pocket detail

This shirt turned out to be an extremely versatile piece: from cover-up to just plain oversized shirt on skinny jeans... my new favorite!

xox, d.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

DIY t-shirt tropicana style

How about a tropical "rather subtle" look ?

I ve never been a big "print" person, and I decided to go for a subtle version of the hawaiian - tropical - caribbean flowers & leaves that are a must have this summer.

Here it is: my tropicana "subtle" applique t-shirt refashion!
Inspired by all the bold prints: check out my inspiration board on Polyvore!

what you need // supplies 

I used a white t-shirt with a scoop neck, and the remnants  of a heather grey t-shirt (which had already been chopped for other projects) for the leaves and the flower.
Print the three silhouettes setting your printer to print on a letter size.
I went for a one of each on my shirt, but you can certainly add more.

*Pebeo Setacolor Opaque Fabric Paint 45-Milliliter Bottle, Shimmer Pearl
*DMC 415 5-4210 Color Variations Pearl Cotton Thread, Size 5, 27-Yard, Radiant Ruby
*DMC 415 5-4050 Color Variations Pearl Cotton Thread, Size 5, 27-Yard, Roaming Pastures
*DMC 415 5-4075 Color Variations Pearl Cotton Thread, Size 5, 27-Yard, Wheat Fields
*DMC 415 5-4047 Color Variations Pearl Cotton Thread, Size 5, 27-Yard, Emerald Isle
* paintbrush, needle, scissors

DIY tropicana shirt: the how- to // tutorial

Cut the silhouettes of the flower and the leaves and then pin the individual parts on a piece of paper

Use the pearl fabric paint with a paintbrush just around the edges -
Let dry and press on reverse to fix the fabric paint.

(I left the fabric pinned on the paper - it's easier)

Adjust the leaves and the flower onto your shirt
(I put the shirt on a piece of cardboard to stretch it to my size).
Try the t-shirt on, and eventually re-adjust the placements.
Pin the leaves or sew few basting stitches to keep them in place.

Sew a running stitch at about 3/16" from the edge,
so that the pearl edges will be well visible.

I started and ended each section with a knot on the right side of the fabric.
(Something I saw done on Alabama's Chanin  and love it)

Stunning effect, right?
And beyond easy ;) !!

I would not mind matching my shirt with 
If you ladies happens to have few spares ;) ... send them my way!!! 

xox, d.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

DIY: stash your cash to the beach

... and waterproof tested

(at least for splashes and a quick swim!)

...First world problem: you go for a walk on the beach, and you arrive at the beach bar ... with no money.

...Problem solved in 10 minutes (plus drying time for the glue): make your own waterproof, mini money carrier!
Safe for splashes, kayaking, and even a short swim!

fits bills and coins :)
... and closes tightly
...it floats!

what you need: supplies

* old medicine container
E-6000 glue
Goo Gone
* 2 ft of nylon cord (I used the cord from a pair of my husband's old bathing shorts!)
* drill (or you can use a large screw)

how to make a waterproof beach money carrier // tutorial:

Use Goo Gone to remove the label and the writing on the cap.
(it takes a little of elbow grease for the cap, but it will come perfectly white) 

I used a drill, but a large screw will do in just a little extra time.
Drill a hole in the middle of the cap.
The hole needs to be about the same diameter of one strand of nylon cord.
Burn the edges of the nylon cord to prevent unravelling 

with the help of a toothpick, fold the cord in half, and snug both ends into the cap,.
(ends into the inside of the cap)
Make a knot 
slip the knot close to the cap and apply a generous amount of
glue around the cord - then pull the cord so that the knot will be tight onto the cap
apply a nice amount of glue onto the outside of the cap, too
make another knot on the outside of the cap, too.

Let dry for few hours and you can bring your money to the beach!
 xox, d.

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