diy: personalize your hat

personalize your fedora

I’m completely in love with this fedora craze that’s been going on lately. I’ve always loved wearing hats and now its even more trendy to fashion your noggin with cute toppers. The problem with trends, however, is that there is a good chance of seeing yourself walk down the street since there’s only so many hats to choose from. I’ve decided to lower my chances of seeing double by giving my plain, Old-Navy-purchased fedora some custom modifications.

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I ka(n)t get enough….

Oh man I think the power outages are getting to me with my punny post titles, but seriously, how fun is the ikat trend going around right now? I’m definitely loving it.

Ikat is really a dyeing technique similar to tie-dye except the threads are tied off and dyed before weaving the fabric together. Whereas tie-dye is done by tying off the fabric after its been woven together. The result is a boho chic pattern that works on everything from clothes to housewares.

Here’s some favorites I picked out to share with you:

1. Ikat linen clutch via Bagboy on Etsy // 2. Raspberry Ikat Chair via Anthropologie // 3. Ikat print scarf via Gap // 4. Mugs via World Market // 5. Headband via Cara Accessories // 6. Copi Ikat Cube and Pillow via Found Object on

It was hard to narrow down the selection for this round up, but check out my pinterest board for more fun ikat ideas!

I actually don’t own anything ikat yet, but after this round up of goodies, I’m thinking I’ll have to make a shopping trip soon!

DIY: Anthropologie-Inspired Shirt

easy diy anthropologie inspired shirt

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m slightly obsessed with Anthropologie. However, their prices don’t usually fit into my “intern architect” salary, so I usually end up scouring their clearance racks.

I get their daily come-gawk-over-all-our-pretty-things emails and I always find myself checking out their newest arrivals and then checking the calendar for when they’ll go on clearance. (ok, I don’t really do this, but I do look at the emails, gawk, and then usually delete them)

Last week they were advertising colorful springtime shirts. I was perusing the selection and then I saw this one:

Anthropologie Inspiration shirt

via Anthropologie

It’s called an “Oatmeal Dipped Tee,” like the sleeves were “dipped” in oatmeal-colored fabric. In all reality its a long sleeve shirt with some extensions.

It’s not even the most amazing thing Anthropologie has to offer, it is just soo doable, especially for less than 48 bucks. I couldn’t pass it up.

diy anthropologie inspired tee

As far as how much fabric you need, you just have to buy however much you need for the length.  I bought 3/8 of a yard and ended up cutting off 2.” I figure better safe than sorry.

A fun story about the shirt I used:

The Anthro shirt is $48 bucks, actually not as outrageous as a lot of their stuff, but still, I was determined to do it for less. If you already have a striped shirt, or any long sleeve shirt that you want to alter, save the investment and just use one of those. I didn’t have one in my wardrobe that fit the bill, so I went out on a mission for one. I figured I could spend 10-15 bucks on one and still come out pretty far ahead…heck, I could spend 30 and still be ahead, but that’s beside the point.

First stop: TJ Maxx. No luck.

Second stop: Old Navy (it was across the parking lot) Success! I found the winning article on the clearance rack with no clearance price on it. Full price was $16.94, I figured at most it had to be around 10 bucks, perfect! Let’s get it.

Turns out it was on SUPER clearance.  What do I mean by SUPER clearance? 97 cents clearance to be exact.  Yes, sir, less than one dollar. I said to the cashier, “Wait, did that just ring up for 97 cents???”

“Uh, yeah, this shirt has been here for a long time,” he says, secretly rejoicing that this thing is finally getting out of the store. “I think its over a year old.”

“Fine by me! Ring it up!” I could completely mess this up and not even be out a whole bottle of diet mountain dew

I probably wouldn’t have picked this color if I had a choice. I actually like the purple one better. But I pretty much wear purple every day, so I guess it was good that I didn’t have another option. (plus, did I mention it was only 97 cents??)

ok, on with the project:

Anthropologie inspired tee DIY

1. Cut off the hem if its 3/4 sleeve, cut off more if its already long sleeved.

2. Measure width of the sleeve laying flat. Use this to figure out how wide to cut your “dipping” fabric. My sleeve was 4 3/4″, so I cut the sleeve dip 10 1/2″ (giving me a 1/2″ seam allowance)

3. Cut out the sleeve extensions and fold in half, right sides together

4. Sew up the sides and press open the seam

5. Put the sleeve extension on the sleeve right sides together and sew along the edge.

6. Press. Then flip right side out and mark your hem. This picture is pre-hem, I cut off 2″ and turned it up about an inch. I still kept the sleeves a little longer than usual, they look pretty long in the inspiration picture.

Anthropologie inspired tee DIY

About 5 bucks later, voila!


turban headbands

Here’s a little something I played around with this past weekend. I saw these cute headbands on various blogs and thought they were pretty cute. Then during a routine visit to the fabric store I noticed lots of knits on the half-off bargain rack… who could resist? I caved and promptly purchased some knits to make some of my own!

I had plans to do a whole how-to spiel on making one of these, but I haven’t quite nailed down how to finish the back yet. The current method isn’t that great, and I’m determined to master a better way. And now, since I have my new toy with me I can get right on that and whip up a tutorial for you in no time! (well, let’s hope that’s how it goes…)

In the mean time, here are some views of the headbands on…no commissioned models this time…bear with me and my poor modeling skillz:

turban headbands

p.s. I’m slowly learning how to actually code some things on this blog. I made cute little pinterest and twitter buttons on the sidebar. Check ’em out and follow me!

Super Comfy Shirt

I think I’ve mentioned this “future blog post” 2 or 3 times by now, so here it is already! The bird fabric in another form.  A super comfy shirt:

So you might be thinking, “Two pieces in the same fabric?! Why would you do such a thing?” and my answer is, “Why the heck not?”  The fabric is great and this shirt is perfect for lounging around in leggings…which is exactly what I did in it this weekend.

Happy Monday!


Copycat Boden Dress

I came across Boden from some girls in my studio last year and fell in LOVE with their clothes, I mean, practically every single thing in the catalog is something I would wear. Except, their t-shirts are 80 bucks a pop, and you won’t find a dress under $150…

slight setback.

I decided Boden had to become a source of inspiration rather than a source for shopping.

So here is one dress that I thought was super cute, and also incredibly simple to make:

This is from last season’s catalog that I luckily found this weekend while cleaning (I loved this catalog so much I kept it for over a year). The page is creased because I had it marked. Here’s what I did:

Basically the dress is a long, knit t-shirt. So that’s exactly what we did; got a standard t-shirt pattern to get the neck and shoulders right and then cut it straight down to the desired length. Then made the bigger hem on the sleeves and along the skirt. Looks pretty similar, right?

The dress is so simple to make and I wore it so much that we made another one for this year:

I love this bird fabric…it will be making another appearance in another form soon…

have a great day! thanks for stopping by!

the skirt series: part IV – the grand finale!

Happy Friday!

take the “Grand Finale” title lightly, because I’m more skirts will be coming, this is just the last one of this batch!

I saved this one for last because I am a bit partial to it. Plus Fridays are fun and so is this skirt! This is the first of hopefully many creations that came from Sew to Speak, a fabulous little shop in Clintonville filled to the brim with awesome fabrics. It was overwhelming to even try and pick a fabric to use for a skirt, so I got two!

Skirt #2

skirt #4


Sew to Speak has a blog, too so you can check that out and see what other fun stuff they have going on.

Hope you enjoyed the skirt series! I’ll have more creations for you soon!

The Skirt Series: Part II

Time for part two of the skirt series!

Here is a simple A-line skirt. We’ve made this pattern a ton of times but it always looks different with the different fabrics.

skirt series #2


This skirt was a bonus from the weekend. When my sister came over for the sewing fest she came with a bag full of fabric that was just waiting to be cut up and sewn. I liked this one because even though it looks like a simple blackish-grayish skirt, there are a lot of colorful threads in the weave of the fabric so you could brighten up the outfit with some colorful accents.

Up next: a biased skirt

The Skirt Series: part I

This whole idea of having free time because I’m not in school has been somewhat of a farce lately. Work has been super busy, so I haven’t had time to really make anything….even dinner now! Fortunately things have been made pre-blog…so that’s what I’ll show for the time being.

Every year, my mom, sister and I have a “sewing marathon” weekend where we devote the entire weekend to sewing fun clothes. This comes with a certain amount of prep so that we have all the materials and patterns set and ready to go when the weekend commences. These next few posts will be what we made this past sewing marathon weekend in September.

Brown skirt

Skirt series #1

We tend to make skirts a lot because they are super fast and you can make the same pattern look so different with different fabrics or top stitching details. I like the straightness of this skirt and the seam down the front gives it some dimension.

brown skirt

skirt series #1

A pretty simple skirt, a pretty simple post…stay tuned for the continuation of the skirt series!