DIY Shift Dress
Shift Dress How-ToSewing a stylish shift dress is surprisingly simple with this how-to from Summer Phoenix and Ruby Canner, owners of the Some Odd Rubies vintage store.
Tools and Materials
- Long secondhand skirt with elastic waist
- Disappearing fabric marker or pencil
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Seam ripper or small, sharp scissors
- Sewing machine threaded with coordinating thread
- 3-4 yards of coordinating ribbon
- Safety pin
DIY Shift Dress How-To
1. Cut elastic waist from skirt. Lay skirt flat, and cut top edge with scissors or a rotary cutter to make even.
2. Measure 1 1/2 inches from top raw edge and draw a line across skirt.
3. With a seam ripper or small pair of sharp scissors, open side seams 10 inches down from drawn line (this will create a 9-inch armhole).
4. Finish opened seam edges with a machine-sewn baby hem.
5. On one side of skirt, fold top raw edge down one half inch, then another half inch. Pin in place. Machine-sew across skirt, along bottom edge of folded “tunnel.” Repeat on other side of skirt.
6. Attach a safety pin to lengths of ribbon and thread through the tunnels you have created on both sides of top of dress.
7. If desired, tie a length of the same ribbon around middle of dress to create a belt.
The key sounds like finding a long skirt that you would like to make into a dress. So this is like a DIY Long Skirt -> Shift Dress … I Like it!
I know, I know. ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE UTILITY CORD AND BRACELETS! I couldn’t resist! I had extra utility cord lying around from last week’s project, and was highly inspired by these Orly Genger bangles. Thus, today’s latest DIY accessory. Time to break out some very basic crochet skills.
1. Chain enough stitches to create a circle that will fit over your wrist. Remember, this is a bangle, so it needs to be able to slide on and off. For the bracelet pictured below, I used 3mm Utility Cord and crochet hook sized US-P (10mm).
Love this idea! This shirt was dyed with bleach. She says she just cut some paper and placed it where she wanted the letters to be. No duct tape or contact paper. The mix was 1 bleach for 2 water.
Make A Statement.
Yet another Kitty dress tutorial! You know if I was able to do it, then it is super easy! Only 3 stitches needed, and minimal measuring! If you can sew a pillow- you can sew this :)I don’t know how well this will work out. I will have to try it. I will give feedback when I do try it. The idea and the fact that it could be accomplished in three stitches is absolutely wonderful! The possibilities….
First I found this fabric at Goodwill. I originally bought it for the my table cover at the farmers market, but now that the summer is ending…what better idea than to make a fun floral summer dress!
Here are the very basic instructions.
Yeah, not super detailed but there really isnt much to it! There is no waist to the dress, because either way I’m going to wear a belt with it- so why even take the time to figure that out. Plus now if I want to get creative and wear it as a high waisted skirt- I can do that too!
Extra tips:I guessed on the amount of fabric. I wanted it flowy but not super huge. I played around with the amount until I liked the look.
The hem for the elastic- I folded over twice to make sure it would be secure and not unravel. Then I stitched it across and strung the elastic through
Make sure your elastic is tight around your chest. You dont want anyone sneaking a peak if it falls! Plus remember fabric can add weight to your dress, and will tug on the elastic.
You may not even need to hem the bottom. I wouldnt have needed to, but I made it too long for what I was wanting!
Of course I’ve got to give GmaV alot of the credit- she is the sewing master around here. Not me.
Let’s just jump right into making this flower…
Start with a piece of fabric 3 inches wide by 24 inches long. Twist it really tight.
Fold it in half and it will twist together on its own.
Hot glue the unfolded end under to create the center of the flower. Continue wrapping around until you get to the folded end, gluing periodically.
The real deal: It cost less than $0.30 to make one flower.
Of all the headbands I’ve made, I think this is my new favorite. It’s like wearing sweats on your head, without the dumpy look. It’s so cushy and comfortable!
And yes, I am wearing the shirt with the bottom cut off in the picture. Hey, I needed something to match okay? This could match, too. But, wearing that much gray can make a girl feel glum. NOT the feel I am going for!
Scrounge around for an old t-shirt. Cut a 1.5 inch strip from the bottom of the shirt. The length should be equal to the circumference of your head minus 2 inches. That way the band won’t be loose when it’s worn.
Fold in half lengthwise and pin in place. The right side of the fabric should be facing inward. Sew along the edge. Cut away the excess material.
Fold the headband right side out.
The following post shows how to make fabric flowers… http://ijusthadtosharewithsomeone.tumblr.com/
Dip dyed ombré denim has been popping up here and there and not only do we love the look, it’s super easy to do yourself! We’ve combined Tory Burch‘s dip dyed jeans and Miss Unkon‘s ombré 501s as inspiration for a pink infused DIY that could be done in a jiffy.
Start by rinsing your shorts with water. A bottle of RIT liquid dye amounts to 1 cup; you’ll dye your shorts with the lightest shade first and darkest shade last. Pour 1/3 of the cup of dye into 2 gallons of hot water and mix. When dyeing dark denim, you will want to use less water for a darker dye. Dip your wet shorts about halfway into the dye and let sit for approximately 10 minutes. (Click images to enlarge)
Ring out the excess dye and add another 1/3 cup of dye to your bucket. Dip your shorts about 1/3 of the way down and hold for 5 minutes, creating your 2nd tier of darker pink. Repeat the step one more time by adding the final 1/3 cup of dye to your batch and only dipping the tip of your shorts in the darkest shade of pink dye for another 5 minutes. Rinse until the water runs clear.
It’s that easy: ombré dip dyed denim shorts!
I am currently in a weight-losing-transistional period but when I finish I WILL BE DOING THIS PROJECT TO EVERY PAIR OF JEANS I CAN FIND!!!
- embroidery thread
- a safety pin or tape
- a pair of scissors
Start by cutting several strands of embroidery thread at about 24 inches each. Make sure there are two sets of each color. Combine the threads and tie a knot, leaving at least 3 inches of slack. Tape it to a flat surface or safety pin it to a pillow. Separate the two sets, arranging the strands in a mirror-image pattern with the outside strands the same color and so on moving inwards.
Start on the left side with the outermost color (shown here in red) and make a forward knot by creating a 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening.
Pull up and to the right to tighten. Make the same knot twice over each color. Continue knotting over each color, towards the right, until the outermost color has carried over to the middle. This is one half of the chevron pattern.
Now pick up the outermost color on the right side (show here in red) and make a backward knot, creating a reverse 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening. Pull up and to the left to tighten. Don’t forget to knot twice over each color!
Continue knotting towards the left until the outermost strand reaches the middle. Tie a backwards knot with the two middle strands to connect the two halves. Did you remember to knot twice? The first chevron row is complete! Continue with the the next color, which is now the outermost strand …
Remembering the color order is important for the first few rows but after the 3rd or 4th row, the strands will fall nicely in place. Finish it with a knot and a braid.
For a striped bracelet, cut one set of colors and simply carry the outermost color all the way through to the right side. For an assymetrical chevron, mix the colors when dividing them into 2 sets. Be sure to count the number of strands so you know when to stop in the middle each time. For an embellished bracelet, take a small piece of rhinestone chain, glue it to the top of the bracelet and stitch embroidery thread between each rhinestone with an embroidery needle.
A wrist full of HonestlyWTF DIYs to keep you busy all summer long!
(top image via Jak & Jil, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)
I really like how they braid the thread after a certain point. It gets pretty tiring making bracelets all the way around. I would WAY rather do about half, braid, and make another bracelet. Great way to end the bracelet also.
20 inches of three types of lace or ribbon. You may want to double up if one of your strands of lace or ribbon is significantly narrower than the others. As you can see in the picture I used two strands of the narrowest type of ribbon to even out everything.
2.5 inches of elastic
Sewing Machine (glue will work also)
If you want to make the flower extras you will need. A silk flower, a button, some extra ribbon, a couple of wooden beads, and a crocheted doily. I purchased all my items from JoAnn’s Fabrics.
Braid the lengths and tape them together at the other end. The length of the braid should now be around 18 inches. Pull the taped ends off the table and fold it around the end of the braid so both sides are now taped.
Once you have done this you can add some ribbon around the outside of the place where the braid and the elastic intersect. As shown in this picture.
Now you have a beautiful braided headband. If you want to add the flower so it looks just like the picture here are the instructions for the extras.
Take your silk flower apart. Pull the center from the petals and carefully separate the petals.
Today’s headband DIY is how to make a Double Strand Headband. This headband is made almost exactly the same way as the Single Lace Headband.
All you need is 36 inches of lace or ribbon 1 inch width or narrower. I used 1/2 inch width lace from Joann’s Fabrics.
3 1/2 inches of braided elastic 3/8 inch width or larger.
Lay the end of one length of lace over the other as the picture shows.
After you have the ends lined up lay the elastic over the top so they overlap by 3/4 of an inch or so.
Then with a sewing machine or by hand stitch across the two layers of lace and the elastic. I went over my stitching three times and then added a second row of stitching to reinforce the headband. Lace has a tendency to unravel.
After you have sewn one side do the same to the other side. Make sure that you straighten out your lace. Here is the finished look.
I leave mine this way because usually the elastic and stitching are hidden by my hair. However if you want it to have more of a finished off look you can hot glue ribbon around the area where the lace and elastic are stitched together.
If you want to try a new easy Boho Hairstyle all you have to do is put the headband on top of your hair (while your hair is down) and then grab your hair at the back and tuck it into the headband. The messier the better!