Category Archives: DIY Tutorials

DIY Draped Skirt

Here’s how you can make your very own draped asymmetrical skirt as seen on sites like GoJane.com and Forever21.com:

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1. Fold your fabric in half and pin it in place. Fold your skirt in half, place it on top of the folded fabric and trace the skirt. Then, be sure to leave 1 inch on the side of the pattern, 1.5 inches extra at the top of the pattern (this will be for the waist band), and 1/2 inch for the bottom hem of the skirt. Your pattern should look like  this:

         

2. Cut out the pattern and complete the seam allowance lines so that they all go around the pattern rather than on just half of the pattern . (1/2 inch on the bottom, on the left side,  on the right side, and 1.5 inches on the top, ). Like this:

 

3. Repeat step 1. However, Remember to elongate the side line of the skirt so that the line reaches the bottom of the fabric. Leave a 1/2 inch seam allowance line at the bottom, 1 inch allowance at the side, 2 inches at the top. It should look like this:

4. Repeat step 2.

5. Connect the two pieces of the skirt by sewing along the seam allowance lines drawn on the left and right side of the skirt, and top stitch for security and for a professional finish. Make sure the skirt is inside out when you sew. 6. Measure how much elastic you need by trying it on around your waist or hips (depending on where your skirt starts). Leave a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew the elastic to the top of the skirt.  7 . Place your skirt on a flat surface with the front of the skirt facing up, and the back (the longer part) of the skirt facing down. Take one end of the bottom of the skirt and fold (it upwards) so that it meets  the bottom of the front of the skirt (near the corner). Your skirt should now look like a pillow case –the ones that open in the middle, rather than at the top. Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 2.13.46 AM 8. Create a triangle by bringing the bottom on the skirt (the part that isn’t sewn) over to the other side of the skirt near where the skirt was previously sewn. *I hope that wasn’t confusing drpskgif 5 9. Put the skirt on, take the point of the triangle, wrap it around to the opposite of the skirt, and tuck the point of the triangle into the top of the skirt. Pin it down, turn the skirt inside and sew down the point of the triangle.

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10. Take the point of the triangle that’s near your knee, and fold it in half so that the point now meets the side of the skirt, pin, and sew. For clarification: the point should meet the side of the skirt that’s opposite of where you tucked the point into the waistband). Fotor071544255 11. To make sure that all pieces of the skirt is in tact, sew a straight line down the side of the skirt (opposite of where the point was tucked into the waist band). Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 4.20.56 AM Feel free to manipulate your skirt in any way you see fit so that you can enhance the appearance of the drapery.   Here’s how my skirt came out: Fotor071550219

 

 

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DIY Sheer Maxi Dress


Here’s how you can make your very own sheer maxi dress like this one:

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also available at KarmaLoop

 

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1. Measure from the top of your shoulder to your ankle, this will determine the length of your dress; let’s call it, “LD”.  Measure from your shoulder to your hips, this will determine where the side slits in your dress will start, let’s call it, “SS”.

         

2. Take your fabric (1.5 – 2 yards) and fold it vertically (hot dog style!) twice, and then keep it in place with pins, like this:

3. Take your tank top and fold it in half vertically. Place your folded top onto your sheer fabric and trace it. Be sure to elongate the lines of the pattern in accordance with the “LD” measurement. Leave a mark for the start of the “SS”, and remember to add a ½ seam allowance. Like so:

 

4. Cut out the pattern. You should be left with two pieces:

Remember to add a 1/2 inch seam allowance line to both pieces of the dress

5. Pin the front and the back pieces of the dress together stopping at the “SS” mark, and sew. Hem the side slits (left and right slits on the front of the dress, and the left and right slits on the back). *To hem the side slits fold the outer edge of the fabric a 1/2 inch inward (so that it meets the seam allowance line), and then sew.

Remember to always sew with the dress inside out

6. Hem the armholes. For help with hemming follow Step 5 *instructions.

7a. Hem the neckline in the front and the back of the dress by following Step 5 *instructions:

8. Fold an additional piece of fabric in half horizontally (hamburger style!), pin it to the neckline on the front of the dress, and sew it. Repeat this step for the  neckline on the back of the dress. *I decided to do this for the back of my dress and NOT for the neckline on the front of my dress.

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9. Connect and pin the armholes, then sew.

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10. Here’s how my dress came out:

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DIY Beyonce Charm Necklace

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Here’s how you can make Beyonce’s Charm Necklace (from her XO) video for yourself:

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1.  Tape down your two chains, the thick one (22 inches) and the medium size one (14 inches), to a work surface.  Let’s call the thick chain, “Chain A”,  the medium size chain, “Chain B”, and the thinner chain that’ll be used to connect the charms, “Chain C”.  Chain B should be centered underneath Chain A. For example:

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2. Use the jump rings to connect the two chains.  For jump ring placement follow the pattern below. This is very important, otherwise your chain will not lay flat around your neck.

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3. Put the linked chains around your neck and determine where the center of your chain is. Place a jump ring on the link (on Chain B) that marks the center of the necklace. Cut off 3 inches of the Chain C, and attach a jump ring to one end of Chain C, and attach your biggest charm piece to the other end of the chain C.

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4. Add the other charms to the necklace by arranging your charms in the pattern shown in the picture below. For each charm, estimate  how much of Chain C you’ll need. Or,  if you’d prefer, measure the distance between  Chain B’s link and where you want the charm to be.  Then, cut Chain C based on your measurement needs, place a jump ring on one end of cut Chain C, and place your charm on the other end of Chain C.  Connect the jump ring on Chain C to a link on Chain B.

 

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Repeat this high-low-high pattern on the left side of the middle charm

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5. Continue adding the remaining smaller charms to the remaining links on Chain B. I used 18 charms on each side of the big middle charm.  So, 37 charms in total (including the center piece charm).

6. Place a jump ring on one end of Chain A, and a jump ring connect to a lobster clasp on the other end of Chain A, and you’re done.

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Here’s what my charm necklace looks like:

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For more information about how to style this statement necklace check out Kela’s Kloset article (particularly number  11).

DIY Hi-Lo Chain Necklace

 

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Here’s how you can make your very own Hi-Lo Chain like this one:

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1. Put the chain (about 1- 1.5 yards) around your neck and decide how long you want the shorter part (let’s call it “chain A”) of your Hi-Lo Chain to be. Cut the chain based on what length you want “Chain A” to be. We’ll call the left over chain, “Chain B”

2. Attach a jump ring to one end of “Chain A”, and attach a lobster clasp onto this same jump ring.  Attach a jump ring on the other end of “Chain A”

4. Put on “Chain A”. Use a jump ring to connect “Chain B” to a part of “Chain A” near where your neck and shoulder meet on the right side

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6. *Optional* : If you have sensitive skin, apply clear nail polish on the jump rings and on the areas of the chain that touch your skin Here’s how my Hi-Lo Chain came out:

DIY Leather Panel Shorts

 

Here’s how you can make your very own Leather Panel Shorts like these ones:

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1. Try on your leggings inside out and mark how long (or short) you’d like your shorts to be

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2. Cut your leggings at the desired length. Put on the leggings (now shorts)  inside out and use a measuring tape to measure and mark where you’d like the leather patch to line up. Repeat on the back of the shorts. In total, you should have 4 lines drawn on your shorts.

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3. Take the shorts off and cut out one side (the left or the right side, you choose) of the shorts where the leather panel will be inserted. Make sure to cut along the line that you made on the front of the shorts, and the line you drew on the back of the shorts. After following this step, you should have something like this:

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4. Place the panel that you have just cut out onto the faux leather fabric and trace it; be sure to create an outline for 1/2 inch seam allowance. Cut out the pattern, and it should look like this:

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5. Hem the left and the right side of the pattern by folding the outer edges of the fabric so that they meet the lines of the “original pattern”, pin it down, and then sew. Make sure the leather side of the fabric is Not face up while you are sewing. It should look like this:

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6. With the shorts inside out, pin down (one of) the open edges of the shorts onto the hem that was previously sewn on the leather panel, and then sew the two pieces (the shorts and the panel) together. Then, turn the shorts on the right side and do a top stitch over the two pieces that were just sewn together.  It should look like this:Screen Shot 2014-06-06 at 8.44.24 AM

7 . With the shorts turned inside out connect the other side of the panel to the other open end of the shorts following the same actions from step 6. Don’t forget to topstitch.  The shorts should now look like this:

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8.  Turn the shorts inside out. Create a rolled hem (a hem with two folds instead of just one) at the top and the bottom of the shorts by folding the top edge of the leather fabric to meet the line of the “original pattern”, pin it, and then sew. Repeat this step with the bottom edge of the leather fabric. Your shorts should now look like this:

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9. Repeat steps 4-8 on the other side of the shorts.

Here’s how my shorts came out:

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