Last weekend, Saturday April 26, was the 62nd annual DAAP Fashion Show held at the University of Cincinnati’s campus recreation center. Every year, students from UC’s college of Design, Agriculture, Art, and Planning create their senior projects and present them … Continue reading
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Recently, I took a trip to Goodwill with two of my besties: Anna and Alice. We were on a mission. We wanted to find a couple pairs of thrifted jeans, cut them into shorts and make them our own. For $5 we each had a new pair of one-of-a-kind shorts! I had so much fun making mine, and I documented the process with my iPhone along the way! Read on to find out how I created them, and what the final look was.
I ended up with two pairs of shorts. For the first pair I used lace and studs to decorate with. Here’s how they turned out!
To do this is pretty simple. All you need is fabric glue, a few studs, lace trim, scissors and pliers. I started with the lace; once you’ve cut your jeans into shorts, cuff them. Next, measure alongside the bottom of each pant leg how much lace you’ll need to cover the hem and cut. Take your fabric glue and create a line the width of the lace trim on the jeans. Lastly, carefully align the lace into its proper spot. Repeat this to the other pant leg and on the backside as well.
Make sure you allow time for the glue to dry before adding the studs. I purchased my studs from Hobby Lobby for about $1.50. All you do is poke them through the fabric in the desired place and use pliers to bend back the two ends poking up to clasp. Wallah! You’re all done!
The next pair was a little more complicated and took some time. I ended up dip-dyeing them, fraying the ends, and distressing them. To dip-dye you’ll need: a bucket, bleach, water, vinegar, a sink, disposable gloves and a ruler.
Fill your bucket with two parts water to one part bleach. You want to fill it to the height you want the solution to touch your shorts. So if you only want it halfway bleached, align your shorts to the bucket to make sure the solution is leveled to your desired height.
String the ruler (I used a rod I found) through the back loop holes of the shorts. The ruler acts as a way for the shorts to balance on the bucket and soak in the solution. Let the shorts soak for 20-30 minutes or until it gets to the shade you want (keep in mind the colors will darken when wet).
While it’s soaking fill the sink with two parts water to one part vinegar. After you get the color you’re looking for, transfer the shorts into the sink. The vinegar will actually stop the bleaching process so your shorts will stay your desired shade. Let them soak for 5-10 minutes. Once that’s done, wring them out and let them dry completely.
Now it’s time for the fraying process! You’ll need a pair of scissors and tweezers. Create about three, 1/2 inch slits on the bottoms of each pant leg making sure to space them out. Next, you’ll want to take your tweezers and start pulling at the areas around the tear. You’ll start to see the threads. Continue the fraying process on both pant legs and on the back. It should look like this (this is after they were washed, so don’t worry if it doesn’t look quite like this right away, it will have a more finished look after it’s washed!):
After I was done with this step, the shorts still didn’t look finished. I happened to have another pair of denim shorts that I bought that were distressed beside me. I looked to those for a guideline on where to put my rips and tears and how to create them. I found out there are two ways you can do this.
- Pinch front layer of fabric on one pant leg and snip to create a hole. Continue to cut so you have an actual circle and not a line. Then, use the tweezers to pull the threads all the way around the circle.
- Another way to create the distressed look is to take a knife or a pair of sharp scissors to basically saw back and worth for a while until you break the fabric. Keep going down however big it is you want this area to be distressed. This will create a hole, but with the threads going from one end to the other and not having a physical hole in the middle. The very last step is to throw these babies into the washer and dryer to get the finished look! I love the way mine turned out!! Which style do you prefer? The lace and studs pair or the distressed dip-dyed ones? I’d love to know!
Here are some of the shorts my friends made!
I came across this video by macbarbie07 a couple of weeks ago and decided to try this super cool nail art! Watch the video or follow along here…
- A bowl (one you don’t mind getting ruined)
- Tape or Vaseline
- Nail polish remover
- Whatever polishes you want to use
- White nail polish
- Top coat
- Paint your nails white to act as the base coat. You need to especially do this if you decide to use bright colors! Let this dry completely.
- Unscrew the tops to all of the polishes for easy access.
- Tape, or apply vaseline around the back of each nail and under your fingers so only your nail beds are exposed. Things will get messy later on, so this prevents the nail polishes from getting all over your fingers and hands!
Are you a jewelry devotee? If yes, then you should keep your eyes on jewelry designer, Brianna Fano from now on. Brianna is a jewelry designer based in NYC. Brianna actually started making jewelry with her mother when she was kid, from then she decided to pursue her calling in the fashion industry by attending Parsons and graduated in 2010.
When studying in Parson’s, Brianna’s focus point was on Prêt-à-Porter and when she was in her senior year she included accessories as one of her substantial component to support her thesis. The collection was very intriguing and attracted a local Lucite fabricator to make a collaboration with her. She then decided to design a collection with Lucite as the essential of the collection inspired by a children’s book, “Animalia“. The result was a bold, elegant and modern collection of jewelry.
Brianna successfully manipulated Lucite into beautiful artwork. For this collection, she took a visit to a cave and felt completely surprised by how the beauty of a cave slowly faded away by outside forces, like the tourists. Then she channeled her disappointment through her work with Lucite, chain, rope and other hardware. She’s intelligently creating a fragile and delicate jewelry collection by soften the Lucite and incorporating it with other elements together in a very balanced proportion. She took Lucite into a more interesting and beautiful way. She clearly knows how to made strong color and transparency of Lucite into a beautiful and show-stopping statement piece.
For her next goal, Brianna plans to expand her collection throughout the United States, and I’m sure when everybody sees her masterworks, they will easily fall in love with them just like me.
With the warmer months well on their way, it seems appropriate to take the time to focus on one of the most important aspects of your spring/summer style: your manicure. Your manicure puts the finishing touches on any outfit you … Continue reading
Every year at my school we have what’s called Agora Days which is a week of non-traditional classes taught by parents, teachers, the community and students! Last week I taught a four-day class on fashion DIY projects. I had a total of about 15 students and we individually worked on 4 main projects. Some people decided to create colorful thread wrapped belts, others embellished collars, some covered newspaper on a clutch and the rest reused old and broken jewelry to make new jewelry! Below are lots of pictures from the class, plus how to create these projects for yourself!
1. Colorful Thread Wrapped Belts
- Embroidery Thread
- An old plain belt, or buy one at a thrift store
- Elmers Glue
2. Newspaper Clutch
Goal: Take a plain envelope clutch and use modgepodge to give it a newsprint cover.
- Envelope Clutch
3. Embellished Collars
Goal: Work with studs, sequins and any other embellishments to spruce up an old button down. Optional: Detach the collar!
- Collared Button Down
- 1/2 inch Sequin Trim
- Aileen’s Jewel-it Glue
- Butter knife
- Old/broken jewelry, pendents, chains. etc.
- Earring Backings
Thanks to everyone in my class for making it such an enjoyable experience! I can’t wait to see you strutting what you made in the hallways