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Hey guys!

I’ve been DROOLING over the amazing wrap dresses that have been floating around in catalogs, high end stores, and the internet.  These thing are FANTASTIC and gorgeous and amazing because of all the different ways you can wear them.  Seriously, if you have one of these dresses, you might never have to buy another dress again.  You wouldn’t HAVE TO, but of course I will.  Because I loves to SHOP!  But anyway, these incredibly versatile dresses run anywhere from $70-$200 and might just be worth it because of how much wear you will get out of them.  BUT, lucky for you you can save yourself some major benjamins and MAKE one!  Yep.  YOU CAN DO THIS.  AND it’ll be awesome.

I found myself in JoAnns the other day loving all over some green stretchy knit fabric that was on sale for 30% off.  I LOVE all shades of green and blue and teal and so I bought 6 yards, without really knowing exactly what I’d do with it.  I’m SO glad I did because I came home, did some googling, and found out that people are actually DIY-ing the wrap dresses I’ve been drooling over.  So, I made myself TWO infinity wrap dresses (or convertible wrap dress, transformer dress, etc.) out of my 6 yards and I LOVE them with a capital *SMOOCH*!!  I made one short one (circle skirt style) that is fun and flirty and drapey and divine, and a long one (maxi skirt style) which I also dyed darker (using RIT dye in Navy Blue) and is regal, and elegant, and beachy.

I used a combo of several tutorials I found online to make the dresses and a little of my own brain power thrown in.  I didn’t find a really GREAT wrap dress tutorial though and so I thought I’d better document my process for any of you who’d like to DIY one or two for yourself.  You’re going to have to excuse my messy handwriting and sketches, I wrote things down by hand as I went along instead of typing it up.  But, I hope this is thorough enough for you and helps you get the job done a little easier than it was for me.  Let me know of any tips or suggestions that you might have if you decide to make your own.

Here is the blueprint.  Feel free to print these off and use them but only for personal use please!!!

Here is a look at the finished dress with the tube top…

And heres the back…

 Thats basically how I made mine (with a few adjustments that I learned along the way and threw in to make it easier for you guys).  Would you like to see how to wear it?!  I had a little fashion show this afternoon and tried out some ways, but you can also find tons of youtube videos on how to tie a convertible wrap dress if you would like to learn more.

This is just a basic way to wear the dress…but so lovely…

Halter style wrap…

And the back…

Strapless style…and totally cute with the teal if you ask me.

Accessorize your dress with a cute blazer…

Or hike it up so the waistline is over your chest for a babydoll style dress…

Wear it with leggings and make the straps into a lovely cowlneck scarf for a cozy look…

Now my maxi dress…awwww.  I LOVE it…

I feel like a Greek goddess wrapped up in my maxi dress…

This will make the chicest swim cover-up ever.  Go for a swim, and then go to a red carpet event… 🙂

 There you go my friends!  If I can do it, you can do it.  Seriously, I made both dresses this Sunday afternoon.

TIPS:

  •  Use a knit stitch or zigzag stitch for stretchy fabric.
  • Realize that this fabric is STRETCHY so make your skirt and waistband somewhat smaller than you think you’ll need to.  Especially the waistband.  The weight of the skirt will want to pull it off your waist if it is not tight enough.
  • You can DYE these knits.  SO if you find a some on sale, grab it and alter the color if you’d like with RIT dye.  (My maxi dress is the same material I made the short dress with just dyed in navy blue dye for an hour)

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For Christmas I made a necklace for my big sis inspired by a sweet little something I saw on ModCloth.  It was a super easy project and I was really happy with the way it turned out so I decided to make myself one as well.  🙂  Merry Christmas me.

Here is the ModCloth necklace for $20:

My DIY’d knockoff turned out just as well I think.  The great thing about this project is that you don’t need jewelry making tools (or skills really).  All you need to do is basically sew a chiffon ruffle onto the back of some glitzy costume jewelry.  And voila!  But just in case you’re still feeling anxious about it, I’ll walk you through the process with a little tutorial.

Cost:  $5-$6 (depending)

Supplies:

  • A glitzy rhinestone necklace.  I found mine for $5 at Walmart on clearance.
  • A scant amount of chiffon in the color of your choice.  You can buy chiffon by the yard or ask around for scraps as this doesn’t take much.
  • Thread in a matching color.
  • A needle.
  • Sharp scizzors.
  • Straight pins.

1.  First thing to do is lay out your chiffon.  You’re going to want about 2 or so strips stacked on top of each other.   The easiest way to do this is to fold your chiffon a few times and cut into 3″ or so wide strips.  Then, just unfold them and lay them out.  *TIP*  Make your strips about twice as long as the “fancy” part of your necklace.

2.  Now, stack the strips on top of each other and fold them in half long ways (hot dog way).  It is best at this point to pin them together so that they will stay put while you sew.  Now, sewing by hand, sew a straight, wide, stitch trough the top of your folded stack (about 1/4″ inch below the fold).  Start pulling the chiffon down the thread to gather and make a chiffon ruffle.

3.  Once you have made your ruffle.  This is about what you should have.

4.  The only thing left to do is to sew your necklace to the front of your chiffon.  *TIP* Don’t worry about the strips being cut perfectly straight.  As you can see from the image above, the varying lengths give it a loverly layered look like in the ModCloth version.

5.  Find the end of your “fancy” part on your necklace.  Hold it in place on top of your chiffon (about 1/4″ from the fold) and sew from back to front, securing the necklace in place on top of your ruffle.

6.  Keep sewing on your necklace until you get to the other end of your “fancy” part.  (And yes, that is the technical jewelers term).  If you have leftover ruffle at the end, just snip it off.

7.  If you’d like you can apply fray check to the edges of the chiffon but I prefer to leave them raw and let them fray a little for that shabby chic effect.

There you go!  A great little ModCloth knockoff for half the price!

And of course I said I made one for myself as well…

Not too shabby.  Now I just need a cute little something to wear it with…

🙂

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I’ve recently become obsessed with COLORED JEANS.  They just look SO fun and fresh compared to the regular old blue jeans I have in my closet.  On a little outing the other day with my boys I happened upon the most beautiful pair of teal jeans at TJMax.  They were $35 and I almost passed up even trying them on (because my pants limit is typically about $18-$20) but I figured there’d be no harm in just stepping into them and zipping them up.  Right?  WRONG.  I put them on and haven’t wanted to take them off since.  I LOVE THEM.  They fit so well, not the skin tight, low rise fit that most colored jeans are.  I’m about two pregnancies past the point of wearing anything like THAT.  I bought them.  And I love them so much I don’t even feel guilty about it.  Some of you may be wondering, “Great, but what in the heck do you wear with TEAL pants?”  Well, lots of things come to find out.  Here are a few of my favorites I rounded up from my closet.  I hope you like them and it gives you the confidence to go out and get your own pair of bright colored jeans!

This first outfit is a simple and sweet look with my thrifted bow shirt and a simple forest green cardigan.

Haha!! Look at me trying to be a tough guy in my little black military style shirt jacket.  I’m a dork.

I LOVE this tomato red thrifted blazer with the teal pants!  SO bright and fun but still sophisticated.

You see folks.  Don’t let those bright pants scare you off.  You CAN PULL IT OFF and they will rock the socks off any outfit!  🙂

P.S.  I have more creative tutorials coming soon!  So check me out again and tell your friends! 🙂  Thanks everyone!  HAPPY WEEKEND.

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Hey guys!  I was perusing my blog and thought I’d do a quickie post on my favorite posts of 2011.  I know its a bit late in the year to do a post like this, but I was pretty much checked out for all of January so I’m starting my 2012 now.  🙂  So here they are, my favs from last year!  Oh the memories…

1) My master bedroom makeover.  I love it.  Its my favorite room.  Awwww.

2)  I LOVE my shoncho!  Easiest sewing project ever.

3)  And another easy sewing project that turned out great is my little maxi dress.  It doesn’t wrinkle and it hides my holiday weight. 😉

4)  This wasn’t the easiest project but I love the final result.  My wire deer head (Pinterest project).  It now hangs proudly over Sawyer’s changing table.

5)  The cabinet refinishing tutorial has been a huge success.  Its a simple process that ANYONE can do to spruce up outdated or beat up cabinetry in their own home.  Thanks to everyone for all the questions and comments!

6)  The post about my son’s prematurity was a tough one to write but I was overwhelmed by the love and support from all of the readers.  Preemie parents PRIDE!! 🙂

7)  My posterboard light fixture is still hanging proudly in my kitchen and I get comments on it all the time.  It hangs a little lopsided though and I keep telling myself that one day I’ll remake it and actually put the hole for the light bulb in the right place.  Haha!  Thats what happens when you’re trying things out for the first time!  Its imperfect, but its mine!

8)  This tutorial was fun and simple and I really like how it turned out.  I need to do more of these line drawings and stick them up in my little art gallery hallway.

9) This tutorial I did on how to make a chandelier with plastic placemats and a spatterguard from the Dollar Store made it all the way to Apartment Therapy!  Who knew?

10) And finally, probably the most fun I had doing a tutorial was when a few girlfriends came over to help me out with my Pin Up girl photo shoot tut for Valentine’s Day.  SO FUN and they did a GREAT JOB!

What a great 2011!  I can’t wait to do all the things I have planned for 2012!! 🙂  Ya’ll come back now, ya hear!

 

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Wowza.  I’ve been BUSY.  Due to the Christmas season that is now upon us I’ve been taking pictures of smiling families like crazy for their Christmas cards and such.  I’ve been photographing and editing with nearly every second I have that I can break away from my rowdy boys.  So, once again, I apologize for the lack of posts and hope to do better in the future.  P.S.  If you’d like to see all the photos I’ve been taking lately, visit www.caterawsonphotography.wordpress.com .

Anyway, so heres a few things to keep you busy while I finish up my photo season…

Check out this FAWESOME (fabulously-awesome) video tut on transferring photos to wood blocks.  SO FUN.  Plus, the way she put the vid together is GENIUS as well.

Then embellish a tshirt with a bleach pen!  See more on that here.

 

If you’re looking to make some awesome Christmas ornaments then check this salt dough recipe out and give her a whirl! So fun.  I’ll be making some for my tree for sure!

 

Have fun and we’ll see you later!  Happy Holidays!

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The kids were down for naps and I had just hung up and put away all the laundry which meant everything I own was accessible.  I started looking around my closet with that really proud feeling that you get when you have NO DIRTY LAUNDRY.  You need to relish it because of course it won’t last long.  Anyway, I suddenly got the urge to try on outfits and see what I could come up with out of my wardrobe.  So, I thought I’d take pics so I can remember the ones I like.  So heres my little fashion show!  🙂  If you’d like to know my TOP 10 THRIFTING TIPS go here.

So what do you think of my dyed skirt, spray painted shoes, and thrifted threads?  🙂  I love my happy little closet.

P.S.  To see the black bib necklace tutorial go here.

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I HATE drama.  Except when it comes to fashion and design.  Then I LOVE drama.  And I’ve been meaning to make me something dramatic for a while now.  I think this loverly black bib necklace does the trick!  I’ve been loving bib necklaces for quite some time, especially the versatility of them.  Embellished shirts have been wildly popular but can also be somewhat spendy.  A great bib necklace is just the way to add a great embellishment that is temporary and looks almost like it is part of your top.  So heres what I did…

Cost: About $8

Supplies:

  • Beaded embellishments.  I found my 3 star/flower embellishments at Walmart in the craft department for about $2.50 each.
  • Black felt.
  • Scrap fabric.  I used leftover black chiffon.
  • Chain and necklace findings, or you could use black satin ribbon as the tie.
  • Scizzors.
  • Hot glue gun and glue.
(Sorry, the pics aren’t great because I took them with my phone.)
1.  Find a layout that you like with your beaded embellishments.  Lay them out on your felt.
2.  Cut around the embellishments, leaving about a half inch to an inch of felt on all sides.
3.  Cut your scrap fabric into thin strips (about a half inch or so wide).
4.  Begin hot gluing your fabric strips to the felt bib piece, twisting and squiggling the fabric around the spots where the embellishments will go.
5.  Hot glue your embellishments into place (the edges of the embellishments should be overlapping the twisted fabric portion of the bib so you can’t see any empty felt).
6.  I ended up giving my bib a bit more shape by cutting around the embellishments a bit more instead of just leaving the bib as a big “smiley”.
7.  Cut small holes in both ends of the bib to attach the chain/ribbon to.
8.  Attach the necklace portion to the bib with jump rings.
Thats it!  You’ll be amazed at how many things you can wear this with!  I wore it the other night at my mother-in-laws suprise party with a simple black and white striped tshirt and cute green skirt and it completely transformed the outfit.  I’ll have to get pics of that outfit up soon.  It really did look so cute with that striped shirt.
Have fun and remember, glue gun burns will fade, but your bib necklace will last for years! 😉
Update 10/26/2011:  Heres a pic with it on…

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