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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)
- 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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While at Walmart the other day, I quickly ran through their new-again fabric section. Can we all collectively say “yay!” for Walmart bringing back the fabric department?! Anyway, I was about to walk out (I was of course shopping with the boys again and they had already had enough), when I spotted this purple and red chiffon print peeking out of a pile of colorful fleece bolts. I grabbed it to check it out really quick and loved it even more when I unrolled it a bit and saw the lovely native american-esque pattern. I know. I’m sort of becoming obsessed. It kind of had the same feel as my maxi dress I just did (and LOVE) and when I saw that it was only $1.50 a yard I HAD to have some. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but I got 3 yards and went on my little way.
Well, last night I pulled it out and took a look at it again. I love the big oversized drapey t-shirts and ponchos I’ve been seeing on Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie and such. And my new chiffon draped so nicely. So I drew up a little plan and decided to make a wispy, bohemian, poncho-shirt, or as I like to call it, my shoncho. 🙂
Heres what I did:
Cost: $1.50 (You only need about a yard of fabric for this shirt so check remnant bins to get some great chiffon for CHEAP).
- About a yard of chiffon fabric (or other lightweight drapey fabric that you love).
- Sewing machine.
1. Refer to my little sketchy plan below. It basically shows how to do it.
2. Here are some extra tips.
TIP 1: BE CAREFUL! Chiffon is delicate and tears and frays very easily. So be slow and steady when feeding it through the machine.
TIP 2: I used the finished edge as the bottom of my shirt so I didn’t have to zigzag the bottom. If your chiffon piece has a finished edge, utilize it to save you time.
TIP 3: Don’t forget to zigzag stitch (or serge if you have a serger) the INSIDE seams as well as the outside raw edges so they don’t continue to fray.
And thats it. This took me less than 30 minutes to throw together. And I’m pretty happy with it. 🙂 What do you think? You can make this. And its great for FAT days.
P.S. I also made the red necklace and the pink clip-in hair extension. For more of my jewelry and accessories, see the Fashion Tutorials section on the sidebar. 🙂
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I’ve suddenly become obsessed with making clothes. I blame it on Pinterest and all the adorable ideas I’ve been exposed to. In one of my lives (lets pretend we get lots) I would love to be a fashion designer. *Sigh* Instead though, I have been breaking out my sewing machine and pretending I’m one.
Don’t get me wrong though. I seriously am NOT a seamstress. I know very little about sewing actually and I never follow patterns. I don’t know if I even know how to read patterns. I just sketch ideas out as they come or try to figure out how to make things based on other items I’m inspired by. This is why my little sewing tutorials are relatively easy. Because I don’t think I could pull of anything much harder.
When I do get the itch to sew something, I usually turn to jersey fabric or a stretchy knit. This stuff is so easy to work with and doesn’t fray so hemming edges isn’t necessary unless you want it to be. I went to the fabric store the other day in search of a fun print in a knit to make a maxi dress after becoming obsessed with the kimono style maxi dresses I’d seen on Pinterest and Etsy lately. I took both my boys, and quickly perused the options in between shoving cookies into my screaming 14 month old and reprimanding my 4 year old for unrolling bolts of fabric down the aisle. Ugh. Can I just say how much I HATE shopping with my kids. By the way, any tips on that matter would be appreciated! Anyway, I found this colorful, kind of native american-esqu, ikat-ish print that I loved and lucky for me was 40% off. I got 3 yards for $23. Enough to make my maxi dress and a little whatever-else-I-feel-like-making later. Anyway, this is a really easy dress and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! Hope you like it and have fun making your own!
Cost: About $23 or so depending on the fabric
- 2 and a half yards or so of stretchy knit fabric
- Coordinating thread.
- Elastic for waistline.
- Sewing machine.
1. Refer to my little sloppy sketches below that kind of walk you through it.
2. The sketches pretty much lay it out for you but I’ll give you some extra tips.
- TIP 1: Try this on a lot as you go to make sure its fitting you well. OR, take a maxi or long dress you already own and find the proper length for your new dress from that.
- TIP 2: Leave at least 12 inches open at the armholes when you sew up the sides, if you want less of an opening, you can always sew up more of the armhole after you try it on. P.S. When sewing, sew right sides together and use a knit stitch (or zigzag stitch) on your machine to allow the fabric to continue to stretch. Careful not to pull the fabric as you are sewing to avoid rippling.
- TIP 3: Cut the neckline by folding the dress in half and cutting a half V on the fold. This way the neckline will be symmetrical. Also, cut the neckline pretty conservatively at first. Since the fabric has stretch it will widen/deepen when you put it on. You can always cut more from the neckline after you try it on and gauge how deep/wide you’d like it to be.
- TIP 4: You can omit the pleating if you’d like along the shoulder area at the neckline. I just through that on mine for solely decorative reasons. If you don’t know how to make a pleat, google it. Its super easy and quickly adds a little “fancy” to any design.
- TIP 5: Cut a strip of elastic long enough to wrap around your waistline. Make it slightly longer than you think you’ll need. You can always cut the excess off when you’ve sewn it into your dress. Refer to this post for more tips on sewing in elastic waistlines.
3. Throw it on when you’re done and accessorize in an oh-so-bohemian-chic kind of way and be proud of your work!
GO DO IT!! 🙂
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