Monday, September 10, 2012

DIY: Shoe Clips, Coup de Foudre

We all have those basic pumps that we count on when all else fails. Vamp them up a bit with stunning shoe clips so they're no longer your last resort, but your first choice in a matter of minutes. Yet the most appealing feature is that you can redesign any shoe, to match any outfit, in a matter of minutes, with just a few simple steps.  I chose simple black bow clips and feather clips for a sleek and elegant look. Other clips you may want to try are - pearl cluster, gems, fur, fringe, bolt or gear clusters, or anything you can imagine!






Materials Needed:
  • Pair of shoes
  • Wired ribbon or any decoration of choice
  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • Scissors
  • Shoe clips (sold online on various sites)


Use a book or something similar to wrap your ribbon around, this will give your bow loops uniformity. Wind it around the book as many times as you'd like, but not too tight. You want to be able to slip the ribbon off when finished wrapping. The more you wrap, the fuller the bow. I wrapped mine about 3-4 times leaving about 4 inches to wrap around the middle. 


Slide the ribbon off of the book and pull the last 4 inches over the middle and tuck the end. 




Hot glue the back side of the bow on to the flat surface of the blank shoe clip, and shape your bow. The wire in the ribbon will allow you to shape the bow the way you want. Now, you can clip your embellishment on your shoes and go! Quick and Easy! Enchanteé, fashionista!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

DIY: Patriotic Studded Vest

The 4th of July is quickly approaching! However, a recent trend has everyone looking and feeling patriotic. This DIY American flag denim vest is pretty easy and can easily be customized to give it your own unique sense of style! 





Materials Needed:
  • Vest
  • Sewing machine or fabric glue
  • American flag bandanna or any flag/print
  • Pyramid studs
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Thread
  • Sharp box cutter
  • Tracing paper or butter paper
  • Pencil

Using tracing paper, trace the outline of the front and back yokes of the vest. Cut them out. These will be used as patterns for the flag. For the back yoke, I folded my vest in half and traced half of the yoke (if you choose to do it this way, remember to cut your flag out on a fold as well).

 


Front: Lay out patterns on your bandanna capturing stripes on left yoke and stars on the right yoke
Back: Fold bandanna in half and lay out the back yoke pattern capturing both the stars and stripes on the right and left respectively.

After cutting out the yokes from the bandanna, pin them to the yokes of the vest and sew them along the edges (about 1/4 in from the edge). 
If you are using fabric glue, glue the bandanna yokes to the vest yokes by following the instructions on the package of your fabric glue.



You may need a box cutter to puncture holes and apply your studs with ease since denim seams can be pretty thick. One-by-one, position each stud and fold the prongs in and flatten each one using your needle nose pliers.Finish your vest by putting your studs wherever you'd like.




There you are, enchantée patriotic fashionista!





Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Oldies But Goodies

Fave paper mâché dresses I made for a student organization's fashion show a couple years ago.
Models:
Amber (pink)
Whitney (sea foam ombré)