Weekly DIY- Dazzle up a plain shirt

This week’s DIY comes courtesy of http://www.mrkate.com/2013/05/23/diy-lace-insert/.

We all have those plain T-shirts in our drawer that we either wear to bed, to work out in, or to lounge in; but be honest do you REALLY wear T-shirts as an every day clothing item? I didn’t think so. Well, now you have your chance to dress that shirt up, and rock it right to the front of your closet as an EVER DAY clothing item!

The great thing about this tutorial, is you do not need any sewing experience! As long as you can thread a needle, and cut out shapes, then no sewing machine is needed, although it certainly will  go fast if you DO have a machine :) 

Let’s get to work so you can start making your new wardrobe! You will need a T-shirt, or any shirt with a light material. The great thing about this project is that you do not HAVE to use a T-shirt, you can use any shirt with a lightweight material! 

Items needed :

T-shirt, or any lightweight shirt

Favorite cutout shape( Use a thick paper)

1/2 yard of favorite lace

Scissors

Matching thread and needle(or sewing machine)

*If you have a fear of needles , you CAN use hem tape, but if may come off after a few washes, so I HIGHLY recommend sewing it in.*

Instructions :

Using thick paper, trace and cut out your favorite shape in size you want. To make the shape look really good, you can easily print something offline. Pin pattern to spot you want to cut out on shirt. It REALLY helps if you have a rotary cutter, if not make a tiny snip on any edge of pattern to get you started. Cut carefully! Now, using the same shape , take your lace and cut with an extra inch on all sides for seam allowance. I know that seems like a lot, but no one is going to see the inside of the shirt but you, and having that extra allowance will assure  it will easily attach to your shirt.

Pin LACE on the underside of shirt against the open pattern you’ve just cut. Either machine sew with a stretch stitch, or sew by hand with a straight stitch. If sewing by hand be careful and do not pull stitches to tight when sewing. T-shirt material is usually made from Jersey, and will pucker if you pull the stitched to tightly. Now put it on and rock it like the star you are!

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Monthly style guide- Crocheting- It’s not just for the cute grannies

What do YOU think of when you think of crochet? Your granny crocheting you your annual Christmas afghan?  Dolls with handmade froofy dresses? While that is still ever-present in the crochet world, other styles have been around since the 60’s , and are becoming more and more popular in present fashion.

Extra Long Plus Size Cardigan Sweater with Crochet Circles

*This gorgeous handmade coat can be found with other colorful items @ http://www.subrosa123.etsy.com*

I have always loved ‘wearable art’ and the idea that a meticulously put together form of art can be draped on the body beautifully. It is one of the top reasons I began designing and sewing.  Wearable art is not widely noticed or even appreciated, except in the fashion world. I say start bringing on those creative juices, be green, and start creating!

One of my favorite free form artisits is ‘Janet Lipkin’ Like several of the other artists in the 1970’s crochet art-to-wear movement, Lipkin was a graduate of the Pratt Institute art school and amongst those there who set the stage for fiber and art wear to be taken seriously be the art world.She was know for her three-dimensional, highly textural, sculptural crochet stitches. I admire her very much, and she inspires me to create. and be crazy with my designs!

Post image for Edgy 1970′s Crochet Art: Janet Lipkin Decker

*One of Janet’s many amazing creations; a free form bird coat*

Of course crochet, sewing, ect does not ALWAYS have to be wild and crazy. Simplicity is always appreciated as well. With fall in full effect; hats, mittens, and scarfs alike are popping up in stores everywhere, although I am much more of a ‘hand made’ advocate. Owning something made by hand, and not machine made, makes all the difference in the world.

Pixie Hat, Hooded Cowl, Womens Crochet Hat, Fall Fashion, Halloween Hat

*This adorable crocheted pixie hood can be found, with many other wonder items @ http://www.simplymadebyerin.etsy.com, and she and I share the same name, so OBVIOUSLY she is totally awesome:) *

So take some time to peruse all the handmade crocheted items on sites like etsy, amongst others and support handmade crafting. Look cute doing it as well!  I have a knit shop I will soon be adding crochet too, find me @ http://www.hipknitism.etsy.com

Check out my upcycled clothing and accessory shop as well @ http://www.dramatiquedesigns.etsy.com