Last year, my friend Kyle was asked to work a photo booth for a college in our area. He asked if I wanted to join him since I love photography and dressing up. Last year, the party happened before Valentine's Day so I made a Valentine's themed dress. The tutorial can be found here :) Below is the before!
And then the fabulous after :)
This year the event was a couple days after Valentine's Day so I still wanted to pick something in the pink/ red family. I found this dress for $3.50 at Goodwill. I picked this dress because I liked the color and material. Oh and it clearly does not fit.
Here is the live action view of me trying on this dress and a few more that I snagged at Goodwill that day. I will admit that this was over my usual $1 budget... but sometimes you have to live a little!
So with my pink dress in mind, I started scrolling through Pinterest in search of inspiration. I came across this picture and loved this dress. I loved that it has sleeves! The downside, I had no clue how to make sleeves out of the material I had and still be able to lift my arms...
I headed to Joann's to see what material they had that I could use for sleeves. I carried my dress in and held it up to all types of materials looking for which colors matched the best as well as if the material had any stretch. I decided I liked this one the best.
For the top of this dress, I found a shirt that I liked the fit of that did not have any stretch. I then traced the outline of it onto wrapping paper. (No worries, I bought this wrapping paper when it was 90% off at Target during their after Christmas sale!)
Here is what the front of the pattern looks like.
Here is what the pattern looks like when the seams are cut into it.
This dress had a part that crossed over in the front. This cross over piece was actually double lined making it PERFECT to use for the front pieces.
So I laid out all the pieces.
and then cut it out using my rotary cutter.
I then pinned the pieces together. These pieces will not lay flat so make sure to pin them well.
The back of the dress gets a big cut down the middle for the zipper.
I had to try on the top of this dress a bunch of times to get the fit correct. MAKE SURE TO TRY ON THE DRESS. The neckline was a little too high and the arms were a little too wide so both had to be trimmed.
Then with the rest of the skirt, I cut 22" out to make the bottom of the skirt. The top part is what I made the back piece out of. *Not pictured, I also cut a 2" waistband and pleated the skirt.
And now we are ready to get set up! You can see me on the computer screen being the model to help test lighting.
Here we are together, year 2 together in the photo booth!
and then a silly selfie. Kyle might have a way better camera than I do, but I have a significantly better back drop holder than he does! (In case you happen to be looking for a photo back drop holder, here is the one I have: LimoStudio Photo Video Studio 10Ft Adjustable Muslin Background Backdrop Support System Stand, AGG1112 )
And here is my silly dancing video of the dress in motion!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Back in December of 2015, I refashioned this pair of shorts into a skirt for a Winter look.
The original tutorial can be found here.
I love experimenting and trying new looks and ideas because that is how to grow your skill set as well as how to see what you like wearing. I'll admit it, I wanted to try a midi-skirt...but I feel like they never look that great on me...
So I've had this skirt just sitting in my closet and it needs to be revisited! I laid it on my tile floor, as a guide-ish and started chopping. Since the hem is curved, make sure to cut a curved hem. My skirt is now roughly 15-16inches long.
I then seam ripped both the pieces apart. I did not cut the pieces apart because I wanted to preserve the pockets on the sides.
I then seam ripped open the back seam to install a zipper.
I repinned the top to the skirt onto the back.
And then tried it back on to make sure that fit as well as was not too loose.
I then sewed along my pinned lines to reattach the front and back.
I grabbed a zipper from my thrifted zipper collection. This one was around .17cents and if you have a zipper foot, attatch it to your sewing machine. It will make sewing so much easier!
I used my pinking scissors to cut off the excess material. I found mine at a thrift store for $2!!! What?!?! But you can find them at any craft store or here. I also always label my fabric scissors so that everyone who enters my house is clear on which scissors they should not use to cut paper!
Now for the potato Stamping fun! I found these Wilton Double Cut-Outs and selected the smallest size.
I Cut the potato in half and then you place the cookie cutter in the middle and then cut out around it. Also, you can follow me on Instagram to see my behind the scenes shenanigans.
I put newspaper between the layers of the skirt so that the paint would not bleed through.
Using acrylic white craft paint, I started stamping the heart shape. I did have to go over the stamps with a paint brush because the paint I was using was a bit thin but that process was very simple to do and did not take very long.
And now we are ready to go out!
Molly wanted to pose with me too!
Hope Yall have a fantastic Valentine's Day!!!
And here is the video tutorial :)
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I know this isn't a clothing remake, but I was recently inspired when my friend said that she needed a cute decorative basket for work. We walked around looking at the baskets and discovered that we liked none of them...
So I rummaged through my recycling and found this cute little Amazon box.
I cut the top off and using some Sisal Twisted Rope that I found at Walmart, I hot glued the twine all around the box.
...and I didn't even burn myself!
I then grabbed some red and white polka dotted fabric (also found at Walmart for $3) and hot glued the edges together to make this cute basket!
Here is the full tutorial if you want to watch!
Hi! I'm Katie. I am a fun loving, adventurous DIY-er, designer and artist. You can find my artwork here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/3000yardsofthread