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Creative and Useful DIY Fashion Ideas

Cool DIY Fashion Ideas
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I know I am not telling you anything new or shocking when I say that there is a general misconception around DIY fashion of it being for those who are frugal or those who are not really fashionistas. The thing is, if you do a quick browse online and take a look at the DIY fashion community, you will find some seriously amazing ideas that will help you turn something frumpy into an on trend piece.

With the cold season being upon us and with piles of knitwear in my closet that have seen better days, I wanted to update my wardrobe without having to throw them away and make space for new pieces. As a newbie of the DIY fashion community, I am amazed by what we can do with old jumpers, jeans and other clothing and so today, I have rounded up 10 of the best ideas I found online, so you too can look fashionably sustainable.

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#1.  The Short Shorts –

Nothing is more irresistible than shorts made out of a soft knit and as a woman who has Aran jumpers that have been worn for many years, this is the perfect way to turn one of them into this feminine piece for those lazy autumn evenings at home. You can get the details on how to make this piece by watching this video.

#2.  The Chunky Knit –

If you have seen the potential in a large jumper forgotten by your man, then turn the piece into a chunky cardigan that you can wear with skinny jeans and a blouse or paired with a midi dress for the office. This one is easy to do, you can get the instructions here.

the chunky knit

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#3.  The Sleek Tank Top –

We can all wear our man’s loose fitting shirt at home but with this DIY idea via All Free Sewing, now we can wear that shirt as an elegant tank top to pair with a cardigan or with a blazer for those autumn days when the weather is still keeping warm.

the sleek tank top

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#4.  The Vintage Sweater –

For those times when you find a vintage sweater that fits you tight, you can still invest in the piece and turn it into a well-fitting cardigan instead. Delia from Delia Creates has the details on this one.

#5.  The Skirt –

When you see a fabric that you love on an old shirt or sweater, then you can use the fabric and turn it into a statement skirt to pair with a simple T-shirt or an elegant blouse. Amber from Ruffles and Roses Crafts has some great tips on this idea.

#6.  Buttons –

From trench coats to gardens, trousers and even dresses, you can update any of your fashion staples by replacing the buttons with new ones.

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#7.  Add glam to an old Jumper –

Sweater elbows are always on trend — it is a classic touch you can sport every autumn and winter and with this idea via DIY Ready, now you can look fashionable by reusing an old jumper and adding a touch of sparkle with a small piece of fabric. You can find all the details here.

#8.  Leggings –

Andrea from Andreas Gardenshows us a great way of repurposing a large man’s shirt into the perfect leggings so we can all rock the athleisure trend without having to spend money.

boyfriend jeans

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#9.  Repurposed jeans

Turning an old pair of jeans into a statement piece is perfectly doable thanks to Kelly Brydenwho gives a guide on how to create this elaborate DIY piece.

REPURPOSED JEANS

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#10.  The Snood

Snoods are always a good idea — they look chicer than a regular knitted scarf and you can wear them with anything from jeans and a T-shirt to a dress and a leather jacket, and this image via P.S. I Made This shows you how to make a snood out of an old sweater.

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Beading Tips for Beginners

Beading Tips for Beginners

Creating your own jewellery has numerous benefits. Not only does it allow you to give a unique twist to your outfits or presents, it also helps you to unwind after a long day and unleash your creativity. One of the most popular and simple ways of creating your own jewellery is by threading beads onto a piece of string or wire. This technique is called beading and is one of the oldest ways to create jewellery. In fact, the oldest pieces of jewellery known to men are comprised of perforated beads made from snail shells, dating back to 100,000 years ago.

If you want to find a new outlet for your creativity and start creating personalised jewellery with beads, here are some tips to get you started.

1. Know your beads

First of all, it’s important to know what types of beads you are going to use for your next piece of jewellery. There are hundreds of materials, shapes and sizes to choose from. Seed and glass beads are the most common types because of their versatility. Seed beads are small beads that are often combined with Swarovski elements or pearls as spacers to create stunning pieces with ease. You’ll often find them in woven designs and crochets as well as in jewellery. Glass beads are commonly used because they’re slightly cheaper than crystal beads, but look just as elegant. They come in many colours and shapes, from faceted rondelles to Czech Faceted beads. Other types of beads you can familiarise yourself with are pony, crystal, metal and pearl beads, semi-precious beads and miracle beads.

2. Choose the right bead stringing wire

Beading wire is a stringing material made up of numerous thin strands of steel that are woven together and often coated with nylon for a greater durability. Choosing your stringing material can be quite overwhelming when you’re starting a new project, but just keep in mind to go for the strongest thread possible. However, the thickness of the string you choose should be in balance with the size of the bead hole.

Craft wire, (suede, leather or rattail) cord, nylon thread and tiger tail beading wire are the most common types of stringing material. To select the one that is right for your project, decide on how flexible you want your jewellery to be (e.g. 7-strand beading wire is better for stiff designs, whereas 19-strand beading wire is more flexible), how much weight the wire is going to carry and which diameter fits best through the bead holes.

3. Familiarise yourself with different types of Jewellery findings

To create amazing pieces of beaded jewellery, make sure you stock up on the right tools and jewellery findings. Of course, you’ll need a strong glue and pliers, but don’t underestimate the importance of adding high-quality clasps, crimp beads, clamps, bead caps and jump rings to your newest piece either. Jewellery findings are the small items that join the different jewellery components together. Without suitable jewellery findings, your piece of jewellery can become a whole lot less secure.

4. Read magazines and watch tutorials for inspiration

There are plenty of magazines and books to find in your local craft store that can help you coming to terms with the lingo of jewellery making and provide you with new ideas. Don’t forget to take advantage of the internet either. Nowadays, there are hundreds of tutorials to find online that you can read or watch. From Youtube and Pinterest to the London Jewellery School blog and Craftsy, you’ll never be stuck for inspiration!

5. Stay focused

Finally, remember to stay motivated and don’t give up when your first piece of jewellery didn’t turn out like you wanted it to be. The trick is not to be too anxious to learn it all at once. Focus on basic beading techniques at first and you’ll see your skills will quickly improve.

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