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It happens to me every year. The second spring hits, I’m standing in front of my closet going, I am so sick of all my clothes, if I see that shirt again I’ll throw up, but I don’t have any money for new stuff, I’M SO TIRED OF EVERYTHING I OWN. You know that feeling? Let’s kill it with instant-wardrobe-transformer (aka RIT dye). RIT is a brand of clothing dye that’s been around since the 1930s. It turns drab-colored clothes and accessories into bright works of art, and I am obsessed with it.
Dip dyed ombré denim has been popping up here and there and not only do we love the look, it’s super easy to do yourself! We’ve combined Tory Burch ‘s dip dyed jeans and Miss Unkon ‘s ombré 501s as inspiration for a pink infused DIY that could be done in a jiffy. Start by rinsing your shorts with water. A bottle of RIT liquid dye amounts to 1 cup; you’ll dye your shorts with the lightest shade first and darkest shade last. Pour 1/3 of the cup of dye into 2 gallons of hot water and mix. When dyeing dark denim, you will want to use less water for a darker dye.
You probably have guessed by now that we have a major soft spot for almost all things western . . . bolos , cowboy boots and the like . So when Balenciaga incorporated a modern take on western collar tips into their Spring 2011 Collection, we were beyond thrilled. Who knew these little metal tips are capable of brightening up any button up shirt?! With a pair of inexpensive decorative brass corners from the hardware store, we made our own Balenciaga -inspired collar tips that are to DIY for.
We almost lost our marbles when we first spotted these scalloped white Louis Vuitton collars on the runway. And so when Lucky Magazine asked us to create a tutorial for their November issue , DIYing Peter Pan collars was an absolute no-brainer. Crisp, feminine, and perfect for fall, who would have thought Neverland could look so chic? You’ll need: 2 scalloped edged collar pieces cut from white felt or rubber flannel ( pattern downloadable here ) a single hole punch or leather rotary hole punch 1 yard of white ribbon a needle and thread hot glue gun button Using the pattern template , cut out the two collar pieces. Create small holes between each scallop, using the hole punch.
A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated FNO by DIYing bow ties and neckties from scraps of denim at Madewell – because honestly, who isn’t borrowing a bit of inspiration from the boys this season? Today we’ll be showing you, who may have missed the event, how to DIY a bow tie with luxurious, Dolce & Gabbana -inspired velvet. Before you know it, you’ll be well suited and ready to channel your inner Marlene Dietrich ! You’ll need: a 6″ x 3.5″ piece of velvet a 0.75″ x 2.5″ piece of velvet a 1″ pin back a glue gun a ruler a pen
While perusing Pinterest one evening, I came across an intriguing tutorial on the wonderful art of needle felting . I had to learn more – especially after realizing it entailed repeatedly stabbing a needle up and down into a piece of fabric or sweater. A satisfying stress reliever that results in something wearable? Sign me up. And now that I can officially call myself a needle felting maven (and nerd), trust me when I say that you’re going to have a blast with this technique.
Whether it be shibori or with bleach , warm weather brings out our utmost desire for tie dying – especially when it comes to bleaching as working outdoors for this project is a necessity. Inspired by Isabel Marant ‘s tie dyed sweatshirts , shirts and jeans , we grabbed our favorite denim shirt and a bottle of Clorox for one of our favorite summertime projects. You’ll need: a denim shirt bleach rubber bands rubber gloves plastic container
In case you weren’t able to join us last week at Madewell ‘s anniversary event, we’re giving you the breakdown on just one of the many ways we embellished our favorite chambray shirts that evening. So grab a handful of sparkle and let’s get gilding! You’ll need: For shank style buttons, start by cutting off the backs with a pair of flush cutters.
You should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists. The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best!