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Convertible denim skirt April 4, 2010

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Fashion, Refashion, Sewing, Tutorial.
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Earlier this week, I was rummaging through my wardrobe for something to wear besides my daily jeans and I found some old denim skirts I have. I used to wear denim skirt EVERYDAY. I have about 7 of them. ๐Ÿ˜› You know how sometimes you are totally into some styles for a period of time and then you stop wearing them. A few years down the road, you take the old clothes out and wear them again and you either feel weird in them or ask yourself why you wore that style back then. ๐Ÿ˜› Well, I felt weird in this particular denim skirt … it felt too short.

So, I decided to update my denim skirt.

I added a bit of fabric with some lace to the hem. This extension is removable too! So, when I want to wear my denim skirt just the way it is, I just need to remove the lace extention. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s how it’s done.

1. Measure the hemline of the skirt (front + back + 1 inch). This is the length of fabric and lace you should cut.

2. The width of the fabric is up to you. I only wanted about a inch longer for the extention so I cut about 2.5 inches of the fabric. You can cut a wider piece if you want it to be longer.

3. Place the lace on the top edge of the fabric (right side). Fold the other side of the edge up to meet. The lace will be sandwiched between the folded fabric. Pin the lace in place between the fabric.

4. Sew a straight line on top where the lace is between the fabric. This will form a tube with the lace inside.

5. Turn the tube inside out and iron the fabric & lace flat.

6. Run a straight stitch at the fabric edge where the lace is to keep it flat.

7. Place the piece of fabric you just sewed onto the inside of the hem line and mark the places you want to sew buttonholes onto the fabric. Sew the buttonholes onto theย  places where you marked. Cut open the buttonholes.

I did my buttonholes with my awesome automatic button holer on my Brother sewing machine. ๐Ÿ˜€ Your machine should have a guide on how to sew a button hole. If not, this is a good tutorial on how to sew a button hole manually.

9. Pin the fabric onto the hem line all around on the wrong side of the skirt. Start sewing the buttons onto the skirt where the button holes are.

As I’m not good at measurements, I did it this way so that the buttons and the buttonholes will actually ALIGN. ๐Ÿ˜› You will want to make sure that the fabric will be held tight by the buttons. This is because if the fabric hangs lose, it will droop from the hemline. I also used different coloured buttons because I did not have enough cream coloured buttons. ๐Ÿ˜› So I just grabbed the next available colour I have. ๐Ÿ˜›

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How to paint your own Burberry’s nails March 17, 2010

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Fashion, Makeup, Tutorials.
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If you like Burberry’s and nail art, you may like this tutorial. ๐Ÿ˜€

What you will need:


  1. Base coat
  2. Top coat
  3. Main nail colour in preferred shade of beige
  4. Nail art paint in black and red.
  5. Thin sharp tipped nail art brush (if your nail art colour doesn’t come with built in brush for application)

Method:

  1. Study the pattern & colours of the Burberry check pattern. ๐Ÿ˜€
  2. Prep your nails. (file, shape, remove cuticle, moisturize)
  3. Make sure your nails are clean and dry.
  4. Apply 1 coat of basecoat.
  5. Apply 2 coats of main beige colour.
  6. With the black nail art brush, draw 3 thin black lines across the top of your nail.
  7. Then, draw 3 thin vertical lines on the on the right side of your nail.
  8. Next, with the red nail art brush, draw 1 vertical thin red line on the left of your nail.
  9. Then, draw 1 thin red line across the bottom part of your nail.
  10. Finally, apply 1 coat of top coat.
  11. If you have accidentally gotten nail polish onto your skin, clean it off with a cotton swap soaked with nail polish remover. ๐Ÿ™‚

Quick demo: These are pretty badly drawn (not the original ones I drew). I even got some paint on my skin. ๐Ÿ˜›

Note: Remember to allow the nail colour and nailart paint to dry before proceeding to the next step. Also, if you prefer, you can also fill in the squares at the intersection of the 3 horizontal &ย  the 3 vertical lines and also the spaces between the black lines (study the pattern above :D) with white nail art paint! This is achievable if your hands are really steady! I did mine without the white. ๐Ÿ˜›

If you have never tried painting your own nail art before, it may take some practice for your hands to get steady. Also, if you are right handed, painting your nails on your right hand with your left will be rather challenging. Vice versa for left handlers. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m right handed, so take a look at my nails.

Nails on my left hand, painted by my right hand so they look pretty alright.

Nails on my right hand, shoddily painted by my retarded left hand. ๐Ÿ˜›

But, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! The more often you try painting nail art, the easier it becomes. ๐Ÿ™‚

have fun!

“new” skirt refashioned from old pants March 2, 2010

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Fashion, Recycle, Refashion, Sewing.
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today, i’m wearing a “new” skirt. i refashioned it from an old pair of marks & spencer pants I got on sale a few years ago at like $29.00. I wore it for a while but unfortunately the material was too thick and I also altered too short. ๐Ÿ˜› it was also a little too big and baggy.

As the weather’s been really hot these few days and I wanted to wear a skirt instead of jeans. so last night, I decided to make this pair of old pants into a skirt. ๐Ÿ˜€ i’m afraid i didn’t take the “making in progress” pics, but here’s the skirt! ๐Ÿ˜€

it was hard trying to take a pic of my big fat butt. ๐Ÿ˜›

Edit (12 March 2010): I have another pair of pants I want to refashion into a skirt. So maybe I’ll take pics to show the process of doing so then. ๐Ÿ˜€