Sew Gorgeous: A Beginner’s Guide to Clothes Modification

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Be under no illusions, when you’re learning to sew, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to produce something worthy of the Givenchy Spring Summer 2015 collection immediately. Despite what watching RuPaul’s Drag Race might have led you to believe, if you attempt to produce a flawless creation from little more than some cleaning cloths, refuge bags and a hula hoop, you’re going to look more rundown than designer. But invest a little of your time, buy a good sewing machine and stitch before you style, and before you know it, you’ll find a million and one reasons to dredge up your sewing basket on a wintry afternoon.

Earnest hemming ways

From taking up curtains to altering the length of your cotton slacks, this skill might be sewing 101, but hemming is notoriously tough to do well if you don’t know how. Master it, and you’ll look sharp as a needle on every occasion. You’ll need some chalk, a needle and thread colour that matches your garment seamlessly, some pins, scissors and a straight edge. When pinning your hem, do it while the pants are on the body for a perfect line. To avoid seeing the stitches on the outside of the material, sew into the vertical seam allowance to secure in place, and then around the hem evenly, picking only a few threads at a time. When you’ve stitched around the inside of each leg, press the hems with a steam iron from the inside for a beautiful finish.

Preppy patching

Add an elegant touch (and a little longevity) to the elbows or shoulders of tired knitwear with some custom patching. Select your material in a contrasting colour (moleskin, corduroy and velvet are all popular choices). Cut out an oval shape, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, opt for something a little quirky, like a heart or star. Try on the garment, and have someone help you pin the patch into position. Then, sew into place and prepare to rock college professor chic. Geeky glasses entirely optional.

Button up

One of the easiest ways to transform a dull, ready to wear garment is by sewing on some new buttons. Try looking around thrift stores for some quirky, unique styles, and you’ll find some inexpensive gems. Use strong thread, or, in a fix, double-thread your needle, and use a pin as you sew to keep a little give between the button and the surface of the garment. Always secure your work with a few stitches on the reverse to reinforce.


How the Groom Should Dress on his Big Beach Wedding Day

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The moment you pop the question, to your wonderful bride to be, is the moment that you may feel that your part for the big day is over… apart from turning up on the day.

Getting excited for the big day is usually limited to grandmothers, mothers of the bride and 12-15 year old girls, as well as other female friends of the bride. Everyone else is there because they have to be, whether they have been invited or are a plus one on the wedding invite.

There are so many individual things that need to be considered, the location, the venue, the catering, the dress, the fake tan, the make-up…

For one reason or another men can get shunned out from the wedding preparations, with their job solely to agree on the woman’s decisions. However, the good news is, times are changing. More and more men have a bigger input on their wedding day than ever before.

One area that they are having a great deal of input is on their own wedding attire. Gone are the days of the bride to be dictating what you need to wear. However, choosing your own groomswear needs some careful thought and consideration as every wedding is different.

You will need to consider the time of year you are getting married, as well as the location and venue. These are extremely important, especially if you are looking to get married on the beach or other exotic location.

There are a couple of more things that you will need to consider when choosing your wedding attire. Firstly, think about the wedding itself. You will need to pick something that compliments the theme which your wife to be, or wedding planner, will be running with. Secondly, you want your wedding attire to say something about you, as a person, as an individual, but also fitting in with point one.

There are a lot of options available to you, especially for a beach wedding, as you have a little more freedom when it comes to picking your attire and this is down to the more relaxed nature of a beach wedding. Further more, depending on where you get married you may want to have a think about local traditions and customs. These can easily feature in what you wear, as you wait for the bride to make their walk down the aisle.

This may be the most important consideration if you are getting married on the beach, and that is to ‘stay cool’. This is not a reference from the Fonz in Happy Days, it really does mean: stay cool.

You can achieve this in what you wear. If you are getting married on the beach, somewhere the weather is going to be warm at any given time of day; you will want to consider wearing linen. There are plenty of linen shirts for men that you can take a look at, and the odds on finding one where you feel comfortable, cool and yourself is very high.

You may think linen shirts are very dull, normally worn by seniors when they visit the beach, however linen shirts can come in a variety of different colors and patterns.

Once you have picked out your linen shirt, it is time to start considering the rest of your beach wedding outfit.

Now is the time to start thinking about pants. You have gone for the linen shirt, but can you go for linen pants too? The simple answer to this is yes.  Linen pants are something that you should consider at the very least, with lots of styles and colors available, mixing and matching with your linen shirt should be easy. However, if you think linen pants may be too much, then you can always look at other lightweight materials like cotton, or even see how your shirt looks with a pair of shorts. You just need to remember that you need to fit in with the wider wedding as a whole.

Now, once you have your shirt and pants organized for your big day you need to have a think about shoes.

Choosing a pair of shoes is probably the most difficult thing to get right at a beach wedding. Of course, depending on where you are getting hitched, shoes may not be appropriate at all. You may feel that not wearing any shoes is actually a better fit and a better way to go. However, if you do need to have a look at shoes you have a number of options available to you. Take a look at some standard sandals, a pair that will already compliment your existing shirt and pants, as they may be your best option. Alternatively, you should find out more about what canvas shoes are available. There are a number of outlets that will sell canvas shoes, especially in the spring and summer months, so you will not find getting hold of a pair any trouble at all.

Now, get hold of some accessories to finish your look and you are ready for your big day.

5 Ways to Make Your Outfit Stand Out

5 Ways to Make Your Outfit Stand Out

As someone who has always loved to dabble in photography and art, I keep an eye out for things that stand out from the rest. Including people and their choice in outfit. Many people want to know how to stand out in a crowd, but don’t know how to do so without looking like a sore thumb. While dying your hair a shade of lime green will certainly do the trick, adding a bit of a pop to your look doesn’t have to be so drastic.

These 5 changes are easy and seemingly simplistic, but can give you a look that is much bolder in appearance.

Red lips

It’s well known that red lips add a burst of color to any outfit. When you’re going for bold, there’s not much that can go wrong with red lipstick. The only caution I would give would be to make sure that the shade of red works well with your skin and doesn’t clash with your outfit. Not all red lipsticks are created equal.

Scarves or bulky necklaces

One way to turn a plain shirt into the center of attention is to wear a suiting scarf or bulkier necklace. The added volume and change in color around the neck illuminates the face and dresses up an otherwise ordinary outfit. It can be a little trickier to find a scarf or necklace that works for you, but it’s undeniable that if one of these accessories is well placed, it can make one stand out from the crowd.

Unusual sunglasses

We all want to look like a fashion blogger sometimes, don’t we? Nah, I’m just kidding. However, a more unusual pair of sunglasses can add interest to any outfit. I saw someone recently with neon purple and lime green sunglasses that really pulled her outfit together and I’ve seen my sister sport these large sunglasses with more angular, oval shaped eyes. Both really stood out to me and had so much potential in them.

Bright accents

Nothing adds interest to an outfit like a bright pop of unexpected color. It could be brightly colored heels with a more neutral outfit or a colorful bag to carry along in a monochrome outfit. Like the red lips, you can add minuscule pops of color to your outfit in many different ways.

Note: Other bright lip colors can be fun to play around with, as well.


Remember that old song from Annie? “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” When making your look stand out, it really comes down to your level of confidence. No matter what you’re wearing, confidence is what really cinches it all together. So hold your head high, keep those shoulders back, and own your look.

What’s your favorite way to make your outfit stand out? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!

Tips to Help You Dress Fashionably This Winter

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It’s only been a couple of months into fall and you still have the whole of winter to face. If you have already begun to feel that you are donning the same outfits day after day, you need to do something about it.

It doesn’t take much to create new and varied looks. You just need to do a few things right. Here are some tips that will help you.

Organize Your Wardrobe

You probably just pull on the first sweater you see or your favorite jacket before rushing out of the house. By organizing your wardrobe, you’ll be able to plan your outfits better. So get all your clothes out of your wardrobe or closet and lay them out. You might be surprised to see things you didn’t even know were there.

You need to identify your summer clothes and separate them out. It would be a good idea to store your summer wear separately so that when you plan your outfits, you don’t end up getting confused. There will be plenty of stuff that you can wear in winter (as detailed below) so be sure to pack away only those items that you know you won’t be wearing in these cold months.

There will also be plenty of items that you know you won’t be wearing at all. Get rid of all such items; it’ll give you extra space for your essentials and any new stuff that you might want to purchase.

Once you’ve zeroed in on your winter essentials, get started on arranging them inside your wardrobe properly. You should be able to see all your clothes so that you can easily incorporate them into different outfits. Moreover, out of sight is out of mind. You could easily forget all about a shrug or cashmere that could be used in numerous ways to spice up your outfits by pushing it into a corner of your wardrobe unknowingly.

Remember that some fabrics do well when hung on hangers, while others such as your sweaters and cashmeres may change shape and are better off kept folded. You’ll be able to buy special hangers for coats and delicate fabrics like silk, chiffon, etc. from retail stores or online shops such as

Get the Essentials

You need to have some essentials to be able to pull off varied looks each day. Here are a few that you must possess:

  • A handful of tank tops in various colors from your summer collection
  • A couple of skirts and pairs of shorts, again from your summer collection
  • Knitted sweaters in different colors to be worn over or under your clothes
  • A couple of fitted blazers in neutral colors
  • Tailored wool coats or jackets in neutral shades of brown, black, or grey, or navy
  • Scarves in trendy colors to keep you warm and look fashionable
  • A pair each of knitted gloves and long leather gloves
  • A beanie or two in fitted as well as slouchy style
  • A few pairs of thick tights- knitted or opaque in different colors and patterns
  • A pair of high boots, preferably brown

If you don’t have these essentials, you can shop for the basics without breaking the bank. Make a list of the things you need and shop accordingly. Don’t buy things that are on trend; invest in classic pieces. Trends can fall out of fashion any time and you don’t want to be left with a piece of clothing that you’ll never wear again.


Dress the Right Way

Yes, the temperatures are dropping, but you can beat the cold and look chic at the same time by dressing in the right way. You just need to learn the basics of layering clothes!

Start by wearing a thin camisole or tank top. You can wear a fitted t-shirt under a tank top too. This will outline your body contours and won’t make you look stocky. Tank tops can be worn over collared shirts, a light sweater can be worn over a summer dress, a pair of shorts or a short skirt can be worn over a pair of tights, and so on.

Experiment with tops of varying necklines, hems, and sleeve lengths. Wear a V-necked t-shirt over a scooped top, or a high-necked t-shirt under a tank top. Use your imagination and let loose your creativity!

Apart from layering clothes to achieve different looks, make use of scarves, capes, and shawls to stand out from the crowd. A cape looks ethereal and you are sure to make heads turn. Tie scarves in different styles and make use of shawls with unique prints to create distinctive looks.

Remember that wearing thick materials isn’t the only way to keep warm. You can stay just as warm by wearing several layers of thin clothes plus a sweater or coat. You might want to wear a belt at the narrowest part of your waist to slim down the look.


With these tips in mind, you will be able to pull of amazing and creative outfits every time you have to step out of the house. Just be sure to put together everything before you hit the bed, or give yourself ample amount of time to put together an outfit. If you get dressed in a hurry every day, you might just end up wearing the same clothes despite having the best tips at your fingertips.

With a little time, patience, and practice, you’ll get the hang of making the most of your winter wardrobe and you’ll never again sulk at the thought of facing this beautiful season.

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