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.


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!

5 80’s Trends to Keep On Loving

80s Trends

While most of us probably look at the 80’s as a fashion disaster, I have to admit that a few of the trends were actually kind of fun and fashionable. Once you push away some of the more outrageous hair and jewelry, that is. With many retro trends coming back today, I thought I’d share a few 80’s trends that I happen to love.

5.) Blazers with shoulder pads

Now, t-shirts with shoulder pads strikes me as a bit ridiculous, but one has got to admit that a well worn blazer or business suit with shoulder pads actually looked sharp and fashionable. Sure, sometimes things got a little bit crazy with the loud prints and neon, but when done right?

All I can say is that I wouldn’t mind this part of the shoulder pad trend coming back.

4.) Oversized tops

This one has actually been coming back and I find it exciting. While I’m more comfortable in clothing that is a little more fitted, I have to say that oversized tops look fabulous–especially with a belt at the waist. Apparently I’m not alone in thinking so, either.

3.) Fingerless gloves

I have loved fingerless gloves since I was a kid. Perhaps it was because I felt pretty powerful while wearing them or because I could keep my hands warm and still have use of my fingers. Either way, I’ve always found fingerless gloves to be a really neat accessory, especially for the fall. Knit, leather, lace. . .they still seem to come in every possible variety!

2.) Tropical prints

Before I go much further here, I have to say that I’m biased. I come from Florida and have an unhealthy love for the beach and palm trees. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that my love for tropical prints may be a tad bit opinionated. At least I can say it’s a fun and relaxed look.

1.) Neon

Apart from the big hair, this is probably the fashion trend that the 80’s is best known for. Sure, sometimes the use of neon can easily become excessive, but it’s so fun and exciting. We could all use a little pop of color in our closets anyways, can’t we?

What are your favorite 80’s fashion trends? Let me know in the comments below!

Fall Crop Tops

Fall Crop Tops

As the cooler weather is coming in this fall, I’m sure that we are all busily storing away our summer wardrobes (unless, like me, you are still dealing with 80 degree temperatures down south). But that doesn’t mean we should have to be finished with every summer favorite.

Personally, I think crop tops look adorable. Even more so in the fall. Without further ado, here are a few ways you can continue to be the cream of the crop (I’m lousy at puns, aren’t I?) all the way through fall.

High waisted skirts with tights

Nothing screams autumn like a skirt and some tights. Why not give that skirt a high waist and pair it with a long sleeved crop top? Not only will you look absolutely adorable, you will have a touch of that edgy look that everyone is going for these days!

Cropped jackets

If you’re looking for something a little more casual, try out a cropped jacket. You still get the extra warmth on your arms and you look fabulous. Not to mention, they are perfect to wear over other tops without people telling you to either wear a crop top without something under it or don’t wear one at all.

Wear over a long sleeved shirt

Despite people saying such things, there are really plenty of ways to wear crop tops over other tops and still look fashionable. Try wearing a fancier or patterned crop top over a solid, neutral colored top or a solid colored crop top over a patterned top. This one may require a little more playing around with, but when it is pulled off correctly, it looks spectacular!

How do you wear crop tops in the fall? Let me know in the comments below!

Inexpensive Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween Costumes

Looking great for that Halloween party or even walking around with the kiddos doesn’t have to be difficult–or expensive.

If there is one thing that I have learned over the years, Halloween stores are fun, but incredibly costly. What is the point of being a fairy if I’m having to pay forty dollars and up for a single costume that likely won’t be reused? Since then, I have had the fun of learning some easy, inexpensive DIY Halloween tricks.


There is no reason to waste money on cheap face paint and Halloween-brand make up when you can use what you already have. Lipstick can easily become fake blood stains, lip liner turns into jagged scars, and a little bit of eye shadow and foundation and quickly turn you into a dirty zombie or a mermaid straight out of a fairy tale.

Whether you want to take the makeup a bit freestyle or look up some of the amazing costume makeup tutorials on the internet (there are some really creative ones to be found on both YouTube and Pinterest), using already owned makeup can offer the same results that all of those fancy makeup packets at your local Halloween store would get you.

Costumes in your closet

No, I’m not talking about last year’s costume. With a little creativity, just about anything in your closet can be turned into a costume. A long, black dress can help you become the lovely Morticia. A sequin covered skirt could be the start of a beautiful mermaid’s tail. You could even dress up that plaid shirt to become the zombie of a once-innocent farm girl.

With a starting point as simple as your closet, buying extra bits and bobbles to add to or alter your costume can help make it very inexpensive to pull off.

If what you are looking for can’t be found in your closet, thrift stores often have pieces that may work for what you are looking to achieve–or even cheap, pre-owned costumes.

Out of the box ideas

When it comes to Halloween, getting a little crazy is perfectly acceptable. Whether your idea of being out of the box involves using a box (cardboard is excellent for creating fake wings of all sorts, by the way) or replacing the wigs for teased hair and hair spray, there is an unlimited wealth of costume ideas out there. Don’t be afraid to use objects from around your home.

Albeit, putting Nutella on your face may be a bad idea no matter how wonderful it tastes.

What are you going as for Halloween? Share it with me down in the comments below!