Another Vintage DIY Project | The Romper

01 Aug 2014 Permalink

cute vintage romper updated with a simple hem | @Aprilgia

If you pay any attention to fashion, then you know that trends are cyclical.  A perfect example of this is a romper.  Rompers used to be huge!  Then they died down.  And now they’re back again.  One great thing about thrifting is that you can often find those items that have been in the spotlight.  The only thing that’s left to do then is bring them up to date.  While rompers (and their cousin the jumpsuit) were big in past decades, you wouldn’t want to wear a romper straight out of your mom’s or grandma’s closet.  You would too dated…well, unless that was the look you were going for.

Remember when I shared about updating a vintage blouse?  You can do the same type of hemming job to update a vintage romper!

 

Now, I’m so sewing expert, but a basic hem is something that even I can do.  (Thanks 8th grade Home Economics class!)  Updating this romper was super easy!  I just figured out how short I wanted the bottom to be, hacked off a few inches, and hemmed it!  I got this whole “project” done in less than 45 minutes.

cute vintage romper updated with a simple hem | @Aprilgia

cute vintage romper updated with a simple hem | @Aprilgia

I think it looks adorable!  It ended up being the perfect thing to wear for my family reunion and I got tons of complements on it!

So what do you think?  Do you have any potential gems in your closet that can be updated with a simple needle and thread?  If you’re new to the whole sewing business, check out this wonderful tutorial on how to hand sew a hem.

cute vintage romper updated with a simple hem | @Aprilgia

Casual Outfit | Ripped Grunge

06 Jan 2014 Permalink

Casual Outfit | Ripped Grunge

Casual Outfit | Ripped Grunge

I have such a problem doing nothing.  It’s hard to just sit and watch a show without either organizing toy bins, checking emails, or filing my nails.  So when my little guy and I found ourselves up late because his sleeping schedule was thrown off, I decided to dye these jeans.

I grabbed them at Savers (surprise) for just a few bucks.  They were a light gray, but I wanted them darker.  And I wanted some knee rips in them too.

It felt pretty therapeutic to mess them up.

Casual Outfit | Ripped Grunge

The dyed/ripped jeans just begged to get worn with this sweatshirt (also a diy project), denim vest, and moto jacket.  And to make sure the look was me, a red lip and heeled boots finished the look.

Linked with Monday Mingle.

Revisiting A Couple DIY Projects

25 Sep 2013 Permalink

When I take the time to do a diy project, I want the outcome to be something that I’ll actually get use out of!  A while back I added some detailing to these tops…now I’m putting them to work again.

studded shirt diy

studded shirt diy

I added gold studs around the shoulder and back area of this blouse.  Last time I wore it to a party (see pic with leather skirt, or this post), but this time I actually wore it to school.  (Casual Friday, baby!)

studded shirt diy, leather skirt, party outfit

beaded sweater diy

beaded sweater diy

This diy is something that I’d love to recreate again!  I used the beads from an old necklace to update a basic sweater vest.  Here I wore it casual, but like the next picture shows, it can easily be a little more dressed up!  For details on the diy, click here.

beaded sweater diy

I’m working on a few more new diys…ones that are leather related!  I’ll be sharing soon!!

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Sweatshirt DIY

23 Sep 2013 Permalink

sweatshirt, diy, printed wrap skirt, adidas gym shoes, phillip lim for target, knocked up fabulous

sweatshirt, diy, printed wrap skirt, adidas gym shoes, phillip lim for target, knocked up fabulous

sweatshirt, diy, printed wrap skirt, adidas gym shoes, phillip lim for target, knocked up fabulous

sweatshirt, diy, printed wrap skirt, adidas gym shoes, phillip lim for target, knocked up fabulous

I sure have gotten use out of this old Hanes sweatshirt.  In the beginning of the summer I cut the sleeves off, and now I took an x-acto knife to it.  The cutting was super simple to do!  I just placed a cutting board in between the front and back of the shirt.  And I do have to say, this piece looks moderately similar to it’s inspiration.

Gotta love it when a diy turns out!

sweatshirt (diy) – Hanes // skirt – thrifted // shoes – Adidas // bag – Phillip Lim for Target // necklace – Accessory Mercado

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