Tuesday, 15 April 2014

DIY Mesh Top

 I found this random picture on Instagram one night, and since then I have been wanting a sweater with a mesh back. So I went on a hunt. At first I was just looking for something similar at retail stores, but go figure I had no luck, so I decided to put my mind and my sewing machine to work and make my own, cause I wasn't going to go the spring without getting my hands on one of these.
I intended to find and use a fluffy sweater like the one in the picture, but the ones I did find at H&M were expensive and I didn't want to run the risk of making a mistake and losing a sweater. So as a cheaper and I think wiser alternative I picked up a textured top and the thrift store.
Okay rant over, lets get started!

My inspiration! 


 What you will need:

  • Mesh- I bought mine at the fabric store for cheap. I got 2 yards from $10, but I only ended up using less then half. That being said, depending on the size of your shirt I would say 1 yard would be enough. 
  • Top- This can be any kind of top, from sweater to tank, anything works. I would say that picking something light weight is key, the mesh is a super light weight material and if you have a heavy front piece the shirt will end up pulling forward and lifting the back piece making it uncomfortable to wear. 
  • The basic thread and needle (sewing machine in the best option) 
  • Pins ( a lot of PINS!!)
  • Measuring tape and some coloured chalk

STEP ONE: Start of by decided what part of the shirt you want to cut off. (I set this up to be a backless shirt tutorial but you can always cut away any part of the shirt and add mesh the, steps would be relatively similar) 
Carefully remove the back piece, I suggest not using scissor because you'll end up cutting off some fabric and you'll need that extra length when making your edges.  
I decided to keep the sleeves and neck in-tacked and just add mesh to the back piece of the top. 
You're then left with this piece which will be used as a outline when cutting the mesh section. 

STEP TWO: Grab the mesh and lay the back piece you cut out on top, pin it down to make it easier.
Measure about a 2 inch allowance around the entire piece and trace the pattern with some coloured chalk. If your mesh material is stretchy then you can get away with only leaving a 1 inch allowance. 

STEP THREE: I folded the mesh piece 3 times to make the edge and the shirt raw edge in on itself once. Thats when the 2 inches extra come in handy. 
 Pin the entire mesh piece to the back of the shirt (remember to do these inside out). Then base stitch the entire piece, if you feel comfortable enough you can go right from the pins to machine sewing it. 

STEP FOUR: Machine sew the two pieces together. You can sew it by hand but it wont be as secure, unless you use tight stitches and double thread. 
When your done don't forget to take out the base thread! (I've had many times that I forgot and walked around with awkward bright thread stitched in my clothing lol) 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and find it inspirational in making your own mesh tops for spring!
Happy sewing <3










Saturday, 29 March 2014

Checkmate







Scarf- Urban Oufitters
Whole outfit was thrifted 
Similar items: 

My sister and I decided to spend last weekend out doors and went for a walk downtown ( I would of went crazy if I stayed home on such a nice day).  The weather was so nice so it didn’t require a lot of layers. I thrifted this entire outfit in close proximity to one another. I tired to find some similar pieces online. 
These high raise mom jeans are a pair I live in (I am wearing them as we speak), and will probably be feathered again. When I first got them they were super tight but they quickly became lose and even a bit baggy which makes them the perfect 80’s mom jeans.  I wore it with a long sleeve plaid high neck top that I half tucked into my jeans so the high raise was visible.  For an even more 90s inspired look I added my small leather backpack and my ankle booties.

I wish my hair was as blue as it was in these pictures but since then I’ve washed it a couple more times and its now a dirty green colour, my sister calls it “sewage water hair”, its she just the sweetest  -_-

Have a great weekend! Talk to you soon <3




Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Blue Eyed Cat











Cat Shirt Urban Outfitters
Denim shirt- Express
Velvet Leggings- Romwe
Lace Platforms- Icon (simliar here
Purse- Thrifted 

So if you weren’t already aware of it, I have this boarder line unhealthy obsession with cats. But not the typical house pet cats, but rather things with cat faces on them, I can’t seem to get enough.
I goy this awesome tee for like $5 when I worked at urban outfitters during the Christmas season. I think is might be a men’s shirt, which makes it 10x better because its over sized and fits so well over a pair of tights.
I am not the biggest fan of plain black tights, so when I saw these on sale last year on romwe I just had to get them. There my go-to bottom on a lazy day they are comfortable and easy but still looks like your trying to look presentable. I layers a denim shirt with leather detailing over top, that my best friend gave me for my birthday last year (she knows me to well!).
And I can’t forget these SHOES!! I bought them on impulses a while back, because their on sale (duh) and they looked similar to the Jerry Campbell As If Shoe, but cooler (if possible) because the shoe is actually made of lace material and not just black canvas.

Anyways I am going to finish the pile of assignments I have due for the week. 
Stay positive and breath happy <3


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Ready For You








Floral Dress- hand-me-down
Jacket- Talula at Aritzia
Necklace- Urban Outfitter
Sweater- Thrifted
Heels- Thrifted
Bag- Thrifted

This is the third floral dress look. This time I paired it with a muster coloured high neck sweater. The shape and colour of the sweater give the outfit a real 90s feel, especially paired with the chunky leather heels. I added a big statement necklace to contrast against the solid colour of the sweater.
This is my "business" look. I wore this last week on my first day of my office volunteer position with WWF. I don't own many business like or office appropriate pieces in my wardrobe. I just don't see myself using them often. But I think I need to start investing in some business basics, and then I can make them my own by pairing them with some of my more vintage pieces.