DIY, Fashion

3 Ways to Upcycle A Damaged Blouse

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One of my favorite things to do is score great finds at thrift shops, and I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I found this great, funky plaid silk blouse.  Though a little “loud,” I though it’d be a great Christmas season top.  However, when I got home from the shop, I discovered a rip along the button line.  It wasn’t a fixable problem, but there are plenty of alternative uses for great fabric!  Here are 3 ways I up-cycled this plaid blouse.

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FAUX COLLAR TOP/DICKIE

I wanted to still wear this as a blouse under cardigans, so my first project was to make a Dickie.  Most people have super dorky connotations of the Dickie (aka Christmas Vacation) but they are definitely back in style, in a much more chic way.  It gives you that button up look without the bulkiness of layering it under a sweater.  Here is an easy tutorial on how to make one.  Mine is definitelt not perfect, and it’s a bit uneven, but you don’t notice the imperfections once it’s under my cardigan.

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BOW TIE HEADBAND

Using some of the sleeve fabric I made a retro bow headband.  I’ve made them before, so I just winged it, but for a detailed tutorial, click here.

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FLOWER BROOCH

Since there were ruffles on the sleeve, I was able to make a super easy flower brooch by cutting off the ruffle, twisting it around and securing with thread.  I added a white covered button from my button box and a brooch pin on the back (secured with super glue).  For a similar concept, this link is a great option for a variety of different fabric flower brooches.

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Grab a little helper like mine, put some Netflix on, and you have yourself a great winter project!

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DIY, Fashion

Bringing Back The Brooch

Brooches and lapel pins have been making a huge comeback, especially among the retro community. They are a great way to add personality to an outfit with minimal effort. Though I own many necklaces, I prefer wearing brooches because of my habit of wearing cardigans. I love adding a bit of sparkle to outfits, but lately I’ve been drawn to resin brooches as well. Quirky and unique, there are a plethora of artists making resin brooches that are a must have for your wardrobe. Here are a few artists I recommend if you are looking to purchase one for yourself!

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Although all these handmade beauties are fabulous, sometimes you want to add some pizazz without breaking the bank. For under $5, I made this super cute rotary telephone brooch! Here is the super simple DIY below.

Supplies:

– Pendant (something with a semi-flat back)

– Brooch Pin Back Catch

– Needle Nose Pliers

– Hot Glue or Super Glue

– Nail File (if needed)

After a little browsing in the jewelry section of Michaels, I discovered many cute pendants that could easily be turned into brooches. I chose this rotary phone for its sparkle and vintage flair.

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Directions:

1. Remove the pendant hook with needle nose pliers.

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2. Since the metal of the pendant was a bit fragile, the little loop snapped off as well. This left some slightly sharp edges, so after taking a nail file to the top of the pendant, it was good to go! Depending on which pendant you choose, and how easily the pendant hook, you can skip this step.

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3. Apply hot glue or super glue (I chose super glue) to the back of the Brooch Pin Back Catch, and stick onto the back of the pendant.

4. Let it dry and voila! Super quick DIY brooch!

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