Saturday, December 22, 2012

DIY: Leather Accented Cardigan

Two posts down in the leather trench sleeve DIY I mentioned how I kept the rest of the leather jacket I used for scrap pieces. Leather accents are still super poplar in fashion, and I freaking love it. Therefore, WHYY NOOTTT.
DIY difficulty was medium here, I think only because the only pins I had to use were four safety pins rather than like a whole hob-gob of straight pins, and because I didn't use the sewing machine. I think, in reterospect, I'm going to use it to go over my stiches just to make it look all a bit better. Handsewing the leather made some sort of puffy parts.The other tough part was that I had to line everything up just right.
Cost was super low here because I already had the cardigan and the leather scraps pieces.
This project all in all took about two hours.
1 cardigan
-The style reallly doesn't matter and neither does the color. I got this one at Goodwill (SHOCK-CITY) for $4.
Scrap leather to work with
-All of mine was from the project two posts down, but you can get some from any second hand store leather jacket, or whatever.
You'll also need a needle and thread or a sewing machine and something to cut the leather with.
So I took no pictures during this process. I'm a loser.
Pretty much all I did was pick what I wanted to do, cut the pieces, measure, and stitch it up.
For my leather elements, I picked pockets, a back stripe, and tuxedo stripes up the sleeves.

I. Love. This. Cardigan.
It looks like something trendy and kick ass and I feel like I can wear it with ten billion different things.
Here's the front:

And here's the back:
My face was not suitable to post on the internet. Enjoy my polka-dot PJ pants and the view from my parent's bathroom.
I am super professional.

I hope you try this DIY out because I love love love it. I'm going to do some more projects with the extra leather I've got hanging around, I'm just not sure what yet. As soon as I get done with another, I'll post it.
I also have four or five more ideas for other DIY's that I can do in the next week or something, but I've just got to get to the store for materialllss.

I hope you've enjoyed this 3 post evening! Love ya.

DIY: Neon Cameo Earrings

I saw the neon cameo thing on a couple of blogs, and I dug it. I always had a little cameo thing, probably because for most of my teen years I wanted nothing more than to be reborn in pre-victorian era England and go to boarding school and drink tea or some shit.
Those were dark times.
DIY difficulty was like sub zero on this one. So easy.
As far as cost, all you pretty much need to BUY are the earrings. Unless you never paint your nails or something.
This DIY took me about 10 minutes.
2 contrasting colors of nail polish
-I picked a minty green and a sort of greyish brown. I didn't want to go too nuts. I used Maybelline Color Show nail polish in Green with Envy and Sinful Colors nailpolish in Nirvana.
1 pair of cameo earrings
-I got mine form Forever 21 for like $4 I think.
1 safety pin
-This is for getting out some of the finer details in the cameo.
 -First paint the lighter color area. I decided that I wanted the nice lady the green color, so I painted her first. I just used the nail polish brush to pretty much cover the entire thing.
-Then I spread the color around a bit with the safety pin and then got in the finer lines of the cameo.
-Next get your darker color and dab it around the outside of the cameo. Be careful not to get your light color into your dark. Just go slow.
That's it! It's an easy peasy one and I loved the outcome.
Hope you try this one! Let me know if you do!!

DIY: Leather Sleeved Trench Coat

Well then. This was a biiitccchhh to post.
I've been seeing these coats for a little bit in a few different stores that I skulk around. I thought they were freaking adorbz, but you guys know me: $60 for a light weight coat? No. So I decided to be the cheapie-cheapster that I am and make my own.
I love the results. I thought this DIY was super easy; I didn't even have to bust out the sewing machine. Admittedly though, it would've been much much quicker if I had. Complete time (with hand sewing, mind you) was about 2 hours.
As far as price, this DIY was inexpensive, costing me about $15 to do.
Be forewarned, all of these pictures are phone taken. My camera memory is full, aaaannnnd i've lost the cord to it.
I'm a mess.

1 Camel (or whatever color) trenchcoat
-I got mine at Goodwill for $12.
1 Long sleeve leather (or pleather) jacket
-Again, a Goodwill buy for $3