Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DIY T-Shirt Alterations [IMG heavy]

I spent a GREAT deal of today altering some plain T-shirts I had lying around for a while. I can't wear regular T's- the restrictive neckline gives me claustrophobia, and their overall blandness makes me sad. So! Today, I got a little scissor happy! Less talk, more photos! 

This one is very basic. I cut out the neckline, the seams on the sleeves, and the bottom seam as well. 

Then, I cut up the back and tied it into knots according to my own shape. Yes, I'm in my underwear. It was very hot and we don't have AC. ><!

This one is my favorite shirt. I cut slits where my bra straps go as well as slits that I messily tied on the sleeves. To top it off...

The back! Omg, this one took FOREVER. Mind you, I wear my shirts AS I tie up the back to ensure a great fit. Then, I cut off the knot remnants and tied the spare fabric on the knots to create this messy "mummy" effect. I REALLY like this, particularly on white shirts, even though my arms were dying in the end.

This one, I kept pretty basic. I cut out the neckline, I cut off the sleeves, and I cut off the bottom seam on the shirt. I'm thinking of adding blue bows on the sleeves, but we'll see.

I made these ties bigger than the "mummy" shirt I previously tied. I tied this one pretty far up, almost up to my neck. I think I'm going to cut off the first 2-3 ties, this shirt look a bit restrictive for my taste.

I LOVE this one! I cut the neckline, cut off the sleeves, cut off the bottom seam, AND added these little black ribbons which I tied into bows on the sleeves. CUUUTE!!!

And because this shirt is an off-white, cream color, it got the "mummy" treatment. My arms are gonna be sore tomorrow! ><!

Next, my Dead Girl coffin top. I like it because it's basic black, but with some touches of green. I'm really frightened of colors, so I think this'll help incorporate some color into my wardrobe without overdoing it. Really basic here, I left on the sleeves but cut off the bottom seam of the sleeves, the bottom seam of the shirt, and the neckline.

Since there is a coffin on the front, I thought a "mummy" tying technique would look best. Also, I gave my shirt a "> <" shape so it looks corseted. I really like this look, though it IS time consuming.

Ahh, I love this shirt! I gave the neckline more of a boat-scoop and cut some slits onto the sleeves. I really love this print, it's a favorite of mine.

I decided on bigger ties for the back to match the slits on the sleeves. It looks good like this.

Then came this shirt. It says "Slipknot" on the front with their 9-pointed star and some dark green filigree, along with their logo "S" in the back. I made some slits on the front about my collar bones, then...

I corseted the sides. I kept the front of the ties pretty straight so as to not alter the logo printed on the front, but I tapered the slits off on the backside.

The back of my shirt with the Slipknot "S" wickedly printed. It looks a bit plain still though, we'll see about this one.

Needless to say, my arms are spent. All that cutting and tying really did a number on my hands, but I'm really proud of the results. What do you guys think?

I hope this has inspired you to go out and alter your own clothes- all it takes is a good pair of scissors, and Hulk arms that won't quit. :P

Happy modifying! <3!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tank Tute

Hello lovelies! Here's a quick tutorial on how I made this tank top design.
First, mark the center of your design. I just eyeballed it, but you can break out a ruler or something if you like.
Now, you have a straight line going down the center of your tank.
Next, use tape to mark the top of where your design should go.
Now, mark the bottom of where you want your design. I did this with my tank top on so I can get a visual of where the result will lie.
Now, bring out a book or a board to slide under your tank top. This won't be too messy, but it's best to use something you wouldn't mind damaging.
Slide that sucker underneath so your tank top lies flat like this.
Next, use your chalk (or in my case, white eyeliner) to draw your design. Use your center mark and tape as a guide.
Now its time to paint! I use this Tulip Glitter paint. It holds very well, and I like glitter so there you go.
Fill in your design with the chosen color you desire.
So now, your tank top is done! Just leave it alone for however long your paint says.
Mine says 4 hours, but I'll leave it alone overnight. And what do you know, it's tea time!
So now that it's the day after, your shirt will be dry and ready to wear!
This is my end result. I need to rub out that center line I made, but I'm VERY happy with my design! What will YOU make today? Leave me a picture in the comment section, have fun! <3!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Curtain Project

Here's a little project I finished the other day- my curtains!

I always hated how bare my curtains looked- just cream lace with light purple on the edges. Nothing at the top, nothing special. So I bought some purple sequin curtains to add on and, as you can see, my Chihuahua, Spanky, wanted to help.
He knows my curtains were a disaster and wanted to help in ANY way possible.
These were the curtains I purchased. As you can see from the above photo, they were a bit darker than the picture, a fact I LOVED.
Purple with lots of sewn lines and sequins threaded through, they caught the light beautifully.
I unwrapped them and they were WRINKLED! I brought out our iron and learned our ironing board was thrown out several months ago. Making due with what I have, I used this itty bitty fold away coffee table to iron these huge curtains. I was determined dammit!
I made sure to iron them from the back, the fabric is kind of satiny and I didn't want to burn it. Also, I didn't want my iron to snag a sequin, that'd be BAD.
I realized at this time that I wanted to anoint my curtains with oils. I have several oils I use regularly, so I brought them out to see my choices. If you have an oil burner like my glass one in the background, you can mix several oils and use that to anoint your curtains. OR, if you have little glass containers like the one on the bottom left of my picture, that would be helpful too.
Bonus- these little roll on oils would be the perfect, mess free applicator for this sort of project.
Nevertheless, I chose this bottom oil for my project. It's a warm vanilla scent with a floral hint of gardenia, I figured it to be perfect.
I dotted a SMALL amount on the fabric every here and there concentrating on the hemn of the curtains and ironed the scent into the fabric. NOTE: make sure this process won't ruin your curtains. The heat and oil might make the fabric undergo a chemical process, so make sure to do a trial run on the bottom corner of your curtains first.
With one curtain ironed and anointed, I hung it on the far right of my curtains.
I ironed the other curtain and slipped it on the same rod on the outside of the first curtain.
Then, I separated the two and focused on the outer curtain.
Find the middle of the curtain and slip on a small rubber band like this on the middle.
Drape it across the top of your curtains like this, smoothing out the fabric and folding how you'd like.
Then, my favorite Gothic tool- safety pins!
Pin it from behind the rubberband to the curtain beneath it (in my case, the cream lace curtain). That sucker ain't going nowhere!
Now, let's focus on the other side which currently looks like this.
Put a rubberband on the end of the curtain and repeat- safety pin it on the far end of the curtain rod.
So now, my curtain looks like this!
Go back to the original purple curtain and slip a rubber band around that and the other color curtain you have (in my case, these light purple curtains). Band them together like this.
So it looks like this. As you can see, my cream curtain looks barren and exposes my venetian blinds. ><!
So that's where we use this little hook. Slip a safety pin onto the hook from the bottom coil, then slide some folds of your curtain into the safety pin.
So now, your venetian blinds are hidden, like this!
Not bad.
This is the result thus far.
I liked the contrasting colors, but it needed more, so I added this gold curtain to the top of my curtain valence.
I really like how it pulls together my pink walls and the purple in the curtains.
So now, my sacred space in the corner of my bedroom looks like this- closet doors and everything.
In the morning, this was what I woke up to. This photo doesn't quite capture how the colors looked. The golden curtain glowed and cast a beautiful glow to my bedroom, and the sun shone through the dark purple curtains and rippled through the sequins which had cast small ghosts of light around my bedroom beautifully.
I'm VERY happy with the outcome of my sacred space. I hope this has been of some help to some of you, happy decorating! <3!