A red dress and an open street equal strut strut goofy face. Haha. I know my husband was wondering why I was cheesing so hard while I did a seemingly simple task. “Ok Whitney, it’s not hard, just walk.” But in my mind, everything has potential to be entertaining. Everything!
Make the most of your day good people, regardless of how routine and mundane it may be.
Dress: Gift from the parents, Anthropologie
Accessories: Freshly Given (SHOP)
Alright Alright good people. This is by far one of my favorite DIYs, and you can achieve it without a sewing machine.
You will need:
1. Maxi Skirt OR Large, ill-fitting skirt
2. Safety pins (not stick pins)
3. Needle and Thread OR Sewing Machine OR Stitch Witchery (For hemming edges)
Cut the skirt to the length you’d like. Just make sure you have enough for your top. Hem the bottom to give it a more refined look. You’re done with the skirt. Whoop!
Using the bottom half of the original skirt, open the split (if you have one) or one of the seams. If you have neither, cut open the skirt and make sure to hem those edges.
Using the panel of fabric you now have, pin two edges at your shoulder blade. The rest will drape around your lovely form. Take your other safety pins and pin the top to your liking. Get creative, just cover up those boobs.
Original Skirt: Grandma’s closet find
Leather Bracelet : Shop Freshly Given
I think the sun gave me a slight 5 o’clock shadow. Which is what I get for angling my face wrong or was it Christene who missed spraying the sunblock on my upper lip. Christene! Beaches are usually packed with sun dwellers sporting misguided sun rays, especially…nevermind.
Oh how I dream of sand and the occasional jellyfish. And good people influencing me to get in freeeezing water. Christene!
By the way, Christene is wonderful, and oh so beautiful (see the last photo). I affectionately referred to her as “island girl”. We, and our men, had a great time tossing a football around small children and me missing balls, right and left. Not the norm, I promise, I was just off my game that day. I wonder if that’s why they stopped tossing me the ball? Hmm?
Many more dancing in the sand trips to come.
Bathing suit : JCrew (killer sample sale buy)
Earrings: Shop Freshly Given
Have you ever walked so fast that the only thing separating you from a flat-out sprint is the distance between the bottom of your feet and the ground. New York does that to me every time. Against my will:
“Why the heck am I walking so fast?”
Either way, my gut paid for it. Unintentional workouts are not my idea of a post-feast activity. And working off a perfectly delicious meal after every 2 blocks is for the birds. But enough with the sad song. I do love that City. Having my first trunk show there was the challenge I needed to get my line off the ground. On my high horse I walked into some of the coolest shops to present my accessories. Looking back I’m shocked I did it.
I’ve not posted any of my new designs here on the bloggy, so this is me taking care of my people. These are a few of what you’ll find in my shop and a good representation of the greatness I call Freshly Given.
Get your colour fill at Shop.Freshlygiven.com
Thank-you’s: Charles (for the ridiculous love and support), Maw & Paw (for me!), Grandma (for sewing and providing), Nicole (epitome of dependable), Karla (the stick-to-it encouragement and day of hustle), Adrienne (PR/Dancing Queen), Ericka (world’s best photographer), Brittani (taking a risk by letting us dance & sale in your shop), Shanda (what can I say, emerging designer), Charisma + Arielle +Jodi (the last minute craziness), Phaedra (the earring’s display).
This blog started out of a much needed desire for a creative outlet, and I am blessed to watch it grow exponentially in just a few months. God has definitely shown me the importance of passion and talent and how they are unique to me, and you.
You all have made this experience worthwhile, beyond words or corny cliches. So I hope a “thank you with all of my heart” will scratch the surface of how I truly feel. Words definitely get in the way in situations like this, when I want to say so much more.
Either way, I read every comment and email you send. If you’ve yet to comment, I invite you to do so. I love mail and love responding to it, so keep them coming.
I decided to do a year in review and showcase all of the DIYs from this year. I believe my sewing abilities are improving and I’m glad you have patiently read through my tutorials. Enjoy!
1. Clear Clutch
2. Leather Earrings
3. Flipped | Oversized Vintage Cream Blouse
4. Flipped | Grandmother Cream Blouse (V Neck)
5. Flipped | Men’s Jeans to Dress
6. Flipped | Sweater to Skirt
7. Business card-esque
8. Flipped | Grandma’s Skirt to Blouse
9. Flipped | Men’s Jeans to Vest
10. Western Tie
11. Flipped | Straw to Wool Hat
12. Flipped | Wool Pants to Shorts
13. Flipped | Velvet Dress to Holiday DIY Guide (II) – The Gift Adornment
14. Flipped | Velvet Dress to Holiday DIY Guide (II) – The Bow