DIY | Top with Peplum

freshlygiven diy peplum top

freshlygiven diy peplum top

freshlygiven diy peplum top

freshlygiven diy peplum top

Shame on me for skipping out on the DIY fun. In my defense, I’ve been stacking up ideas but they’ve simply been tucked away, warm and comfy in the right hemisphere of my brain.

Naturally, I wanted to start back up with the idea that has been most nagging. I do love a woman in a peplum, and more so their ability to flatter the waist without revealing too much. I’ve watched them grace the hips of many screen gems on Turner Classic Movies. Plus the varieties are as vast as the women who wear them.

This tutorial shouldn’t take you long. It is pretty simple if you already have a top (or tee) you want to add some love to. (This tutorial can get you started) Hand-stitching is also an option if you have the endurance of a Titan. I, on the other hand, do not and pulled out the sewing machine.

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The Sisters: Poly & Ester {DIY}

Haha! These crazy shorts. I know. I thought the same thing while wearing them. And yes I know the patterns don’t quite line up in the front, but I’m getting there.

The two sisters Poly and Ester helped me with this one. I cut them to size, sewed them, and threw them on for a little psychedelic shorts action. Which warranted a relative to say, ‘where are you going in that?’. Plus, I mistakable wore these to a tea party with little girls, seriously, and was asked by the responsible adult, to change.

Haha. I need to plan my days better.

I’m wearing:
Blouse: Vintage from my Grandma
Shorts: Old fabric from my Grandma
Puffer Jacket: United Colors of Benetton
Boots: Miss Sixty

(images: The uber talented Erika Smith)

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Flipped | Leather Gloves with a Touch of Fur {DIY + Tutorial}

Gloves will never go out of style. And who cares if they do. I purchased this pair just yesterday at a local thrift for $1.50. I really was in need since my cotton pair was not holding up to the cold. Besides, I hate cold hands.

With a few fur pieces I found at my grandmother’s, and a pair of scissors, I whipped these bad boys up and loved the results.

I sure hope you attempt this one. Even without the fur, these are versatile and super easy.
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Flipped | Velvet Dress to Holiday DIY Guide (III) – The Bow {DIY + Tutorial}

This is part III of the Velvet Dress to Holiday DIY Guide. Read Part II – The Gift Adornment.

Unfortunately I don’t have the pleasure to work in Corporate America. So at this time of year I cross my fingers hoping for an invitation to someone’s company Christmas party. They usually have tons of great food, can afford a REAL DJ, and come with photobooths.

If and when I have the pleasure of attending one, I’ll take my new velvet bows with me. They are versatile, and so cute on. Here are just a few examples of what you can do. Wear one on the front of a blouse or dress, the tops of your shoes, or even the backs of your heels. Simply secure with pins or closed bobby pins. If you have more suggestions, I’d love to see them.

Find the tutorial after the jump.

I’m wearing:
Dress: H&M
Pumps: JCrew

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Flipped | Velvet Dress to Holiday DIY Guide (I)

It was a bit difficult titling this post. Especially since the purpose is to basically show you all how I saved face. Yes, it’s true, I set out to make something spectacular and, well, embarrassed myself. I blame it on the underlying pressure during this time of year to really kick things into high gear. Especially with people having more free time (i.e. vacation) which usually equals more perusing the blogosphere.

Either way, I enjoyed making this “Gift Guide,” that name still doesn’t seem right, and I hope you can use something. They are all super simple and involve 1 (one) 80′s style saucy-red velvet dress.

I’ll see you tomorrow with the first edition.


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