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Month: July 2017

Tips for Making Your Own Clothes

Have you been thinking about making your own clothes?  It may seem intimidating at first, but once you get going, you’ll likely learn to love it.  There are different places to start, depending on if you have any experience or not.  If you’ve never used a sewing machine, you can work with someone with experience to show you the ropes or use YouTube videos to show you around.  Don’t expect to be perfect, because it takes some practice and most become well versed at using a seam ripper as they need to start again.  Try to have patience with yourself as you start out making your own clothes and use these tips.

Start With Alterations

If starting from scratch seems overwhelming, then start with something that you can alter to make your own.  An excellent place to start looking is at thrift stores or yard sales.  Look for garments that you want to make your own or that need alteration to fit.  It will be an inexpensive way to start if you have no experience sewing, so even if it doesn’t work out and you need to ditch the project, you’re not out too much time or money.

Keep it Simple

As you move from simplified alterations or you want to jump right into making your own garment, keep it simple.  An elastic waist band skirt is a good example of a simple project that most anyone can put together quickly and easily.  Taking on a simple project will help you build confidence to take on something more complicated.  Then you can move to something a little more complex without feeling overwhelmed and unsure.

Mistakes Happen

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, because this is new to you and you will make mistakes.  Start by using inexpensive fabrics before you move to the more expensive materials because they are often harder to sew.  Practice putting in zippers and making button holes on a piece of castoff fabric before you try it on your almost finished garment.  This way, if it goes epically wrong, you won’t be too upset or out too much.


If you find yourself struggling with one part of a pattern or unable to understand one part of a pattern, don’t be shy about doing research.  There are many handy tutorials on the internet to help you.  Tutorials can help you learn how to make a hem without buckling, put in an invisible zipper, and so much more.  Don’t struggle with your project for too long before you reach out to find the answer to why you’re having a problem.

Go Green

By making your own clothes, you can choose eco-friendly fabrics.  You can get these fabrics from places online, such as Crafting a Green World, or from sites that sell vintage materials or organic material.

Don’t Give Up!

The more you sew, the better you will get.  The more you learn, the more complicated pieces you’ll be able to sew.  Before you know it, you’ll be making your clothes and clothes for other people.  Sewing is not a lost art, and more people want to learn how to make their own clothes so they can choose their fabric, they want unique outfits, have a difficult time finding clothes that fit or to cut the cost of having a wardrobe.

As you learn more about sewing and create your first impressive pieces to wear, you’ll find a great sense of pride in your work.  The experience will also make you aware of how much work goes into the clothes you wear.

Five Stunning Hairstyles You Can Create with Straighteners

Getting your hair ready for the day can be a challenge for some women. Unfortunately you can’t always go to the salon to have your hair styled.

So how can you create stunning hairstyles in the comfort of your own home with just the use of a simple straightener? If you’re tired of the usual straight do and want to turn things up a notch, here are some fresh new styles to try:

Sweet Beach Waves

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It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or in the middle of the chilly winter, if you want to look more relaxed and sexy, go for waves. Waves are simple curls that add volume. Creating waves with the use of a flat iron can be difficult at first, you need to practice with an unplugged straightener before you try it with your hair.

The first important thing to remember is to never try to curl hair when it’s wet. Curling must be done on dry hair when it is easiest to shape. Ironing wet hair can cause irreversible damage to your hair.

To begin curling, preheat your flat iron for 2 minutes. Then, use 1.5 -2 cm of your hair and wrap it gently, curling forward using your flat iron. Divide your hair into sections and continue curling until all strands are curled. Don’t forget to use a hairspray after curling to keep your beach waves in for the whole day.

Effortless Bun Hairstyle

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Do tight buns feel a little too polished for casual? Using a large barrelled curling iron, you can turn your tight bun into a gorgeous effortless bun in less than five minutes.

It’s a simple twirl and pull method, you can learn in just a few tries. First, use the curling iron to create voluminous curls. Just like how you did on the beach waves, but tighter. Don’t forget to use a hairspray for better hold. Then, pull your hair into a high ponytail and slowly twist it into a bun. Use your finger to separate the ends for a casual and more relaxed look.

Tip: Women with thin hair can use hair extensions to create volume. Simply add the extension to your ponytail before wrapping the bun.

Siren Wave

© Andrey Kiselev

Although it’s called a straightener, one of the great things you can do is waves. And now that summer’s near in season, what better way to style your hair than this cool mermaid-hair look. Siren waves are a little different from the full curls we’re used to seeing. They don’t just add volume to hair, they also create bounce and a smooth look to your strands.

Creating siren waves uses a technique where you have to hold the iron horizontally. You need to work on shallow, wide sections of your hair to create these distinctive curls. While holding the iron horizontally, place strands of hair between the iron and start curling right at the roots. Rotate it to 360 degrees away from the head.

Tip: Always use a heat protectant when working with straighteners to reduce damage caused by the heat.

The New Sleek

It is straight hair, but not the kind of straight that makes you look like you’re one of the members of a metal band. The new sleek hairstyle creates movement in your otherwise boring vertical strands.

To create this hairstyle, simply start right at the roots and angle your straightener so that it lifts the strand away from the head. Then run it down slowly working through the lengths until you’ve covered all your strands. If you have thick hair, you should do this process more slowly.

Timeless Flipped-Out Ends

If you want a hairstyle that looks more retro, you can try flipped ends. Flipped ends are best for hair that is chin length, anything shorter can be hard to work with.

Creating flipped ends requires you to run the straightener over the bottom of your hair shaft. Then, roll the iron upward while your hair is still between the plate (like when you’re curling, but in an upward position). Repeat this process until you have worked on all ends.

Tip: If you’d like to try the modern version of this style, simply create softer flips.


DIY Screenprinting Tips

Silk screen printing can seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually easier than it looks.  You can set up your own home screen printing quickly and inexpensively.  Understanding the fundamental principles will help you get started.  Screen printing is similar to stenciling.  If you’ve stenciled something before, you’ll be a step ahead.  If you haven’t, it’s not too difficult.  The most important thing to understand when stenciling is to keep your image still while you paint.  With that understanding, you can get started by finding the image you want to print on fabric.  Make it the size you want and just print it out.  From the printed image, these tips will help you create your own screen print on a shirt, skirt, or other fabric.

Fabric Stretching

An inexpensive way to begin is by purchasing a large embroidery hoop that you can use to stretch the fabric.  You need a thin fabric, such as a woven mesh, because the thinner the fabric used, the better.  As an alternative to woven mesh material, you could use old nylon hose or some old sheer drapes.  You begin by stretching the fabric over the smaller embroidery hoop and securing it with the larger hoop.  There is a screw to allow for adjustments, and once you have secured the fabric in the hoops, make sure it is pulled evenly tight.  As an alternative to the embroidery hoop, you can use an old picture frame.  The idea is to get the fabric evenly tight so that you can trace the image onto the fabric.

Image Placement

Place the image on a sturdy surface and put the hoop or frame with the fabric face side down on top of the picture.  To keep it from moving around, it helps to tape the image to the frame or fabric.  By using a pencil, trace the image onto the fabric dark enough that you can easily see the edges.

Prepping the Image for Transfer

You will need some water resistant glue, such as Mod Podge, which is great because it dries clear.  Using a small paint brush, paint the negative space inside and outside of the image, and allow it to dry completely.  You will need to use your patience for this part because it can be tedious.  When it’s dry, the fabric becomes stiff around the traced image, which creates the transfer.

Fabric Preparation

Get a square of cardboard that will allow for some room around your image and place the fabric over it so that the ink won’t bleed through.  If you are screen printing a T-shirt, put the cardboard inside the shirt in the area you plan to print.  When you have the fabric prepped, place the screen on the fabric where you want to screen print the image.  Note, the image on the hoop will be placed upside down on the fabric.  It’s best to secure it in place with some weight on either side to keep it in place.

Screen Printing

Now you are ready to screen print your image on the fabric.  Take your fabric ink and put a couple of “glops” on the fabric in the center.  Cutting a piece of cardboard to fit in your hand comfortably, and then use it to spread the ink around and make certain the entire image is covered. After the image is covered, slowly remove the screen from the fabric.  Note: peel the screen off in one direction with a slow and even motion.  Once removed, be sure to rinse the ink off the screen before it dries.

Setting the Print

Allow the screen printed fabric to dry completely before moving it, and when it’s dry, get out your iron.  Adjust the iron on a medium to high heat setting, place a piece of paper over the screen print, and iron it for two to three minutes in a circular motion.  If your iron has a steam option, do not use the option for this project because it can melt your design and may leave behind paper residue on the image.  If you followed these directions, you have just created your first print!  Now you can enjoy DIY screen printing.

How To Get A Job In Fashion Design

If you’re obsessed with all things fashion and are looking to move into the field, there are several steps you want to take to improve your chances for success.  Maybe you dream of creating your own fashion design, or maybe you just want to work in fashion.  There are hundreds of people wanting to get into the fashion world, which makes it competitive.  You want to go in with your best chance at making the grade.  Here are the top tips to getting a job in fashion design.


Your training starts by reading everything fashion you can get your hands on to in the know.  It’s best to attend college, and if you’re serious about making it in the fashion world with your own designs, it matters which school you attend.  When applying to a top fashion school, you start by sending a portfolio of design drawings.  Creativity is something that can’t be taught, so you want to show off your creativity.  It is recommended to have some basic drawing skills and some sewing experience.

Attending a fashion program is generally three to four years long, and it will include fine arts courses, drawing, form, and color composition.  You will learn cutting techniques, draping, and pattern making.  If you’re ambitious, you can win grants and other awards to help with the finances during school.  When students graduate, they show their collections and many important people attend these graduations to scout for new fashion talent.

Alternatives to College

If you’re someone that can’t or don’t want to attend college, there are alternatives.  If you want to be a seamstress or pattern maker, then look for an internship.  Several famous designers started out without any formal training.  To apply for an internship, you need to send a portfolio to the fashion house you’re interested in and go from there.  There is a lot of competition, and it can help if you have a personal connection with someone at the fashion house.  A word of warning: with so many people attending college today, it’s hard to land an internship without an education.

What’s Next?

You finished college, and now you’re ready to start looking for a place to do an internship or get your first fashion design position.  You want your passion for the work to stand out, so armed with your portfolio; you want to create a thoughtful cover letter and a resume that is flawless.  Include specific examples of why you love the company and why you would be a great addition to their team.  Create a list of target companies and get ready to send out your employment packet.  Before you do that, check your social media.  Be sure that they will look you up on social media, and there may be things there that you wouldn’t want any prospective employer to see.  Take a little time and clean things up and add things you would want someone in the fashion world to see.  Now you’re ready to start applying.

The Business

It’s really not enough to know all about fashion or to have amazing creativity; you also need to know something about the business.  Fashion is becoming more and more corporate, so having an awareness of the business details is important.  You may have the opportunity to add some college courses, or you can learn the basics of economics on your own.  Reading Women’s Wear Daily religiously will give you some valuable information.  Whatever your approach is, don’t forget the business of fashion design.


Before you go for an interview, do your homework about the company.  It may seem like a no-brainer, but be on time because being late will not be a good start.  Their first idea of you will be how you look, so dress professional, polished, and completely put together.  Show off some of your personality in the interview, but don’t get too carried away.  Showcase your point of view and taste through your portfolio and social media sites.  Remember, people in the fashion world are looking for someone to stand out from the crowd.  Finally, send a hand-written thank you note right after the interview.

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