[The DIY Files] blanket space scarf.

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!

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blush + navy for the season

With the further drop in temperatures in Houston over the last few days, it became apparent that I really needed to move on from my long, skinny scarves to something with more punch and more mass. One random trip to Joann’s later, and this blush lacework fabric (with stretch!) called to me. PERFECT for this project!

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at the start…

Things you’ll need:

  • 1.5 to 2 yards of medium-weight fabric.
  • ruler or a sturdy item with a straight edge
  • scissors
  • about 30 minutes or so

1. Before purchasing/acquiring the appropriate length of fabric, I recommend measuring the length of your arm-span from finger tip-to-finger tip ahead of time. This way, you can have the fabric cut in yardage, but then the excess can be trimmed off.

2. Fold the fabric lengthwise, with the cut edges lining up.

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uneven as ‘eff.

3. Place the straight-edge item or ruler along the cut edge of the fabric — most likely, the edge will NOT be even along the entire side.

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that’s better.

4. Slowly, snip off the excess fabric and try to maintain as straight an edge as possible.

5. Open the fabric up fully, and lay it out with a finished side edge on your left, and one of the cut edges at the bottom.

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6. Taking the straight-edge item or ruler, line it up along the finished edge, and determine how far from the finished edge you want to cut. This particular fabric pattern has open stitches running about 1/4 of an inch from the edge, so I chose to cut at that point. This will end up giving me a raw “unfinished” edge on each side of the scarf to match the cut ends.

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7. Again, taking your time, cut off the finished piece(s) while keeping the side even and as straight as possible.

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8. As you cut along the edge, pull the excess trim away from the main fabric piece.

9. The open stitches should resemble a raw “frayed” edge.

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10. Take a bit of the fabric and begin to stretch it back and forth slowly, loosening the fibers to increase movement.

11. The cut edge (horizontal to the fiber weave) may begin rolling — go with it!

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…and now, a few ways to throw it on…

 

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With the holiday season coming through like a wrecking ball, you can easily make scarves to gift in as much time as a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. episode.

Or, make a few for yourself… one can’t have too many blankets OR scarves.

- Nita

[inspiration alley] scarf it down, wrap it up.

…and we’re back! My apologies, dear internet explorers. It’s been quite… an eventful several weeks… hopefully there will be a smoother ride in the coming days. UGH. Sorry, I just can’t focus on something I enjoy (i.e. here) when there are erratic events going on around me.

Frustration in copious doses :/

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“Oversized” is the word of the day — er, year?– because it seems that being draped in extra large apparel can be oddly and unexpectedly flattering. But when I say “oversized” I don’t mean a literal three-sizes-too-big garment; the cut and shape of these particular articles are deliberately formed in such a way that the silhouette exaggerates certain forms and angles. Not to mention, when you add in the cooler weather, oversized equates to COMFORTABLE, and isn’t that what we all want?

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worn as a wrap / unfancy

I’ve seen these ‘blanket’ scarves pop up all over the place — from Urban Outfitters to Zara, it appears that even the traditional scarf has become oversized. No longer simply skinny in width and long enough to strangle, and found in more textures and thicknesses to capture the coziness of a true ‘blanket,’ these scarves can be easily manipulated and worn in a myriad of ways.

On days when its just not feasible to pile on the layers — especially if you end up peeling them off/putting them back on at various points during the day — the scarf comes in handy with providing additional warmth without the bulk. However, with the average scarf, one can wrap it around the neck and call it a day. But as for coverage? Not so much. The ‘banket’ scarf, on the contrary, provides more coverage as well as versatility.

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the original mavens of oversized goodness / whowhatwear

Since the shape of the ‘blanket’ scarf is more square than rectangle, the larger size allows for the scarf to become a wrap (a la the Olsens), a poncho, or even a jacket-esque layer. And if all else fails, it’s still easy enough to manipulate and wrap around your neck and go.

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easy going even when searching for keys / freepeople

Here, the scarf is folded length-wise and draped across the shoulders, then secured with a thin belt, giving the piece new functionality.

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belted and tucked / camila l

The corners tied together turn this piece of fabric into an ‘infinite’ loop, to be wrapped around the neck and fitted over the shoulders, resembling a shrug. The scarf’s double-duty here provides a buffer between the elements and the open neck area, as well as accenting the trench jacket worn below.

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knotted around the shoulders / chictopia

And, of course, we have the usual — amped up by the extra volume of a blanket scarf, the fabric forms a cocoon-like funnel around the neck and throat to effortlessly look both casual and deliberate.

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the fabric funnel / mango

While all of this is well and GREAT, I’m having trouble swallowing the price tag for a majority of these scarves. I get it, these scarves are LARGER = more fabric = its made of gold = pay the price of gold?! I mean, for $45 I would expect that piece of fabric to fold itself. AND cook me dinner.

…that’s where one magical trip to Joann’s and some fancy scissor-work comes in.

The project from The DIY Files tomorrow!

- Nita

The Autumn Edit. Or, ‘things I won’t be able to enjoy until this blanket of heat dissapates.’

Are you drinking a :gulp: pumpkin-spiced latte? Wearing a beanie, haphazardly tilted back on your head? Or maybe you’ve decided that its about time to stock up on faux-leaf decor and go cornacopia-crazy?

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nope, don’t let the photoshop fool ya.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, but I despise the fact that we Houstonians are cheated out of it for a good portion of its duration. My moto-jackets and scarves, peppermint dark hot chocolate (not the Starbucks kind), and BOOTS are forced to wait in the dark until about… late October/early November. Tuesday may have been the first ‘official’ day of Autumn, but we’ll be the last kids picked to play in the leaves. (edit: it was actually cool today! Go figure.) Why not start planning to wring out as much ‘fall’ as I can ahead of schedule?

nailing it — hues that make you go “YES.”

I commonly (ok, almost always) wear either black, charcoal gray, or a deep wine polish on my nails. Year. Round. With the handmade pieces I work on for the shop + painting, spending more time than “just enough” for two coats has become a non-priority. Now that I’ve been defaulting to plainly polished nails, I have found two colors which satisfy my craving for new and exciting shades in the coming months (well, and beyond, duh).

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l : skating on thin ice-land | r : going my way or norway?

As a South Asian living in the U.S., the terminology for ‘skin-like’ or ‘nude’ coloring has always been a mixed bag. You call it ‘nude,” I say “pale pink-peach.” So imagine my surprise when I passed by the Fall 14 OPI Nordic collection at ULTA and saw a bottle of polish with a shade… that was eerily similar to my own?

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delving into my ring drawer.

On the other hand, if you’re aiming to pump up the ‘vamp’ factor for fall — without reaching for the usual maroon or oxblood — this plum/wine shade from OPI’s Skating on Thin Ice-land is absolutely GORGEOUS. In the bottle, it appears to be a more deep violet with cool undertones. On the nail (2 coats), there is a bit of redness that magically appears. Its a refreshing departure from the usual burgundy or peppy purple.

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two coats on, looking almost black.

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a look at the contrasts.

booted — because stomping around in heels + leaves is no good.

Stiletto heeled boots are a staple when it comes to fall footwear, but the stacked heel is truly the saving grace for the season. The thicker and chunkier, the better. My collection (yeah, its getting its own area of the closet) of black boots veer towards a mix of moto-influenced and witchy, but these are on my wishlist thanks to the combination of the stacked heel + Chelsea boot profile. The style dates back to the Victorian era, but is resurrecting thanks to mod elements from the runways.

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more to the point. | asos

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leather and croc patterning. | zara

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chelsea + menswear crossover. | macys

wrap it up — no overexposure here.

I remember seeing a floral wrap skirt back in the 7th grade on a mannequin in Dillard’s, thinking that it would be so difficult to walk in without exposing yourself to everyone else. Just because you’re showing a bit of skin doesn’t mean it can’t be executed in with some element of modesty — and modern cuts with intelligent draping allow for this. After spying this long-sleeve top at H&M with a faux-wrap back detail, especially in teal, I say heck YES. A peek of skin between the folds never hurt anyone.

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delicate draping thats demure | h&m

 This spring and summer were all about the white button-down, so why not transition into the latter part of the year with a white wrap blouse? Easily layered for warmth, the wrapped front fit keeps the piece from overwhelming you. Under a cropped blazer for work, or segue into evening-wear with a long vest and heels, this white blouse is anything but stuffy.

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in a classic ivory but with a DVF-flair | river island

 favored flavors — spice and all things nice

I think the PSL (ugh, writing that made a little part of me wither away) has received overhyped adulation for the Fall season. I mean, pumpkin is always welcome, but does a single drink really encapsulate everything about this season? There are bigger, bolder flavors out there which do one better, savory and sweet with a bit of pizzaz. For one, I’ve grown up drinking chai, but infusing the cardamom, smoky clove, and nutmeg into a warn or cold dessert (see my own cupcake concoction here) makes for a hearty and delicious treat.

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with bright blue frosting, no less.

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always screaming for ice cream. | seriouseats.com

For those who are lucky to have a la Madeleine in your vicinity, you know where I’m headed: the tomato basil soup. I know, its just soup… but you’d be WRONG. A cup of this crack-in-a-bowl and some of their fresh baked bread is just what you need when the temperatures start dropping (or when you’re craving a smooth but savory meal).

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sorry, I’m drooling over here.

playing maze-runner — more fun than you’d think

By pure accident, I came across a corn maze in Houston a few years ago. A FREAKIN’ MAZE, people. Dewberry Farm hosts a huge corn maze as well as a quite a few other activities (all family-friendly) during the fall months — and every year, the maze design changes so its a completely new experience each time. There’s also a myriad of treats available for purchase on site, as well as a popcorn kernel pit for kids (or adults who manage to sneak in, ha). If you make it to the Farm early enough in the season, you can also manage to pick pumpkins or flowers.

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flyover of the maze | dewberry farm

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this year’s design | dewberry farm

madly mod — looking at outerwear

Earlier this year, silhouettes of the mod-era were abundant on Fashion Week runways, but such striking forms can easily become costume-y. A simply formed and structural piece, such as this funnel-neck coat, can ease you into incorporating elements of the decade into the coming seasons. Also, its hella comfy. Olivia Pope is calling.

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made for gladiators | mango (on sale!)

Although I’m craving quite a few other ‘autumnal’ elements, if I include everything this post will become never-ending. Instead, I’ll head off to work on some pieces for the upcoming fair — stay tuned for details! Or, LIKE the shop on Facebook HERE >>> https://www.facebook.com/findyouruncommon to get insider peeks into the new line + coupon codes + news you can use!

I’ll be BACH.

- Nita

[The DIY Files] stressed and distressed.

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!

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I know, I know, this was supposed to be ‘revealed’ … 2 weeks ago? Well, someone went to town on the original denim shirt and tore it into shreds. Since it was no longer usable as a ‘jacket’ its remnants have been relegated to the ‘scrap’ pile for painting. That led to another visit to Target/Ross/Target again, where I managed to find a second denim shirt to rip up.

(this is why I can’t have nice things.)

The whole theme of ‘distressed’ is to mix the random and destroyed with just enough restraint to maintain a punk-but-publicly-permitted vibe. I would say there are no rules for this DIY, but a few guidelines help keep you from veering into ‘underground vermin’ territory.

On to the DIY!

Materials I suggest you use for this project:

  • A denim jacket or button-down shirt. I recommend the latter because layering will be far less complicated if you’re working with a less bulky item. Also, if you’re planning to use studs and spikes, they’re much less difficult to punch through the button-down fabric.
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper. You can get a pack of 5-10 sheets with varying grits (roughness) for less than $5 at Michaels or WalMart.
  • An X-acto knife or blade to cut slits into the fabric.
  • A plastic lid or thick flat surface to place inside the shirt.
  • Tweezers or something to pick threads apart.
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tools of the trade.

  • Straight-pins or t-pins to secure fabric while working.
  • Patches* and buttons and spikes and studs for the finishing touches. Patches can be iron-on, but I still recommend needle and thread to secure them on.
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from years ago.

Moving on to the how-to:

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no one can hear you scream, shirt.

1. Taking the shirt, lay it out on a flat surface and visually mark where you’ll be placing the distressed areas. Try it on to see if the rips and shreds have the impact you’re looking for.

2. Start off with wearing down the elbows — which would occur naturally over time, making the ‘worn’ look far more within the realm of reality.

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for the sleeve.

3. While trying on the shirt, mark (crease) the approximate location of the elbow, then cut a single slit with the scissors.

4. Alternating between the thicker and thinner grits, take the sandpaper and began rubbing it on the fabric, perpendicular to the grain. I.E. the denim strands run vertically, so rub the paper horizontally.

5. Next, move onto the torso portion of the shirt; attack the shoulders’ front and back sides, first with the X-acto blade, then with the sandpaper.

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using the tip of the blade to pick at threads.

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fraying.

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more fraying.

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rubbing the blade perpendicular to the cuts.

6. The front of the shirt still looked too ‘new,’ so I did some light sanding along the front button-panel of the shirt.

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wax on, wax off.

7. Finally, some accented touches of distressing were added to the bottom hem of the shirt and the collar tip.

8. For the bottom hem, place the plastic surface between the front and back panels of the shirt.

9. Cut a few slits with the blade along the bottom of the front panel.

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10. Alternate between the larger and smaller grain sandpaper to rub the slits to pull threads out and cause it to appear frayed.

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11. Repeat along the collar, but don’t do both collars — symmetry is not the aim here!

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12. For the patches and pins, place them on the shirt and play with composition first before attaching them permanently.

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13. Using the straight pins, attach the patches to the back of the shirt.

14. Threading the needle with some dark navy thread, stitch the patches onto the shirt. They don’t need to be precise and machine-like; in fact, the bit of distortion in stitches will make the shirt more personalized.

15.  Once the patches are stitched on, add on the buttons and pins.

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yep.

16. For the final touch, place the studs and/or spikes in an unexpected place. Here, the spikes are used along the side of the wrist cuffs, cutting off the buttons first.

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off come the buttons…

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…on go the spikes!

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careful, don’t stab yourself.

See, so easy you can ‘eff it up! Don’t pull a Monica and attempt to sand while watching a Big Bang Theory marathon because a little sandpaper goes a lonnnng way. Also, you’ll have to start over, ha.

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Dear Fall, please hurry so I can wear this shirt-jacket, mmmkay?

– Nita

[inspiration alley] denim destruction.

Part of my DIY-ing adventures stem from the fact that I’ll see a piece — something basic, or maybe not so much — and instantly think of its potential. Mind you, whether or not the potential plays out is another story.

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denim on the runway / style.com

I have to admit that one of the pieces I’ve held onto for several months (ok, a year now) is a denim shirt uncovered in the clearance rack at Target. Seriously, how ridiculous.

I had this moment in the store that day, a moment which could have been graphically illustrated with the typical light bulb over my head, a comical zig-zag framing to indicate the sudden burst of an idea. I saw the shirt, I saw the price tag, and I conquered.

Ok, that last bit isn’t quite true. I mean, can I really say I conquered the item if I haven’t even pulled it out of the closet? In over a year?

:hanging head in disappointment:

Since we’re heading into that weird late summer/not quite fall part of the year, I figured now is as good a time as any to determine what I wanted to do with the shirt.

Denim is such a versatile and timeless material, it was killing me that I had simply abandoned it out of… fear? confusion? distraction? Nonetheless, I headed over to Pinterest, the “Holy Grail” of mood boards and ‘inspiration’ galore to see what could possibly spring forth from this denim article. I wanted to create something with more kick than the usual denim, but without locking the piece into a box of trends that would ultimately relegate it into the shame-space at the back of my closet.

Of course, the first population of images were the usual J.Crew-adjacent compositions: denim shirt + leggings/skinny jeans + scarf/statement bauble. A few were comprised of skirts of varying lengths + a denim button up that was casually but carefully tucked just so, finished with a pair of sleek heels.

There were a few which DID catch my eye — simple dresses with a denim shirt acting as a jacket, secured at times with a fitted belt. Its just a matter of swapping out one article for another, albeit a thinner fabric with a seasonal appeal, but it worked. Still, I felt something had to come from this little reveal in the images.

If I could take a new denim shirt and just… muss it up, add some personality. Destroy it.

Denim jeans can be shredded, ripped, and practically cut apart, but why not apply a similar hand to a button-down version?

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taking a blade to the fabric / wheredidyougetthat

cut out shirt pair and spare

chic cut outs / apairandaspare x vogue aus

But beyond just slash-and-cuts, I wanted to incorporate a punk-esque element to the shirt as well. After all, distressing is only a single dimension to be considered. Rivets, studs, patches, and pins are add-ons which would not only further express the persona behind the denim, but also make it truly one-of-a-kind. The best part? Finding the add-ons is easier than you’d think.

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brass tacks / gypsywarrior

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seen on the street / manrepeller

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riveting back / luulla

 

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gold studs and pale denim / park & cube

Today, I’m conquering this shirt. Tomorrow… the reveal.

Off to have a productive-even-on-my-day-off day!

– Nita

[how.what.wear.] matchy matchy, office edition.

Hey there. I know, it’s been a while.

That, my friends, is what I’d like to call an “unintended blog break/suffocation by reality” in which my attention had to be diverted to other, more grown-folk matters. At least I’m back… for now. 

As much as I detested my years of uniform-wearing during elementary and middle school, some mornings I feel so ill-prepared for the day that its reflected in my attire. Ugh. For someone who spent nearly a decade wearing suits and heels around college and high school campuses during debate tournaments, you would think putting together pieces for a professional ensemble would come easily to me. So very wrong.

I guess it’s because of those times of odd uniform regulations — some judges preferred female competitors to wear skirt suits rather than pants, others preferred that I add some color instead of head-to-toe black  —  dressing for a rather lax office environment requires more thought since I don’t want to stick to the basics. You know what they say, dress for the job you want, not the job you have. So… what job do I want? Who do I want my colleagues and superiors to see me as?

I’m fortunate enough to work in an environment where the attire isn’t completely stuffy, jeans are more than acceptable, and my quirky clothing choices are seen as cool rather than clueless. So when taking a stab at this whole ‘dressing for success’ business, the concept of matching sets — elements which can be pieced together to create a single sleek look — is something I can use to extend my creative wings.

Going beyond that of solid black + solid black + solid black combination, the year has offered up a wide range of hues and prints — all for the sake of streamlining.

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subdued scenery with tibi / alwaysjudging

You would think no rules are necessary when it comes to matching sets, right? With the sea of options for finding and creating matching sets, navigating them and not channeling a pre-schooler with these points of direction come in handy:

[1] keep it simple.

When it comes to creating sets, you want to keep the ensemble clean — and simplifying the cut of the fabric is the way to do it. Regardless of whether the pieces are printed or plain, if the structure remains streamlined and in proportion, the pieces will not only work together but also with the rest of your closet. A three-for-one! The two items together should form a clear silhouette, one without distractions and bells and whistles.

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flawless in floral / asos

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soft, flowy, feminine / zara

printed tropical zara

subdued and sporty / zara

As visible with the sets here, the cuts are simplified and without fuss. Even with a lowered hemline and peplum flare on the skirt, the tomboy box top of the first set keeps the final look grounded in femininity. The second set is loosely flared, the pinch of a faux belt adding shape to the form. Zara’s duo colored contrast print set (above) is more form-fitted, two black sleeves the only break in pattern, adding a sporty edge to an otherwise dressed up set.

[2] layer it up.

Its. Always. Cold. at my office. Hell, I don’t think I’ve ever worked in an office with temperatures higher than 65 degrees. I usually keep my moto coat hung on the back of my desk chair, wrapping it around my shoulders or wearing it backwards when I start losing feeling in my hands and fingers. Admittedly, its definitely more ‘lost hobo’ than ‘corporate professional.’ Layering builds the pieces from two to three, but is also functional because the layer of protection from hypothermia is part of the ensemble rather than a distraction.

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girls on film plaid suit / asos

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channeling a summer vacation / asos

 [3] dissect and assemble.

At the end of the day, the silhouette is essentially two (or three) separates which can come together as a single piece. Case in point: a shell + skirt = a pseudo-dress. Blouse + pants = jumpsuit. So when picking the pieces to bring together, make sure it can fool the eye into thinking of the sum being a whole. You can break up the monotony by adding the thin line of a belt, layered necklaces, or even a contrasting piece to join the ensemble.

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the prints come together to fool you / zara

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abstract print two-fer / warehouse

[4] avoid the potato sack

Since you’re putting together a look that is multiple pieces to appear as one, if the fitting of the pieces is off, the resulting shape is… well, shapeless. Proportions are essential to looking professional and put-together when the items are coordinating rather than ‘matching,’ but fit is even more important when in the same hue or pattern.

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two in one / asos

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brightly textured / asos

With both the brush strokes set (above) and the orange skirt set, it is important to highlight the fit of both pieces. One resembles a fit-and-flare skater dress, the other could easily be a luxe jumpsuit. In both instances, the fit of the two together is in sync.

As we go from summer to fall, I’m looking at this 2-for-1 shortcut to be my savior for those days when I have to quickly look polished (+blazer or button-down) or even go from the office to after-hours (swap out one piece for another). Coordinating never looked so easy.

Back to working in the studio… set your Google Calendars for September 22! Something ancient this way comes…

-Nita

[the DIY Files] the tie dyed matrix t-shirt.

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!

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Tie dye may have been easy and SUPER FUN when you were in the fourth grade, but do you recall how much of a mess it would become? Dye all over your fingers, as if you’ve just returned victorious from pillaging the Smurf world; or, staining from the freshly dampened tshirt all over your neck and shoulders because you didn’t know you were supposed to wash the tshirt by itself first!

So using a loose version of the concept of shibori — manipulating dyeing patterns through folding and restricting the fabric — I’m going to attempt to create a tie-dyed version of a grid pattern. Instead of a white ‘canvas,’ I opted to use a heather grey tshirt instead; I shy away from white as is, and I think the dark, inky indigo color will look different gradating against a grey background.

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loose fit tshirt / cardboard flaps / 2 plastic bags

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tshirt dye kit, or something like it

Materials and such:

  • plain cotton t-shirt
  • four cardboard box flaps
  • 2 plastic bags to wrap the dyed shirt
  • a tie dye ‘kit’ which should include plastic gloves, a packet of dye powder in a contrasting color (dark blue in this case), and a squeeze bottle to use for ‘painting’ the dye.
  • rubber bands
  • scissors

Time to hit the dye!

1. Lay out the t-shirt, making sure it’s completely flattened and without wrinkles. Any additional folds in the fabric will alter the grid pattern you’re attempting.

2. Fold the t-shirt vertically into four panels, then horizontally into four panels as well. You should have an accordion of fabric.

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folding vertically, sleeve too

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folds set number two

3. Taking one of the cardboard panels, place it on the folded shirt and measure to a size smaller than the perimeter of the shirt. You want the dye to color the visible edges, so the more fabric visible around the cardboard the more of it will be dyed.

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4. Cut the other three panels to the same size.

5. Place one panel of cardboard between the larger folds of the shirt, and one on each side of the fabric stack.

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6. Holding the panels together, wrap two to three rubber bands in one direction around the stack of fabric.

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7. Add additional two or three rubber bands around the stack of fabric in the perpendicular direction, so the rubber bands themselves create a grid on the cardboard.

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8. Taking one of the plastic bags, lay it out on a flat surface and smooth out the plastic.

9. With the scissors, cut open the bag so you end up with a single sheet of plastic.

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10. Following the directions for the dyeing kit and/or dye packet, mix together the color powder and water.

11. Get to painting! *Put gloves on first!* Since the bottle I used came with a pointed tip, I had better control of the dye and where it was going.

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12. Let the fabric REALLY soak up the dye! Go over the edges multiple times so the liquid is absorbed through the layers of fabric.

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cover that grey

13. When you’re finished applying the dye, place the stack in the center of the plastic bag.

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14. Fold over the section of plastic on the right side.

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15. Fold over the section of plastic on the left side and wrap around.

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16. Tape down the excess after folding around the stack of fabric.

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17. Place this bulk inside the second plastic bag and knot the top after removing any excess air. This will allow the fabric to fully absorb the dye without drying out.

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18. Leave wrapped overnight, or at least 8 hours of drying time.

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19. The next day, rinse the excess dye out of the shirt in the bathtub or sink under hot water.

20. Making sure your washing machine is empty, run a cold cycle with the t-shirt ONLY to have any further remnants of the dye’s particles removed.

21. Allow the shirt to air dry.

22. Oh, yeah, now you can wear it!

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I have an idea of styling this t-shirt for work, might as well be adventurous!

I’ve got two more colors hanging out in my DIY box… I wonder what I could dye next…

-Nita