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Designer Kate: Game of Life Clutch

I was inspired by Miley Cyrus’s money dress from this weekend. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel comfortable hot gluing real money to make a clutch, so I used the Game of Life money that somehow ended up in my sewing kit. Don’t ask me how because I literally have no clue.

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eat your heart out, miley cyrus!

It’s super easy to make.

1). Take an old VCR case and rip off the plastic part where they put the cover.

photo 1 (43)2). Hot glue anything on top (Life money, photos, ads, newspapers- something that has an interesting text).

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3). To seal in the paper, use Mod Podge, acrylic, or some sort of lacquer.

i'm probably going to add a few more coats

i’m probably going to add a few more coats

This made me realize how awesome VCRs are for clutches.

They fit a lot of stuff…

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What do you think?


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Outfit of the Day: Refurbished Skirt

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This skirt has been too big for a long time and I finally decided to hem the fabric at the waist together to make it fit better. I added in a zigzag stitch to add visual interest and I love it.

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Two events conspired:

First, I saw this pink and purple pattern fabric remnant at Joann’s and I instantly fell in love a few months ago. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it, so it was waiting in a pile.

Second, I was so happy with how the skirt looked that I decided to add more.

Inspired and with sewing machine in hand, I added pockets! I don’t know about you, but skirts and dresses with pockets are instantly 1000X better.

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the future’s so bright … i gotta wear shades

Shirt: Espirit

Skirt: Orginally Walmart

Belt: Thrifted

Necklace: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

 


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This to That: Refurbished Blouse

khkhMy mom was kind enough to give me two of her old blouses that she no longer wanted. The fabric is really nice along with the pattern, but the fit wasn’t great on me.

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photo 3 (26) photo 4 (18)I chopped off the sleeves and put in some darts. It was not that hard to transform even though I am not a master seamstress by any stretch of the imagination.

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Blouse: Banana Republic
Shorts: French Connection
Necklace: Thrifted
Shoes: Payless

 

What do you think?

 


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Ways to Wear: Refurbished Floral Dress, Part 2

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In Part 1, I talked about four ways to wear a dress that I cut into a bandeau and dress. Here’s part 2!

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Look #1 – Bandeau 

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photo 2 (19)photo 1 (22)Bandeau: Pac Sun

Shirt: Forever 21

Skirt: Gap

Shoes: Payless

Necklace: Thrifted

Belt: Thrifted

Look #2: Bandeau and Skirt as Separates 

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Hairclip: Thrifted

Necklace: Forever 21

Bandeau&Skirt: Pac Sun

Sweater: H&M

Shoes: Payless

Look #3: Skirt 

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i throw my hands up in the air sometimes

i throw my hands up in the air sometimes

Sunglasses: Tourist Shop

Shirt: H&M dress

Belt: Thrifted

Skirt: Pac Sun Dress

Shoes: Payless

Look #4: Pretending It’s A Dress

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Hat: DKNY Outlet

Boyfriend Jacket: New York & Company

Bandeau & Skirt: Pac Sun

Bag: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

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Which outfit do you like the most?


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Ways to Wear: Refurbished Floral Dress, Part 1

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awkward photos from freshman year of me wearing the dress

I’ve had this Pac Sun dress for about three years now. When I first got it, it was really cute, but it ended up shrinking in the wash and being an awkward too long to be a shirt/too short to be a dress thing. It cinched at my ribs instead of my waist and I avoided wearing it.

3I absolutely love the pattern, so I decided to refurbish it and make it a bandeau and a skirt. All I did was cut it above between the two elastics. This made it so the skirt part would stay up (and be a skirt).

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I tried to make a lot of different outfits wearing the pieces and here is part 1. Hope you enjoy!

Look #1: Skirt 

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Shirt: Espirit

Skirt: Pac Sun

Shoes: Payless

Belt: Thrifted

Bag: Thrifted

Look #2: Bandeau

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photo 3 (15)photo 3 (16)photo 2 (13)Shirt: Altar Boyz (off-Broadway Show) Concession Stand

Shorts: DKNY

Shoes: Payless

Bandeau: Pac Sun Dress

Sunglasses: Free from my college

Bag: Gift from Thailand

Look #3: Bandeau as Fake Shirt 

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Hairband: H&M

Bandeau: Pac Sun Dress

Sweater: Forever 21

Skirt: Thrifted

Purse: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

Look #4: Skirt as Shirt 

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Someone is having way too much fun

Someone is having way too much fun

 

Necklace: Forever 21

Shirt: Pac Sun Dress

Belt: Thrifted

Shorts: DKNY, cut by me

Shoes: Googly Eye Sandals 

Which outfit was your favorite? Stay tuned for part 2 on Friday…

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Designer Kate: Morris Louis Shirts

Courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art

Courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art

Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art

Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art

I first saw this artist when I went a curator tour at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She talked about how Morris Louis used unprimed canvas to create his pieces of art. She said that the primer makes the paint stick to the painting. Instead of staying in its place, the paint on an unprimed canvas gets absorbed and spreads out more. She said that the second painting was on unprimed canvas that he folded in half. Since cotton is similar to unprimed canvas, I was inspired by him and made shirts using that technique. 

Basically, all you do is get a white t-shirt. All my shirts had writing on them before, but the paint covered them up and made a complete new addition to my wardrobe. Take fabric paint (I also used fabric spray paint) and flick it, spread it, and pour it on the shirt. I suggest putting a lot of paint on, so that it seeps through both sides. You can also take Morris Louis’s lead and paint it on one side and later fold it. Every shirt is different, but they are so fun to make and very cathartic.

Showing off at a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert

Showing off at a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert

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For this above shirt, I cut the sleeves to make a “bro tank” type shirt, but I think it looks really good as a shirt too.

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Outfit of the Day: Here’s Looking at You, Kid

If you read my last Designer Kate post, you might be thinking that the googly eye gladiator sandals are cool, but hard to fit into an everyday wardrobe. This weekend, I played around with these shoes and came up with this outfit.

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Since the shoes are rather eye-popping, I decided to go very classic on top. To play with the bright color of the shoes, I paired the green belt. I love the way that the shoes put a quirky twist on this more neutral look.

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even closer up on shoes

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Dress: New York and Company

Shoes: Alloy, DIY googly eyes

Purse: Thrifted

Belt: Thrifted (originally Jones New York)

Sunglasses: H&M