Fashion

At Home Shirt Design

I don’t know about you, but I’m a frustrated fashion designer at heart. I want all the latest looks, but have no funds to get them. Sometimes it’s just the littlest details that can make something look expensive and new.

xoxo cardigan

xoxo cardigan

Lately I’ve been noticing a lot of trims for this Fall and Holiday season. “Very simple to create myself,” I thought. Why not test your talents and watch a plain camisole, slip dress, cardigan or skirt turn into a designer-inspired look all your friends will want too. Very easy to do — I promise.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 2 yards (approx.) of ribbon about 1/4 inch width
  • Spool of thread to match ribbon
  • Sewing machine or sewing needle
  • Straight pins

Velvet ribbon is the trim of choice and it can make something simple into “vintage nouvelle” — modern that looks old. When selecting ribbon, try to pick an unusual, muted or deep rich color for an old-fashioned effect. Try cool combinations with whatever color item you’re trimming, such as: powder blue with beige or navy, black with ruby red, or brown with green. The possibilities are endless. Just keep in mind colors for Fall: dark brown, black, moss green, powder blue, grey, dark plum, and navy. Use your creative imagination and experiment with metallic silver or gold trim or ethnic-looking ribbon.

Before you begin, be sure you’ve washed your item of clothing to prevent shrinkage later. Next, place the garment flat on a level surface and start pinning down your ribbon flush against the edge around the neckline or wherever, being careful to hide your starting point in the back or least visible spot. Once pinned in place you can stitch gently around both sides of ribbon to secure either by hand or by machine. Use a simple basting stitch with small stitches, close together. Amazing, right? I told you it was easy.

Let’s move on to another trend — beading! If you’re into beads and glamour, you’re gonna love this. You can either sew or glue beads onto a plain sheath or slip dress, camisole or skirt. Sewing will probably hold up better.

skirt

skirt

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Tiny metallic beads
  • Glue found at craft or fabric stores
  • Needle and thread to match your beads

First, decide where you want your beads. The latest look is a row of beads 1-2 inches above the hemline on a skirt (this look can be done with the ribbon too). Be sure to mark with chalk an even line all the way around. Then, string beads on thread to make a strand and gently attach to chalked outline. Simple! Another fab look can be achieved by placing bead strand along the edge of the hemline and up a side slit. For extra cool chic try this on a knee-length black, burgundy or soft gold skirt.

For groovy glued-on effects, try creating a pattern of leaves or geometric shapes with your glue (you may want a paint brush) and then sprinkling beads over surface. Just brush off excess ever so carefully and let glue dry. Voila!

Clothes courtesy of XOXO.

By Kym Harris

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