SO MANY CRAFT ACTIVITIES: Denim Dress

So, I was having a bit of an online window shop the other day and I came across this great dress from Drop Dead Clothing:

I’m a big fan of denim. I may or may not already own a denim dress. And denim shoes, maybe. I don’t wear them all at once, I promise! I ummm’d and ahhh’d over the dress for a while before finally deciding that even though it was onsale, it was still a bit out of my price range. I was looking through the wardrobe in the spare room at home for something, however, when I came across this absolute gem from Mum’s wardrobe, circa what I assume was most probably the 1990s:

2013-06-22 18.05.03As you can see from the above photo (taken on my phone, apologies for the bad quality), it was a full length, long-sleeved denim dress that was far from being flattering on me at all. However, drawing inspiration from the Drop Dead Patchwork Dress, I thought I’d have a go at transforming the long dress into a shorter one that was better suited to my figure.

I’m not that good at sewing, but altering the dress was pretty easy (shout out to my mum for all her help!). All we did was:

1. Measure up to where we wanted the new hem to be & marked it out with pins, before cutting it with some fabric scissors. We used the ironing board so you could easily rotate the dress to reach each part and cut relatively evenly/straight.

2. Folded over the rough cut hem by about 1cm, ironed it into place and secured it with pins, before going over it with the sewing machine. All you have to do is sew in a straight line, which is fairly easy. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could probably hand-sew it, might just take a bit longer!

3. Voila! Finished dress, yay! (If you’re as bad at sewing as I am, you might want to get someone to fix up any uneven hemlines and that kind of thing. I’m also going to re-sew some of the buttons to make sure that they’re nice and secure.)

I’m pretty happy with how it turned it, really! I got a cute owl belt from Kmart for $3 to cinch in the waist on the dress, and when I’m not wearing this dress with my beloved Therapy boots, I might try it out with these ankle boots ($10 on clearance from Rubi Shoes, win!)

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So yeah, there you have. Pretty easy way to transform what I can only assume was a 90s classic into something for everyday wear. Another bonus is that it’s a teensy bit big for me, so if I need extra warmth, I could easily wear a couple of extra layers underneath. Fun AND practical!

Have a nice day!

SO MANY Craft Activities: Desk Organiser!

Hello there! Happy holidays! I hope you all had a lovely break. I spent Christmas Day with my family, which was lovely. As per tradition, I went shopping today (who doesn’t love those Boxing Day sales, I mean, honestly) and picked up some fun stuff from Spotlight for relatively cheap (considering how expensive craft stuff can be). So, the majority of my Boxing Day afternoon consisted of putting together a KaiserCraft desk organiser, and I thought I’d try my hand at put together a sort of tutorial/how-to blog post. The desk organiser kit came with zero instructions and the ones on the Kaisercraft website are vague at best, so yeah. I might be terrible at this, so apologies in advance, but here goes!

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This is what I used to put together my desk organiser:

  • The Kaisercraft Desk Organiser Kit (which comes as a flat pack with zero assembly instructions, yay)
  • About 5 or so sheets of scrapbooking paper (mine were mostly from the Kaisercraft Fine and Sunny collection, because I liked the colours, but from what I can gather most scrapbooking paper is similar, so just pick whichever ones you like!)
  • Craft glue (or a gluestick might suffice- for gluing the paper to the wood)
  • PVA glue (for gluing the wooden frame together in key spots)
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A paintbrush/paddle pop stick/wooden block for spreading the glue
  • A plastic cutting board to a) protect the table from damage and b) provide a solid, clean surface for cutting and gluing stuff Continue reading