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Friday, December 3, 2010

reconstruction destruction





DIY denim vest, F21 lace dress, bow, tights, vintage booties, Mulberry for Target bag

I had to reconstruct a denim jacket for one of my apparel classes and was very hesitant at the beginning, I wanted to opt out to do a trend board but decided to take on the challenge. Who doesn't love challenges?

I thrifted the jacket for only $4.50! I drew out a spine and ribcage on stencil paper, and after using my X-ACTO knife to cut it out I used fabric spray paint to fill in the stencil. (Be careful with these things, they're so much fun. I got carried away and started "x-acto knifing" EVERYTHING haha)

I then added exposed zippers throughout the jacket, as front pockets and on the collar. I used bias tape around the arm holes because I forgot to put on my glasses and just started cutting off the sleeves and well, I got a little scissor happy!  I then added the chain to the jacket, which can be used in different ways-- as a belt, attached to the zippers, or it can come off completely.

Since I have very basic sewing skills and am not very good at following rules, I just let my fear of the sewing machine go and was actually pleased with how my jacket turned out. I was so worried about how straight my stitching was but when it came down to it, I actually like the raw and rough look that it made. 

This has encouraged me to sew by my own rules. Its helped me embrace my beginner's mistakes and just play off of the mishaps by transforming them into my own beautiful imperfections. 

So I encourage you to start making your own things or adding your own additions to garments--make them unique and your very own. Don't worry about following the conventional rules, just have fun with it!

If anyone is wondering, I received a perfect 100/100 for this...yay :)


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60 Comments:

At December 3, 2010 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Becky-May said...

love your tiny bag

BM

thebohemiangoods.blogspot.com

x

 
At December 3, 2010 at 6:24 PM , Blogger lindsay said...

this is crazy good girl! i hear it...and would love to sport this beauty myself :)

congrats on the good score! thanks for your take on the sewing thing...i'm new to sewing myself and always kind of freak out...i will take your advice and just go with it...who says you have to do it the conventional way anyway?!?

 
At December 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM , Blogger SWEATshirtDRESSshirt said...

wow! you did an AMAZING job on the DIY vest. it looks amazing! i love it!

i also wanted to let you know how much i ADORE your short hair. mine is ridiculously long right now, and my friends have been trying to persuade me to cut it for a year now. haha! but i am just too chicken to take the plunge.

you are also really gorgeous! :)

XO,
SWEATshirt DRESSshirt

http://sweatshirtdressshirt.blogspot.com

 
At December 3, 2010 at 6:30 PM , Blogger dottie said...

hello hello! thanks for your lovely comment.

I am loving this denim jacket...you totally deserved the 100/100...the ribcage idea and zippers are so cool.

is it for sale? x

ps. love your pretty little bow too :)

 
At December 3, 2010 at 6:41 PM , Blogger Angga said...

This vest denim jacket is so cool!! I wish I can draw, I might do the same thing, I cant draw but pretty good at sewing..me so jealous!!!
<3
http://reserveradefashion.blogspot.com

 
At December 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM , Blogger eelectroCutee said...

cool jacket!!! :)

 
At December 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Kat said...

awesome outfit!! ^-^ i love that zippered vest!

katslovefashion.blogspot.com

 
At December 3, 2010 at 6:59 PM , Blogger Catherine Ava said...

ahhhh! I love this !its AMAZING!
I've been wanting a denim vest for the longest time & it makes it even better that yours has a ribcage! reminds me of something karen o could wear :)

 
At December 3, 2010 at 7:11 PM , Blogger Poetry Is Life said...

the outfit is stunning

 
At December 3, 2010 at 8:19 PM , Blogger Alex said...

I am letting my hair grow and hopefully one day it will looks like yours :)

I like that jacket! Very creative indeed

 
At December 3, 2010 at 10:18 PM , Blogger paperwhales said...

wow you did a great job on the DIY work.

paperwhales.blogspot.com/

 
At December 4, 2010 at 1:01 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Awesome DIY! I also wore your items picks today and it turned out really well. :)
http://somedaysmarter.blogspot.com/2010/12/good-hair-day.html

 
At December 4, 2010 at 2:32 AM , Blogger kileen said...

wow, very nice denim vest. you have amazing DIY skillz!

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At December 4, 2010 at 3:08 AM , Blogger marionachic said...

love the combination of this outfit!!!

 
At December 4, 2010 at 3:30 AM , Blogger Fashion Queen said...

What a cool outfit. I love it.

 
At December 4, 2010 at 5:40 AM , Blogger ching said...

the details on that jacket is kick ass!

 
At December 4, 2010 at 5:55 AM , Blogger bee. said...

I love how you've toughened up this jacket sweet. You're rather talented! Have a lovely weekend. Beautiful photos ;)

 
At December 4, 2010 at 6:06 AM , Blogger Je suis Sophie said...

Thank you for your comment sweety!

This denim vest is so cool, love the zippers and chain you used! Awesome idea!

Following you too!

x Je suis Sophie

 
At December 4, 2010 at 6:27 AM , Blogger DilaanD said...

cool outfit! :)

 
At December 4, 2010 at 8:56 AM , Blogger Marisa Violeta said...

Great job with that demin jacket. Love how it came out.

 
At December 4, 2010 at 9:02 AM , Blogger Iulia Romana said...

Amazing amazing DIY ideea ! And congratulation on your 100/100 , you really deserve them :)

 
At December 4, 2010 at 10:34 AM , Blogger xfashionbabex said...

Cool outfit love what you've done with the denim jacket! If you follow me I'll follow you :)

http://fashionbabesfashiondaydream.blogspot.com

 
At December 4, 2010 at 11:56 AM , Blogger JoeyAna said...

awesome advice!I love thrifting and seeing different ways to change up a garment to make it that much better!
thanks for stopping by my blog!

xoxo
jO
http://fashionbyjo.blogspot.com/

 
At December 4, 2010 at 12:16 PM , Blogger MarkoManager said...

Very nice and interesting post...

 
At December 4, 2010 at 1:05 PM , Blogger Annebeth said...

this is AWESOME!!! I am definitely bookmarking this one to try it out sometime!

http://stylingdutchman.blogspot.com/

 
At December 4, 2010 at 2:51 PM , Blogger SMASH said...

Oh wow--this looks amazing! I love the chains in the back and that the rib cage is red...you def deserved a 100 on this :)

xx
MILK TEETHS

 
At December 4, 2010 at 3:42 PM , Blogger Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

aw, what an inspring post. You always look so beautiful! And you rock that outfit. :)

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

 
At December 4, 2010 at 4:12 PM , Blogger Kaylyn said...

you are so creative! I love the vest, it's a great statement piece. I wanted that mulberry for target bag, so jealous you got it!

Love & Labels

 
At December 4, 2010 at 4:30 PM , Blogger Vikki said...

You did an amazing job on that vest! Well done girl!

xxx
Vikki

http://stylometre.blogspot.com

 
At December 4, 2010 at 4:42 PM , Blogger Stéphanie said...

Really like your style

 
At December 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM , Blogger jadore said...

so amazing!!! That is incredible you did that!! you look fantastic!!

 
At December 4, 2010 at 8:42 PM , Blogger Angelica Ng said...

omg, that truly is a minibag! WHat can you fit in there? Chapstick? Love it though. ;)

http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

 
At December 4, 2010 at 10:31 PM , Blogger Fivetwocharm said...

Two words, kick ass. You look really awesome! Ive always wanted to reconstruct my own things but my sewing skills is very very basic. Congratulations on the 100 percent! You totally deserve it. xx Kenny

 
At December 4, 2010 at 11:45 PM , Blogger Sanny said...

You are as adorable as ALWAYS! I also adore your headband and that denim top! Super cute!

Have a delightful day! (:

Sanny's Head to Heart

 
At December 4, 2010 at 11:52 PM , Blogger Diva Putri said...

love your denim vest! cool!!
wanna follow each other? if you dont mind :)

diva

 
At December 5, 2010 at 1:56 AM , Blogger Theonlyfashionprincess said...

Looks great!
xoxo


ps and don't forget to join my giveaway

 
At December 5, 2010 at 3:31 AM , Blogger Angie said...

Oooooo amazing dress...Love the denim jacket...;)

xxx

Angie

P.S:http://chasingkitesbyangie.blogspot.com
Don't bother to pass by...;)

 
At December 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM , Blogger Flashes of Style said...

You did a greattt job! Mine was awful... haha. But yours is lovely! <3

 
At December 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM , Blogger thingsIlove said...

OMG..it looks amazing!

 
At December 5, 2010 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Sunny & Star said...

BEAUTIFUL! Love all of the details.

Stop by our blog and join our giveaway!

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At December 5, 2010 at 7:42 PM , Blogger -WANDERLUSTERS- said...

very cool vest! saw your comment about lubbock! we are actually both from Lubbock. I've just moved away to go to college in GA and am now in NYC for a month, hehe. small world.

following now!

xoxo
Rockie

 
At December 5, 2010 at 9:25 PM , Blogger Jennifer and Sherry said...

you look so pretty! :) i like the bow in your hair. adds a nice touch to the whole outfit

love
sherry

 
At December 6, 2010 at 12:38 AM , Blogger Abbey said...

Awesome DIY! I only know basic sewing, but I suppose I should put it to use so I don't forget. :) Annnd I love your haircut! I tried to do that with my hair and failed miserably... oh well.

 
At December 6, 2010 at 1:28 AM , Blogger Lydia Marie said...

That's such a cool vest! And I love the little bag!

 
At December 6, 2010 at 2:30 AM , Blogger Bobiknannie said...

Beautiful vest :)

 
At December 6, 2010 at 9:51 AM , Blogger Konstantine. said...

great sense of style! I love that outfit <3

 
At December 6, 2010 at 10:11 AM , Blogger plentyforpennies said...

Wow, so talented! It came out great! You've inspired me to get some of my own DIY projects started! Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! Follow each other?

www.plentyforpennies.blogspot.com

 
At December 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Lori said...

That is so awesome that you re-styled this yourself.

 
At December 6, 2010 at 1:43 PM , Blogger FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

The vest looks unbelievable! YOU DID SUCH AN AMAZING JOB...XO

 
At December 6, 2010 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Omgitstiffduh said...

I absolutely adore your outfit!
I am now a follower:) Can you follow me too, please?

http://omgitstiffduh.blogspot.com/

 
At December 6, 2010 at 10:51 PM , Blogger Leather and Lace said...

great jacket! perfect
xoxo

http://www.leatherlaceblog.com/
http://www.leatherlaceblog.com/

 
At December 7, 2010 at 12:15 AM , Blogger sherryl said...

woah, this is crazy. i loovelove love your vest. the chains and the awesome detail on the back- amazing. even more amazing that you did it yourself! congrats on the perfect 100:)

i wish i knew how to do sew and be all "creative-diy". perhaps i have the ability but i'm too lazy. haha. but you did inspire the lazy person in me! :D

 
At December 7, 2010 at 12:40 AM , Blogger Robbie said...

This is such an incredible DIY, love the red against the denim. Your photos are great btw, what camera do you use?
Thanks for your lovely comment sweetie.
xxx

theothersideofthepondmydear

 
At December 7, 2010 at 6:03 AM , Blogger the-caramel-lady said...

Beautiful blog! :)

 
At December 7, 2010 at 3:46 PM , Blogger hello birdy said...

One of the best DIY's ever! Awesome.

 
At December 7, 2010 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Maddy said...

this is just so cute! i love your blog <3
http://ohwaywardgirl.blogspot.com/p/features.html

 
At December 9, 2010 at 2:41 PM , Blogger It blog girls said...

These pictures are stunning

 
At December 11, 2010 at 2:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

lovely photos, lovely blog! :)

 
At December 11, 2010 at 5:20 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

OMG that looks FANTASTIC! I'm definitely bookmarking your blog on Google reader for some DIY inspiration!
Come enter the Licentiate giveaway!

 
At December 13, 2010 at 4:18 PM , Blogger anchordeer said...

thanks for your comment!

love this DIY.

 

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