Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY Elbow Patches with Spray Paint

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  Lately, I've been playing around with some Krylon spray paint and thought I would try it on clothes.  But first I checked the Krylon website to make sure you can use it on fabric, they said yes.  Check out what they said here.

I wanted to give this blouse a little flair.  I got it for free at a swap meet, but felt it needed something.  I decided to go with some heart elbow patches.

To get started, I put on my shirt and marked where I wanted the patches to be centered with a pin.  Be careful to pin through the material and not yourself.
Pin to mark the spot for patches.

Next, I lined the sleeves with some contact paper to prevent bleeding. You could really use anything for this like cardboard, construction paper and so forth.  Just make sure it's flat.

Contact paper inside sleeve.
I hand drew a heart, cut it out, and used it to create two identical cardboard stencils.

Each stencil was placed on the correct spot in preparation to be spray painted.
Don't forget to cover the rest of the shirt and remove the pins!

Try to make sure that the fabric is as flat as possible and that the stencil is pressed firmly against it.  I would also recommend using some painters tape around the edges.  I wish I would have done that to give it a more definite line.

Once everything is ready, apply your first layer of spray paint. Note that I forgot to remove the pins so I had to do another coat.

Once the paint is as dark as you like, let it dry for 15 minutes and then it's ready to wear!

Good luck if you choose to try it out!  If you have some left over spray paint,  you may also like my spray paint sunhat refashion.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Refashioning Sleeve Tutorial

I'm pretty sure the only reason why I bought the blouse in this refashion is that it is both pink, and chiffon--two things I have always loved.  The problem was that I never loved the fit of the blouse.  The sleeves were particularly an issue.  Luckily, that is an easy fix.

 Here's what I started with:

Beyond the sleeves, I also took in the sides, and raised the neckline.

Because the original sleeve was so wide, I couldn't simply cut the sleeves and sew a hem.  They needed to be completely redone.

Refashioning Sleeves Tutorial

1. Remove sleeve from bodice using a seam ripper.

2. Use the arm hole of the bodice to create a pattern for new sleeves.
I used the bodice to help me draft the correct size and style for the new sleeve.  Where it says "fold" is where the pattern will be placed on folded fabric. Note that I traced the curve of the armpit area so the sleeve would fit properly.
   I compared some similar shirts to help me determine what kind of a sleeve would      work both with the style of the blouse and the behavior of the fabric.  I decided to       go with a subtle cap-sleeve.
The pattern ready to be cut. Note the extra space added for the seam allowance.

3. Cut out new pattern piece and use to cut fabric from original sleeve.

Original sleeve about to be trimmed into new sleeve.

Original sleeve trimmed down to new size.

4. Pin new sleeve onto bodice, check that it will fit properly.

The new sleeve pinned to the blouse.

5. Sew and enjoy!

Attach sleeve, and hem edges.
These sleeves are so much better!

My shirt is no longer available, but here are some of my other favorite pink chiffon looks.

Pink Chiffon

PS- You may have seen this as a guest post on Pretty Providence last month :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jamberry Nail Review and Giveaway

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Some of you may remember my post about an easy way to paint your own french tips.  Unfortunately, those babies didn't last more than a couple of days.  Here's the comparison after a week.

Right after my nails had started chipping, my friend Sylvia, who is a Jamberry consultant, offered me a sheet of Jamberrys in exchange for a review.  I jumped on the opportunity to compare their french tips to polish.  Here's the comparison.

As you can tell, they lasted much longer than polish.  There was a very minimal amount of ware, but I was still getting just as much compliments the second week as I was the first.

My thoughts on Jamberry French Tips

My first thought was that I wish I had had this set on when I got married.  They looked so elegant, and yet natural in a way that acrylic nails never do.

This was my first time using Jamberry and I honestly think I choose the hardest pattern to apply.  Because I am very picky about where the french tip started and ensuring that the angle of the tip is even, it took me a really long time to apply them.  

I added a second Jamberry pattern on my index fingers and since it was just lace, it went on super fast.  I'm sure almost every other pattern will be a super fast application as they don't have the placing requirement that french tips do.  

Though it looked great, I wouldn't strongly recommend layering two Jamberrys on top of one another because it made it more prone to lifting.

I was really impressed with how easy they were to apply.  I also loved that they lasted so long without the damage that I get with acrylic.  I will definitely be using these again.

If you haven't already, check out Provo Jamberry Nails Sitee and Facebook Page.
If you are interested in having Sylvia as your consultant or want to throw a Jamberry party, you can contact her by email at

Good luck!

Friday, June 20, 2014

How to Tone Hair Extensions

If you're a blonde and you've ever purchased hair extensions you may know that they almost always carry a yellow-brassy tone.  This is because they are often bleached, but not properly toned.  If you do your own hair and don't tone it, extensions may match your hair as they come.  But chances are, if you have your hair done there is some kind of toning process involved.

I recently received some hair extensions from Sweet Extensions and was ecstatic about the quality.  The hair is incredibly healthy and unlike all the other sets of extensions I have owned, these retain most of their thickness from root to tip.  They are, by far, the highest quality extensions I have ever owned.  However, the tone did not match the ashy tone of my own blonde.

As you may know from my post about how I highlight my hair, I'm a big fan of toner and purple shampoo.  I decided to try purple shampoo on the extensions before doing anything more drastic, and it worked!

It's super easy to tone your own extensions at home to match a more natural blonde color.

Here's what I did.

How to Tone Blonde Hair Extensions using Purple Shampoo.

1. Get out a tub to rinse the hair extensions and a good purple shampoo.  I recommend Shiny Silver.

2. Add a good amount of purple shampoo to some warm water and mix.

3. Carefully rinse one weft at a time in the tub.  It took less than a minute for the toning to take hold.

4. Remove weft and place in separate bowl to be rinsed with water and conditioned.  I used Joico K-Pak for this and it left the extensions in great condition.
You can already see how the weft has lost it's brassiness. 

5. After conditioning, let the hair extensions air dry, then style as desired.