Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Results of the "I Want My Passions for Fashions To..." Poll

Thanks for voting on my poll if you did! Here are the results of it.

have more tutorials 0 (0%)

have more reviews of stores and products 0 (0%)

start an Etsy shop 2 (50%)

have some beauty and hair tips 0 (0%)

stay how it is! 1 (25%)

talk more about trends and fashion 0 (0%)

make Terrific Thrifty Thursday a linky party 0 (0%)

have more recipes 1 (25%)

share outfits My Passions for Fashions put together 0 (0%)

change completely! 0 (0%)

It looks like 2 people want me to start an Etsy shop, 1 person would like me to have more recipes, and 1 person want doesn't want it to change. If there is a suggestion you have that wasn't in the poll I would really like to hear it. Also, a heads up that I have some really cool posts coming up. Oh, and today I got my 12th follower, welcome! Yay!


Monday, August 30, 2010

And Even More of My Favourite Things

I love doing the favourite things posts! Just please note again these are thing I have not bought and I was not asked to do reviews. Just showing you some of my favourite things! Here we go.

Come Shop Pink Lemonade: Black and Gray Ruffle Tank Top

I love the black ruffle on the plain gray tank top!

Some just caught my eye about these. Maybe it's the maroon clashing with the white!

Dear Golden Vintage: vintage 1960s SASAMI OBI dress

I love vintage dresses and I love this one with the floral sash! Very pretty.

Beautiful Purpose: Crochet Boots

I really like this picture. And the boots of course!

Jewelry For a Dollar: Multi Purple Dangle Earrings

All those pretty purple beads!

Isn't this pretty? I love the raspberry colour of this one. Not really the length, though.

That's it for now! What do you think?


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Terrific Thrifty Thursday #20

The 20th Terrific Thrifty Thursday already?! This calls for celebration! I have now deceided to make this Terrific Thrifty Thursday a double edition, so 4 projects are being featured! Here we go!

A Few of My Favourite things has a great J. Crew shirt copy tutorial! I love the grey shirt with the white design. Check out this blog, she even has a great hair tutorial about curling your hair with a straightener!

Found in the "Ali" has a great tip if you can't find ring blanks! Head over there to check it out!

Cute As a Fox made pretty fabric flowers! Aren't they cute? I think they would look great on a ponytail holder or as a pin!

And last, but not least is from Stepping Thru Crazy! She got some shoes from the dollar store and gave them a makeover!

And that wraps up another Terrific Thrifty Thursday! Do you have an idea for a Terrific Thrifty Thursday? Then you can submit an easy cooking, frugal, accessory, clothing, tip, and/or craft related project to: mypassionsforfashions (at) yahoo (dot) ca And if you have been featured please grab one of my buttons for your blog!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A New Poll

On the right, is my new poll! Multiple choice, open until Friday, and I would love if you could answer it! I can't do everything listed in the poll, so most of the things listed probably won't happen, but if there is something a lot of people want I will totally take it into consideration! I am just seeing what people like!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Roll Up Your Shoes Again!

Remember when I showed you the "Fabby Rollable Ballet Flats"? I didn't see that there were more brands to choose from! All of them have the same idea, roll up (or fold up your shoes) small, and put them in your handbag. I just thought I would show you the different styles and brands! Oh, and all these brands come in different colours! ;-) All linked to from the CSN website.

What do you think of rollable ballet flats?


Monday, August 23, 2010

A Few More of My Favourite Things

I thought I would share some more favourite etsy finds! And again, please let me know if you have an etsy shop and I'll come check it out! Also note that I was not asked to review any of these shops and I have not purchased any of these items, just sharing what I like!

I love this dress! I don't really wear dresses that much, but this one isn't too fancy or too laid back! Simple, classy, and chic. Go check out Dear Golden Vintage, they have to many amazing things for sale!

Beautiful Purpose: Scood, Hooded Scarf

These look pretty, comfy, warm, and stylish! Have your pick from 31 colours!

I love the colour of these earrings, all of those pretty coral petals!

They say these are light, so no worries about them pulling on your earlobes! I love the design and the blue gives it an extra pop of colour.

Something about this dress just caught my eye! I love the style!

That's it for now! What do you think?


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Roll Up Your Shoes...

...and put them in your handbag! These are awesome! Simply Handmade by Paige did a review for CSN and she got these cool flats! I love the idea of rolling up your flats! They are "Fabbys Rollable Ballet Flats" and they are available in the colours "Be Jealous Black", "Glamazon Gold", and "Shameless Silver"! Aren't these so cool?


Terrific Thrifty Thursday #19

It's the 19th Terrific Thrifty Thursday! First up is from In My Own Style. Use up those paper shopping bags from cool stores and make them into text book covers! You have to scroll down the page a bit because first she shares shopping bag wall art!

And from Happy Together, Knotted, Trimmed, Crocheted, and Wrapped earrings! These look awesome! She has some really cool stuff on her blog! (Go there for pictures)

 Do you have an idea for a Terrific Thrifty Thursday? Then you can submit an easy cooking, frugal, accessory, clothing, tip, and/or craft related project to: mypassionsforfashions (at) yahoo (dot) ca And if you have been featured please grab one of my buttons for your blog!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

High Fashion

Isn't it great when you can knock-off all those awesome high fashion looks? Carbon Couture has done lots (I first saw some through Dollar Store Crafts) and I'm showing you them too! Everything she does turns out so close to the original! Here are some I like:

Cara, from Carbon Couture did a mirror skirt and they look almost like mirror images!


Carbon Couture's:

She made tassel earrings!


Carbon Couture's:

Probably my favourite is her double belts! She shows you them in THIS post and the tutorial is HERE.


Carbon Couture's:

And I'll show you just one more from Carbon Couture. The cherry tree dress!


Carbon Couture's:

You should go check out Carbon Couture for more high fashion hacks!

While I'm in the high fashion mood, here's another:

The Cut Out and Keep website's user: Rosie M. made this couture inspired t-shirt dress! I really need to try this and it's so easy!

That's it for now! What do you think?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

52 Free Dress Patterns!

Need some new dresses? Craft Stew has a huge round-up of FIFTY TWO free dress patterns and tutorials for you to check out! Wow! Which is your favourite?

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Few of My Favourite Things

I thought I would do a favourite things post about things I like that I have found on Etsy and handmade places like that. Seeing that Simply Handmade by Paige did one kind of made me think I should do one too. If you have an Etsy store let me know so I can check it out! Please note that I haven't purchased anything shown in this post and I was not asked to write reviews, just thought I would share what I have found!

Yours Truly Dear: hair bow - upcycled gray and purple striped with gray yarn

This is just the thing to finish braids with!

Come Shop Pink Lemonade (Simply Handmade by Paige's Etsy store): Pink and Green Flower T Shirt

I love the colour combanation here! Beautiful flower too!

Vintage Shop 11: Fuschia Flat Shoes

I can see these with a pair of boot-cut or skinny jeans!

Isn't this just too pretty? I love the style of it! A little bit pricey for me though...

Dear Golden Vintage: vintage BLANCA bow skimmers

These are so cute! I ♥ the bows!

That's it for my finds for now! What do you think?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Can You Repeat That Price?

The store "Anthropologie" is great for ideas for jewelry and clothing knock-offs. I thought I would check out the site and see if there were any necklaces or clothing that I could knock-off. While looking I found THIS:

I'm sure it's well made and everything, but are you ready for the price tag on this skirt? 348.00 bucks. Wow. I have seen WAY cheaper skirts like this before. What do you think? Over priced? Fine price? I saw a ruffly t-shirt skirt on Analog Me through Someday Crafts that looks pretty much the same.


Terrific Thrifty Thursday #18

I'ts the 18th Terrific Thrifty Thursday! First up is from the Cut Out and Keep website posted by: Niamh O. Niamh O. did a tutorial on sweater boots from an old sweater! I was SO excited when I saw this one! Don't they look like the ones in stores?

And second up is from Free Amigurumi Patterns. Make some penguin cellphone bling!

 Do you have an idea for a Terrific Thrifty Thursday? Then you can submit an easy cooking, frugal, accessory, clothing, tip, and/or craft related project to: mypassionsforfashions (at) yahoo (dot) ca And if you have been featured please grab one of my buttons for your blog!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Boardwalk Top Tutorial

Hi, everyone! I thought up this top and I'm naming it "The Boardwalk Top" because it reminds me of walking along the beach or boardwalk! I hope you enjoy it! May I present to you, "The Boardwalk Top":
Refashioned from a t-shirt, great for hot weather, with straps inspired from a project on the blog Ruffles and Stuff, and a little bit of the cutting of the top from a t-shirt project book.
To make "The Boardwalk Top" you will need:

A t-shirt that fits you (it can't be a really fitted t-shirt because it won't make a comfortable top)

Some more knit fabric (grab a t-shirt from the thrift store, one you don't want from your closet, or some knit fabric that goes well with your t-shirt)

Fabric scissors

Chalk or washable marking pen

Ruler or yard stick

Straight pins

Sewing needle

Sewing machine (it can be threaded in any colour)

Thread that matches the top well or complements it (it doesn't have to be a lot because you will just using a little for the straps)

Measuring tape

1. Okay, you have your shirt.

 Cut off the sleeves inside the seams. When you cut off the sleeves look at them, you can save them for a sleeve pattern if you think of making a shirt sometime.

Now, you could stop here and you would have a tank top, but it looks so boring and plain! Let's go on.

2. Flip the shirt over so that the back is facing you. Line your ruler or yard stick up from the bottom of one arm hole to the other, draw a line with your chalk or marking pen, and cut across. I didn't draw the line this dark, but I wanted everyone to be able to see it, so it's drawn over with the Paint program on the computer.

3. Now it looks sort of like a bib! Open the shirt like this and put your head through the head hole so that the shirt is hanging from your neck. Put a pin in the shirt where you want the neckline to stop, some people may want it lower then others.

Draw a line with your chalk or fabric pen nice and straight (you don't your top to be crooked!) just above where the pin is and make it straight across the t-shirt, remove the pin, and cut along your line. You should have two pieces now and they should look something like this.

4. Stretch all raw edges gently so they roll a bit. The raw edges are where you have cut. And stretch the t-shirt's sides a little bit. I used a top that was fitted (I should have used a slightly less fitted top) and this helped to make it a little bigger but, it didn't make it much bigger. If I made this again it would be with a not so fitted shirt.

This is a little random, but I keep a cream cheese container next to me while I work. It saves me the extra clean up time of picking up all the little thread and fabric scraps. I also use one for putting pins in so I don't have to put them back in the pin cushion right away while I'm sewing.

5. Now you need to make the straps. I made "rope" straps, but you could do braided ones too. To make rope straps you need to put on the top and measure with your measuring tape over your shoulder from one end of the top to the other. I measured 16 inches from the front of the top, over my shoulder, to the back of the top. Now double your measurement. I got 32. That's about how long you need to cut your strap pieces. You can leave off a few inches if you run out of material, though.

How do you make the straps pieces? You will need 6 pieces of fabric that long to make your straps and 3of those for each strap. Grab your extra t-shirt or knit fabric so you can make your straps. You can't make all your straps out of that other piece you cut out of your top because they won't be long enough. That's why you'll only need 2 strap pieces from that t-shirt scrap. Here are some things to keep in mind.

 -The straps need to be 1 inch wide and your measurement (doubled) in length (in my case, 32 inches long)

-You will probably have to piece some fabric together to get you length (I did)

-My top had a huge logo on the back instead of a label, it's okay to cut those huge logos up! Mine had sparkles so there are some sparkly places in the straps!

-Cut the part from the first t-shirt (the one you are using for the shirt part) anyway you need to! The straps are being twisted, so it doesn't matter if there is a seam from the shirt somewhere in the straps. 

-It doesn't have to be a perfect cutting job. I used a yard stick because it was 1 inch wide, so I lined up the fabric with the yard stick and kept cutting strips and used the yard stick to measure the pieced together pieces to make sure they were 32 inches long. Here are the cut pieces in their 32 inch piles (I grouped the fabric pieces into piles when there were enough to make 32 inch strips):

I pinned them into 32 inch pieces:

I sewed them using a sewing machine (You could do them by hand but with a machine is way faster and it doesn't matter what colour thread you use, I used white):

6. Pin 3 strips together at the top like you are starting a braid. (you can braid them if you want but, the ropes look really cool!) You could sew where the pin is and it will be a little easier to make them into "ropes".

I added some instructions with the Paint program on the computer to help explain the process of making the ropes. Trust me, it is really easy once you start! I will explain by using the colours of the pieces too. Click on the picture to make it bigger!

I pinned it to my leg to make the ropes and ended up sitting on the floor, so I had lots of space. It does get easy once you understand it. Continue the same thing over and over until you almost reach the bottom of your strips. Sew the other end in place. Repeat with the second set of strips.

7. There, the hardest part is done! The hardest part is really just cutting all those pieces for the straps. Now, take the straps and pin one to each front top corner of the top, grab your matching or complementary thread and handstitch them to the top.

 8. Now, put the top on and let the straps drape over your shoulders, put a pin where each strap is through the shirt at the top of the back of the shirt, and take off the top. The pins should be pretty much evenly spaced apart from each other and in from the sides a bit. (They were for me) Take your measuring tape and make sure the straps are not bending so you get a correct measurement, take your first measurement (16 inches for me), and put a pin in each strap where your measurement is. 

Make sure the back of the shirt is facing you, line the pins in the straps up with the pins in the shirt, cross your straps (or leave them like regular tank top straps), and handstitch them into place! Adjust the straps if you need to and snip the rest of the straps off (or leave the long ends tucked into the shirt for when you need to make the straps longer)

9. Put on your new top! You're done! Pefect for walking (or running) on the boardwalk or beach, playing outside, and enjoying your summer! And if it's chilly you can just throw a sweater over it! Enjoy your top!

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