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Sunday, October 16, 2011

DIY touch: Pencil skirt and fringe crop top~

Hello lovelies! Today I just wanted to share with you guys a little DIY I did a few days back.

I had had this idea for a while now but it wasn't until that I was running out of things to wear  finally got the uncontrollable urge to wear it that I finally took the ten minutes that it took me to do.

I had mentioned in my last post how I was trying to introduce more color into my life as well as my new found love for bold colors. I really wanted a bright bottom to go with a black top and I didn't wanna pay any ridiculous for it as well, so I came up with this! I had an old turquoise tight fitting t-shirt that I didn't wear anymore because of it's fit, so I decided to turn it into a fitted pencil skirt.

Here's how I did it:

First, get your shirt of choice. It has to be a fitted material or this DIY will sadly not work.
Next, fold the shirt just underneath the armpits. This is where you're going to cut it.

Now, cut where you had folded. You should end up with this.

And you're done!
Now you can either leave the edge as is, or you can do what I ended up doing which was hemming the edge and adding a bit of elastic in the back so it stays snug. But you don't really have to if you don't wish to, it'll keep it's shape fine as is.

Next, I edited an oversized shirt into a fringed crop top. I've been really diggin the fringed cropped tops for a while now but I wasn't about to spend money on something I could easily do myself. It really is quite simple.

First, get your shirt of choice ready. I really think that a shirt on the bagger/ looser side works best for this look

Next, alter the top part of the shirt as you wish. In this case, I cut off the collar as I wanted it to be slightly off the shoulder.

Next, fold the bottom of the shirt to your desired length. Remember to keep enough space so you can cut your fringe.

Next, cut a small piece to mark the path that you're going to cut across.

And you should end up with this.

Next, start cutting about 1/2- 1 inch thick strip running perpendicular to the collar. You can actually cut the strips as thing or thick as you like, depending on how you want your fringe. I did mine this way just in case I wanted to make them smaller or if I messed up.

After you're done cutting, it should look something like this.

Lastly, pull gently on each stip of fabric to even out the edges and clean up the look. 

Annddddd YOU'RE DONE!

Your shirt should look something like this. If you wanted, you could even cut the fringe smaller and add beads to the ends for an even more unique look. 

And ended up topping it all off with a studded belt, my faux leather jacket and my black wedges (not shown, I'll add a pic of the whole outfit a bit later).

And that's it. A whole new outfit in under ten minutes >w<b. I really love recycling clothes. It's one of the best feelings, especially when you can say you made things yourself. To me, it just adds a bit more of a personal touch to a look~ 

Well, I hope this inspired some of you lovelies to make some of your own clothes every so often, no sewing required lol. 

Well until next time, but first, Do you guys have any DIY items that you wear/ are proud off?

Bye yo!


  1. I think I just saw magic happen in front of my eyes! *0* That is too cool!

  2. wow i had a feeling you DIY stuffed but wow that's so awesome and really creative, especially turning that into a pencil skirt. why haven't i thought of that before ToT

    i don't have any DIY things to be proud of...*sniff*

  3. you have a rocking bod *0*
    i always see cut up shirts like that but i dont know how to do it right ;~; i might do this to my old misfits shirt b/c i had her for a while lol and maybe its time for her to retire XD

  4. The last DIY is actually pretty cool. I like how you paired it with the dress~ ! :)


  5. this is really creative, I love how it looks with the belt! <3333

  6. I'm going to have to do this. I'm starting a love affair with pencil skirts again. But I'm too cheap to spend $15 for each one.