Sweater Happy DIY: Take Two!

“Glory days, well, they’ll pass you by. Glory days, in the wink of a young girl’s eye. Glory days, glory days….We just sit around talking about the old times…she starts laughing, thinking about glory days…” Mhmm-Bruce Springsteen surely knows how to sing it! Glory days, oh, the wonderful glory days of summer! Don’t you wish our summer could be just a few months, weeks, even days longer? Sitting and relaxing by the pool, sipping on some ice cold, sweet tea-yes, those are the glory days of summer! It is so sad that it is over till next year, but who says we can’t make fall full of glory days-fashionable glory days! In this week’s adventure, I am going to show all you fashionistas out there how to make these chilly months full of fashionable glory!

Blazer: Vintage Ralph Lauren
Dress: Sweater Happy DIY
Socks: Target
Shoes: Michael Kors

Right now is the perfect time to head to your local thrift store or go shopping in your own closet for sweaters that need a little love.  This easy peasy, sweater cheesy DIY will show how to convert an old winter sweater into an adorable dress with vintage flare!

What you will need:

  • An oversized winter sweater
  • Scissors
  • Vintage buttons (or new buttons)
  • Needle
  • Thread

Step One:  Find some unique vintage or new buttons the same size as the original ones.  Remove the original buttons and sew on the vintage buttons to give your sweater dress a little VIP touch.

Step Two:  Next, it is time to cut off the sleeves. Measure one inch away from the seams of each sleeve and cut off each sleeve. Tah Dah! Done!

Seriously, done-completed-finished.  In just two steps, you have created a fabulous new staple piece for your closet.

Now, journey with me into the wonderful land of blazers, tights, and crew socks to see how you can make your Sweater Happy DIY a mega must have for your chilly season wardrobe!

I wore my Sweater Happy DIY with a sophisticated neutral blazer, preppy horizontal striped crew socks, and a pair of vibrant mustard yellow stilettos for a wonderful way to dress up and cozy up.  This ensemble was perfect for making a dramatic fashion statement and for grabbing some Starbucks with my girls before heading out for a road trip and shopping spree!  Make that one Venti, extra hot, Caramel Macchiato with extra foam, please!

VIP Tips on Wearing the Sweater Happy DIY:

  1. Classic Boots:  Sporting a traditional pair of classic knee high boots with this DIY dress is a super stylish way to step up your wardrobe!  When the temperatures start to drop more, toss on a vibrant hue blazer for an ensemble that is perfect for running errands around town while staying comfortable, adorable, and cozy!
  2. Sheer Tights:  Embrace sheer tights! Wear your dress DIY with a pair of stunning color block wedges and sheer tights for a striking combination that is a simple way to ace that dressy, yet casual gal look!  This outfit is perfect for a delicious brunch with clients!
  3. Iconic Denim:  Substitute in iconic denim for tights!  This DIY dress looks fantastic when worn over dark jeans and paired with sparkly, chunky jewelry!  Take this outfit to the next level by adding a uniform, fitted blazer and sexy t-straps with your DIY dress!  This outfit can be taken from comfy casual Friday to a Friday night party bash in a snap with just a change of accessories.

How did you dress up your Sweater Happy DIY?  Email me your ensemble combinations to vintage.passionista@gmail.com! I would love to include them in a future blog post!

Stay Fabulous,          

Abby Hathorn

 

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VIP DIY: VIP Glamour Heels

“Living in a material world, and I am a material girl. You know that we are living in a material world, and I am a material girl”…Oh, hey readers! I guess y’all are wondering why I was just singing “Material Girl” by the music icon Madonna? Let me tell you a little story about the most divine pair of vibrant pink heels by Madonna’s clothing line “Material Girl”. I purchased them for the spectacular price of $10.00 at TJMaxx in Trussville, Alabama. Due to the fabulous price and good times that I have had in my “Material Girl” heels, I just could not convince myself to throw them out or donate them. So what did I decide to do, you ask?  Well, I rescued them! I turned my toe-nicked, well-worn heels into totally revamped VIP Glamour Heels!

Vest: VIP DIY
Top: JCrew
Skirt: TJMaxx
Shoes: VIP DIY

It is time now for a little, quick DIY on how to create VIP Glamour Heels!  Grab 220 grit (very fine) sandpaper, a leather puncher (I have read and seen where some crafters have used a paper hole puncher), decoupage glue, a clear spray (such as ModPodge Matte or Glossy Clear Acrylic Sealer), and a pair of scuffed up heels, and hop in my VW Bug with me and join me on a fabulous journey of crafting your own VIP Glamour Heels!

Starting out, lightly sand each shoe all over. To add more “nicks and scratches”, sand more vigorously-this will give your shoes a shabby chic, yet glamorous “distressed” look. Please trust me on this one.  I promise the outcome is going to be fabulous!  After sanding, punch holes for laces (following the pattern of a classic tennis shoe) being sure to align each hole correctly; otherwise, you will have some not so stellar VIP Glamour Heels.  If you are a daring fashionista, feel free to add texture by applying decoupage glue and lightly adhering scrap fabric to the shoe.  Do not worry about being neat in this step-just apply glue and stick.   Let the glue and fabric dry for approximately ten minutes and then slowly peel off the fabric. This technique will leave your shoes looking slightly texturized and fabulous! Once the desired distressed and textured look is achieved, spray an even coat of sealant (following the instructions on the can) on each shoe.  Once you have sanded, punched holes, added texture (if desired), and sealed, it is time to add some darling ribbon for laces!  TAH DAH! Now you have fabulously made VIP Glamour Heels!

Dear VIP, how do I wear my VIP Glamour Heels?  No need to fret, fellow fashionistas!  I am going to give you three different tips to help style these born again heels into forget-me-not ensembles!

How to Wear VIP Glamour Heels:

  • Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun!:  Pair a ravishingly colored floral skirt with a solid hue tee and then add your VIP Glamour Heels for a striking combination that says “Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun!”- Oh, girls just wanna have fu-un. Oh, girls just wanna have fun. (*Fade Music*)
  • I Love Rock N’ Roll: Rolled up jeans and a graphic or band tee work harmoniously with VIP Glamour Heels! This ensemble will give you a laid-back weekend look with a rocker’s edge. I love rock n’ roll so put another dime in the jukebox baby. I love rock n’ roll, so, come and take your time to dance with me! (*Fade Music*)
  • Flash Dance!: Dance your way into a wonderful ensemble! Pair your VIP Glamour Heels with cropped leggings and an oversized sweatshirt with the collar cut out for an outfit that will leave you singing “What a feeling, bein’ believin’. I can have it all. Now, I’m dancing for my life!” (*Exit Stage Left*)

Shout out to my dear, sweet, precious, jewelry artisan, Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul! She recently created a hand stamped “stay FABULOUS” ring for me (as seen above). Along with it, A super adorable wing necklace with a little pearl! Go check out Beadsoul on Etsy, order yourself something directly from her shop or order something personalized, and tell her the VIP sent you:)

Etsy: www.etsy.com/beadsoul

I also want to give a shout of to the pocketbook savvy DIYer-Mark Montano! His YouTube channel and facebook page are filled with creative ideas that any crafter or fashionista would love! VIP Glamour heels got their inspiration from Mark Montano’s creative ways of upcycling!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/MarkMontanoNYC

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Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

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