Posts tagged ‘Scarf’

July 30, 2015

The Girl in the Purple Scarf

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I’m channeling Becky Bloomwood a.k.a. Shopaholic today–figuratively of course (actually, literally as well, but don’t tell Husband, shh). Except my scarf isn’t from D&G, it’s from Express. Also, I don’t have a British accent, just a boring American one, and I wish my life was half as dramatic as hers, although not really because I’m really happy with the way it is so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also the dress is made by me, and I doubt Becky Bloomwood would ever make anything that she can just buy.

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Click to learn how to make this dress!

Girl in the Purple Scarf

It was cold today! Which explains the scarf. Fine, by California standards it was cold. In the morning. And then it warmed up by lunch time. So I felt like a weirdo in this scarf and cardigan standing amidst a bright sunlit park. Still, it’s lovely and I feel lovely in it, so I’m not taking it off. (Well, maybe when it gets hot, though.)

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I love reading outside, and settling down in the sun is while the weather is just right is the perfect way to spend my lunch.

This post deviates from my usual budget for Outfits-on-a-Budget, BUT I’ve worn this scarf so many times that I no longer feel bad about it. It was $40 from Express, and I bought itย back in the days when I thought it was okay to pop 40 bucks on one piece of fabric. But they say you should divide the dollar amount by how many times you’ll wear it, and then decide if the purchase was worth it. Well I’ve worn this about a thousand times, which means it would cost me 4 cents every time I wear it. So by that logic, I totally deserve more of these scarves.

Or maybe I’ll just make some. ๐Ÿ™‚

:: Outfit Details ::

Elastic-Waist Curved Hem Print Dress (made by yours truly, tutorial here!)
White Hollister Knit Cardigan (Christmas gift from my sister-in-law)
Leggings (~$6 from Ross)
Cross-Over-Body Bag (~$30 from H&M)
Brown Flats ($13 from Ross)
Purple Scarf (~$40 from Express)

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June 26, 2015

And It Was All Yellow

Well, not all of it. Some of it is lace.

This year marks a record-breaking low in temperature at my office. Meaning I either freeze to death, bundle up, or drink tons of hot tea and coffee. Even in the middle of summer, it’s freezing, so I’m always dressed for winter inside and then look like a weirdo when I leave for lunch.

I bought this yellow jet set knit to create the lining of a bodycon dress (which I’m going to reveal soon!), but since I usually need less than a yard to clad my munchkin height, I had a strip leftover.

I also have some stretchy lace lying around that I bought years ago as a five-yard bolt for $5 at Walmart. I really miss that Walmart, but since I’ve moved back to Southern California, I can’t find good deals like that anywhere. Not even at Joann.

To tone down the brightness of this piece, I cut out the same length and width in lace, and then made an infinity scarf.

There are tons of infinity scarf tutorials out there, but my favorite has always been by SecretLifeofaBioNerd, who was the YouTuber that inspired me to start sewing in the first place.

I was so happy to wear this to work and add some color to my usually somewhat dull work outfits. But then my coworker said I looked like a flight attendant, and sort of burst my bubble, haha. It doesn’t matter because I love it and that’s all I care about! ๐Ÿ™‚

I need to figure out what else to do with the rest of the strips of fabric left over from my dresses. It seems like such a waste to throw it away, but what can I do with it? What do you usually do with your scraps?

November 7, 2013

Two-Toned Infinity Scarf Upcycled from T-Shirt and Dress

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After months of avoidance, I’ve finally jumped on the infinity scarf bandwagon! And I’m glad I did because I’m loving the way my two-toned infinity scarf turned out.

Whenever I can, I try to salvage old materials from my thrift shop haul, so I grabbed a t-shirt made out of a rayon jersey material and an old dress that looked like it was made from a chiffon fabric. Both were very silky and lovely to work with. The chiffon especially surprised me with because I’ve had pretty bad experiences with chiffon before and I didn’t want to repeat the disasters with this project. But what’s so great about infinity scarves is that they’re incredibly easy to make and fashionably versatile!

Here are the dress and t-shirt that I upcycled to make the scarves:

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I didn’t like the original dress and couldn’t think of how I could have hemmed, elastic-ed, or sleeved it in order to make it look better. I did love the actual fabric though so I thought why not turn it into a scarf? Look at the pretty.

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Anyway, I followed Secret Life of a BioNerd’s tutorial on how to make an infinity scarf. I cut and sewed and scrapped together pieces until I had the correct measurements. Love how it turned out! It’s really warm and the material is light and soft, perfect for California’s version of winter!

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