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To Infinity and Beyond

13 May

A while back, I made my own version of DKNY’s infinity dress.

Since then, I slightly shorted the dress but I think I might have to re-do the entire dress since its construction wasn’t completely thought out. In my stack of projects, I have another version to create in the near future so that it can be worn without a back middle seam. But I haven’t had time to execute it just yet.

Anyways, I thought I should at least put up another way to wear the dress…as a halter. There are many ways to wear this dress, but I’ve found that some creativity and experimentation is key in discovering ways to wear it. From American Apparel to DKNY, there are several explanations of how to create a specific style, but I haven’t quite figured them all out. Additionally, I can’t pull off some of those looks because it’s a bit too wacky for my taste.

Excuse the wrinkles on the dress, I was trying to steam it out, but it didn’t exactly work out.

Directions to style the dress:

  1. Take the two top pieces and cross it in the back and bring it to the front.
  2. Twist the fabric twice and then bring it to the back of the neck and tie a knot.
  3. Adjust the height of the twists between the chest area.
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Just Keep Sewing…

29 Jan

So after watching the new season of Project Runway, I picked up my inspiration book and started a new sewing project. I’ve been bad posting up the finished products because usually, it still needs tweaking and after a while, I forget about it.

Anyways, I finished this project in ONE DAY…but that’s because I already knew what the finished product should look like. However, I estimated my fabric incorrectly and the band is short by 10 inches and really, it should be 15 inches longer. So it’s not as flexible as I wanted it to be, but it works. If I want to cough up the extra money to buy more fabric, I’ll fix it, but for now, I’m fairly pleased with the result.

What did I make?

An infinity dress version that’s similar to the one by Donna Karan. It has the same silhouette, but DKNY’s is obviously better constructed and without a back seam. The official DKNY dress costs $895.

There are other versions of this convertible style dress from Victoria Secret, American Apparel, Etsy, bridal boutiques…you name it…it’s there. But I happen to like Donna Karan’s version because it’s a bit more sophisticated.

It cost me about $45 because I bought 3 yards of expensive fabric that I didn’t fully utilize. I needed the 3 yards of continuous fabric for the band but I can make something else with the extra fabric, so really it’s less than $20 for the dress.

The Result

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DIY: Hemming Jeans

16 Dec

Being short, hemming pants has become a fact of life. Rarely does a pair fit me perfectly in length even if it’s “made” for petites.

At the regular tailor shop, it’s usually $10 per hem with additional charge if you want the original hem attached. In Chinatown, I’ve been quoted $5 per hem, which is pretty cheap, but my Chinese isn’t always that great and finding parking is a pain. In the past, my mom would hem my jeans for me, but it’s about time I do it on my own. After all, it’s free and I can finish it whenever I want instead of whenever I’m home (like major holidays and special occasions).

So here’s my quick how-to for hemming jeans. I don’t care for having the original hem, so this tutorial will not discuss adding back the original hem.

By the way, the jeans I’m using for the tutorial is the Rock & Republic “Scorpion” Urban Utility Bootcut Jean in Size 24.

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