Box Pleated Midi Skirt

As you can see,  A Fashion Addict has gone through some serious cosmetic changes.  A face lift!  Take a few minutes to take a look around & check out the new features.  My hope is that you can find everything you’re looking for with ease & more importantly, want to come back for more 🙂

My current & latest obsession is box pleats!! I like the structured look that it adds, especially to skirts. They’re easy to create and there’s no pattern needed.  Even better, right?

Here’s the look that inspired me…

pleated leather

Shop the look:  Sacks Fifth Ave  $495 Pleated Leather Skirt

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DIY Jean Maxi Rehab

What inspires you to sew?  Do you remember your first true DIY project?  Like many of my fellow seamstresses, I first discovered the Great MiMi G and became a follower of her blog and her tutorials etc.  You name it.  Anything MiMi G and I’m in!

The urge to overhaul my closet started about this time last year and in the process, there were several pairs of jeans that I loved and wore the HECK out of!  Needless to say, I wanted to keep them, but couldn’t wear them anymore…  I found this post of MiMi G’s about refashioning some jeans into a skirt and knew this would be the perfect project for me.  I studied her tutorial on how to make it happen and it came together pretty quickly.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 pair of jeans
  • Denim Needle (recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Tailor’s Chalk (recommended)
  • Pins

Note: Denim needles are used for your thicker fabrics.  Having the right needle will help with machine sewing and will hopefully put a stop to those breaking needles!

Directions:

1. Choose which pair will be your base – this is the one that you will wear, the other pair will be the expansion pair that you’ll put in the center of this base pair.  I choose the pair with the better pockets/wash etc.

2. Cut both pair of jeans along the inner seam line, all the way from one end to the other.

3. Insert the expansion pair under the base pair & mark your sewing lines.

4. Add 1″ seam allowance to your markings and cut along this measurement – sewing lines + 1″ seam allowance.

5. Sew along your sewing lines.  Do this for both, front and back side.

Note: for the back piece, there is more fabric from the ‘butt’ portion of your base piece, so you will need to cut along the curved edge, fold over, match the expansion piece and sew!

6. You’re done!

 

DIY Rehab Maxi

DIY Rehab Maxi

DIY Rehab Maxi
This is a great project for freshening up old jeans from your closet.  It’s pretty quick and anyone can do it!

Have you tried rehabbing some old jeans?  What did you make? I’d love to hear your thoughts on revamping old clothes into new things!

Please comment, like & share!

Xoxo 🙂

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Coat Scraps to Infinity Scarves

The temperature has taken a definite turn and I really wanted a quick and easy project that I could get me over my current sewing funk.

I went through my stashes and already knew I had mounds of fleece leftover from my recent projects – coats for Christmas! I love infinity scarves and with this cold, windy weather it’s just what I need… in fleece!

DIY Infinity Scarf

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To make an infinity scarf, you’ll want to know the following:

  1. You should start with a large, rectangular shaped base. You will  fold the fabric in half length-wise, ending with half of a long rectangle.  My scarf  shown below started at about 36in wide x 60in long.
  2. Pin & sew right sides together along the length of the open side of your rectangle, leaving the 2 sides open.  My scarf is now 18in wide x 60in long.
  3. Next, turn your rectangle right side out.
  4. Pin the 2 ends together, matching seams. This part is a little tricky for me, because you won’t be able to sew all the way around the circle with your machine.  Sew as far as you can make it with your machine and then turn your fabric right sides out again.
  5. To close the remaining fabric, you can either sew with your machine close to the ends of the seam or you can slip-stitch.
  6. Voila! You’re done. Final measurements for my scarf were – 18in x 60 in round.

This is a great beginner project, with no pattern required. This can take as little as 30 minutes!

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Special thanks to Shella Baker for modeling my scarf!  Check her out on YouTube, AlwaysClassy111 & IG @ahykonikdiva!  She’s a natural hair guru! 🙂

PEACE 2014 & Happy New Year!

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