HOW TO: Make a Catastic Kitty-Eared Snood Out of an Old Sweatshirt

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My managing editor and friend Jasmin Chua‘s birthday was last month and with the frenzy of fashion week and other assorted fall events, I wasn’t able to give her a proper gift. Jasmin and I are both cat-o-phile’s so I really wanted to make something feline-related and then it dawned on me – cat-ears! I’d been working on sewing this snood for myself and realized that with a bit of alteration, I could pop some kitty ears on it and make it into a fun accessory as well as something that Jasmin could wear while accompanying her uber-cute daughter Zadie trick or treating. Read on for the instructions to make your own cat-ear snood (read this post first to make the actual snood part).

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HOW TO: Refashion a Too Large T-Shirt into a Reversible Dress

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Almost every girl has a few too-big T-shirts in her closet, but instead of just wearing them to bed at night how about refashioning one into a cute tunic dress? I love this fashion DIY because it’s really easy to do and the resulting A-line dress is so easy to just throw on – especially for summer. The other great thing about this DIY is that if you have a tee with a graphic on it, you can even make your dress reversible so that you can wear it with the image in front for days you feel cheeky or wear the plain side in front on days when you’re feeling more serious.

For the full recycled fashion tutorial steps click the pages below.

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HOW TO: Make Little Watermelon Shaped Jello Shots Out of Fresh Limes

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Refreshing, adorable and packed with booze, these cute ‘lil watermelon line Jello shots are the perfect thing to bring to a summer BBQ or potluck. I made them last week for Jeanne and Serena, who weren’t ashamed to let me know that next time, they need “a lot more liquor.” Point taken! Click on Page 2 below to read the DIY recipe so you can make your own.

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DIY: How to Make a Terrarium Necklace

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Terrariums – glass containers with little gardens inside – are really popular these days as home accessories, but they make lovely fashion accessories too! All you have to do is make one on a slightly smaller scale in a bottle like this one with a ring attached to it so that you can wear it as a necklace. If you know someone who loves plants, these terrarium necklaces make really special gifts and will last a heck of a lot longer than flowers. They’re really easy to make too – read on for the DIY instructions.

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Eat Your Heart Out Dress by Clossette

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This femme floral frock is a one-of-a-kind Clossette original refashioned from a dress from the 90s. I cut away a heart shape from the front of the dress, creating a negative space that I filled with some sheer tulle left over from Sandy’s bridal shower tea party. The re-design was inspired by a somewhat unlikely source – a futuristic office design that transformed two plain Jane old houses into a dynamic office by cutting away bits and pieces of the original structures. Sometimes subtraction is way more effective than addition, you know?

Size: S
Material: Recycled polyester dress, sheer tulle
Condition: Gently worn/almost new


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DIY: How to Make a Lace Back Shirt Out of a Tank Top

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Lace back tank tops and t-shirts have been really popular lately, and it’s easy to see why – they’re breezy (lot of ventilation), pretty and add a lot of visual interest to what might be an otherwise boring outfit. If you’ve been scouring the stores for the perfect sheer back top but haven’t found one you fancy, why not try making your own using a shirt you already have? Despite their complex look, sheer back shirts are extremely easy to make yourself, especially if you’re just refashioning a tank top that you’ve grown bored of. To see how to complete this simple fashion DIY, click on the pages below for the full instructions.

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HOW TO: Turn an Ugly Shirt into a Cute Skirt [No Sewing]

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Babydoll shirts with all sorts of weird bunching and shirring used to be in style until we realized that they made everyone look equally preggers. So now there are a ton of these unflattering tops floating around unloved even though many of them still have nice, bold prints like the Marc Jacobs-esque large flower pattern on this one. If you’re the owner of one of these shirts and are not quite sure what to do with it, here’s a really easy, no-sew fashion DIY showing you how to turn an ugly babydoll shirt into a summer skirt just in time for the warm weather. I think you’ll really be surprised at how simple this tutorial is, and depending on the shirt you use, you can make the bottom into a skirt and the top into a cute bandeau.

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DIY: How to Make a Retro Clutch Out of an Old Video Tape Box

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I recently dug up this old Paula Abdul cardio dance video with the intention of burning some calories when I realized that A. I’m allergic to exercise and B. I no longer own a VCR. Downtrodden but not completely hopeless, I inspected the relic like an archaeologist and was impressed with both its uber-simplistic 90s colorblock design and the sturdiness of the box’s closing mechanism when it came to me – this could make a really unique DIY clutch. After all, the dimensions are pretty much spot-on and it’s just so wonderfully kitsch/nostalgic/ironic. And the beauty of it is that you can pretty much use any video box that you want for your own clutch (I highly doubt anyone else owns this Paula Abdul workout video or will admit to it?). Technically, you could even use the box as a clutch unmodified but I wanted to add a few touches to make it more obvious that it was an actual purse and not just a video that you’re carrying around.

Another really cool thing about this DIY is that if your video case is the kind with a transparent sleeve and piece of paper that slides in and out, you can swap out the graphic with whatever you want to make this a really versatile clutch. For example, if you have a piece of paper from another video – say The Breakfast Club – you can just remove Paula Abdul and slip that in instead. Or you can even leave the clear sleeve empty and use it as a white clutch. The possibilities are endless!

For the full DIY tutorial, scroll down and click page 2.

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Message in a Bottle Valentine’s Day Necklace Charm Kit

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Send your Valentine exactly the right “message” with this beautiful glass bottle charm. This kit has everything you need to create a personalized charm – all you have to supply is the words written inside your rolled up scroll. Make sure you order yours by February 10th, 2012 to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day.

What’s included in the kit:

– glass bottle charm (if you’d rather buy just the bottle, click here)
– jump ring
– piece of paper to write your message on
– red thread to tie your message


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DIY Olympics Edition: How to Make a Sparkly Patriotic Flag Clutch Out of an Old Video Tape Case

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The Olympics are in full swing, and in addition to watching the games, isn’t it so exciting to see folks donning all kinds of patriotic fashion from star-spangled outfits to union jack nails? I, too, wanted to show my support for team USA and team Japan but I didn’t want to end up buying random tsotchkes that I would only wear once, so I decided to recycle myself a DIY flag clutch out of an old video tape box. This DIY is uber easy (if you start now, you might even have it ready for the next event), and the best thing about it is that you can rep two different teams if your nationality is hyphenated like my own. When you’re at the pub rooting for team USA, just flash the American flag side and when it’s time for your other team to strut its stuff, just flip your clutch to show the other flag!

For the full DIY tutorial, scroll down and click page 2.

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DIY: How to Make a Geometric Neon Bib Necklace to Add a Pop of Color to Your Wardrobe

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So before I get into this DIY, I just want to make it perfectly clear that the design you see for this bib necklace is not my own. It’s actually inspired by the Andean Collection’s Honeycomb Necklace, which I’m absolutely in love with, and the only reason I decided to make my own version instead of purchasing one is that I wanted a particular colorway – neon pink with a spot of tangerine – that they didn’t offer. So I have to give credit where credit is due and lead you to their website if you like this necklace because they’re a company that not only creates striking modern pieces of jewelry, they do it in a way that helps women and men who need it. So purchase this necklace from them if you can!

OK, if, for some reason you’re still here after I said my piece, I’ll show you how I made my own DIY neon version of this bib necklace. Scroll down and click page 2 below for the full DIY tutorial.

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HOW TO: Make Your Boyfriend’s T Shirt into a Cute New Tank Top

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Step 1. Steal your boyfriend’s shirt. I’m just kidding. Don’t steal. But if you notice that your boyfriend (or husband, brother, friend, dad, guy on the couch) has an old t shirt that they hardly wear anymore, they should be fine with you taking it as long as you ask nicely. And this project will work just as well with any oversized t shirt you already have in your own closet too. There are only a few steps and when you’re done, you’ll have a cute tank top just in time for summer. Read on for the full instructions!

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DIY: How to Make Lace-Up Leggings

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Please excuse my Ashy Larry legs and beaten up TOMS wedges.

I’ve been rocking the black lace up leggings I got in Japan last summer for the past few days and noticed they’ve been creating quite a buzz – not necessarily all positive. Some people are intrigued by them, some baffled and a few girls have asked me where they can get a pair. Good question! I haven’t seen them outside of Japan – has anyone else? I guess like just about anything else in the world, they can probably be found on eBay, but if you want to refashion a pair of your old leggings and give them a little facelift, turning them into a pair of lace ups is the perfect beginner’s fashion DIY project.

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YOU WILL NEED:

– pair of old leggings (3/4 length works best since part of your leg should be exposed to show the ribbon)
– long ribbons (I used two different kinds here to illustrate the crazy combos you can create but feel free to just use black leggings and black ribbon or whatever colors you like)
– scissors
– needle and thread
– pins

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Chanel Silk Star and CC Meshback Tank Top

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A recently completed silk top straight from the Clossette studio. The front panel was cut from a luxurious Chanel scarf dotted with subtle magenta stars that burst into a trail of golden CCs. The back is made of a fine mesh material that looks light pink in some lights and white in others.

– Handcut and handmade from recycled materials
– Size S
– Navy silk with a pattern of magenta and white stars and gold Chanel logos

I still love this top so much that I’m not ready to part with it unless it’s to the right buyer. Email me at hello@clossette.com if you’re interested!

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