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.

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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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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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13 Dreamy Party Dresses to Wear to Weddings This Spring

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Spring brings weddings, garden parties and other occasions that have already begun filling me with anxiety, panic and a textbook case of the “What the #$!* should I wear?!!!”s. Spurred on by the warmer air, my yearning for the perfect dress has had me daydreaming and websurfing – though not during work, of course ; ) I thought I might share my “research” with all you gals out there who are in need of some inspiration. So without further ado, here are 5 pages of 13 pretty spring dresses to get lost in.

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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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HOW TO: Make a Chanel Charm Bracelet Using the December Issue of Vogue

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If you happen to see any stray copies of the December Vogue left on newstands, pick it up because there’s something in there that you want – a super chic black and gold Chanel holiday card emblazoned with the #5 on the front and “A drop of No 5 and nothing else” scribed on the inside. But that’s not all. The intricate card is also strung with 5 delicate strands of gilded Chanel sequins in the shapes of perfume bottles, snowflakes and CCs. Of course the card is lovely to look at just as it is, but I know what I was thinking as soon as I opened mine up – DIY time! Read on to see how I transformed a few rows of the sequins into a glamorous Chanel charm bracelet.

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Custom-Designed Photo Iron On Transfer Sheet

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What if you could give your loved ones memories they can really hold onto – like, literally? With our custom-designed iron-on transfer sheets, you can turn your favorite photos into pillows and throw cushions that can be displayed proudly (or not so proudly depending on what the pic depicts) in their home. Just send us the artwork and we’ll make the iron-on transfer sheet for you. Then just follow the included instructions to iron it onto whatever you like whether it be a pillowcase, a t-shirt, or a tote bag.

How does it work? Just send us the photo you’d like to use via email along with any special requests you would like. We’ll send you a proof of the custom image we create, and once you approve, we’ll send you the finished transfer sheet in the mail.


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OR, if you want to print the transfer yourself, you can buy blank iron-on transfer sheets and DIY it:

3 pack of iron-on transfer papers – $6:





Have questions? Email hello@clossette.com or comment on this listing with your question and we’ll help you out in a jiffy.

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Chanel in a Bottle Necklace Charm

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Even though I’m the kind of woman who would pull a splinter out of my finger and save it for a later project, I’m also a clutterphobe who lives in a tiny 500 sq. ft apartment with limited storage space. That’s why, while I’m ashamed to admit it, I actually thought about discarding the tiny bits of navy silk I had leftover from my Chanel scarf refashion. But then I thought – are you mad, woman?! That scarf cost me a small fortune, so throwing those pieces out would be like throwing away dollar bills. For weeks, I tried to think of a little accessory that would do the lovely gold logo-emblazoned fabric justice and I think I finally found it my newest creation – this tiny glass bottle pendant. The bottle charm can actually be uncorked, which is how I filled it with a circle of the silk and a handful of tiny opalescent beads. This would be a cute way to display any other meaningful bits and baubles you might have that are too small to make into anything else. Enjoy!

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Silver Grey Perfumed Tassel Necklace

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You may have seen celebs rockin’ sassy tassel necklaces on the runways, and for good reason. They’re elegant, easy to throw on and totally in tune with the swinging 70s trend for this spring.

This particular tassel necklace has special significance because it is made from a very special silver grey tassel. During my F.I.T. days, the famous french perfumery Caron held a competition to design their storefront window for the annual Bridal march down Madison Avenue, and boy were my friends and I amazed when we found out our concept took first prize! Not really knowing what the heck we were doing (were we actually putting together a store window on Madison Ave.?! we wondered), we toiled for days perfecting everything in our window until it was exactly the vignette of romance we imagined it to be. On opening night, Caron held a cocktail reception honoring the new window and I still remember the feeling of getting a goodie bag (I’d never gotten one at a fancy party before!) and reaching in to find, amongst other trinkets, this silky tassel. So that I would never forget that feeling, I slipped a chain through it and wore it around my neck – and it still smells like Caron‘s signature scent.





Clossette Silver Grey Perfumed Tassle Necklace
Our winning Caron window. It was a vision of a bride and groom gazing into separate mirrors getting ready for their big day – while at the same time staring into one another’s eyes. Not bad for a couple of kids, eh?

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HOW TO: Use Old Buttons to Spruce Up Your Clothes

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If you’re like me and save all of those buttons that come in a little package attached to the shirts you buy, here’s a DIY way to actually put them to good use instead of having them just sit in a box in your dresser for twenty years. Lately some of my boyfriend Jack’s hoarding ways have rubbed off on me because I’ve been keeping more and more things – like random buttons – thinking I’ll reuse them one day. And low and behold, that time has finally come! Read on to see how I used my buttons to fix the broken straps of a top that I love so that I could wear it again and do the same with your old buttons.

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How to Refashion a Regular Top into a Conversation Starting Crazy Cat Lady Shirt

People will be asking you about your cats everywhere you go! TIP: Button up your cardigan or jacket if you feel like being left alone.

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My name is Yuka and I’m a cat-a-holic.

Now that you know that about me, I’m sure you’ll understand why I was instantly overcome with acute kitten print envy pains when I spied DJ Harley Viera Newton (and her delightful kitty Marmite)’s to-die-for collection of Miu Miu meow meow accessories over on the Coveteur. A quick check on eBay for similar trinkets proved unfruitful (though I did find these AH-mazing Miu Miu cat print clogs – sadly not in my size and way too expensive), so I decided to take matters into my own hands. The end result was this “Ask Me About My Cats” shirt that I made using some photos of my cats Cleocatra, Conan and Stinky, some iron-on transfer paper and an old thrifted tank top. If you want to make your own crazy cat lady shirt, just click through my gallery to see the DIY steps.

❥❥,

Yuka

Want a custom crazy cat lady shirt but don’t have the time or willpower to make it yourself? Clossette will make one for you – check it out here.

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Reversible Retro Ribbon Dress in Lavender

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On days when you want to be effortlessly fabulous, there’s nothing like a cute lil’ lavender number like this one to add some retro flair to your look. Revamped from a much longer vintage house dress, this A-line frock has got a little sex appeal with its mini-style length but maintains its modesty with its elegant boatneck. Or flip it and wear it with the snaps on the front for a more casual look.

The ribbon-pattern fabric has a nice, crisp feel that is heavy enough that it will hide any slight imperfections in your tummy area – lord knows we’ve all got them. The 3/4 sleeves are on the slim side.

Size: Small.
17 3/4″ from armpit to srmpit
14 1/4″ across the shoulders
31″ from boat neckline to hem

Condition: Beautiful vintage condition with no visible imperfections on the outside. There are a few small blemishes on the inner lining but no one will be able to see them when you’re wearing the dress.

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Custom Clossette “Ask Me About My Cats” Top

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Are you a cat person and not ashamed to show it? Clossette can create a custom “Ask Me About My Cats” top for you displaying actual pics of your feline friend(s) so you can tell the whole world how you feel about your favorite pet – whether they want to hear it or not. Just send us pics of your pet and we’ll take it from there.

There are 3 options for this shirt (choose the one that’s right for you):

1. Easiest: Send us the photos you’d like us to use via email along with a short description of the text you would like. Tell us the type of shirt you would like us to use (t-shirt or tank top) and the size and color you prefer. We will send you a proof of the custom image we create, and once you approve, we’ll send you the finished shirt in the mail. $55 including shipping fees.

2. A little more effort on your part: Send us the actual t-shirt, tank or other top you want us to use in the mail, and the photos you’d like us to use along with a short description of the text you would like via email. We will send you a proof of the custom image we create, and once you approve, we’ll send you back the finished shirt in the mail. $40 including shipping fees.

3. Most effort on your part but cheapest: Send us the photos you’d like us to use via email along with a short description of the text you would like. We will send you a proof of the custom image we create, and once you approve, we’ll send you the iron-on transfer for you to iron on your own shirt in your own home. $25 including shipping fees.


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