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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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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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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Kandy’s DIY Tip: How to Revamp Your Jeans

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We are coming into fall now, and the super bright jeans aren’t really for fall. I love this dark red print for fall, and black for me is an all around seasonal color. I love to make my own clothes and I want to be a fashion designer so this is like a serious start for me. My parents don’t like that I LOVE revamping my clothes, but I can’t help it. I know that I’ll make money off of this one day. I already sell some bow ties and jewelry that I make. Great start right. So For this project I’d suggest that you try black pants for bleaching, but you can use black jeans if you’d rather chose to use fabric paint which I’d suggest silver.

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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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Make Love, Not War Military Coat – SOLD OUT

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This French blue coat has some sweet little details like military style buttons and a furry hood that will keep you looking hot even in the winter. The lining is quilted for extra warmth.

It hasn’t been revamped because it’s so perfect it doesn’t really need any help.

Size: The label says small, but it fits more like a small to medium

Condition: Very good. There’s a bit of pilling on the back but it still looks great with no major blemishes.

Plaid dress and belt not included.

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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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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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Last Chance to Win a Pair of Classic Chanel Sunglasses, a Bebe Charm Bracelet and More!

The dog days of summer may be gone, but a classic pair of sunglasses is chic even in the cooler weather – and that’s especially true when they’re Chanel (and doubly true when they’re FREE!) That’s right, if you’ve always wanted your own pair of Chanel shades, it’s your lucky day because we’re giving one from our own closet away to a very lucky reader and it could be you. By the way, we know that different shades complement different face shapes, so the winner will actually be able to choose between two different Chanel styles. Sunglasses not your thang? We’ll also be giving away this adorable Clossette Chanel charm necklace, a brand new Bebe charm bracelet and a gift certificate for a box of two dozen liquor-infused bite-size cupcakes from Smashed Sweets. Yum!

HOW TO WIN (it’s easy!):

1. Sign up for the free Clossette newsletter by clicking here. We’ll be announcing the winner in our newsletter so make sure you sign up!

2. Like Clossette on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Clossette

That’s it! We’ll announce the lucky winners on Monday, October 3rd in our newsletter so make sure you’re signed up. Good luck!

Click below for a closer look at all of the prizes.

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Eco Fashion in the Park in Washington Heights: Why Eco Fashion Isn’t Just for Yuppies and Hipsters

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I can’t tell you how excited and honored I was when House of Glam was kind enough to invite us to join their Eco Fashion in the Park event at Highbridge Park in Washington Heights. So you can imagine my dismay when I told friends about it and some of them expressed their concern that people in less gentrified areas of the city may not know about eco-fashion and that our booth might be a total failure. I admit that where I live in Queens in a mostly Asian community, any mention of sustainable fashion would be met with total confusion. There are a few thrift shops, but if you tried to look for a store like Kaight where ethically made, sustainable clothing is sold exclusively, you’d have more luck finding an icicle in Hades. Still, I had a feeling that my friends were wrong about Washington Heights. First of all, they were holding an eco-fashion event there so I figured there had to be some sustainable fashion following. Secondly, it really bothered me to think that some people consider green fashion to be something that is strictly for well-to-do (and predominantly Caucasian) hipsters and yuppies. That simply isn’t the case!

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Clossette on NY1 News!

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A big electronic hug to everyone who made it out last Sunday to our Clossette pop-up swap shop at the 14th St. Y! We learned a lot, gave out a ton of (non-alcoholic) cupcakes and made a bunch of new pals. In related news, my mom texted me a few hours ago saying that she “saw her back for one second” on NY1 News. I get a lot of cryptic texts like this from her so I checked it out and lo and behold, her back (along with the rest of our pop-up booth) made a one second appearance on NY1’s coverage of the event. Albeit a humble,tiny, miniscule, lil’ snippet, it was exciting to see! Check it out the whole news story on the OPENgreenHOUSE here.

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