April 7, 2014

DIY Monday: Lace Strip Sweater

Filed under: Clothing,DIY,Fashion,Style,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 6:07 pm
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DIY Monday is now brought to you by thursday.  And the letter L~ (tl:dr diymonday’s hiatus is over)

The lace panel trend is not going anywhere, tbh.  And why should it?  It’s fabulous!  Also a great way to add texture to an outfit (and some interest to an otherwise plain wardrobe staple.  Like this Loft sweater:



I fell in love with this gorgeous antique lace, and bought it without a specific project in mind.  But it’s a perfect match with my new sweater~


Trim lace to fit (but leave a little extra to fold under and in case fabric stretches).  Then pin the lace to the sweater.  Be sure to center the lace carefully, so you don’t end up with an unfortunately crooked result~


Then just pop it in your sewing machine and straight stitch.  You could even do this by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine.  And voila!


Super-easy diy lace strip sweater.


August 31, 2012

August Texture

Filed under: Clothing — by twistedchic @ 4:43 pm
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August texture is now brought to you by the letter m and the number 5.

People underestimate the importance of texture.  But for me, it’s really a clothing key.  The texture of a fabric can tell you what kind of quality it is.  When I am shopping, I’ll run my fingers over rows of pants, and be able to tell which ones are poly blends, cotton, or silk.  I won’t buy anything that isn’t soft and comfortable; if it’s scratchy and uncomfortable you won’t wear it, period.  It’s not worth buying something that’s pretty but itches (learned that the hard way!)

There are two kinds of texture: visual texture (prints) and tactile texture (slubbed fabrics, lace, etc).  (Visual texture and prints are their own post, so I’m just going to talk about tactile texture today.)  Some of my favorite things in my wardrobe are wild textured pieces.  My absolute favorite is a bright orange silk scarf, handmade in Kansas!

It’s incredibly soft, and I just like to touch it!

In this case, the weave creates the texture, but there are other ways to get texture.  Grommets and studs, for example.  Or burnout fabrics, or embroidery, brocade fabrics, applique, etc.  The list goes on and on.  There are so many options, why not try and experiment a little?  Have fun with your clothes!

If this is outside of your comfort zone, start slow.  Maybe a lacy collar, or burnout scarf.  Tactile texture can be worn a lot like prints, the “rules” are pretty much the same.  Just try one new thing…you’ll get hooked! (yes, that was a crochet pun)


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