Monthly Archives: April 2013

DIY Foiled Picture Frame

Just recently, I learned how to decoupage using a common kitchen item: Aluminum Foil. (Thanks, Aunt Gina!)  I’ve been calling it ‘foiling’.  Today, I’m going to show you how you can ‘foil’ a picture frame!  In just a few steps, the result is a metal looking finished piece.

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–What You’ll Need–

-Bare picture frame (no glass or mat)

-Aluminum foil

-Tacky glue

-Black acrylic paint

-Sponge brush

-Cup of water

-Dish or plastic plate for paint

Directions:

1. Find an open space you can use to lay out some newspaper, or cloth or something to work on.

2. Unroll about 2 or 2 1/2 feet of foil and tear it off with your hands, don’t use the serated edge on the box because you want to have uneven edges since they blend better.

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3. Crumple up the foil into a loose ball. Don’t make it really tight.

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4.  Uncrumple the foil ball, so you have a wrinkled looking sheet of foil.

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5.  On the matte side of the foil, spread tacky glue.  Use the sponge brush to spread the glue all over the sheet.

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6.  Drape it over the frame and press, making sure you’re pressing in any ridges from the frame and so the foil is as tightly pressed down as you can get it.  Do this over the entire frame.

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7.  Here’s what your frame should be looking like… and if you need to, patch any necessary areas around the frame after you have the whole thing covered.

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8.  Water down some black acrylic paint, and use the sponge brush to paint over the entire frame.

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9.  If you painted it on a little too thick, you can use a rag to soak up any extra paint.

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10.  Let dry, and you’re ready to frame your favorite photo!!

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:) As always, let me know if you try it and show me how it turned out!

Cal

70’s Inspired

It wasn’t until after I put this outfit together that I realized I was apparently subconsciously inspired by the infamous style of Annie Hall.  That’s totally fine with me though.  I’ll admit, while studying Fashion History in school… the 70’s weren’t one of my favorite fashion eras.  But more recently, I’ve sort of come around to this particular period in fashion.  I’d say it’s partly due to Annie Hall, and partly due to finding some old photographs of my stylish mother (and father).

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My mom, a fashion connoisseur herself, had a very timeless style back then…which I came to notice after finding some of her modeling pictures with her wearing a green plaid jacket, that would make Ralph Lauren swoon.  There’s also my favorite photo (which I’ll have to post soon!) that my dad took (a hobby photographer, I remember hanging out with my dad in his dark room when I was little, back before the wonderful world of digital photography).  She’s wearing cuffed shorts and a stripe button up with her “favvvvorite” red leather sandals, as she’s admitted to me in the past.  My dad, circa the 70’s, with his beanie hat and hipster glasses would actually fit in quite well with recent fashion. :p


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Blouse: made by me, Navy flare legs: Gap, Nude pumps: Target, Belt: Mens section at Old Navy, Faux Leather Floppy Hat: Converse.

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I fell in love with this embroidered lace and beaded tulle.  It’s even more beautiful in person.   And because of my obsession with white blouses, I knew exactly what I had to use it for.  I was kind of nervous while  making it because I didn’t want to spill anything on it in the process, but I did not! PHEW!  And consequently,  I was very happy with the turnout.
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And of course, I had to add some sparkly buttons. :)

Who’s Ready for a Picnic??

Who's Ready for a Picnic??

Equipment tie front blouse
modaoperandi.com

Hudson Jeans denim jeans
$135 – the-dressingroom.com

Kate Spade flat shoes
katespade.com

Kate spade jewelry
katespade.com

Brooks Brothers stud earrings
brooksbrothers.com

Ray Ban ray ban optical
net-a-porter.com

Levi s levi s
$41 – zalando.co.uk

10 Step DIY To a NEW DRESS!

Want something new and fresh to wear, but you don’t want to spend the money? Have no fear! Callie is here! :) For a fraction of the cost of a brand new dress, I’m going to tell you, and show you how you can take a basic from your closet and turn it into a new, fashion forward, (could be) straight from the runway frock.

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Just add a Bubble Sleeve!

 

I should start by saying that it will be to the best of your advantage if you have a basic know-how of sewing.  Even if it’s just how to thread a sewing machine, and stitch a line…with that, it’s pretty simple. 

Also, I completed this tutorial using a basic ¾ sleeve sweater dress, but if it so pleases you, you could also use a top.  A dress may give you a more formal result than a top, but if you’re not a fan of dresses, I advise you to do this using a ¾ sleeve top instead.

What You’ll Need

-¼ to 1/2 yard of taffeta fabric ( I advise buying more fabric than you need to stay on the safe side, scraps can always be used for something).

-Basic knit top or dress, preferably with ¾ length sleeves

-¼” wide elastic (about a yard)

-Sewing machine (and basic knowledge of how to use it!)

-Thread (as close to the color of your taffeta)

-Pins

-Scissors

-Iron and ironing board

-McCalls Pattern #5464 (Make sure you look at the back chart for measurements so you buy the correct size range).

*While doing this, have your directions from the pattern handy for additional information on making an elastic casing, and attaching the sleeve.  (Steps #40-47).

Here we go!

Step One:

Go to the fabric store.  This is where you become the designer.  Look at the color of your basic, and imagine what color bubble sleeve would complement it best.  I went with a lighter blue to complement my navy blue sweater dress.  I initially was going to go with black for an edgier feel, but I already had some leftover light blue taffeta and decided to use that up.  After seeing the result, I was happy I went with the light blue instead of black.

Step Two:

Grab that McCalls pattern you just bought and find pattern piece #12.  This is the lower (bubble) sleeve piece.  As you cut it out, leave room around the lines.  Don’t cut out the pattern piece on the lines! When cutting out a pattern piece on fabric, it’s much more precise to cut out if it hasn’t already been cut out on the lines…and this way, you won’t end up with any jagged edges.

Step Three:

Find a hard surface with a lot of room and lay out your fabric, so that there are two layers (folded edge toward the bottom).  Make sure your grain-line (line on the pattern with an arrow) is parallel to the fabric selvedge.  Cut out the pattern piece in your size, making sure you clip the notches (triangles).selvedgemodStep Four:

**REMEMBER! The first rule to sewing is ‘Right Sides Together’, this means when you’re stitching fabric that the right, or correct, sides of the fabric are always sewn together unless stated otherwise.

Separate your two (cut-out) fabric pieces.  With right sides together, pin the sides of the sleeve together and stitch.

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Step Five:

Use a basting stitch to stitch 2 rows along the upper edge of sleeve (about 1/8 ‘’ apart).  Pull the basting stitches to gather the upper edge of sleeve.

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Step Six:

I know…elastic?! Don’t get discouraged.  It’s really not as tricky as you may think.   Simply put, you’re going to ‘hem’ the lower sleeve but are going to leave an opening which creates a casing for your elastic.  To make a casing: turn up the raw (ungathered) edge of the sleeve about 1/4 inch, press it with an iron to create a crease.  Turn it up a second time just a bit wider than 1/4 inch to allow for stitching.  Pin all around.  Stitch very close to the fold, leaving an opening for the elastic.(Refer to the directions the came with your pattern for more instruction on how to create the casing). 

To measure your elastic, wrap it around your arm where you’d like the sleeve to sit (probably the middle of your forearm) add 1 inch to that length.  Pin one end of the elastic to the opening of your casing, or ‘hem’.  Pin a safety pin on the other end of the elastic.  This is the end you’re going to push through the casing.  Push the safety pin through your casing to reach the other end of elastic.  Pull the ends to tighten to your desired stretch.  Now, pulling the elastic ends away from the fabric, stitch and backstitch them together for additional reinforcement.

Step Seven:

Now stitch together the opening of your casing, or ‘hem’.  You will likely have to pull the elastic a bit to get it to lay flat on your machine and not have it scrunch up while trying to stitch.

It should look like this:

 

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Step Eight:

Now, find your basic.  Since mine was a sweater dress, I cut off the ribbed ends of the sleeves to allow more give when I stitched on the bubble sleeve.  (You probably don’t need to do this if you’re using any other knit, like a jersey).  With right sides together, pin the gathered edge of your sleeve to the sleeve edge of your basic.  See picture below for how it should look.

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Step Nine:

Stitch the lower bubble sleeves to the sleeves of your basic.  I recommend stitching 2 or 3 times over for additional reinforcement.  Trim your seam allowance.

Step Ten:

Turn the bubble sleeves right side out, and you have yourself a new dress!! :)

 

 

 

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Finished sleeve.

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Now this sweater dress is runway ready.  Who would’ve thought you could turn a basic sweater dress into something way more exciting, fashionable, stylish, annnnd glamourous??

Now you can too! Let me know if you try it!! :)

Dress it Up

Dress it Up

Michael Kors leather handbag
couture.zappos.com

Aqua chalcedony ring
artisandesigngallery.com

Cuff bracelet
krisnations.com

Dorothy Perkins stud earrings
dorothyperkins.com

Lanvin belt
mytheresa.com

Napoleon perdi
nordstrom.com

A Dress with Some Edge

Well, the day we took these pics Cleveland reached a temperature of about 80.  It was quite pleasant, but usually not likely for an April day.  Then of course the next day it went right back into the 40’s…something not so unusual for us.  Cleveland may be one of the only places that can experience all 4 seasons in the span of a week, and is probably the main source of all my sinus flare ups. Ick.

To take advantage of the weather, I thought I’d debut this dress.  Initially I had intended to use the fabric to make a blazer, but I decided its fate was an edgy, rocker ‘inspired’ dress.

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I paired it with H&M earrings and clutch, and shoes from Target.  Stud belt is from Dillard’s a few years back.

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The pics really don’t do the fabric full justice.  It’s much more shimmery than it looks, which gives it an almost metal looking finish and why I thought it’d make a great edgy dress.

Now for somewhere to wear it… :)

Simply Stylish Spring

Simply Stylish Spring

Armani Jeans v neck shirt
$210 – profilefashion.com

J Brand j brand
$800 – brownsfashion.com

Nine west shoes
piperlime.gap.com

Hoorsenbuh
barneys.com

Gogo philip
asos.com

Hat
swell.com

Tarte cosmetic
tartecosmetics.com

Black and White: Stripes, Charlie and a Tuxedo

    Black and white is such a great combo, and not just in fashion.  Black and white is everywhere you look.  Tangible and intangible.  Here are a few things black and white I’ve encountered in the past couple days.

 

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This was a little fixer-upper project of mine.  This coat hook board is from an antique store and originally looked like just a normal looking piece of wood with some coat hooks attached.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stain it or paint it, and obviously I went with the latter.  Black and white stripes are a great way to add some interest to a room.  And thanks to some correctly placed tape, I was able to get those lines nice and straight. ;)

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Charlie Chaplin (and his top hat that is somehow reflecting a dual image?) in 1952’s Limelight.  A black and white film about a comedian/clown and ballerina who help eachother get their lives back on track. 

 

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I had to include my little man.  The friendliest, and sleepiest tuxedo cat you’ll ever see.

Rock the Catwalk in CLE

A couple of days ago Cleveland held their 2nd annual Rock the Catwalk.  Rock the Catwalk is a fashion show that features fashions from local businesses and benefits the United Way of Greater Cleveland, presented by the Women’s Leadership Council.  It was a fun filled evening held at Cleveland’s Public Hall in Downtown Cleveland.  There was fun music, good food, local business vendors, as well as a silent auction with the chance to bid on such packages as a night at Lola’s with a meal prepared by and opportunity to meet Chef Michael Symon.

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I tried to get some pics of the inside of Public Hall, a building in Cleveland I had never been in and was thoroughly impressed by.  The fashion show was in the opera style autitorium which has such amazing detail with gold and blue ceilings, and murals painted above the mezzanine seats.  From talking to a friendly neighbor at our table, we learned that the Cleveland Orchestra would perform their summer concerts there before moving them to Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls.  Operas would also perform in Public Hall.

The cute dress-like centerpiece was made out of magazine pages made by volunteers.

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There were some great fashions in the fashion show, all from some of the local businesses/boutiques involved in the show.  They had work wear, athletic wear, and formal attire, so there was indeed a little something to interest everyone.

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This is the lobby of Cleveland’s Public Hall.  The old ticket booths are absolutely gorgeous with everything gleaming in gold, and bringing a sense of nostalgia to everyone visiting the building.  The ceiling is beautifully intricate as well with colors of gold, green and coral.

Take Me Out to the Home Opener!

Today marks the day of the Cleveland Indians home opener.  So to support my home team, I am wearing some Tribe gear today.  It’s a big game for them…against those Yankees…that sold out in a matter of a few hours. Cleveland has the best fans, after all ;) GO TRIBE!

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