in the Kitchen in the Socks in my Sweater with a Fox

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You’ve seen What Does The Fox Say video, right? RIGHT?

Well, this DIY is 100% inspired by it, that and a million gazillion of other fox sweaters from mass retailers 😉

1. We are going to start with one $3.99 Hanes sweatshirt from Savers,

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2. Next – spend 10 or so minutes drawing the fox,

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3. Pick out your fabrics and colors,

4. Cut out all the parts and lay them out,

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5. Here is when fabric glue comes in the picture – glue the eyes, tip of tail and darker parts of the ears,

6. Add the lines, you’ll need the basic embroidery skills here, but don’t worry – it’s really easy!

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7. Sew the appliqué to the sweatshirt, creating the outline of the fox

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And viola!

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Happy DIYing!

Xx,

Zhenya

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Refashion Runway First Challenge: STRIPES

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Hi everyone, I hope you are as excited as I am, because today I am finally sharing my very first submission to the Refashion Runway contest hosted by the Renegade Seamstress!

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!!

I am ecstatic, especially because I completed this challenge last Sunday, and waited and waited all week long to finally show it to you, and the WORLD!

As you know the theme of the first challenge was STRIPES! And there is a story behind this refashion (as always with me!)

I was at work working on the NAYEC portfolio on a Saturday (yes, I do that!), when Beth emailed me, so after spending 4 hours and barely getting anything done, I hit the Hopkins Goodwill (one of the best ones in the Twin Cities in my opinion) and scored an awesome American Apparel striped dress for $5.99 (originally $42), that just screamed REFASHION to me! (I also got a whole bunch of other things, but I’ll tell you more about them later 😉 )

Before

Do you see what’s wrong with it? Yes, the hood, which was too heavy and looked awkward, and the drawstrings, which looked like a giant shoelace!

So I quickly cut the hood off, creating the new neckline…

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Then I got rid of the shoelace drawstring:

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And swapped it for a bright turquoise ribbon!

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But I went one step further and reused the left over fabric from the hood to create this Great Gatsby inspired head piece:

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HeadBand

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I styled the dress with white wedges from Fashionol.ru, Straw Fedora from Goodwill, Bright Neon Necklace from Old Navy, and Vintage Kenneth Cole purse!

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Please don’t forget to go and cast your vote here, so that I can keep refashioning in this wonderful contest!

Xo,

Z

DIY Friday: It’s all about the Dress (easy sewing tutorial)

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I love making my own clothes, and even though I don’t do it often, I still love doing it! And maybe someday, just someday I’ll become one of those people who can finish a garment in one sitting! Oh, wait, I actually did! With this dress!

I had this piece of polyester material for forever, it came from one of the thrift stores where I am a regular! Yes, you can buy fabric at a thrift store and it’s cheap and affordable, just not always what you want! But I really feel like I lucked out with this pattern:

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After reading this Boho Revival post on Chic Trends, I was even more inspired to finally create my own piece!

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There are a ton a ton DIY tutorials out there on how to make a dress like this! And to be 100% honest with you the fabric was intended for a skirt, but since I could pull more use out of a dress than a skirt, I went with this hi-lo design partially inspired by what’s out there, and partially affected by the lack of fabric!

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I am wearing:

Dress – hand made // Shoes – Nine West Vintage America // Necklace – Old Navy //

Bag – Vintage (coming to my Etsy store soon!) // Bracelet – hand made // Belt – hand-me-down

Lipstick – Maybelline Fuchsia Flash

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To make the hi-lo Being Zhenya dress I followed these simple instructions by See Cate Create

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I just skipped the elastic part! That’s it 🙂

Hope you like my DIY friday post, have you been sewing/refashioning anything lately?

Xo,

Z

DIY Friday: Denim Rug

I saw an idea for a DIY denim rug a couple weeks ago! And I knew it was going to be perfect for me, because I had so many freecycled pairs of jeans, that I knew were waiting for their moment! And it finally came! Unfortunately it didn’t use up as many pairs, as I was hoping (only 1 1/2 or 3 pant legs 🙂 )

Here is what you are going to need:

– Old jeans

– Scissors

– Fabric

– Sewing Machine

Then simply follow my easy instructions and enjoy!

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I hope this was nice and easy, let me know how your rug turns out!

Xo,

Z

Have a great weekend everyone 😉

PS. Linking up with Domestic Superhero

DIY Lace Art from an Old Top

I am so glad I am done with all of the product reviews and can finally return to my ordinary or extraordinary posts (whichever you prefer).

This DIY is so easy, you can do it at 11 o’clock at night (that’s exactly what I did!) and it will still turn out great!

You are going to need:

– Small canvas (I’ve had it for the past 2 or 3 years in my craft storage box) which are usually pretty cheap!

– Lace fabric (Mine came from a freecycled XL OldNavy top)

– some ribbon (Came from the same top as the lace) if you are planning to hang your piece, otherwise, because the canvas that i used was a square it could be used as a stand alone piece on a shelf!

– staples or nails or glue, or whatever you can think of to hold it all together! I went with push pin boards!

Here we go:

1. Get your supplies ready!

 

 

2. Lay the canvas on top of the lace to determine how big of a fabric piece you’ll need!

 

3. Fold the lace nicely around the canvas (you don’t want it looking messy!) and pin it down! Hint: when you are pinning down the lace, add the ribbon into the fold, so it’s all pinned together.

And you are all done and ready to hang!

And the best part is – I made TWO!

 Happy DIYing everyone and Happy Monday!

Xo,

Zhenya

Fashion Crochet

You see, I firmly believe that certain things never go out of style, just because they can evolve or transform into something new each season.

And the best examples I could come up with are crocheted and knitted items.

I found some great vintage crochet pieces, which are 100% wearable today!

What an amazing 1970’s dress!

Or this vintage open weave crochet tunic

Here is another comeback from the hippie era: vtg 70s hippie boho patchwork prairie calico dress

For some reason I am really into the white dresses this season, I guess that’s what happens after you get married!

Make sure to visit The Frippery Vintage Boutique, a lot of gorgeous vintage dresses on sale!

Being the DIY freak that I am I went and researched what designers included crochet items into their collection.

Check out this Sena Crochet Wrap! How amazingly simple and completely DIYable 🙂

I am loving these tops and dresses, even though they are more of a summer trend, you can TOTALLY style them for FALL!

I am still drooling over the DVF dress! It will probably take me a while to get over it.

Not that I don’t have any knitted dresses in my collection 😉

I have a Kookai knitted black dress, but I am still looking for a perfect black slip to go with it!

Though my husband loves this dress on me without any slips 😉

I also want to give a shout out to The Double Stitch Twins, who bring crochet to a totally different level!

They are such an inspiration and an encouragement to all of us out there, aspiring knitters and crocheters. In all it’s seriousness though, crocheting and knitting gives you an opportunity to be your own designer, or a designer period! It’s the knowledge that you are the only one who has this unique item, that keeps me, personally, going! And standing out in a crowd is what I like!

And finally – the Salvatore Ferragamo bag, which to me, is a PERFECTION

 Wouldn’t you love to knit that?

For those of you who like to play it safe – use crochet to decorate the already existing pieces of your wardrobe, which need some refreshing! There are a million ideas on the internet! Here are some of them!

A tank with a crochet strap

A shirt with the crochet back

And some sexy looking shorts!

I promise to show some DIY projects similar to those above in the future!

As for me, I learned how to knit from my mom. She was always making sweaters for herself and me, back in Russia, when the times were tough! Crocheting came later, I went to an after school program to learn that! No bragging, but I was a natural.

I have recently finished an infinity scarf. Pics will be posted after it’s washed 🙂 And I am currently working on something very special, and I will let you sneak a peak at it…

…but not going to tell you what it’s going to be!

Anyways, have a great weekend everyone, happy Friday!

Today’s DIY: White Bridal Fabric Necklace

Fabric Necklaces are in, so why not wear one on your BIG day? I have created a necklace that you can wear in the summertime or at a summer wedding. It’s asymmetry and the many different ways how you can wear it and add on to it make it even more appealing.

PS. It’s all handmade too 🙂

1. Find fabric or lace or tulle that you are going to use for the main part of your necklace – which means you are going to add on to it, sew things on, braid it, knot it, etc – wherever your imagination takes you.

2. Choose the pieces that you are going to add on to the necklace:

3. Add on as many or as few decorating items as you want

I added a ruffled ribbon with lace and some pearly beads as the main centerpiece.

And this is how it looks on a person (aka me – couldn’t make Sam wear it 😉 )

Happy DIYing everyone, and sorry for the picture quality 🙂

Love you all,

 

 

 

PS. Here is a cute cat picture for you!

 

DIY Clutch #2

Remember that purse that I turned into a clutch? Well I had enough material to make another clutch out of what was left over.

1. The material before I turned it into a clutch. This used to be the front pocket of the purse, and the zipper – well I found it among my Grandpa’s treasures!

 

2. I am sorry I didn’t take any pics in between, but once again I used my linoleum trick, so that the clutch held its’ shape! The lining is the same fabric I used for my chair and my curtains! I also made the tassel, to give it a tassely look 🙂

Vintage Purse DIY – Final Cut

Today is the last post about my vintage purse. Poor thing it’s been through a lot! First it was made in the USSR, and that’s enough stress for it already. Then it was worn, torn (the oval button on the front was ripped out, so I sewed it back on), stored in a dusty closet, taken out of there, hand washed, spray painted, drawn on, and finally, I decided to give it a break. These are my final touches!

So yesterday I wrote a post about drawing on my vintage purse with a Sharpie (brutal, I know) to hide a stain, and I also realized yesterday, that Symmetry wasn’t created for nothing, so here is what happened today!

And then the AMAZING thing happened, I remembered about an Elf! My Elf nail polish from a dollar store on 33rd or 32nd ST, right out of Penn Station. And this is what the final product looks like!

If you look close you will see the black dots I made with the nail polish. I know this is nothing genius, but at least the purse is wearable now!

Check out the two previous posts on the same subject!

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/i-drew-on-my-vintage-purse-and-i-am-proud-of-it/

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/vintage-purse-makeover/

DIY Tank Top/Camisole Made Out of a Vintage Nightgown!

Are you wondering when this girl’s DIY projects will end? NEVER. Because, just like yesterday’s quotes stated – Life is a DIY project! So take it literally and make something similar to what I do, or take it metaphorically and turn the table, take the matters in your own hands, become the boss of your own universe!

This is the same nightgown that I used lace from to make yesterday’s lace flower for my DIY Vintage Purse project! You can learn more about it here

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/vintage-purse-makeover/

Now this is not my original idea, I have stolen it from someone while surfing the blogosphere, and because I sometimes don’t pay attention who it was, I can’t give you a link to her blog, but maybe, just maybe you’ve seen something like this on the Internet before, and can leave the links to similar projects in the comments section. Just be nice, as I’ve already told you, I am not going to take full credit for this idea.

I want to apologize in advance – I forgot to take the before picture of the nightgown, yes, I was so excited to make that lace flower yesterday, that I basically ripped the bottom half off of it! Now there were some holes patched up and such, so that part was immediately cut off. And this is what I started with.

If you take a closer look, you can already see that I’ve already hemmed the bottom. This is a closer picture of the lace top (my favorite part of the project!)

It took me about 3 episodes of Chelsea Lately to finish the hem! You will be surprised, but I had leftover lace from the flower, the part that was originally hemmed at the factory! And that was the part I needed!

This is a picture of me hemming the lace, I folded the top part, and created a lace strip, that I later attached to the bottom of the top

Just like that!

It took me some more episodes of Chelsea Lately and Sex and The City to finish off this part. I didn’t use a sewing machine, it’s all HAND SEWN!

And a close up!

It turned out a little longer than I thought, which is actually a perfect length if you want to wear it as lingerie, but a little too long for a tank top. Now you all are probably wondering “Why is this looney tune making something to wear in public, which is obviously lingerie?” Remember Madonna? And the 80’s? Yeah!

And of course my fav 80’s outfit worn by SJ Parker!

And here is what my project looks like on me!

I added my Grandma’s vintage pin to add more vintage to my vintage!

This is what the pin looks like in it’s box!

Here are some more pics that I took in my new outfit!

And then I decided to pin my yesterday’s creation to my today’s creation!

Hope you enjoyed it, show me some love, leave me a comment 🙂

Xoxo