diy pants, shirt & accessories

i just came back from my mom’s house, which i’ve come to think of as my studio. i’ve spent a glorious day and a half there doing nothing but crafting. i finished up a shirt i had been working on the last time i was there, made some wristcuffs, a choker, & made a plain, boring pair of pants awesome.

first off, the shirt.

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it was just a plain, striped men’s shirt i got from the thrift store. not too bad, but i already had another plain, striped men’s shirt from the thrift store which looked very similar & i tended to wear more. so i decided to make this one different.

DSC03335 copy i took an old converge t-shirt as the base for this transformation. it was a very white, extra large one which i had been meaning to make into something else for several years. i cut out the graphics & added some mesh, so the bright colours wouldn’t be so harsh against the dark background. i also dyed the ‘converge’ & pink square parts in tea for the same reason.

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then i added some scrap materials i had lying around & replaced some of the buttons. i also rolled up the sleeves & added scraps & buttons there to hold them up. some of the pieces are sewn by machine, others by hand. i really like combining both methods for these sorts of projects.

DSC03342 copyoverall, it was a pretty simple modification. i was planning on doing more to it, but with the striped base not that much was needed. i love how this shirt turned out.

also very simple, were these wristcuffs & choker:
DSC03358 copyi made the wristcuffs by layering stretchy lace, ruffling them smaller with elastic & then adding bows of velvet ribbon on top. the choker is made out of that same velvet ribbon, which i sewed some scrap already ruffled lace on, then a tier of rhinestones, & completed the whole with five small roses. only the lace was sewn by machine, the rest by hand. it closes by tying together some smaller ribbon. very gothy. the choker reminds me of something that a 90’s teenager with a small budget who was just getting into gothic fashion would make. kind of second-hand nostalgia? anyway, i love it for that reason.

& now, the pants. i got them from a thrift store & i never wore them because the top was a little too big for me & it kept falling down. this is what they looked like before:

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& this is what it became:

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i spent about twelve straight hours on it yesterday. when i look at it now it seems impossible that it took so long. twelve. then again, i had to figure out what exactly i wanted on them, i had to paint, wait for the paint to dry, sew a lot by hand…

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i started by dabbing thinned down black fabric paint all over it. then i splattered silver fabric paint over that. then i thought about patches i wanted to put on it. of course, it is the alternative way to plaster band names & logo’s all over one’s clothes & provide all this free promotion while meaning to show the depths of one’s soul. whatever. i went with the first bands that came to mind & had interesting or easy to paint logo’s. all four patches are painted freehand. i’m pretty impressed with how they turned out.

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go ahead; guess what they’re all from.

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for an extra layer i added some more scrap mesh. most of that is sewn by machine, but it was rather hellish to get so far to the bottom in such narrow pipes. most of the lowest parts defeated me & i ended up sewing that by hand. at one part even that was too much & i just secured that with safety pins.

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i also added some patches of striped fabric, more decorative safety pins, the obligatory studs & a d-ring. to fix the sizing issue at the top i added belt loops & hoped that wearing it well-belted would be enough. & now that i’ve been walking around in it all day i can confirm that yes, a belt is enough.

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as you can see, all the patches were hand-sewn on. the patches were probably what took the most time. i don’t mind though. it was nice, easy work that i didn’t have to pay that close attention to. i could just watch videos & shows while i was working on them.

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i’m so happy with these pants! worth all twelve hours. i keep looking down at them or in the mirror at them. they’re perfect. or almost. i would still like an extra pocket in front, for things like my public transport card. i think i’ll make a zippered one, with the pocket out of sight on the inside. maybe the next time i go to my mom’s house. first i have to stock up on metal zippers again.

these pants sort of compel me to similarly punk up other plain black items. otherwise they’re so lonely. however, i also don’t want all my plain black stuff ending up the same… i’ll see.

thank you for looking! i hope you enjoyed this post at least a fragment as much as i enjoyed making these. maybe even inspired a diy project of your own.

penny dreadful – vanessa ives inspiration

a couple of weeks ago i discovered the show penny dreadful. since then i’ve been slightly obsessed. there are so many wonderful things in that show, among which are the costumes. oh, the costumes. i would take screenshots of all of them, but netflix won’t allow me. they sparked a renewed interest in me in victorian fashion. victorian fashion was one of the goth clichés that i had moved away from, forgotten how fabulous it could be. anyway. of all the characters i think vanessa ives has the best wardrobe. here are some examples i plucked from google:

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Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 1, episode 2). - Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME- Photo ID: PennyDreadful_102_1519
Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 1, episode 2). – Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME- Photo ID: PennyDreadful_102_1519

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i can’t stop looking at the detail on this blouse. i think it’s one of her finest pieces.

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girl-and-vanessa-outside-churchi love those puffed sleeves on coats & jackets! that scarf makes the whole lovelier still.

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nice modern addition of polka dots in this dress. the gold dots on the black look fantastic.

Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 1, episode 1). - Photo: Patrick Redmond/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: PennyDreadful_S1_QU6A2491
Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 1, episode 1). – Photo: Patrick Redmond/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: PennyDreadful_S1_QU6A2491

penny-dreadful-costumesagain, amazing detail on this dress. if only i could get my hands on lace like that… the contrast of the white also looks really nice.

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i hope you enjoyed this post! thank you for looking.

lolita purchases

well, i did go by that lolita shop i mentioned in my last post. it’s called summer tales boutique &, even half-full, it’s so very, very lovely. i can’t believe i didn’t know it before. it’s only half an hour away on bicycle! i got to try on a hurriedly assembled lolita outfit, with a petticoat. ah, that petticoat. i had to buy it. it’s so big & cute. strangely, i’ve never owned a proper petticoat before. how i’ve missed out.

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of course, pictures taken of it laying flat on my bed don’t do it any kind of justice, but i don’t have any skirts or dresses to wear with it yet. my jsk shipped today though. aaaah, i can’t wait to receive it! & wear it with this petticoat!

i also bought a bodyline blouse. so lovely & inexpensive.

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although i’m not sure if it’ll go with my jsk. well, i can always buy another that does go with it. or make one. if only i had more opportunity to sew… i’m actually considering skipping out on that vacation to budapest next week & go have a vacation at my mom’s house with my sewing machines instead. a whole week to make lolita clothes would be so very lovely. sigh. after that whole week in which i would go to budapest i start with a new block at school & it will be all work, work, work again.

when i saw their workspace at summer tales boutique… heavenly. these things really make me want to go back into fashion. they offer internships there too. not that that would be of any benefit to my comparative literature studies. anyway, here is also a flyer the nice lady gave me:

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if you live anywhere near houten, go check it out! it’s a very inspiring shop overall.