Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sherpa Lined Plaid Vest- DIY Tutorial- No Sew

     I am a magazine junkie!! Fashion, cooking, crafts, gossip, and just about anything that I think is interesting.  In the November issue of People Style Watch, this super cute belted, plaid, wool vest really caught my eye. (That's a mouth full!)  Here it is:

Cute right?  The $58 price tag, not so cute. The more I thought about it, I realized I had an old plaid zip up that the sis in law gave me but  I accidentally shrunk in the dryer :( Opps!  It was really only the arms that became too tight, so minus the arms and yay, I could make this.  No more wasting away in the clothes heap for this zip up.  So, here is  what the original looks like:

It is a Self Esteem zip up, with a cowl/ turtle neck type collar.  When zipped open it lays similar to the vest in the picture.  So I thought, cut the sleeves, line the collar in Sherpa.  Sherpa and shearling lined coats, jackets, sweaters, and boots are trendy in the winter months.  So, says my magazines :)  So you can do this for anything. Check out what I did:


  • Fabric glue, (I used my trusty Fabri-tac)
  • Sherpa material ( I got 1yd which was way more than needed so measure your collar to see what you need, can be pricey but I got it 50% off with a coupon)
  • A zip up, or jean jacket, or biker jacket, ( any piece you want to line with Sherpa) 
  • scissors
  • paper
Step one:
    After a few failed attempts of free handing, I wisely decided to make a template of the collar to use when cutting the fabric.  I used plain old fax paper and cut it out, and taped it together:
Step two:
     Take your Sherpa  fabric and lay flat right side up.  Lay your template over it and pin it down.  You can trace around it with chalk or marker, then cut it out.  Or, just cut it out around the template like I did..  
  Step three:
     Now you want to take your lining, lay it down on the collar all matched up, and start to glue it down.( I should mention I kinda singed the edges of the sherpa with a lighter before gluing to prevent fraying and falling apart, but do this at your own risk, not mandatory)  I started in a corner of the under side of the Sherpa and dragged the glue all along the edges in a continual line .  I added lines of glue length wise as I went.  Press down as you go to make sure it's adhering. Work from on end to the other. You basically just want to glue the Sherpa on top of the collar.  Make sure you glue all the edges  down.  Let it dry and you are almost done! 

Step four:
     Lastly, if you're making yours a vest, cut the sleeves.  You can do this first if you wish.  I was too excited to get my lining on.( use the sleeves for leg warmer/ boot socks--Click for my tutorial)  I left mine a cap sleeve, so it's not really a vest exactly, but I still may cut them off all the way.  

All done! yay! So, enjoy, and let me know what you come up with!  Here it is in action:

You can belt it ...

Zip it...

Unzip it....

Or layer it...

Have fun with it!!!!!!!!!!
My DIY by kaquino21 featuring a drape vest

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

     I am very blessed to be able to be a mother, sister, friend, girlfriend, and cheerleader for so many amazing people in my life. " A gift so great is only one God could create and Im reminded every time I see your face"- Lauren Hill.  When I am down they lift me up, and I only hope I give back at least a little bit of what they give me.  To my sisters and brother, I love you very much!  Mom is smiling down on us! 
     Hold your family tight today and make sure to let them know how much you care.  I know I will!!  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How to Make a Sweater Skirt - No Sew Tutorial

     I am seeing sweater skirts all over the place these days and I don't know about you but I am loving them!  They are such a cute cold weather staple.  There is something about the fair isle print and chunky knits that makes me feel like a winter snow bunny. Take a look: Cute right?

Sweater Skirt Love

     I recently came across a tutorial on Pinterest on how to make one . I loved her idea, and she even made a cute pom pom tassel you can try to add yourself if you want.  I'll add the link at the bottom of the post.  So, I used the general concept and made one of my own.  Here is the result: (and leg Warmers from the sleeves-Tutorial Leg warmer/faux boot sock)

     It's so simple you'll want to make one out of ever old sweater you see.  I know I do:)  Here's what I did:


  • An old sweater you don't mind cutting up
  • Fabri-tac glue, or another brand of fabric glue
  • 3/4" elastic (I used 1 yd.)
  • Scissors
  • safety pin

Step One:

     Take your sweater, I got mine from a thrift store for $1, and cut horizontally across from  armpit to armpit so that you have the torso portion.  This will be the skirt.  I also cut the sleeves and used them for leg warmers.  

Step Two:
     Next turn it inside out and measure a fold over of 1 1/2" for the waist band.  We will be inserting the elastic inside this fold over, so if you use a different size elastic, lay it down and fold the top of the skirt over to see how far down you need to fold and glue it. I hope that isn't confusing.

Step Three:
     Next, add the Fabri-tac glue all around the top edge of the skirt folding over 1 1/2" as you go, and pressing down to make it stick.  All you need is a continual, thin line of glue and it will be enough to hold tight.  Make sure to leave an opening to insert your elastic!  I left my opening at the side of the skirt.  You'll glue it shut later. Here's what it looks like when you're done:

Step four and five:
     After you let the glue dry, you're going to take your elastic and attach a safety pin to one end.  Use that to guide the elastic through the opening in the skirt.  this will be your waist band.  Once it's through, try the skirt on and determine how tight you want the waist band on you. I pinned my safety pin to the other end of the elastic and kept adjusting the pin until the fit was comfortable.  Then with it still pinned, I trimmed the excess elastic, removed the pin, and glued the elastic together at the ends.  Glue your opening closed and you're all done!!
Turn it right side in and enjoy!

    So that's it, simple right?  This one was more of a mini on me because I'm on the taller side so my next one I'll try with a longer torso sweater.  So, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial,  try it out yourself and let me know what you come up with.  There are so many possibilities.  I also want to try a pencil skirt one with a exposed side zipper like the picture in my collage above :) Well, that's for another day.  Oh, here is a pic of the leg warmers/boot socks in action, Click for My tutorial Here:

  Another tut  (Inspiration for this project, sweater skirt how-to)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Monday Musings

     Happy it's a start of a new week, and Thanksgiving week at that!  Looking forward to having my oldest home from school and lots of family time this week.  I'm finally feeling better after a little bug I caught so maybe I'll even partake in some holiday shopping madness.  
     I went and saw Breaking Dawn last night with my niece and one of my best friends.  I loved it! It's my favorite book of the four and I was really interested to see how they'd put all that craziness to life and I was pleasantly surprised :) Team Edward. I'm not ashamed to be a twenty eight year old and really love the books and movies.  I am a sucker for a great romance :) Plus, that man is hot!  

        I've also had some time last week to tinker with my new set of Bundle Monster plates.  This is the arrival I was waiting for from Amazon.  I love them!  As a nail art lover it has made it so easy to get great designs on my nails.  It took me a couple tries to get it down, and I am still practicing, but it's a super easy way to get pretty designs on your nails.  Here was my very first result:

  It was a hounds tooth print in a turquoise color, over gold.  The pic isn't the greatest with the light reflection and all, still using my iphone, but you get the idea. 

     Today, I am starting a new project, a DIY sweater skirt, so check back for a fun tutorial.  I am super excited about this one because I am loving these sweater skirts I am seeing in stores:)  Happy Monday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bottomless Pit :)

     This is my 11 month old daughter Harlow.  She hates getting dressed, bedtime, and sitting still.  She loves exploring the house, sissy's barbies, play time, and food!  This little girl can eat!          She doesn't go longer than an hour, a lot of times less, without wanting num nums as she calls it.  We started her on cow's milk recently with the blessing of her pediatrician.  She gets all her recommended daily fruit and veggies, etc., but she just never seems satisfied.  I feel like I am feeding her all day long.  I am blessed to have a happy healthy child, don't get me wrong, but I am wondering if it is just a growth spurt or something?  Any mommies with a little one around her age or have gone through this before?  It's no harm or anything, I am just kind of in awe at how much this little girl can eat, and she only weighs about 19 lbs so it's not like she's over weight.  I am trying to establish healthy eating patterns for her but at the same time I don't want to deny her food in a growing stage.  For now, I'll just keep doing what I am doing and Ms. num nums can enjoy her food :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stay Warm in Style

Cozy at Home
     Since there is a chance of lake effect snow here this week I thought I'd put together my stay home and lounge list: 

  • Hot cocoa,check. It's my cold weather staple so we already always have that stocked.  It's usually swiss miss but sometimes I'll treat myself to a fancier brand. 
  • Dog foot warmers, check.  We don't have a cat but we have two dogs that always keep our feet cozy when we lay on the couch.  
  • Victoria's secret thermal long jane, yes please-need to get! So cute and warm! Can buy here. It'll be on my list for Santa.
  • Comfy boot slippers, yes please! Need to replace the one's I've been wearing out for the last couple years :) Can buy here
  • Cable knit robe, yes please!  The one I have pictured is a bit more expensive than I'd spend for a robe, but maybe I can find a cheaper version.  Buy this Juicy robe here
  • Lastly, a chunky cozy scarf, check!  I don't own the one pictured You can get it here , but I do have a couple warm scarves, that yes I do wear around the house to stay warm :)

     What are your stay warm around the house go to's or wish lists?  Let's hope cabin fever can be made more exciting with some fun fashion picks this winter.  By the way, I made this  collage at Polyvore.com .  It's a lot of fun and gives some great fashion ideas and tips so check it out.