Saturday, 24 March 2012

Do It Yourself, Darling!

Hello Darlings!  It's finally that time...my DIY post is ready for reveal!  I'm sorry it took so long, but the process took forever because I had to hand-sew everything as I don't have a sewing machine (just a terrible hand-held which kind of sucks).  That being said...get ready for it...because this post is going to be very image HEAVY.  I hope you still enjoy it though!

Do you have a pair of pants that are RUINED at the bottoms, or that are too long?  I did...





Two things about these pants:  They are two long, and I always had to cuff them which made the zippers kind of useless (nonetheless I love these pants and have them in two other colours...).  Anyway, over-time from my constant folding of the bottoms, the zipper just busted (the ankles fit EXTREMELY snug)...so...*sad face*.  I decided I should just cut off the zipper bottoms and turn them into cropped pants...



Turn your pants inside out and draw a guide-line with some Tailor's Chalk (or just wing it if you're feeling kind of bad@**).  After you've cut off the ends as neatly as possible (save them!!), fold the pants vertically in half and then cuff the ends evenly at the desired length.  If you fold them in half like this first, you'll make sure that each pant leg will end up being the same length! Then, use your amazing sewing skills and stitch those babies up!


Voila!  Your new cropped pants are complete!  
You can just stop here if you're feeling kind of boring/lazy (this statement is not intended to offend anyone...just saying'...)
But, I wanted to use those end-scraps...so I decided a cute bow on the back of each ankle would look perfectly dandy!

Cut two squares of fabric out of your scraps (you don't HAVE to use the scraps from the pants you just cut, you could use any fabric!  Lace, floral, velvet--GO CRAZY!).

Fold in the sides of each piece of fabric and pin them.  Place each square on top of each other to make sure they are the same!  You want your bows to end up being the same length =).  

You'll need your amazing sewing skills again to stitch that stuff up.

Then, inside out, fold the square in half.  Secure it with a pin and stitch that baby up, too!
When thats done, turn your "tube" right side out!  Then fold it in half like the picture shows =).  Pin the sides down to keep it flat and stitch the sides shut!

Now here is the fun part!  
Pinch the centre of each rectangle to get your desired bow shape.  I use a bobby pin to secure them so that they are easier to sew =).

Once thats done, cut a piece of the seam of the pant from those end scraps that is long enough to wrap around the centre of the bow.  Sew it on and...

Voila!  Your beautiful DIY bow is done!  
You can use this bow for anything...bowtie, hair pin, or...

To stitch to the ankles of your new cropped pants!  If you don't want to make the commitment to stitching these babies on forever, you can always just use safety pins (that's what I did...bow-committment issues, I know..).  

My completed pants!  High-waisted cropped pants with ankle-bows!  How adorable!  I will do an outfit post with these soon!  

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In other news...
I've reached 200 followers!
Thank you so much everyone!  It's been about a month since I've started posting on blogger, and it has been amazing.  Thank you all so much!  I hope you all enjoyed this DIY post, too! 
And I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!


<3

50 comments:

  1. I've never seen someone do this to their pants. So cute!!! I'm definitely going to have to try it. Seems pretty easy :p. Thanks for this :).

    lacey @ lovely-21

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  2. the pants look super cute. great effort love!!

    My Vogue Obsession

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  3. Fantastic DIY, it looks so easy and the result is great. :)

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  4. This is so adorable! never thought about putting bows at the end of my pants! It looks great! :D I'll def try this out when i get the chance hehe

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  5. Really cute ! the bows make them stand out :)
    xxx
    do a giveaway now that you have 250 followers :)

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    1. Thanks! And I was thinking the same thing about a giveaway at 250 followers...hehe =).

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  6. super cutee!
    you're so creative ♥

    claireteressa.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Claireta! <3

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  7. greaaaat idea.. the bows...look so good.
    I think I am gonna try this.
    p.s. your blog is super lovely..

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    1. Thank you so much! It really means a lot =).
      <3

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  8. so creativee! loving it! someday I'll try it

    done following, you can follow back ;)
    daraferrari.blogspot.com

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  9. how cool is that! amazing tip!
    :) xx

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  10. This is such a good idea! I'm rubbish at sewing/ anything mildly creative but this makes me really wish I wasn't!xxx

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    1. Oh I'm sure you're great at it!! =)

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  11. Thanks for sharing! You've given me a great idea :-) And I bet you will look amazing in your new cropped pants! I'm your newest follower BTW.

    xx Rebecca

    www.orangecoloureddays.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for such a wonderful comment! And thank you so much for following =).

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  12. wauw really nice DIY, very creative!

    XOXO

    http://blondefashiontale.com

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  13. This is fabulous! Congrats on the followers! I recently hit 200 too :)
    This DIY is splendidly detailed and I love the tie you have used at the bottom, it's so unique and doubles over well as an anklet too.

    Love from, THE EASTERN PEARL

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    1. Thanks for such a wonderful comment Miss Iffa!! <3 And congrats to your 200 followers too =).

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  14. Such a creative and lovely DIY project! I have a pair of pants that are
    completely faded on the bottoms and I think this project would be perfect
    for them. Congratulation on reaching 200 followers!!

    Lacey xoxo

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    1. Ohh definitely! I hope you try the DIY, and let me know how it goes!! <3

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  15. This is such a cute idea!! :) Thanks so much for the lovely comment on my blog, and thanks for following! I'm now following you back girl!

    whatrebeccasaid.blogspot.com xxx

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  16. This post is amazing and so insightful - I'm absolutely fascinated.

    Now indeed a follower, keep up the wonderful creative ideas.

    If you get a chance check me out at: thefashionarmoire.blogspot.com

    x

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    1. Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment, and for following! I will indeed check out your blog =).

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  17. love it!! :) i am so addicted to cutting jeans lately! i made a denim-bow head band from an old pair of my husbands jeans! lol. so what part of Canada are you from!! :)

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  18. of course i'm following u, too!
    wow, cute & great idea!! ♥

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  19. thank you for following!
    like your style and your blog! :)
    roxi

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  21. these are magnificent! can't wait to see what they look like on!

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    1. Thank you Rachel! I'm excited to do an outfit post with them! =)

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  22. Wow, great diy project!

    pljewels.blogspot.com

    belladonna2.blogspot.com

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  23. Wow this is fab!! Love your DIY bowtie, cute x

    Emma
    http://teacupsandmakeup.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. what an adorable diy! :)
    I'm so glad you found me on instagram, too! thank you for your sweet comment :)

    inwithdnew.blogspot.com

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  25. this is awesome and you had such a sucessful result. ive got so many trousers that need to be altered but im too scared to change them lol. x

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    1. Do not be afraid! I hope you try the DIY on a pair =).

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