Restyling clothes in 3D

Restyling clothes in 3D

In line with my efforts to innovate with minimum investment and resources, I came up with this 3D blouse makeover that appears to be the logical development of the idea I’ve shown in Custom drapery top makeover. As counter intuitive as it might seem, I first thought of this original 3D restyling and then did the drapery as a “negative”. If you’ve had a chance to look through the examples I shared in the drapery post, you might have noticed the analogy and how I was inspired by those interesting accessories that I linked here. 

The concept is the same: an easy way to give any top a new shape or a new look. This is an idea that looks great both on a casual T-shirt and on a more elegant item. Try adding a few more elements, depending on the desired effect. Just like with my drapery nods, it takes only a few simple 3D elements to create an interesting, decorative effect. Alternatively, you can modify the whole “cut” of the item. I tried this on sleeves and it looked amazing. I will share more examples on social media, and I hope to see yours as well.

 

I used small wooden elements that I’d found in a craft supply store (I guess you could use buttons instead) and small rubber bands. Once the relief is in place, it’s almost impossible to see the rubber bands. However, I’d still suggest you choose bands of the same or a similar color as the fabric of the item in order to get the seamless result. Just place the element underneath the fabric and fasten it with the rubber band on the outer side. Depending on the size of the element, you will fold the band once or several times to keep the element properly in place. In the end, the cloth item becomes fitted yet comfortable since the rubber bands allow for some stretching as you move. 

The process implies a bit of playing with the space and number of elements, their location and proximity to one another. As I have previously mentioned, trial and error is the best way to achieve that great effect which will work for you and for the occasion.  

All photos by Carlos Kesgo

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Custom drapery top makeover

Custom drapery top makeover

Sometimes, I would change a top or a dress by tying it from the inside or using safety pins to change its shape. As I was inspired by some pieces of accessories by Alice Jee Chung and The Spoon Brooch by Maki Okamoto I’ve seen on Pinterest, I started playing with some T-shirts and blouses… and I came up with a few ideas. Here’s one of those: an easy way to give a new shape and so a new look to any top. I tried making one or two knots on a casual T-shirt and I saw that it gave it quite an interesting appearance. Then, I tried making more knots, like on the one you can see in this example, and suddenly I had changed not only the look but also the “cut” itself.

I’ve found that this arrangement gives the item a more sophisticated look that could possibly give an elegant touch to a casual outfit. Depending on the place and number of knots, you can have many different results that can go from only giving it an interesting texture to actually changing its shape. You can try longer, shorter, even playing with asymmetry. I’ll be showing more examples here and on my social media, so keep checking out the posts. I hope to see your versions and hear about your insights as well.

 

Of course, making the knots is very easy. However, to achieve the desired effect, you just have to play a bit with the “depth” by seeing how much fabric you tie up and where you place the spots. Trial and error is the best method here. 

jewelry by Norma Rinaudo

Photos by Carlos Kesgo

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Playing with old jewelry pieces

Playing with old jewelry pieces

A few years ago, during one of my visits to Venice I ran into a shop that sold all kinds of beads. You could find locally inspired ones made of glass and others made of diverse materials coming from different places. I liked many but I decided to buy only two. My idea was to use them as a single element to create new necklaces. 

These two were waiting for the day that I would make something of them. Once, looking for something to accessorize my outfit, I realised that one of these beads would be just perfect. Having only a few minutes left to get ready, I knew I wanted to wear this bead but it required a quick fix. I looked inside my jewelry box to try to find something I could quickly dismantle in order to reuse its parts and assemble a necklace. I experimented with a few golden pieces that I haven’t used for years: earrings, pendants and a thin chain. Pleased with the result, I continued wearing this idea in numerous occasions. The best was that this new necklace was changeable and open for a lot of possibilities to play with. 

To do the same, find an interesting bead and fish into your own jewelry box for a few other elements. Feel free to experiment using different pieces each time to get various different results. Let’s see yours!

The photos below give you an idea of how I’ve used the earrings and the pendants to create this necklace.

To begin with, choose the bead and the other elements you want to use and take a very thin chain. Then, double the chain and pass it trough the void in the bead. After that, open an earring and place it through the chain from one end and then place a pendant from the other end. Last but not least, close it!

HOW TO photos by Mili 

All the rest of the photos by Alexandra Vuiu

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Souvenir as an accessory

Souvenirs as accessories

When you’re passionate about something, it’s very hard not to notice it everywhere around you. For me, it happens time and again that I see things and I immediately think of ways to turn them into accessories or other useful objects. Here’s an example of some thinking out of the box: I used a souvenir to restyle a shirt. It was quick and it was easy.

In the gallery below, you can see a few suggestions on how to wear this homemade accessory with different outfits: be it casual, for the office or some other occasion. I hope you find it interesting.

For this project, I used two acrylic souvenirs I’d bought at the Glasgow School of Art Shop which were products celebrating GSA´s heritage and the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Also, I used a piece of textile ribbon (you can take the ones that are used to hold garments’ labels or that are placed to keep clothes on the hangers) and a couple of different earrings. I connected the souvenirs with the ribbon making a bow and then I pinned the edges at the end of each souvenir on the shirt with the help of the earrings. A small tip to keep this structure in place is to use the silicon backs of the earrings.

the souvenir: laser cut acrylic motif > from the Mackintosh building at The Glasgow School of Art. This product is exclusive to The Glasgow School of Art Shop and made in Glasgow. You can buy it at GSA Shop or online.

earrings as pins > unknown

bag> Turleza   

bracelets> by Mili

All photos by Mili

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Reinvent your jewelry

Reinvent your jewelry

Getting ready to wear a black vintage shirt along with a pair of earrings made by SUSU, I came up with the idea of actually wearing one of the earrings as a pin. It gave the outfit a slightly different look. Since then, I’ve been considering different shirts with different earrings. You can see two of them in the gallery below. I hope this will inspire you to use whatever jewelry you already have in different ways: just change its “original purpose” and you have a brand new style. You’ll be surprised how playing with the same elements will get you strikingly different effects. It’s so simple, yet so amazing. Imagine how many combinations you can have with only a couple of shirts and a few pieces of jewelry… Ready to experiment and come up with some versions of your own?

pair of earrings no. 1 > SUSU Bijoux e Acessorios

pair of earrings no. 2 > from a street market in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro

Photos on STANDARD WAY and YOUR WAY by Carlos Kesgo
All the rest of the photos by Mili

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Textile marker shirt makeover

Textile marker shirt makeover

If you feel like customizing a plain shirt or you have one that could use a makeover, textile markers is one of the easiest ways of giving it a new look. Even if you don’t consider yourself artistic enough to experiment a lot, this is a simple idea that will work well, regardless of your drawing skills.

To make it easier, I chose a shirt that already came with a printed pattern. I decided to paint some random bits to break its repetitive print and give it a more interesting style. If you’d like to try this out, read the tips I mention in the section below. I would love to see your ideas and projects as well.

 

You will see that using textile markers is indeed quite easy. However, there are a few things to bear in mind. First of all, you have to test how the fabric is going to react to it when it comes to absorbing the colour and/or spreading it around: see the exact final colour and its intensity on the particular fabric you’ve chosen. I decided to remove one pocket from the shirt and take this piece of fabric for the testing. The marker I used had a very watery ink that would easily spread further outside of the desired areas. In order to overcome this problem, underneath the fabric I put a piece of kitchen paper that would absorb the excess of ink.

Also, keep in mind that you will need to iron the item after painting it in order to fix the colour. So, make sure that you choose an item made out of a fabric that will withstand these high temperatures. If you have experience and/or any tips on using textile markers, please leave your comments.

 

necklace > handmade by Mili

All photos by Mili

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Reinvent your black dress

Reinvent your black dress

When I bought this nice and simple tunic, I knew I was going to make a good use of it. One evening, as I was getting ready for a night out, this dress was a great choice. The only thing was that, rather than it being so simple, I wanted it to have some golden details to match my earrings and my shoes. After a few minutes of thinking, I decided to accessorize it using safety pins and some golden beads I had at home. For that occasion, I only put three beads on each shoulder, just to give it an elegant touch. Later on, I started to experiment a bit more. Here are some other ideas on how to restyle a simple dress  (or other articles of clothing – check my post 777&TRIPLE BLUE).

There I was, playing freely metal beads, a few different chains and safety pins. I used these elements not only to decorate the dress, but also to shape it, to give it a different form. Once you start experimenting yourself, you’ll see how many possibilities you have with just a few elements. Here, I’ve just given you some examples that you can copy. Hopefully, they will inspire you to try your own as well.

Choose your style, take some strong safety pins that won’t bend and open easily. Place the pin from the inner side of the dress and pass the needle towards the outer side. Put the beads and the chains that you desire and pass it back to the inner side. Finally, close the pin.

All photos by Mili

ring> COR DO COBRE 

gold and leather earrings  > Mariana Barranco

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