diy EMBROIDERED MESH MIDI SKIRT diy

15 Sep

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I am back from my long vacation in India. It was a wonderful summer break surrounded by family and friends I had not seen in a very long time. Now I am all ready to get back to work, DIYs and all other aspects of my Chicago life. I hope everyone had a lovely summer as well! Fall is almost here and this DIY will help you transition easily from summer to fall. I picked up this beautiful embroidered mesh fabric in India and I created a full midi skirt from it in this DIY. Since the mesh is very sheer, I wore a basic fitted short skirt underneath. I used a black one as I wanted the gold embroidery to stand out. I love the covered top and see-through bottom effect. I paired the skirt with a crop top here which is more spring/summer than fall but I have seen some fun ways to wear the same see-through midi on the fall 2014 runways. It seems like the midi is continuing to stay on trend for spring 2015 as well so this will be one very versatile DIY skirt!

Creating this full midi skirt is very simple as long as you take the waist and skirt length measurements correctly. I did not use any patterns to create it. The steps in this video tutorial are closest to how I created mine. I used faux leather for the waist band and along the zipper as it adds some structure to the light-weight mesh.

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I can’t wait to wear it out one of these days and I will be sure to Instagram it when I do. Until next time, get your creative fix and stay HIGH on DIY!

All images by HIGHonDIY. Photo credits to my awesome brother, thank you.

high on STRIPED ASYMMETRIC DRESS diy

20 Jun

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Striped dresses are a summer staple. I was on the lookout for one at the beginning of the season but could not really find something that had the right balance of price and style. This one by Bec & Bridge with the asymmetric hem was my favorite but I was not willing to shed almost $200 on a single dress. So of course, I DIYed! I bought a simple H&M dress for less than $20 and in three easy steps, recreated my version of the Bec & Bridge dress.

Follow along to see how you can get the asymmetric hem look on a striped dress in a few simple steps – sewing skills are optional! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Striped Fitted Dress (Steps illustration dress from Topshop)
  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread/Fabric Glue/Fabric Tape

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Step 1: Lay the dress on a flat surface and cut off the hem section that covers the width of one white stripe and one black stripe all around the dress. We will use this in Step 3 to create the asymmetrical wrap effect.

Step 2: Based on the width of the dress, measure the center (pink line) that divides the dress into left and right sections. This center will be the guide for the cuts we will make. Point A is the length of your dress on the short side, so measure that accordingly. Point B falls on the center and is a straight line from A. On the left half of the dress, Point C sits closer to the edge than the pink center line. Point D is at the left edge and on the same level as Points A & B. On the front side of the dress, cut the dress from A-B, B-C and C-D. On the back of the dress, cut the dress all the way from D-A in a straight line.

Step 3: Take the hem you cut off in Step 1. Cut it at the left or right edge so it’s a straight line and not a loop. Place it diagonally from Point C to Point B and continue the diagonal line over the right section of the dress till the edge. Cut off any extras. You can sew the piece onto the dress, glue it or bond the two together with fabric tape. And you are done!

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If your dress is not long enough for this, you can buy a similarly striped T-Shirt/Tank/Skirt. Then cut off the diagonal strip and triangular piece from that extra item and add it at the bottom of your dress. Then you have your own unique striped dress with an asymmetrical wrap effect. I love that this dress can be worn both casually during the day and little more dressier during the night with the addition of fa ew accessories. What are some of your other summer must haves?

Final outfit images by my dearest brother.