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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.

high on CUSTOMIZED MAXI DRESS diy

9 Jun

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Festival season is already in full swing and with so many yet to happen, I teamed up with boohoo to bring you a summer festival inspired no-sew DIY outfit. I picked one of the most popular and simple maxi dresses from boohoo and customized it for a more personalized look. The DIY dress is not only chic but also super comfortable for those hot summer fest days. There is no sewing involved and it will take you less than 30 minutes to DIY. Let’s get started!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Maxi Dress (bohoo Sandy Scoop Neck)
  • Gold Metallic Fringe Trim (Simplicity)
  • Studs (With 4 Fold-Over Prongs)
  • Gold Safety Pins (Medium Size)
  • Gold Pearl Beads (5mm Size/Jewelry Essentials)
  • Scissors

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Step 1: Try on your dress and mark where you want the top to be cropped. Lay the dress on a flat surface and align the front and the back sides of the dress. Then make the cut in a straight line right where you had marked. You will now have the top and the skirt pieces of the dress.

Step 2: While leaving the dress lying flat, take a safety pin and put it though the front edge of the skirt piece of the dress. Start from one side and make sure that the safety pin isn’t too close to the edge — leave at least half a centimeter of fabric.

Step 3: Add 3 gold beads on the safety pin.

Step 4: Put the safety pin through the front edge on the top piece of the dress and secure it.

Step 5: Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 till you complete joining the top and the skirt pieces on both front and back sides of the dress.

Step 6: Measure and cut the metallic fringe trim to fit the front neckline of the dress.

Step 7: Use the pronged studs to secure the trim on the dress neckline. Start from the center and work your way out to the sides. You can apply the studs as close as you like but not more than 1 cm further apart.

Step 8: Try on your dress and mark where you want the side splits to begin. Using your scissors, carefully make the cuts on the side seams on both sides of the dress.

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There you have your personalized maxi dress ready for any festival this summer! You can also opt for more colorful trims or beads instead of gold. I am a big fan of everything gold! The boohoo maxi dress also comes in 13 different colors, so you have many options to be creative with your festival outfit! I would love to see your versions, post them on our Facebook page. Until next time, stay HIGH on DIY and have a fun festival season!

This DIY is brought to you in collaboration with boohoo. Thanks to my friend Rhea for being my pretty model for the DIY!