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30 Days of Outfits Challenge: Day 6

In DIY, indie fashion, Outfits on November 6, 2010 by Naoko Takano

Convertible Blouson top: handmade by me.  Rhinestone Friendship Bracelets: handmade by me.  3-strand Hairband: Target.  Rhinestone Studs: Claire’s.  Diamond Wedding Ring: Vintage.  Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans: Paris Blues.  Pointy Suedette Slouch Boots: Payless.

So it’s Day 6 of my 30 Days of Outfits Challenge: November 6.

Today I have to take Lil Tot to a birthday party in Vancouver, WA (about an hour away from where we live).  It’s a party at a place filled with bouncies and activities, and I think that I’m going to have to go in/on some of them to help Lil Tot along.  Thus, I have to wear something that allows for a lot of movement, and have to keep the jewelry minimal.  Plus I have to drive an hour to get there. So, this necessitates a kinda boring outfit.

I made the top out of 3 sweatshirts following the instructions in the book “Kakkoii Couture Remake.”  I adapted the tutorial to Western sizing and changed a bit of the methodology.  Here is my version.  I love the blouson effect to the top – and that it can we worn as a top or a skirt, and upside-down!  (Click the link above to check out how many different ways it can be worn.)

The friendship bracelets I actually made…more than 20 years ago when they were in style!! (I honestly can’t believe it’s been that long since I was in elementary school.  Can it be…?)  I happened to hold onto my friendship bracelets…and guess what!!?!  They’re back in style.  Well, thanks to the brand Frieda & Nellie, who has burst on the scene with a line of friendship bracelets embellished and intertwined with with rhinestones and vintage bracelets.

Just lovely, and such a wonderful update on an old trend! 

I made mine this morning with some of my old bracelets from back in the day, with some bits or rhinestone chain and closures I had sitting around in my jewelry-making drawer.  If you don’t happen to have your own friendship bracelets laying around just begging to be re-used, you can find every. pattern. EVER! for making friendship bracelets here.  (LOVE this site and can’t wait to make some more bracelets following their instructions!!)

My new favorite 3-strand headband from Target.  Love that it has chain in it!  I also added Navana Wig-brand clip-in hair extensions for my long ponytail.

In other news, I have a fabulous treat coming up for you guys soon – in the form of a BRAND-NEW tutorial from someone I really respect – can’t wait to share!

 I think I’m going to have to do some leaf-raking soon!!

xoxox
Carly

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6 Responses to “30 Days of Outfits Challenge: Day 6”

  1. Oh.My.God. I LOVE your shirt! and you made it yourself? it is so awesome! You are so unbelievably creative. Can I ask where you got the pattern from?.. I love sewing and making my own clothes, I would love to make myself one like that, it is so gorgeous!

    This is my favorite outfit from your 30 day outfit challenge. I also loved the one where you are wearing the shredded pink shirt by the way, how cool is that shirt!

  2. LOVE those bracelets. And the way your boots look against the leaves.

  3. The top would be a great piece to take on a trip as it can be worn so many different ways and as it is made out of sweatshirts would be comfy and easy to care for too.

    I love the pink boots – would never have guessed they were from Payless.

  4. @daer0nHi daer0n! Long time no hear! Thanks so much for your kind words. I was just going to reply re: the blouson tutorial when I saw you found it. It's a really fun piece (though it does use up a lotta sweatshirts!:-/ Have fun making your own – please share if you do!:-)

  5. @JanineThanks Janine! Aren't they a great update on the tired ol friendship bracelet? I can't wait to find some beat-up vintage jewelry at the thrift store and pull it apart to make some more!

  6. @KathrynYou are so right re: the top's versatility! And it's cozy on the inside (sweatshirt fleece n all:-)

    I got so many compliments on those boots that day…I was like “no, pay attention to the TOP because I made it!” pointing vigorously:-D But everyone liked the boots instead! Payless from like 6 years ago though. Go figure.

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