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Dress This Mess: A DIY (The Carry All Bag).

So I am obsessed with the fold over clutches that are popping up everywhere. Like these by American apparel and by Clare Vivier:

But these bags, as simple as they are, break the bank. Instead. I am following the advice of ECAB (Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business) and Just B. It’s a DIY experiment folks. I am going to take ECAB’s tutorial on making the clutches and Just B’s refashioning ideas to make two spectacular, versatile bags.

Here is what these two crafty bloggers came up with:

All the materials you need can be bought at your local fabric store without a problem. Here’s what you need:

2 pieces of fabric both 13.5″ by 24″. (The fabric should be a heavier weight so you can get the necessary structure for the bag. I chose two types of linen.)

1 metal zipper

need and thread

…and maybe a thimble

I am not going to belabor you with the instructions on how to make these. I am no seamstress. Instead,I am just going to direct you to ECAB’s directions here. The directions are clear and simple, she even has images to help you. I had a bit of trouble with the zipper but I worked that all out.  My DIY carry all clutch went a little like this:


Amazing how I went from having a zipper prepped to a whole bag! To be honest I was struggling and the prospect of photographing each step got to be a bit overwhelming. Next time folks I’ll give you the whole low down on how to do this.

Obviously my bag is a little wonky. But ladies (and the few gentlemen that probably read this), this was only take one of this DIY. I also purchased some white linen I am excited to use. For that bag I am thinking I will do the color blocking recommended by  Just B. If linen isn’t your thing I am sure you could try you hand at this with some faux leather. That will be attempt three at these bags for me I think.

The grand total cost for this bag is a whopping $13.00. I’ll take $13.00 over upwards of $50.00 any day.

Thanks ECAB for the formula and thanks Just B. for the ideas.


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Dress This Mess: Skinny Jeans Dressed Up.

Let me be honest with you, I never excelled at the whole dressing up for going out thing. In college I was pretty much always dressed up in skinny jeans, a t-shirt, boots (or Toms shoes), and some sort of accessory. However, my new wardrobe and life no longer accept that sort of casual going out look. So my goal was to dress up my favorite pair of Ann Taylor skinny jeans in a more adult way. This is what I came up with.

(Top--Found deep in my closet, HM, price unknown: Jeans–Ann Taylor, Sale rack, $10.00: Shoes--HM, $15.00: Bag–Ann Klein, Macy’s Sale, $60.00: Sunglasses–Ray-Ban, gift: Earrings-Thrifted, $.75)

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