I love to shop for spring, because my personal style includes lots of bright colors, fun accessories and sandals for days. Items that I stock up for during the springtime will be worn for months and months at a time. Spring and summer are also fun times to try out new trends, however I don’t want to spend a hefty amount on seasonal trendy items. Enter my DIY – or DI-Try – skills.
When I gave up shopping for Lent, I learned that I want to invest in classic pieces and need to focus on the actual needs of my closet and not just what fashion bloggers are wearing that look stylish at the moment. I am a big fan of jeans and want one of each of these pairs with all of these new hem styles, especially raw hem jeans, but I would rather spend my $200 on a pair of everyday, never go out of style, classic blue jeans. So I thought, this is nothing a pair of scissors can’t fix!
I am the youngest of five kids and my mom used to sew a lot of my clothes growing up. I guess I had couture before I even knew what that meant. My closet was full of one-of-a-kind Charmaine Villere originals, however I did not get the sewing bug. I needed a new pair of white jeans this spring, and I had just invested in an expensive pair of ripped jeans, so I couldn’t pull the trigger again so quickly. I picked up a pair of $40 jeans from GAP and they worked well for a little while as I cuffed them at the bottom (see here) since I need everything hemmed. I really didn’t like how I had to keep cuffing them, and I knew I wanted some raw hem jeans, so I bought some fabric scissors and just cut those hems right off!
I’m sure there is some exact fabric science when it comes to doing this, but I just chopped off the bottoms where I thought I wanted them to hit me above the ankles. These pictures are before they went through the wash, but once you throw them into the wash the hem becomes more frayed.
I was pretty proud of myself for this little DIY project. Not only did I not spend an absurd money on a pair of trendy designer jeans, but I repurposed something I already had in my closet at no extra cost! As I am spring cleaning my closet, I am looking at my clothes and jewelry a little differently to see if there is anything else I can use them for before giving them away.
You will see this color combo – blue, yellow and pink – over and over again on the blog this spring and summer, because it is my favorite bright combination. I have shoes, shirts, dresses and accessories in each of these colors. You will see the obsession soon enough! I hope you are all off to a great start this week!