Have you noticed that all posts on this blog that contain the abbreviation “DIY” also contain the word “lazy”? Let me explain why: IT IS BECAUSE I AM LAZY.
My friend Trinknitty is an amazing cook and craftswoman, and when I show up for her Crafternoon gatherings with my tote bag full of super glue and gas-station-purchased sewing kits, I make her cringe with my slapdash methods. And I’ve tried to change my ways. I have! But my DIY-ing preferences are set. If I want something done right, I hire a pro. If I want it done quickly and shoddily, I do it myself.
Now, that doesn’t mean I’m hemming wool pants with staples or gluing sequins onto fine silk blouses. But it DOES mean I’m:
Cropping my own jeans
Just about all of us have hacked jeans into shorts, but don’t limit yourselves! Even if you’re not comfortable hemming, you can still crop. Make a pair of clamdiggers or bermudas from those unworn, unloved jeans. If the unfinished hem gets scraggly, just trim the longest threads to keep it relatively tidy.
Faking cardigan lapels
Here’s a DIY that doesn’t require permanent alterations! All you need is a crewneck cardigan and some fashion tape. Button the cardigan to just below your bust or a bit higher, apply a strip of tape to the exterior of each placket up near the neckline, then fold the little triangles of cloth backwards, and tack them to the body of the sweater with the tape. You can see a photo of this here.
Turning crew neck tees into boat necks
Crew necklines are renowned for their neck-shortening properties, and boat necklines are more flattering on many. If you’ve got an old crew neck tee that needs a new lease on life, try transforming it into a boat neck. (Make sure you’re starting with a crew and not a scoop or v, or you’ll end up making a shirt that shows the world your entire bra.) Place the tee on a flat surface and make sure both halves are aligned, then begin cutting an inch out from the formal collar, dipping down to remove the existing neckline, and then trimming back up to an inch out from the other side of the formal collar. Obviously, the end product of this particular DIY is going to be pretty ragged and casual-looking. But if you’re fine with that, haul out the scissors!
Swapping out buttons
Even sewing novices such as myself can remove old buttons and stitch on new ones. The tiny holes that the removed threads leave behind even serve as a foolproof template. And friends, nothing makes a plain shirt, jacket, or cardigan look fancy like colorful, funky, even mismatched buttons. Buttons are cheap and can even be thrifted, they’re easy to deal with, and they jazz up any garment.
Changing hardware color using a paint pen
OK, most clothing doesn’t have hardware, so I’m sneaking in an accessory-specific DIY. (Don’t be mad.) I found out about these magical metallic paint pens last winter, and have used them to “improve” the hardware on at least four pairs of shoes. Touch-ups are definitely necessary, but the paint lasts a surprisingly long time and the only areas that need tending are those where clasps or buckles rub. Use masking tape to shield any areas you don’t want painted. This could even be done to rivets or snaps!
Care to share any other easy clothing alterations you can do at home with minimal tools and virtually no DIY skills? I’d love to add more to my lazy gal arsenal!
Image courtesy stylepint
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