Posted on 14 February 2015 by frugal-nomics
I’ve had this pink sequins fabric for quite a while now that I thought I’d somehow use to cover some pumps. But, my mind immediately changed when I recently came across these Sequins Joggers on a trip to Anthropologie while buying a candle (the Goji Voluspa Japonica candle is my absolute favorite). Now, I gotta warn you….these pants went through several iterations. But, ultimately I’m really really happy with the finished product and I thought Valentine’s Day would be the perfect day to show these blush colored Sequins Joggers to you. They can be dressed up with a blazer, or worn casually with a denim shirt or graphic tee — tell me how you’d style them, below. >>>Love sequins, check out some of my other Sequins DIY’s here, here, and here.<<<
SUPPLIES: elastic (all I had was orange), straight edge, scissors, straight pins, scissors, sequins fabric, and some ponte fabric.
1. Fold your fabric in half twice so you ultimately end up with four layers in total.
2. I used a pair of skinny pants I had as a pattern. Fold your pants front to front and line them up against the two folds. (Note: At first I really exaggerated my cut to make them nice and roomy, but wound up cutting them down quite a bit. In the end I recommend you leave a little more room in yours). Also, be sure to give yourself some extra space near the waistband — see how I cut straight towards the band rather than curving in the exact direction of my current pants? That’s how you get them to fit looser in the waist.
3. So when you open up the fabric that you folded and cut, you will have two forms that look like this one. Each side is a leg.
4. Pin those two legs together.
5. Go ahead and sew the area you just pinned.
6. Measure the length of waist of your pants to determine the size of ponte you’ll need.
7. Go ahead and cut out that waistband.
8. Now I had to wrap my mind around how I’d make these pants work since they changed from my original idea — you may be able to skip this step, but here I had to cut them down the sides to add my “tuxedo stripe.” But feel free to leave this one out if you don’t want the stripe.
9. Now pin your tuxedo stripe on each leg into place.
10. Throw them on the machine and sew them up.
11. Pin your waistband into place.
12. After I fed my elastic through the waist with a safety pin, I added three rows of stitching to give the waistband detail to keep the elastic in place. (Note: Be sure to pull the elastic taught while sewing).
13. After I got my tuxedo striped in I needed to taper them at the shins, so I tried them on for the perfect fit.
14. I measured the shin area much like I did the waist band in Step 6 to determine how big of a piece of ponte I would need. Then I pinned the band in place, sewed it, and then fed the elastic through and closed it up on the machine.
…and there you have it, a sparkly and fun pair of jogging pants. I recommend leaving room in yours to add a lining (the sequins do get a little scratchy), or do like I did and wear footless leggings underneath. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
Posted on 06 December 2013 by frugal-nomics
Shine, shimmer, sparkle….I’m all in (!) — and with the holidays just around the corner, you may want to incorporate all three into your winter ensemble. Now, me personally, I don’t own a great deal of decorative hair accessories. But when I saw this sequin bow I knew I had to start a new trend for myself. So with a little glue, this fabulous sequin bow, and a spare headband, I am holiday ready – super quick, super fun, super chic…all in a flash!
SUPPLIES: glue, sequin bow, headband, binder clip, and needle and thread.
1. Add some glue to the back of your bow.
2. Adhere bow to your headband in the position you want it, and clamp it with the binder clip to let it dry for about an hour (Note: Add a piece of ribbon on the backside if you are concerned about any exposed glue touching your hair even after it drys).
3. Rather than let them stick up, I used a needle and thread to stitch the two flaps to the headband itself. Voila
Posted on 10 October 2013 by frugal-nomics
I’ve been totally snatching up anything sparkly these last few months, and I immediately fell in love with this ombre-like sequin fabric when I found it recently. I’ll admit, it takes a little work to finish the edges of things you make with sequins (like this Rihanna inspired top I made here), but they are certainly stand out pieces that will be memorable closet keepers. Tell me what you think below.
SUPPLIES: 1 yard of ombre sequin fabric, some straight pins, an invisible zipper, scissors, and a skirt you already own with a shape you like.
1. First up, fold your fabric in half and lay a skirt you love on top of it to create your own pattern.
2. Now, go ahead and cut out the 2 forms of the pattern you just created.
3. Place those 2 forms together — insides facing — and pick the side where you’d like to place your zipper. Open up the two forms, and giving yourself a 1/2 inch seam allowance, pin the zipper on one side of the form, being sure to start close to the top of the waist band. (Note: I liked more of the rust color on the bottom, so I folded down quite a bit at the waist to center my desired design).
4. Once one side of the zipper is in place, go ahead and flip the skirt over and pin the 2nd half, down.
5. Close up the remainder of the zippered side of the skirt with straight pins.
6. It was easier for me pin the correct shape with the skirt on, so I slipped it on to pin the opposite side.
7. Open up that zipper and sew it into place on both sides.
8. Now that the zipper is intact, go ahead and sew together the remainder of this side of the skirt.
9. After feeling a little clumsy with the fabric scissors, I opted to snip off the remainder of a 1/4 inch seam allowance of sequins with cuticle scissors. This step takes a little while, but the clean edge it provides is well worth it.
10. Fold back 1/4 inch hem and pin it into place.
11. It’s a lot less messier if you put some paper down, so lay the skirt on top, and uncover only the area you want to spray with adhesive. Let it dry.
12. Hand stitch 1/4 inch hem, remove pins, and then you are all set!