I took my first stab at a DIY project for my February look when the Fab 40s theme was Pop Art. Ever since then, I knew DIY was going to be my choice when I was able to host the next month.
Not sure why I’ve not done more DIY & even made more clothing as an adult. I have so many childhood memories sewing most of my dresses, pants & special tops with my mother as a child. We did Sunday school dresses, prom dresses, pants & blouses using one of her 2 Singer sewing machines she acquired from her Grandmother & Mother. All those times spent learning the process & details of sewing brought us closer together & I so loved our Mother/Daughter time.
Yes, I’ve been hiding from my blog & social media lately. The Reason: family time. I was able to drive my mom & her doggie from Oklahoma to finally see our renovated Florida home. There was also a surprise visit from my brothers, nephew & niece as well.
Since we were vacationing together, it allowed me the opportunity to do this DIY project with mom. We had a great time, & in fact, this blog post became a full family project! Not only did they help creating my DIY jacket, one of my brothers (Curt) took my photos while my mom, nephew (Caleb) & my mom’s doggie (Haskell) watched the silliness behind & in front of the camera. So happy they were able to witness & take part in my secret little world of blogging.
Now, all about my look!
This what this Forever 21 jacket looked like in its original form.
Here are a few photos of my DIY process!
Cut up & distressed the bottom, edges of the cuffs, around buttons & pockets.
Then I cut off the collar.
Twisted rubber bands in random spots before soaking the jacket in bleach & washed 3 times.
This is my reaction when my mom’s cute little doggie, Haskell, comes running up to say HI!!!
Ok, couldn’t resist!
Now it is time to check out the serious creative skills & looks of my 5 fabulous friends!
Tracey of https://thenaughtyfortydiaries.com
Tracey is one of the most grounded, realistic, hilarious bloggers I know. She shares tough moments & the very heartfelt journey dealing with her mother’s medical illness. She does this with an incredible lightheartedness that is so enduring. I admire how much she shares & just how genuine & thoughtful she is. She has taught me to live more in the moment… a skill I need to improve. Choosing iconic summer patches are perfect for the season & Tracey definitely had a “something extra” moment by adding this cute knot detail on the sleeves of her tee. Adding the dangling, statement earrings, fun bracelets & espadrilles elevate this look. This is so special & the perfect weekend look for brunch, drinks on the deck or outdoor dining.
- Mum Jeans & t-shirt – TU at Sainsbury
- Espardrilles – H&M
- Bracelets – various
- Patches & Transfers – H&M
Veronica of http://www.cidstylefile.com
This is such super cool street-style look! I think Veronica’s is our new, official badass of our Fab 40s group. This is another great DIY idea that takes a basic camo shirt to the next level. I love that Veronica not only did one, but two neat knot details with her sleeves, but creating the choker/cut-out detail in the neckline is so sexy! She has inspired me to add more leggings to my looks. Adding these & the ankle booties is so freaking edgy.
- DIY tee – Unbranded
- Faux Leather Leggings – Old Navy
- Booties – Melrose & Market
- Sunnies – Burberry
This is the sexiest trendy version of the Canadian tuxedo. I absolutely love Mary’s denim on denim on denim especially the color contrast in her top. The cropped style (used to be long flared) & patchwork of her jeans is just too adorable. She always knows how to finish a look with her matching bag, sunnies & seriously killer statement necklace. I know I’ve mentioned this in the past. But just in case, how gorgeous is our glamorous Mary?
- Jeans – New York & Co.
- Top – Khol’s
- Shoes – Jessica Simpson
- Bag – Coach
- Necklace – New York & Co.
I knew Ann would kill it this month & she did not disappoint! She was my inspiration & motivation behind wanting to do DIY this month. I think most month’s she adds something unique to each look by incorporating a little DIY by Ann. I thought it would be fun for the entire group to join her this time. Had to choose this back shot of Ann’s incredible DIY she did on her KK Jacket, so you can see the unique work she put into this. How freaking cool are those ginormous luscious lips?!?! But, I also love how she kept with the theme with 100s of tiny cute lips to match all over her tee. She has the best attention to detail & love how she makes everything so fun & so her own. The white boxed trim, the lettering, & of course, the bandana print detail on her collar & cuffs really adds umpffffff to this jacket. Com’n on! Watch out, new designer for Project Runway Hong Kong!
- Sunnies – Forever 21
- Earrings – H&M
- Tee – Girls Zara
- Jacket – Kremb de la Kremb DIY
- Silver Waist Belt – Kremb de la Kremb DIY
- Blue Velvet – Fishie Crossover (Louella Odie)
- Cut offs – Kremb de la Kremb DIY
- Silver Anklets – Narlai, India
- White Sandals – Forever 21
Jennie of http://www.apocketfulofpolkadots.com
Ok, not only is Jennie an amazing blogger, now you can add amazing designer to her list of skill sets. I think she should also try out for next designer for Project Runway with Tim Gunn! Her top is absolutely gorgeous with the fun houndstooth print she chose & fabulous bow tie detail. Jennie, can you take my measurements & make me one for me? The print in her top, animal print tote, heels & sunnies is such a pulled-together look…. Chic never looked so good!
- Top – Sewn by me
- Camisole – Worthington
- Jeans – c/o Royalty for Me (step-hem by me)
- Shoes – c/o Marmi Shoes
- Ring & Bracelet – Charming Charlie
- Tote – Amazon
- Sunnies – c/o FyshUK