DIY Tie Leggings


It’s been a while since I posted a DIY project. Perhaps it’s a seasonal thing, and I find spring, summer, and fall DIYs easier than winter. Or maybe the inspiration hasn’t struck lately–until now. I have a few DIY ideas lined up. The first and easiest are these DIY tie leggings. Any DIY that only needs a pair of scissors… well it’s a no brainer and sure way to get me going on the DIY motivation train. These DIY tie leggings were a cinch and also super forgiving. I didn’t even have to cut straight–although I did try!

1. Gather the supplies.


A pair of scissors and a pair of leggings is all you need. That’s it! I chose a lycra pair since I knew anything I cut would curl up–which is exactly what I wanted for these DIY tie leggings since I’m not the best at cutting a straight line.

2. Mark the length below your knee.


With the leggings on, use a fabric pencil (or in my case an eyeliner pencil) to mark how far up the leggings you plan to cut. I went below my knees.

3. Cut out the side and inner seams.


Now cut along the seam to take it out on both sides. This will give clean seamless ties for the DIY tie leggings.

4. Cut each flap down diagonally to the end.


This part was a little tricky, and I might have done it wrong. Basically you want to cut diagonally down each. First decide which way you plan to tie, and then start cutting on that side. The back flap will be pulled across to tie in the opposite direction, so you again cut diagonally from the side from which you will pull. Luckily, and obviously, cutting straight didn’t matter. With a couple of pulls on the new ties, the instantly curled in making the ties even more narrow.

Put those leggings on and start tying your DIY tie leggings!

Zara DIY Pants: First Up, the Pom Pom Trim

zara-diy-pants-7I love to shop–there’s absolutely no denying that. Often times though, my version of shopping simply means wandering aimlessly from shop to shop admiring what’s on display. Some people find shopping stressful; for me shopping offers me relaxation! One of the shops I frequent, online as well, is Zara. I always receive such style inspiration when I enter into this peaceful (at least for me) spot. During these frequent jaunts, I’ve recently thought to myself: “Wait. I could do that myself!” Therefore, this week I plan to offer you, my readers, three Zara DIY pants. I saw the pants in Zara and then figured out how to make something similar from the abundant pairs of black trousers in my closet. I will admit these Zara look-alikes were way cheaper than one more additional pair of black pants for me to rotate through. Now I’ve revitalized and recycled!

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Zara DIY Pants: the Pom Pom Trim

This pair of Zara DIY pants was pretty easy to make. I picked a pair of cropped black pants from my closet. I purchased some pom pom trim. (For those in the States, a quick trip to JoAnn’s or Michael’s will get you trim. For those overseas in a place like Hong Kong, go to Tintin Beads’ Etsy shop. She has tons of items, and if it’s not available in the shop, she’ll find it for you!) Then, like usual, I cheated a bit by working with my tailor. She attached the pom pom trim to the hem, and we decided to go with two rounds since my pom poms were not as long as the Zara version. I’d say they look pretty passable.

What do you think?

And stay tuned for tomorrow. I’ve got another pair of Zara DIY pants to share….

Thanks for the pics I’m a Norbyah!

PS These penny loafers have been such a score! I bought them from the boys’ department, but with a chart conversion, you’ll find that boys shoes go all the way up to 39. I ordered a 5.5: a perfect 37.

(This post has been linked to #iwillwearwhatilike.)

Collecting Brooches and What to Do with Them

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Chances are you already have some brooches in your jewellery box. Perhaps they’ve been passed down from your mom, aunts, or grandmother. You may have received these jewellery baubles for past birthdays or Christmases. Maybe you even have some pins from the 80s or 90s. It doesn’t really matter how many you have, where they’re from, or how old they are. What does matter is it’s time to pull them out and start wearing them. Wear one brooch or wear all of them at once, but this fall and into winter it’s time to start accessorizing with your brooches. Here I show you how just one looks to all of them. Oh, and don’t forget to use really cool looking earrings as brooches too!

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Find Brooches

  • In your own jewellery box, your mother’s, aunts’, or grandmothers’
  • Second-hand, charity, vintage, and craft shops
  • On your travels
  • In other items like earrings or necklace pendants that could work as a brooch
  • Add Brooches

  • To your outerwear–jean jackets, blazers, winter coats
  • To your hats and scarves even to the cuff of a pair of winter gloves
  • To the side of your waist, blouse closure, or back pocket
  • To the tongue of your shoes, cuff of your pant leg, or handbag

    Do you have a brooch collection? How do you wear your brooches?

  • DIY Star Patched Jeans

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    I often speak of fashion fixations on Kremb de la Kremb. They are a very real thing for me. I will see something (like star patched jeans) and think about it for a long time. I don’t mean for it to happen, and I don’t mean to be obsessive compulsive; it’s just a trait of mine. I’ll ponder and store away a sartorial thought until it comes to fruition–then the fashion fixations is fixed! I could have just bought the star patched jeans online for $115–that’s actually not too bad of a price. But….I knew I could just make them myself–especially with my local tailor Yee. So, I got to figuring out the DIY for these start patched jeans. It was not difficult at all. And now, I have revitalized a pair of very old jeans (that have almost been given away a couple times)!

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    How To Create Star Patched Jeans:

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    The fashion fixation happened when I saw these star patched jeans seen on Eva Chen back in March at the Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 have haunted me. First, I figured out who made them to see if I could buy the original. They’re made by Paige in their very famous Jimmy cut. The price isn’t too bad, but…these old boyfriend jeans of mine needed some new life! They were the perfect candidate for the star patched jeans.

    Here’s what I did in working with my tailor:

  • I grabbed two pair of jeans–one for receiving the star patches and one for creating the denim patches.
  • I printed out star templates for the patches AND the pictures of the front and back of the actual Jimmy Paige jeans.
  • I brought all of the above to my tailor and trusted her to do the rest. She said they would take a bit of time–I gave her two months since I’d be away for the summer. She was relieved by no time constraint (something for me to remember for future projects!).
  • Presto! Done!! And even better than the original! Wait till you see how I styled them for The Fab 40s post coming up this Monday!
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    How about you? Do you get fashion fixations like me? Do you just buy what you the item on or do you try to DIY (do it yourself)?

    Tweet me @krembdelakremb, email annkrembs at krembdelakremb dot com, or comment below in the comment section!

    *This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike and Sheela Writes.

    DIY with a Tailor: Gucci Inspired Jeans

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    I’m restless having to lay low; although I know it’s necessary for the longer road of recovery ahead of me. Today, as I was simply getting bored, I remembered how usually on a Friday I like to post a DIY project. That was the routine I had created during last school year’s blogging rotation. Come summer, everything turns into mush and all routines are lost. Have a hip replacement, and the desire to do something rather than sit, hit me strong! That’s when I thought back to my ultimate summer project: these Gucci inspired jeans. I will never, ever be able to afford Gucci–at least not with my current day job. But a girl can dream….and I usually do! Especially about all the adorable patches found on Gucci denim. To the hardcore DIYer, I am a cheater, but I prefer to call it delegation. I create the desired look, initiate the process, and then ask someone to help with the sewing labor. I may have a sewing machine, but I am not skilled at it–yet! However, George, out at Spirit Lake, he sews patches on to Harley jackets for a living. I knew he was my guy!

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    Check out his skills! If you are a reader from Spirit Lake, you must use George Sanchez otherwise known as Guy Plus Sewing. He even made sure that my 3D butterflies were sewn on just right!

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    How To:

    Basically, my rule of them is that when it comes to patch work, a tailor is going to know exactly how to do this. For example you might remember my patched jean shirt. Yee, my Hong Kong tailor here in Stanley, Hong Kong, made sure that the horse was perfectly outlined. (Yee also took over when I knew I wouldn’t be able to sew a straight line with this striped off the shoulder dress!) With these Gucci inspired jean shorts I found a pair of grandpa color blue jeans at my local thrift store. I gathered more intricate, flowery type patches like daisies, strawberry patches, and butterflies. I arranged them symetrically similar to Gucci. Finally I worked with George and let him sew them on. I was so pleased with these shorts, and so was he. I have found that to be the case with all the tailors I work with; they are happy to do a more creative project than the normal hem job.

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    Meanwhile, while I am resting up recuperating, Rani is a great pal–epecially during a shoot in my living room. And that took all the boredom away! Have a great weekend. Come tomorrow for the 6th Ping Pong Post!

    PS, Here’s where to find some patches:

    If you want to try out this easy DIY I found some places online that sell patches:

    • This Etsy shop, For the Love of Patch, sells in packs–which is a good option. Also, on Etsy, Your Patch Store, has a plethora of fun patches.
    • The Grindstore, a UK online store, has 16 pages worth of patches. From Australia there’s Iron On Patches–the more you buy the cheaper they get, and international shipping is just $3.
    • And finally, the ultimate source for patches comes from the Patch Club–anything is possible from this site!

    DIY Painter Jeans

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    Over the summer I came to realize that Maeve, my cute little niece, has some of the same jeans as me. Op, I mean genes! Hehe. Maeve is a budding DIYer as well, and so the two of us got to it a couple of times. One of our main projects was some DIY painter jeans. Just like the splatter booties I made this spring, this is as easy a DIY as it gets. Anyone could accomplish this, and you don’t have to be a master artist to do it–in fact quite the opposite. The messier the better with DIY painter jeans. Here, out at Maeve’s grandmother’s lake home (featured last week), we both grabbed our recent collaboration, a white tee and tank, and headed outside for a photoshoot. I gave her one of my anklets to wear, so we were perfectly matchy matchy. Maeve is a dancer, so she even showed me the way to point the toe with the heel up. During the summer Maeve proved her passion with these other DIY projects: painting a tee, sewing a patch onto a white cap, making some cutoff jean shorts, and using the remnants from those jeans to create a crossover purse. Ya, I’d say she’s a DIYer–just like her auntie!

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    Really, these couldn’t be any easier. It’s even silly to include directions, but here are some details not to forget.

    1. Gather the supplies.

    We used a variety of different paints, making sure that acrylics were included as they won’t wash out in the washer. Because we were on the grass we ended up not needing the newspaper, but if this were to be done inside, lay newspaper down. We used both paper plates and ceramic bowls for the kitchen: the paper plates were for smearing our colors onto, and the bowls were used to clean our brushes. The most important item was the plastic gloves. These were the best artist’s brush for smooshing paint around. The brushes, with a little paint diluted with water, were excellent for creating the splattering effects.

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    2. Start painting and smooshing!

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    We started of by wearing the jeans so the paint would be placed perfectly on our body, and then for the splattering we laid the jeans out on the grass. Maeve went with a color palette; she wanted pinks and purples to be prominent. Gigi went for all colors just as Gigi would. I was a little like Gigi going for many colors, but I really wanted white to be the primary color.

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    3. Lay to dry and then wear!

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    Really, it’s that easy. We laid our jeans out on the bushes. Once they were dried, we washed them–especially since the paint made them very stiff. Some of the paint came off, but that made them look all the more realistic–just like an artist!

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    Will you be taking an old pair of jeans to make some painter jeans? I recommend doing so; they make for the perfect weekend jean.

    DIY Shirt Hack X 2

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    Why wear clothing the way it’s intended? Sometimes it’s fun to mix it up! Here, I show you a DIY shirt hack in two ways: as a skirt or as a bandeau top. Both of these styles are super easy–all you need is a long sleeved button down shirt for these two DIY shirt hacks.

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    For this first style, simply button up your shirt around you waist. I leave the last three to four buttons unbuttoned. Tuck in the shoulders and tie the sleeves together.

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    Once the shirt is tied, I tuck in any extra bits that are sticking out. It’s that easy!

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    For the second DIY shirt hack, button it up again but this time, leave your arms out. Again I left about four buttons unbuttoned. For this one, I needed a little help with someone tying the shirt’s sleeves behind my back.

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    I let the shoulder area create a little bustle in the back.

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    DIY Tassel Sandals

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    I keep seeing the most beautiful tassel sandals all over this spring in magazines, on blogs, and in my Instagram feed. Most of the pairs I see have been around $300 USD! That’s way too much for me to splurge on a pair of trendy sandals–at least for now. But, when I found a pair of similar lace up sandals at my trusty Forever 21 plus a very trendy and colorful tassel necklace, I saw a DIY waiting to happen. These DIY tassel sandals were easy to make, and they ended up costing me $30 USD–that’s one zero less! #winwin

    1. Buy the Supplies.

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    I bought this pair of sandals and a tassel necklace from Forever 21. (I couldn’t find the tassel necklace, but I know any craft store carries tassels–menaing you could skip my next step of freeing the tassels from the necklace.) I then needed jewellery wire cutters and pliers.

    2. Prep the Tassels.

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    I cut off each of the tassels with the wire cutters. Once free of the necklace I sorted each tassel by color and then appointed a set for each sandal.

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    3. Start adding the tassels

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    I opened up each tassel, then added it to the lace. I was random with the placing trying to compliment the colors along the way. (I had the extra work of prepping each tassel, but tassels are sold ready to go at craft stores.)

    That’s it!

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    More Outfit Details:

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    Aside from the DIY Tassel Sandals that I made, here are some more details about what I’m wearing:

  • My top is also yet one other off the shoulder top I purchased at Forever 21. The red on this one just got me! I couldn’t resist!!
  • My cutoffs are Levis that I cut off literally! There’s a great second hand store in Rathdrum, Idaho that carries a ton of great Levis called Frugal Bob’s. I always make a quick stop into this little shop. The silver feathers added to this DIY embellished scarf are also from this little boutique. Thanks for the goods Bob!
  • My sunglasses are from this trip to Liang Jiang, wandering around the little cobblestone streets.
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  • And the simple pearl necklace was purchased in a Shanghai market while visiting my sister, ShangMarLa. (Now that she’s moving away from Shanghai, can she still keep this nickname?)

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    *Norbyah, thank you for taking the pictures!

  • DIY with a Tailor: Off the Shoulder Dress

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    Sometimes I start a DIY and I realize I’m going to need some help. I think this is ok. I can sew–barely; I’m definitely a novice. But my lovely tailor in my neighborhood is amazing. And, she’s so sweet! I got started on this DIY and by the end realized when it came to the sewing, I’d need her help.

    Let me back up: when I saw this long sleeve, crew neck dress in HM on sale for only $12, I instantly saw it as an off the shoulder dress for spring. At some point I’ll have to stop with all the off the shoulder styles, but for now, I’m deciding to go with what works, and this style works for me!

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    Here’s what I did to turn this long sleeve dress into an off the shoulder one:

    1. Choose a long sleeve tee or dress.

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    This DIY could be done with a long sleeve tee or dress. It could even be done with a regular old tee shirt (see here for the easiest t-shirt DIY ever).

    2. Put the item on, and using four pins, measure.

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    First, pin the point at which you would like the top to sit on your chest. (I went on the high side since I did not want to show cleavage while wearing this dress.)  Then, take another pin and mark where you plan to cut which would be folded over for the hem. I went about an inch higher than the top’s hemmed edge. Finally, mark the sleeve in the same way.

    3. Now, cut across at the top pin.

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    Luckily for me, I was able to cut right along the line, so an item with stripes is highly recommendable. Otherwise, using a ruler, measure how far is needed to cut, take that measurement, and mark the garment across evenly. Then, cut across that line.

    4. Hem and sew. Or, at this point, take it to a tailor.

    Now, fold to the second pin mark, and hem. This is where I decided that my tailor would be better at sewing the hem. For this dress, I also hemmed the length–shorter just works better for me and my legs!

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    Now, tell me:

    Have you embraced the off the shoulder trend? Do you intend to? I’ve definitely got more of this look coming. This spring going into summer, I can’t seem to get enough of it!

    *Thank you Norbyah for these pics. You got the sun and me just right! 

    *Also this post has been linked up to the Project Sister Act, #iwillwearwhatilike, Turning Heads.

    DIY: Embellished Bandana

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    I know, I know, every one is so over Coachella. Yet, despite all the hype, some really cool looking style comes out of this festival. And, I want to be a part of that: the #trending bit! I seriously would be fine to just be a fly on the wall at this event, just staring at everyone’s getup. And some of them are just that: getups. But, I’d be looking closely, and I’d find some gems: like the embellished bandana–if Chiara is wearing it, well, It’s coming! The bandana kerchief trend is big–it’s seen around necks, tied to belt loops, and wrapped around wrists. Well, now I’m ramping it up; I created an embellished bandana.

    And it was a cinch!

    Gather the sluppies.

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    I took an old black bandana. Then I grabbed a bunch of random necklaces that don’t get worn all that much. I wasn’t sure what I’d use. I took off any hooks and latches. I also needed needle and thread for the stitching.

    Arrange the necklaces.

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    I took my time here, arranging different necklaces in different ways. In the end I opted for four. Then I pinned them down.

    Hand sew the necklaces on to the kerchief.

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    This part is time consuming, but you can sit in front of the TV and stitch the necklace to the bandana. The stitching doesn’t have to be perfect either–you just want the necklaces to hold to the scarf. For some necklaces you might choose more sporadic stitches, other a tight stitch. For example, the big bobbly shiny one on mine just has a few stitches while rhinestone is more secure. Luckily the stitching will barely be seen. (Alternatively, this is another one of those DIYs where you could bring the scarf to your tailor and have them sew on the necklaces, but I’m not sure how expensive tailors are in the US. It’s worth enquiring at your local dry cleaner.)

    Voila! Embellished Bandana!

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    For Fun, here’s a pick of my cute photographer after I planted her with purple kisses!

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    *This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.