10 Denim DIY Projects

This pair of deconstructed denim is my most recent denim DIY.

I love DIY projects. What I’ve come to realize with all the DIY that I do, is that I particularly love a denim DIY project. I have a few denim DIY projects up my sleeve that I need to create, but first I wanted to recap some of the denim DIY projects I’ve already done. I found ten! Let’s take a look….. I hope this post offers you some easy denim DIY inspiration!

This DIY patched denim shirt is one of my all time faves. I love how it turned out. All the patches were picked up in a night market in Thailand too, so there’s special sentimental memories attached to the shirt.

My other Thai special is this embellished jean jacket. I created all the patches and
designed where everything would go. But then I gave pinned up jacket to the concierge
at a Thai hotel who gave it to the hotel’s driver who gave it to the village tailor.
So yes, it took a village! This is another sentimental and favorite denim DIY of mine.

To copy the fashion stars must be the best form of flattery right? I feel very proud of the Eva Chen inspired star patched jeans. I’ve had the jeans forever; now I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of them!

Speaking of copying….check out these Gucci inspired cutoffs. Definitely a fraction
of the cost of the designer label’s pair! And mine are Kremb de la Kremb!!

This is a no brainer, but I often just cut off the hem. That’s pretty much the easiest denim DIY out there! (These pants are up for something new actually–stay tuned….) And if you want to get the ankle cropped jean,
just take your favorite pair and cut off to your ankle. Easy peasy and a money saver!

These are my favorite cutoff jean shorts. They’re nice and big.
I made them from a men’s pair of Wranglers. (They’ll be featured again real soon!)

Creating your own jean shorts doesn’t have to be limited to blue denim.
Try white or even black jeans and cut them off to your desired length.

Kremb de la Kremb Boho

The other thing that can be cutoff is a denim skirt. Just make sure to go past the slit in the back.

Why buy distressed jeans? Just use scissors, an exacto knife, and a cheese grater,
and get distressing on your favorite pair!

These are totally inspired by my mom, Joanie. She’s an artist and has always made such cute doodles.
She helped me with this pair: DIY color book cutoffs!

This last denim DIY is the very first time I worked with Yee! This was back in 2013–four years ago! I took two sentimental pieces and attached them to a sleeveless shirt I was never wearing.
Speaking of which, it’s time to pull that shirt out!

What sort of denim DIY would you like to see on the blog?

I can tell you I have a couple of projects in mind: a super fringy hemmed pair of both jeans and skirt plus the need for a new embellished jean jacket. Also, I can’t wait to get to the thrift stores in the States where I’m able to stock up on all sorts of great denim! Oh, and I definitely want to try to make my own acid wash jeans so I guess that means there’s more than a couple of ideas on my mind!

But really, what would you like to see or know how to do?

DIY with a Tailor: Deconstructed Denim

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I’ve been eyeing all sorts of deconstructed denim lately. Keep in mind, I also pick up denim at my local thrift store (Mee & Gee or Me & George) any time I walk in the door. (In fact yesterday, I picked up two jean jackets and a jean skirt at Mee & Gee. I know! I don’t need them, but my DIY juices start flowing when it comes to denim…) I mentioned Geneva from A Pair and a Spare yesterday. Again, she’s the one who influenced me to attempt making my own deconstructed denim with her post here. The thing is, I could have given my pair a try with my sewing machine, but I actually prefer working with my tailor, Yee. She’s so sweet, and it’s quite fun to collaborate with her. I go in with my pictures, and then I attempt to explain what I’m after. We don’t speak the same language, but somehow we’re able to communicate. Granted, the first version fell off me. She ended up having to take a total of four inches in because they were so big. Luckily, we’re patient with each other, and as always, I was super pleased with the end result.

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These were my directions:

1. I brought her two pairs of Levi’s–one dark, one light.
2. I instructed her to take out the side seam on the dark pair and insert the side seam of the light pair.
3. Before any of this was done, she had to take off the pockets.
4. Once the new seams were sewn in, we were able to place the pockets in a natural position.

Voila! I’ve got a pair of DIY deconstructed denim.

Do you think you’ll work with a tailor to make your own? Or will you buy a pair? There are a ton of options out there. Deconstructed denim is a hot trend right now.

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This little blue, fishy, velvet bag is adorable. I got it from my favorite handbag designer: Louella Odié. Here’s the link to this exact little pouch bag. Don’t forget to look at all the beautiful totes too. If you decide to purchase, take an extra 20% off with this code: KREMBDELAKREMB20.

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DIY: Colorful Feather Slides


It seems every time I pass by the Miu Miu window, I get inspired by their shoes! It happened last year with these ribbon lace pumps. This year it happened when I saw these colorful feather slides. I’ve had them on my mind for some time, and now I’ve finally made my own version. I love it when I make something that I know will not be found on anyone else; it gives me a bit of a thrill, as do my new colorful feather slides! What’s even better is this DIY was super easy and economical.

1. Gather your supplies.


I picked up this trim a while ago during a trip to Thailand–I wasn’t sure what I’d use it for, but I knew I loved it. The shoes I found at Forever 21. They’re real leather and are perfect for adding a little embellishment. The studs are from a semi-version of a craft store but more of a sewing store in Causeway bay. The trim was calling for something more–especially to subdue the tacky, bright orange red of the trim. Scissors, pliers, and glue were the other three necessary items for completing this DIY.

2. Cut the trim to the lengths of the shoes’ bands.


I made four bands of trim that matched the length of each of the shoes’ bands.

3. Add any embellishments to the trim. (Optional)


Then, I added the studs to each of the trim bands. This was a bit of an extra step, but I think in the end it made a big difference. It was a little extra touch that really added cohesion to the look of the slide–plus some funk.

4. Add glue and then the trim to the shoes’ bands.


I ended up having to switch the glue I used as the first one wasn’t working. The 3-1 always comes through! Then starting at the inside of the band, and I squeezed the trim on. I spent some time pinching the glued trim so it would really stick. Then, I just let them dry.

Viola! Easy Colorful Feather Slides!

DIY: Colorful Feather Slides


I have a feeling I’m going to get a ton of use out of these sandals. They’re fun, comfortable, and definitely unique. With all the color, they’re going to match everything! I love how these colorful feather slides turned out. They may not be Miu Miu, but who cares when I can have Kremb de la Kremb!

*This post has been linked to Not Dressed As Lamb’s #SaturdayShareLinkUp.

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.

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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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