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: Gold Button Trousers

zara-diy-pants-19Here are the last pair of Zara DIY Pants: the gold button, side seam trousers. So far I made a pom pom hemmed pair, a double red stripe pair, and now this pair. Every time I entered Zara, these luxe gold button trousers especially took my fancy. The authentic version actually does offer a couple of functional buttons down by the side cut of the seam; mine however only have the side cut at the hem with gold buttons adorning the seam. I’ve had these wide legged, high-waisted trousers for a very, very long time. In fact, I think I purchased them during our time in India, so that’s before 2009! Regardless, I love these trousers, and now, with an updated look, I have a feeling I’m going to love them even more. They have always been super long, so I have to wear a heel with them. Luckily I have my new flatforms that give me almost 3 extra inches! Ahhh, high heels for Annie again! It’s been a very long time, but I’ll take a high heel any way I can get it. Another irresistible trend this fall is the bell sleeve. In my opinion this sleeve elevates any top, so here I’ve got the boring combo of a white top and black bottom, but the look in my opinion is super chic with these extras details.

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Zara DIY Pants: the Gold Button Trousers

Since the real gold button trousers are actually functional at the slit opening, I needed to choose a very wide leg to pull these Zara DIY pants off. Luckily as mentioned up above, I’ve had this pair for a really long time. They are definitely worn, and I’ve often thought of getting rid of the, but I just couldn’t do it. The high waist and the fullness of the leg kept me from giving them away. I’m glad I never did. This pair was perfect for my final Zara DIY pants. And again, just like the pom pom trimmed hem and the double red stripe, these were super simple. All I had to do was purchase similar flat, gold buttons. I brought the materials to my tailor, Yee, with a picture of the pants from Zara online, and she added the buttons to the side seam. The last step was opening up the bottom seam–something she resisted at first, but then finally accomplished after some prodding. Voila, another very easy pair of Zara DIY pants!!

Which pair do you think you would try out? The pom pom hem? The double red stripe? Or this gold button trouser?

And, are there any looks that you want me to try and figure out with a little DIY? Let me know in the comments…

PS May I make a recommendation? Elevate your standard white top with a bell sleeve. You won’t regret it! Just make sure it’s not a day of cleaning or cooking when you wear it. Wink wink.

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(This post has been linked to #iwillwearwhatilike.)

Zara DIY Pants: the Double Red Stripe

zara-diy-pants-11Called the “Zara Item Everyone Wore at Fashion Week” by Who What Wear, it’s been love at first, second, third sight with these double red striped trousers. I repeatedly looked at them, almost buying them, but then figured this too easy a pair to recreate adding another Zara DIY pants to my to-do list. This trendy piece is half jogger track pant and the other marching band uniform. Any way you spin it, I kept falling in love with these pants and had to have them. According to my Instagram feed, I haven’t been the only one! If it’s not Zara’s version, there have been plenty others; they can either be dressed up or down. Of course, I went down as I pair most things with any one of my tennis shoes these days. Despite causual shoes, I felt terrbily chic in this outfit and especially loved all the money I saved by making the look on my own!

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Zara DIY Pants: the Double Red Stripe

Again, I searched through all my black pants and found a simple straight legged pair. I went to my gal Suzanne at TinTin Beads on Etsy, and she found the perfect 1 inch wide, red, gross grain ribbon for me. In fact, she made a separate entry on Etsy just for me. I went to my tailor, and she easily sewed the double trimming onto the side seam of each pant leg. If this DIY isn’t easy, I don’t know what is! I saved at least fifty dollars on this as I only spent about $15 to make these trendy, must-have, track pant. These Zara DIY pants could easily be done in any color combo; I just happened to copy the high street fashion, but for inspiration, look at all these interpretations.

What do you think of the double striped trouser? Too casual or something you might embrace?

I’ve got one more pair of Zara DIY pants ready for tomorrow, so do make sure to come back!

Norbyah, thanks for these shots. You line the pic of so nicely every single time!

PS The kerchief is often seen wrapped around the neck, but it can also be wrapped around the wrist providing a nice bracelet type accessory.

(This post has been linked to #iwillwearwhatilike.)

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.)

DIY Color Book Jeans

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I wanted to fit one last denim DIY before Labor Day this Monday. And I also wanted to offer a DIY that didn’t involve a tailor. This time it will be all on you! Have you noticed how coloring has become the trend for relaxation? Well this do it yourself project takes coloring to another level: here you have a pair of jeans to create the DIY color book jeans. This DIY could be done on any color and any length of denim. Since I wear cutoffs almost every day off, I went with a pair of white ones. (I initially got the inspiration from a pair that my mom colored this summer, but she did not use permanent ink, so the moment they were washed, all the color was gone!) The key to these diy color book jeans is to doodle a design and then simply color it in. It’s really that easy–and just like the coloring books, it was a very relaxing, calming, and meditative DIY. In the end, I just ended up with a really cute product that I can actually wear!

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1. Find a pair of jeans to color.

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From my thrifting this summer, I had an abundance of white jeans, therefore I chose the pair loosest in the legs chopped them off to my desired length.

2. With a very fine black permanent pen, outline your design.

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This could be a vine of flowers like I’ve created, some waves, paisley or geometric designs, a portrait or landscape, or even just a zentangle (more meditative and calming effects to be had!).

3. Color the design with permanent markers.

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Because the markers will run and bleed a bit, I dotted the color in. Don’t be afraid to mix colors either. I used to shades of green on the leaves and both yellow and red for the flowers.

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Style Tip

Did you notice to crossbody bags? That’s intential. One is for money and my lippy and the other is for my phone. I like to use two complimentary small bags. Would you like to see more pairings to see how it’s done? Here I paired the bright and cute “Made in Mexico” over the natural colored fringe. Both matched my shorts and belt, and in my opinion tied the look together.

*This post has been linked up to Sheela Writes.

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!