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!






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 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: Patched Denim Shirt

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It seems that every time I enter a Zara store I see more and more patches. They’re so fun and whimsical, yet nothing I’d ever spend more than $$ on–plus, this is like the easiest DIY ever. I know I am always saying my DIYs are the easiest ever, but I guess that should read I will only will complete an easy DIY as this one is. Basically, collect some patches; I found my collection at a night market in Thailand. While this might seem extravagant there are plenty of sites, especially on Etsy, that have a wide collection of patches to choose from. (I’ll include the links at the end of this post.) If you live in Hong Kong, we have our own sets of local markets as well that have booths with patches. The other item I already had in my closet. I was rarely wearing this oversized, bleached out denim shirt, but already since I’ve added these quirky colors to the shirt, I’ve worn it a ton more!

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1. Gather your supplies.

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All you need are some patches and a denim shirt. Alternatively you could add patches to a pair of jeans or a bomber jacket. Heck, even your favorite kitchen apron or daily backpack might appreciate a little color.

2. Place and pin the patches on the item.

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I took time placing the patches on my shirt trying to get the placement just right. I knew I wanted the blue and yellow Thai number 9 right on my right lapel. I also knew I wanted the eye on the right sleeve. I ended up have all the numbers on one side somehow and the black and white patches are grouped together. Try the item on with the patches in place to make sure you like how it is.

3. Bring the shirt to a tailor!

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Granted I have a sewing machine (and even made my first item!), but sewing on patches can be tricky. Once I placed them with a pin, I took my shirt to my tailor. I am so glad she did. They were meticulously attached–looking inside out that horse on my left lapel looks like a horse! I would have done a hack job sewing them on, so I went to an expert for this. I don’t think it’s cheating!

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After the Patch Trend Too?

Try it….
  • 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!
Or just buy it….
More Visual Inspo
One last call…

If you want me to make you something patched, it’d be my pleasure. Send me a mail at ann krembs @ krembdelakremb . com!

*This post has been linked up to my good friend Sheela’s link up and my fellow FAb 40s friend Dawn Lucy’s Fashion Should be Fun. It has also been linked up to Jess’ Turning Heads. It has also been linked to my fellow Fab 40s friend Dawn Lucy’s Fun Fashion Friday Link up.

DIY Trimmed Boots

DIY Trimmed Boots 4I’ve had this pair of boots that season after season weren’t getting worn. If I wanted a cowboy look, I’d always wear my mom’s cowboy boots. (I’ve only posted these boots one for a Fab 40s collab.) Then, after success with my fringe sandals and my trimmed mini skirt, I thought to myself: maybe these boots just need a little something to help them stand out. So, I found a cute trim at Joann’s and I easily added it to the boots by simply gluing it on. I tell ya: this 3 in 1 glue is the answer to so much! And, I love, love, love an easy DIY–which this totally was!

1. Gather the Supplies:

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For this I used my old boots, found some pretty trim, 3 in 1 glue, a pair of scissors, and a toothpick. I made sure to find a trim that matched the size of the side boot strap.

2. Add glue and adhere evenly.

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I simply added glue all along the side boot strap. Then I evenly pressed down the trim to the glued area. I used two fingers to really add pressure and even inserted my other hand into the boot to push back against those two fingers.

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3. Trim and toothpick the edge.

DIY Trimmed Boots 5I measured the trim longer than it needed to be so that when it overlapped the bottom edge I could tailor cut it along the slanted line of the sole. Then I took a toothpick and wedged that edge into the sole. I lined the toothpick with a little glue so that the edge of the trim would really stay put.

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That’s it! I let the glue dry. The boots are now trimmed and ready for more use. I chose a trim that had a little navy blue in it, so these will now be the boots I opt for with some jeans–or even denim cutoffs.

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DIY: Doily Bowls

Doily Bowl DIY 9For some reason I’ve been wanting to make these little doily bowls for a while. It’s quite silly how easy these little bowls are to make. I’m mean, it’s probably the simplest DIY project out there. And now, I have four new cute bowls about the house to fill with those random left items that need a home like coins, jewellery, match boxes. Here are the easy directions including the removal–which was a step missing from some of the other directions I found online and pinned to my Kremb de la Kremb To Do DIY Board. (Check it out for a peek into my inspo….)

1. Gather the Supplies:

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At Joann’s I collected an assortment of 4 different doilies. (Now that I know how to make bowls out of them, I’ll be on more of a watch for unique doilies in second hand and vintage stores.) I also picked up a big bottle of a product called Stiffy. It’s a fabric stiffener. I gathered some bowls as molds, a bowl for the stiffy, and plates to place the bowls on.

2. Setup the Bowls and Plates.

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Fill one of the bowls with some stiffy. I’d say each doily uses about 1/2-3/4 cup. Also lay out your bowls face down on plates. I had four doilies so I set up four bowls upside down.

3. Completely Soak the Doily.

Doily Bowl DIY 3Immerse one doily at a time into the Stiffy glue. Really saturate the doily with this fabric stiffener. I gave each doily a good 10 to 20 second immersion in the stiffing liquid.

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4. Lay the Doily Over a Bowl.

Doily Bowl DIY 5Now, without worrying about all the excess liquid, lay the doily evenly over a bowl. Try to place it so that the center of the doily is on the bottom side center of the bowl. Once it’s placed how you like it, really spread the doily out evenly, pushing it on to the bowl.

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5. Let the Doilies Dry Over Night.

Doily Bowl DIY 7I was able to place my four doily bowls in the sun, but this isn’t necessary. Letting them dry at least 12 hours is fine.

6. Spoon the Doily Off.

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This was the step that I found missing in the directions I found online. One post said to put plastic wrap between the bowl and doily, but I skipped that. Instead I used a spoon to wedge in between the doily and the bowl. Slowly and surely, I worked my way around the bowl going deeper as I went. Eventually I got to the point where the doily came right off–shaped as a bowl.

That’s it! It was so easy. Aside from the drying, creating these bowls took about ten minutes. Next up I’ll try dying them. These little bowls would be great to use at Christmas filled with yummy treats. For now, I’ve got four of them around my house filled with earrings and coins. I keep one by my bed for all the keep sakes that could get lost if just left out and about.

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