provident style

neckline editing
April 6, 2008, 12:00 am
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I’ve had this tunic from Forever 21 kicking around forever, but the weird neckline always made me avoid it. Tonight I decided that would ALL CHANGE and I would change the neckline into a more normal one! Of course, I got swept up in the excitement of it all, and forgot to take a before picture, and of course, since I’ve had this tunic for a while, it’s nowhere to be found on the Forever 21 website. But it was kinda similar to this neckline, just saggier.

This probably looks wonderful on someone else, but it is not flattering on me at all! So, after a few minutes of frantic cutting, mostly even pinning, and somewhat successful sewing, I ended up with this neckline:

Not bad, eeeh? Well, the back is kinda messed up, but that’s way better then the front being deformed. I think I like this sewing thing!


i made something that doesn’t suck!
March 31, 2008, 9:09 pm
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I had basically long given up hope of making something wearable using my sewing machine, but it appears that I may have pulled it off. Thanks to this refreshingly simple tutorial, I’ve got my very own puff skirt made of random fabric from my basement.

(My “I’m shocked it doesn’t suck” face.)

The pattern! Delightfully grandma-esque?

Now, for anyone else, sewing a skirt like this would be an exceedingly easy task. Thing is, my sewing machine hates me and wishes I was dead, so I had to fight with it for half an hour before finally deciding that my knowledge (grade 7 fashion studies…erm…) was not enough to fix the problem. 5 minutes of Googling and I realized I should check my thread tension, which was the problem of course. And now I can actually use my sewing machine! Which of course got me thinking about making more complicated stuff. I think I am going to try and talk my mom into going to the sewing shop with me this weekend and buying a dress pattern and some fabric. I’ll keep you posted on how THAT turns out…but now I must finish the homework I put off to make this lovely skirt!

March 18, 2008, 8:18 pm
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So these are the second pair that I’ve made, and I like these a LOT more. When the bleach was first on them before I threw them into the washer, the splotches were all a gross yellow colour and I was convinced I had ruined a great-fitting pair of jeans. But when they came out, I fell in love!

(nice dorky picture of me in my kitchen taken by my dad!)

Jeans: Shank/my extreme dyeing skills
Jacket: Vintage
Vest: AA
Tunic: Forever 21 I think?
Scarf: Old scrap fabric
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Blackspot

I am seriously soooo in love with these pants. The best part? Everyone at my school has realized that I’m an art/fashion nerd and I don’t get nearly as many “wtf-is-that?!?!” glances anymore. Depending on the day, this is either really good or really bad, but today I was glad that everyone that commented on my pants thought they were awesome.

In case you were wondering, all I did was throw ’em in the tub, get them wet (but don’t fill the tub with water), and then splash bleach over them straight out of the bottle. It works shockingly fast so flip them over quick and do the other side! Then rinse them out and wash them immediately. As long as you get the bleach out before the fabric starts to really weaken, you should be good!