DIY Closet Edit

Hi Deerest Friends,

If your anything like me, every time a brand new year rolls around you feel the need to revaluate your life and consider the things you might want to change. This usually goes hand in hand with some form of a resolution. Well sometimes to have a fresh start you need to de-clutter your life and in today’s tutorial, I’m going to break from my usual format and give my tips and tricks on how to de-clutter an area that, for us ladies especially, is usually a clutter goldmine; your closet. Now my family/boyfriend/friends would be in a fit of laughter if they knew I was giving advice on clearing all the clutter from your life. I’m not known as the tidiest person in the world (I throw the term “creative chaos” around far too often for my own good) but this is the time of the year I like to  clear all the unnecessary things from my life and I promise to lead by example. So if your closet is bursting at the seams (clothes related pun!) this tutorial will tell you how to edit and refine your closet.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-Garbage Bags
-Marker
-The Patience of a Saint (and maybe some tequila)

Firstly, get in the right mind-set. Some people have a very hard time letting go of stuff and this is going to be a long, intense process. Maybe have a drink now.

Take your marker and label six different garbage bags with the words “Trash”, “Charity”, “Friends”, “Sell”, “Alter” and one with a “?”. Place these aside for the moment.

Now it’s time to be ruthless. When editing your closet there are four key questions to ask yourself about each item;

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Do I still wear this?
Haven’t worn that velvet jumpsuit since “The Artist Formally Known as Prince” was actually known as “Prince”? Any clothes in your closet that you don’t wear are just wasting space. Find the items that are gathering cobwebs, clear it all out and start again.
Yay!! A legitimate reason to shop!
Yeah… Like you needed one.

Does it fit properly?
Still hanging on to those “skinny” jeans that you had when you were 16 and resembled a toothpick? Now your in you 30’s and have a few more curves? Don’t torture yourself! Get rid of those unrealistic expectations and buy a pair of jeans that not only fit you but make you feel/look amazing! You don’t want to be 16 again! You can stay up as late as you want, you don’t have pimples anymore and you can buy all the vodka you damn-well please… minus the fake I.D.

Is it in wearable condition?
Holes? Rips? Stains? When you wear that once-white (now it’s sort-of a brown-yellow) tee down the street do people slip coins in your take-away coffee cup and wish you the best? When you wear those old pants do people worry you were in some kind of a freak lawnmower accident that left your clothes ripped to shreds? Yep probably time to get new threads. Unless your one of the Olsen Twins… damn those girls know how to rock hobo-chic.

Is it still in style?
Pants that would make MC Hammer cringe may fit and may be in immaculate condition but if you never wear them and they no longer suit your style (I hope not!), put those bad boys back where they belong; The 80’s. Trust me… you don’t want to touch that!

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Now while editing your closet, keep these questions in mind.

  • If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions: It’s a keeper! Back in the closet it goes!
  • If you answered ‘no’ to all these questions: Why do you still have this? Get rid of it! NOW!

If you answered a combination of ‘no’ and ‘yes’ to a particular item thats were the garbage bags come in.

"Trash"

Any items that are stained, ripped or damaged beyond repair (regardless of whether you still wear it, how stylish it is and how well it still fits) go straight in the bag marked “Trash”. These will later be thrown out. Note: You can often salvage buttons, ribbons or embellishments from these clothes and use them for future DIY projects.

"Alter"

Any items that you really love but are ill-fitting, place in the bag marked “Alter”. These items can be sent to the tailor for alterations or alternatively if you have a close friend or relative who is a good sewer see if they can help. If your a really good sewer you may even be able to alter some yourself.

"Charity"

Any items that are in good condition but don’t suit your style or may be out of fashion, place in the bag marked “Charity”. These will later be donated to a charity op/thrift shop.

"Friends"

Any items that are not great on you but would suit one of your friends perfectly, place in the bag marked “Friends”. For a fun alternative, you could also organise a clothes-swapping party where you trade clothes you no longer want/need with clothes your friends no longer want/need. If your friends are anything like mine, the tequila will come in handy here too.

"Sell"

Any items that are in immaculate condition (i.e. never been worn) or a piece from a well-known label (in good condition) but don’t really suit you, place in the bag marked “Sell”. Whether it’s on eBay or at your local consignment store, selling a few of your unwanted clothes can give you some extra money to put towards new clothes that suit you better.

"Question"

Any item that violates one of the above rules but you can manage to part with it, place into the bag marked with a “?”. Place this garbage bag wherever you can fit it in your house/room for three months. Any items you take out and wear can be put back into your closet but any items that still remain after the three month period need to go. When disposing of these items, see above (i.e. if it’s stained it goes in the trash; if it would suit a friend,  give it away; and if it isn’t in style, donate it.)

And You’re Done!

Clean, Neat Closet

Generally I would recommend repeating this process every year, but this could be more/less frequently depending on how much you typically buy. This process may seem like a lot of steps and you may be tempted just to get rid of it all in one shot but the garbage bag system makes sure that your unwanted clothes are serving the widest variety of purposes possible. Selling some clothes gives you some extra money to invest in future pieces, giving to charity helps people who may be unable to afford clothes from retail stores, keeping the clothes your uncertain about for an extra three months stops you from making a decision in haste that you’ll later regret, giving your friends clothes that they will love and wear will make their day and throwing away clothes that are ruined… well, that just needs to be done! Now you’ll have a closet filled with only the things you want/need and a bit of extra room for some new purchases.

Time to go shopping!… But maybe wait till the tequila wears off.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know :)

Thanks guys!

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DIY Crochet Lace Belt

Hi Deerest Friends,

My entire life I’ve had a love affair with crochet. Not actually doing it (I can’t crochet to save my life) but any piece that has anything remotely to do with that pretty, vintage-looking knitted lace. There’s something about crochet… I see it and it instantly reminds me of summer; music festivals, the beach and driving all day in my equally vintage car with no air-conditioner. In regards to crochet, I’ve recently noticed a bit of a trend in the fashion blogs of the Internet.

The juxtaposition of soft, feminine crochet with leather (faux, in my case) seems to be everywhere at the moment and as someone with an unhealthy obsession with crochet… well I’m loving it.

I also recently discovered (really recently… it was only two days ago) a place so strange yet so awesome that only Japan could be responsible; Daiso.

So Daiso is basically a huge variety store with cookware, kitchenware, cosmetics, lifestyle products, toys, food, stationary and homewares all under one roof. However, there is one thing that sets Daiso apart from the rest… Every single thing in the store costs exactly $2.80. No more, no less.

(Forgive me if this is old news but I live in Australia and we’re the last Western country to get anything cool. We only got coloured TV two years ago… Just kidding! It was 5 years ago)

So when I was in Daiso I picked up a brown faux leather belt and two rolls of crochet lace (with a tape backing) all for $8.40 and so here we are at our next DIY adventure… The Crochet Lace Belt!

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-Scissors
-Crochet Lace Tape (if you cant find it with the tape backing you can use ordinary crochet lace and clear-drying super glue)
-A belt (You can buy a new one or repurpose an old one)
-A ruler or measuring tape
-Fray Block or clear nail polish (Optional)

Firstly, measure your belt so you’ll know how much lace you will need. If your belt is thin you might only need one roll but as my belt is a bit thicker I’m using two pieces side-by-side.

Decide where the crochet is going to be on your belt and pay particular attention to the buckle and the belt holes (if you cover the holes with lace your going to destroy it every time you do up your belt so its best to avoid this area)

If you have crochet lace with a tape backing simply start taping the lace wherever you want it to sit and when your finished place a few books on top of the belt just to help the tape really stick. If you find that the tape isn’t sticking very well, use some clear drying super glue as well. I was a bit sceptical that the lace tape for Daiso would stick properly but it worked amazingly well… I definitely recommend this tape.

If your gluing the lace to the belt use very small amounts of a strong glue directly to the lace and hold it firmly against the belt. Avoid getting excess glue on the visible parts of the belt. Allow at least half a day for drying before you wear it.

And finally, if your worried about your crochet lace fraying where you’ve cut it use a small amount of Fray Block or just some clear nail polish to keep the lace neat.


And You’re Done!

You can pretty much wear this belt with anything! It looks great with a pair of denim shorts or jeans with a tucked in tee to show the belt off. The belt adds a bit of interest to an otherwise casual outfit. You can also use this belt to cinch the waist of a pretty summer dress or wear it with a high waisted skirt. I went to dinner last night and I wore it with a plain black tank top tucked into some skinny jeans plus a cardigan, a pale pink scarf and brown flats.

If you liked this DIY Tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

DIY Witchery Heart Top

Hi Deerest Friends,

So I recently saw this really cute top from Witchery, a gorgeous Australian brand, and I thought this would be a great first DIY project for Dorothy Deerest!

At $34.95 (Australian Dollars) this top is a really affordable piece and I was considering just buying it but I wanted to use it as my inspiration to create a slightly different version.

The original Witchery version uses thick cotton to create the sort of flower-like embellishments but I liked the idea of using those cute pom-poms that you can buy at most craft stores to achieve a similar effect. I thought this made the tee look a bit more quirky and unique.

So Let’s Get Started!

You will need:
-A Needle
-Thread (White is best but any light colour will do)
-Craft Pom-Poms
-A T-Shirt (I used Navy but you can use whatever colour you want)
-A Heart Template (I just printed mine off Google Images)
-Chalk or a Dressmakers Pencil
-Pins

* Note: The total cost for the materials for this project was $18 (AUD)

Firstly, lay out your T-shirt on a flat surface

Then pin your heart template in the centre of the shirt

Use a piece of chalk or a dressmakers pencil to draw an outline around the outside of your template and then you can remove the heart template and the pins

Arrange your pom-poms around the heart until your happy with the colours/ placement


And finally, simply start hand-sewing each individual pom-pom on and make sure you sew them on really tight so they don’t fall off (I sewed about 5-6 times for each)

And You’re Done!

This pom-pom heart top acts as the statement piece of any outfit but remains subtle and not too over the top. When I styled this I wore it with a green cardigan, matching shoes and a simple pair of blue jeans to pick up all of the different colours in the pom-poms. I also added the red heart-glasses for a bit of fun and to create a heart motif throughout this outfit.

If you liked this DIY Tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!