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how to modify a tee with only scissors and safety pins

Happy Pride, everyone!

Speaking of which, I really wanted to get one of Old Navy’s Pride-themed t-shirts this year. I don’t know why it became such a quest for me, but I must’ve gone in at least half a dozen times over two weeks to two different Old Navy stores in Chicago. The last time I went into the State St. store, they had four left: two designs, all men’s size Large.

I decided I’d get one and somehow modify it to fit and look cute. Here’s the before:

What to do? While I can handle a needle and thread enough to sew a button back on, I wanted this to involve nothing but scissors and maybe safety pins, which seemed like a fun thing for Pride. I looked up modifications online and watched a few YouTube vids for ideas but ultimately ended up making something I hadn’t been able to find anyone else explaining. Maybe it’ll help you too!



June 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm 6 comments

how to make a care bear costume

Happy Halloween! It’s been an eventful weekend already, full of shenanigans and dancing and drinks and friends and fun. And I did it all in this:

I give you: Cara the Care Bear!

Cheer Bear, as a matter of fact.

Ok, so it’s a different shade of pink, but finding a pink sweatsuit was more difficult than anticipated. Keep reading to see how I made it and/or scroll to the bottom for a few more finished pics.


October 31, 2010 at 1:08 pm 11 comments

does size really matter?

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that, in addition to telling you where I got something and sometimes how much it cost, I usually also try to include what size I’m wearing. Perhaps some of you like that aspect (my roommate, for one, told me she likes it), while others may be wondering, “What’s up with that? Why does she do that?”

You might also think, since I make a point to try to include sizes, that size is obviously really important – when in fact my inclusion of it is actually to prove just the opposite (sort of). Let me explain.


May 20, 2010 at 10:40 am 13 comments

old look, new necklace & a boots how-to to boot

Nothing too special with today’s look – you’ve seen it before several times, and it’s styled only very slightly differently today:

Although I dressed for a sunny disposition yesterday, it’s back to being chilly again as we endure the bipolar rollercoaster of a Midwestern spring, so I went with a comfy-casual sweater dress and boots.


April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm 1 comment

argyle & uggs

There is nothing whatsoever remarkable about this look:

Simple argyle cardigan and jeans.


March 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm 4 comments

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