CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- OK, I own it, I am a cheapskate. I mean like bare-bones-sorting-through-the-clearance-bin cheap! Not as cheap as some of those recycling-salad-dressing ladies I have seen on TV -- that is beyond the pale even for me -- but cheap enough that I won't pay for new fashion, when I know that with a few Internet searches and a little ingenuity, I can DIY a perfectly lovely version at home.
So this week I want to tell you about my two new favorite DIYs of the hour. I warn you -- stay away from Pinterest! I spend hours and hours of my life being sucked down the endless black hole of craftiness!
Do you love those drapey vests that every teenager on the planet is rocking with skinny little leggings and knee-high boots? Yeah, me too. (Although, I wouldn't be caught dead in leggings without a barrier layer!)
Well, here is your saving grace. All you need are:
Bam! How much simpler can it be? Not much!
You will literally be able to turn these tees into a cute combo in less than 10 minutes for under $10. It is easy and simple and looks very mod.
First things first. The scarf is by far the easiest thing you've ever made. Can you make Easy Mac? You can make this! Stick it in the microwave and make your scarf while dinner cooks!
Lay your first T-shirt out on a flat surface. I like to use the floor. That is, I like to use a floor that doesn't have carpet (ahem, carpet is fabric, scissors cut fabric ... not that I've ever cut my carpet, but you should just be careful, OK?).
Once you have it flattened out, make two parallel cuts through both layers. The first cut should trim off the hem of the shirt. The second cut should just go from the armpit of one sleeve to the other.
Once you've cut the shirt, discard the hem and the top with the sleeves. Put them to the side for your next DIY, or throw them out, whatever. Personally, I can't throw anything away, so they end up in the rag bag, sadly waiting, like little fabric wallflowers, for the next wave of creativity to make them craft-project princesses.