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51  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Medium High Heel Fixing Tutorial (Intermediate) on: January 04, 2011 02:41:12 PM
What do you normally do when your heel breaks? Do you throw it out and buy a new pair or you bring it to the shoe store and pay them to fix it? What if i tell you fixing it on your own is free and achievable, will you give it a try? Without spending anything you can repair it in your own home with a couple basic household tools. Most importantly, you can wear your favorite pair of shoes or boots over and over again.


I would never even think about fixing my own shoe before i move to the states simply because it is not too expensive to have a professional fix it back home anyway. Since i move here though, i dont even know where can i actually get my high heel fix so i dont have to throw my favorite shoes away that fast.

So today i decided to try repairing it on my own.I have no former training on this subject but i did witness the shoe fixing a couple times so i plan on duplicate the exact same steps. Of course i might not be as resourceful as the professional shoe repairman so i have to improvise some how.

A lot of the tools i need can be found in a normal household, such as hammer, pliers and wood glue. but the actual heel material is not easy to find. I happened to have the black rubber material because i have an old pair of cowboy boots thats on the way to the garbage. So i just pull the thin nails out from the heels with pliers and strip the rubble right off the old boots. Since the rubble size is larger than what i needed, i marked along the heel of the fabric boot with a cheap silver eyeliner pencil on the rubber then cut off the excess parts off with a box cutter. In order the keep the rubber on the fabric boots safe and securely, i would have to apply wood glue before i nail the rubble part down.

The Subject And The Problem:

A perfect and gorgeous pair of fabric boot but i wear it so often both rubber heels are totally wear off. Due to the lack of protection for the actual heel, i was force to stop wearing my favorite boots. Nothing is more frustrating than having something but not able to use it when needed so i have to do something.



Step 1: Prepare the materials and tools




Step 2: Pull the useful parts out of the old unwanted boots



Step 3: Mark and cut the plastic heels to the right size


Step 4:  Find a right tool as base or stand for nailing


Step 5:Fitting and Trimming



Step 6: Glue the material and nail it down



Step 7: Allow time to dry




52  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Grey And Pink Polka Dot Dress Tutorial on: January 03, 2011 06:59:59 PM
My Post Entry Link: http://www.diyfashiondiva.com/fashion/grey-and-white-polka-dot-dress-tutorial

This absolutely adorable polka dot day dress is a product made from scratch by following the instruction from the pattern package. With less than two yards of your favorite fabric and 1 hour of your time, anyone can follow the steps and make this gorgeous day  dress.

This particular pattern package was inspired by project runway and when i am making the cloth, i almost feel like one of the contestants. The whole construction idea is very simple, the top part that covers the chest with a little twist and the rest of the dress and the fancy bottom ruffle.

The patterns are included and seems pretty clear and easy. Once its being cut out, i like to give them extra 1-2 cm on each edge as sewing space.  I took a picture of the major sewing pattern and some picture of the dress as it was being constructed. At the end i did left out the pockets parts because i feel like thats look better with my design and fabric choice. The beauty of fashion design is you can make you own selection while designing.

Step 1- Choose the right fabric & design pack

Cotton seems like the best fabric for this job. They are sturdy and comfortable and yet got tons of prints for selection. When i was shopping in Walmart long time ago, i knew this nice polka dot print cotton fabric will come in handy one day. So i bought 2 yards and keep them in my fabric draw. When i decided to make this summer day dress, this fabric fits my design ideas perfectly.

My Pattern Package:

Step 2- Cut the paper and fabric patterns out

Cut the paper pattern to the desire size then place them on top of the chosen fabric, mark and cut then save for later use. Leave a couple cm for extra sewing space is always a good idea.

Step 3- Construction of the top portion- gather

Sew the top pieces together (front and 2 sides for the back). Leave back middle part open for adding zipper later one. Sew a loss line down the middle in the front then gather one side of the string to make a ruffle/ gather look. I like to call this technique The Stitches Gathering Effect

Step 4- Construction of the top portion- cover up

Take the long strip of fabric we cut early and wrap around the front middle part to hide the seems and cover the gather parts. Sew in the back to keep them in shape.

Step 5- Construction of the lower portion

Take the lower three pieces and sew them together, Leave a good portion of the top back part open for installing a zipper later. Lower back part can be sew together with machine. We dont have to finish the ham on the bottom edge because we will add ruffles anyway.

Step 6- Use pin to connect top and bottom part together

Pin down along the lower edge of the top portion and the top of the lower skirt portion. Pin allow you to adjust as you go, it can help you figure out if we need to gather certain portion in order for the top and bottom part to be sew together. Adjust the length by adding folds on each side equally.

Step 7- Sew the parts together

Once the fabrics are pin together, bring them all to the sewing machine and piece them together. Pull the pins out as the machine are about to go through the parts that need to be sew. Use finger to temporarily hold them in place.

Step 8- Make ruffles and add onto skirt

Once the top and bottom part are sew together, prepare the ruffles by gathering one side equally. These were the long wide strips that was cut out and place aside from earlier. Carefully place them onto the lower portion of the skirt.

Step 9- Add Zipper

Place zipper under the open back portion of the dress. Use pins to hold zipper to the edge of the fabric. Carefully sew them together without shifting outside the sewing line.

Finishing Product:

53  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Tiny High Heel Fixing Tutorial (Easy) on: January 03, 2011 06:44:46 PM
Compare to the last high heel fixing article, this one is a much simpler version. We will still need some pliers, a hammer, 2 new heels and some wood glue, but we wont need to hammer down thin nails because the tiny heels have a big nail attach to it plus there is really no cutting or trimming needed because most tiny heels are all one size.


I heard from one of my friend that fixing these heels will only cost about 3 dollars each in the mall. So it is quite affordable even fixing the whole pair. I have no idea where can you even buy these tiny heels so if you dont have the material just laying around, keep the pair of shoe that need to be fixed in your car so next time you can drop them off the shoe repair store before you start shopping in the mall.

But for me, i always have some unused, old or outdated shoes laying around the house with almost brand new heels. I can easily take the heels off and put in on the cute shoes with broken heels that i actually want to wear in the future.This way i can just repair them at home without paying anything. Hopefully this tutorial can guide your and help you understand how to fix your own heels in the future. This project wont take more than 10 minutes total.

Step 1: Prepare the tools


Step 2: Cut and remove heels from unwanted shoes



Step 3: Transfer heels on to new shoes by gluing and hammering





Step 4: New shoes are ready to go



54  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Draw A GPS (for fun) on: January 03, 2011 06:03:37 PM
Fake GPS? Is she out of her mind? You must be wondering why the hell am I wasting my time and drawing a GPS. Of course, we all know that a fake GPS doesnt do anything, the reason for this project is just a temporary solution to replace a missing gift. Next time you are out of gift ideas, you can try to do this too.

Link To My Post: http://www.diyfashiondiva.com/my-projects/draw-a-gps-for-fun

My intention for this project is pretty simple, I would like to get my husband a GPS for his birthday. Since I am not very interested in doing the research and comparing hundreds of similar but yet different GPS because I am lazy. I came up with this idea of drawing a cardboard GPS.

To make it look like i wasnt just completely running out of time for the research and buy the gift, I gather some simple drawing marker, cardboard, and correction pen and started doing this copycat GPS gift. I even place it into a box and wrap it up so it is totally ready for my husband to unwrap the gift like normal. Nobody suspects this is a fake gift of course!

The whole project is pretty simple, do some research and get a GPS image that you want form the magazines or Sunday ads. Cut out a piece of cardboard and try to use marker to copy the image onto the cardboard. Start from the outside with the edges, then the screen, the letters and then the road picture. I listed the coupon detail in the back so it is pretty obvious that this is a certificate of future goods (with limited value).

This project is definitely entry level and requires only basic household tools. It took me less than 15 minutes to finish and wrapping takes a minute or two. So, for a last minutes gift, this is definitely a great idea.

Material Needed:

A black permanent marker, a fine line black felt tip pen, some cardboard from moving box, a correcting white-out pen, a gift box and some wrapping paper.

55  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Floral earrings and others on: January 02, 2011 06:29:08 PM
These are my recent DIYs, including the popular flower earring ....

i've been seeing this items on japanese magazines a lot this year but i cannot find it anywhere in USA

so i decided to make my own... all you really need is a glue gun

For My Post Link:






Other Floral Jewelries:

More Flower Accessories:

56  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Lolita Apron Tutorial on: January 02, 2011 08:55:25 AM
I got the idea to make this apron from the Lolita clothes website. I always fancy to buy a piece of Lolita style dress or clothing. But of course they are not cheap and also i dont think i have to courage to wear them out. So in stead, i design some simpler version but Lolita inspired fashion outfit so i can wear them around the house or even wear them out if i want to.

My Post Entry Link: http://www.diyfashiondiva.com/fashion/lolita-apron-tutorial

Anyway, I hope you like my blog and my creations~

Step  1: Make The Top Portion

Draw a big heart on newspaper and use that as pattern to cut out the fabric. Finish the edges by fold toward the back and sew along the sides. Make ruffle with thin long pieces of extra fabric. While sewing a line in the middle using the sewing machine, gather the fabric and fold them as you sew.  Then Sew them along the 1 inch line of the heart shape apron top.

Step 2: Make The Straps And Waist Band

Cut out 1 long piece of rectangle fabric for waist band. the length has to be enough to go around your waist at least 3 to 4 times to tie a bow. Fold the edge and sew it to prevent framing. Then make two shorter straps for shoulder straps length all the way across the back of your waist. Add extra fabric along the outer side of the shoulder straps for a fancier look.

Step 3: Cut Out And Make The Lower Portion

Roughly measure your waist size for the lower part of the apron. I thought it would be fun to make the lower edge in cloud shapes. As usual, finish the edges and add extra ruffle along the 1 inch line. That matches the top design and give the whole look a more cohesive feeling.

Step 4: Connect Three Parts Together

Most important part of the DIY is the connecting part. Bring out your threads and needle or a basic sewing machines. Simply sew along the previous sewing line to hide the new seems. Sew the bottom part of the heart to the middle of the waist band and also place the lower portion in the middle of the waist band then sew them together. Also add finishing touches like ribbon bows, ruffles, or rhinestones where ever you desire. Its your design, have fun!

The Finishing Lolita Style Apron:



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