Go Back to School Your Own Way

Back-to-school season is the perfect time of year to revamp your wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean you have to toss all your old stuff and shell out the big bucks to replace everything! No way. Instead, check out some of our DIY tips to go back to school your own way and personalize and revamp and revitalize your wardrobe.

Crop and Cut

According to College Express, the best way to revitalize all types of clothing is to get those scissors out. If you’re tired of an old top that you’ve worn a hundred times, try turning it into a crop top! Put the top on and measure the best spot to trim, and then get started. The same goes for jeans. For old jeans that you’re not crazy about anymore, trim them into cutoffs. Or, if you want to make last season’s jeans more fashion forward, trim some spots in the knees and thigh areas and then pull the threads a bit until they look purposefully and stylishly ripped.

Create Something NewBack to School Fashion

If you have an old item you don’t use anymore, like a button down shirt or an old skirt, consider turning into something totally new, like a book bag, suggests Brit + Co! A little bit of sewing and some pleather details can take a boring old item of clothing and turn it into something new and exciting.

Experiment with Paint and Dye

Old tops and skirts can also be re-vamped by adding a fresh color. If you have a lot of dark clothing, you can use bleach to create new patterns. For example, use a Q-tip to create a polka dot pattern, or experiment with different fall shades!

For more DIY back to school tips, and some fabric inspiration, come on down to our shop in Houston! Our fabric selection will definitely have something you’ll love to help you to reinvigorate your fall back-to-school wardrobe. Stop in and see us today on Harwin Drive, or call Fabrictopia today at 713-977-0747 to learn more.

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Save During Pageant Season - DIY Dress Ideas

Pageant season is almost upon us, and you know what that means – it’s time for a new dress! If you buy a dress off the rack for a pageant this year, it can cost you a fortune, and you run the risk of having the same style as someone else. Fortunately, you can have your own style and save money by creating your own dresses. Here are some DIY dress ideas from Fabrictopia.

The first thing you’ll need to do is review the pageant’s attire guidelines. Make sure that you’re aware of any length, color or style stipulations before you get started. Once you know what kind of rules you’re working with, you and your pageant star can visit our store to pick out the perfect fabric!

You’ll likely want to select a material that’s shiny and eye-catching, but not too over the top. The fabric should be a color and style that your girl will love wearing on stage. For people who have no experience in dressmaking, you might want to start with a simple, inexpensive dress in the same color as your chosen fabric to use as a base.

Once you see how the base dress fits on your daughter, you’ll start to get an idea of what you need to do to transform the simple dress into a pageant-worthy gown. Adding layers of fabric and tulle to the base dress can go a long way to adding some glitz and glam. You can even use tulle as a base with a solid-color fabric to finish off the skirt to create a ball gown look.

If you’re adding sleeves, you might want to use a pattern that you find online as a guideline. Clothing Patterns 101 offers a few options, including this easy-to-make cap sleeve.

Once your extra fabric is added to the base dress, you’ll have the form of the pageant gown. Now, all that is left to do is add embellishments, sparkle and style! If your pageant girl is fashion forward, ask her for some input on the finishing touches. She’ll be even more excited to wear the dress on stage if she had a hand in creating it!

We wish you and your little competitor the best at your pageant, and we’d love to see the dresses you’ve created! Stop in and let us help you find the right fabric today, and don’t forget to stop back or email us a picture so we can see you and your little one’s creativity at work!

To learn more or to inquire about specific fabric options, swing by the store on Harwin Drive in Houston, or call us today at 713-977-0747.



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