Can I get a ‘Hooray!?’ It’s Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week so far.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the DIY section of this blog. I regularly post refashions, aka projects that involve repurposing old clothes, but I’m hoping to feature some of my other projects in the future. Ever since I was little, I have spent a LOT of time making things. I wasn’t much of an athlete, and I had to work at writing, but crafts were my thing. With years of experience and hundreds of projects behind me, I’ve got plenty of DIY tips to share with you.
Fashion and DIY are such an awesome pairing. Why? Because together they allow you to truly personalize your look, AND they get us to step back from the fast fashion cycle and refocus on the value of craftsmanship. And if you don’t think you can do this kind of crafty thing, I challenge you to reverse that thinking. There are so many different projects to try out there. Take a chance and give it a go! The DIY tips I’ve outlined here are broad enough to apply to many different categories of projects, and I hope you find them helpful as you pursue your own creative endeavors.
1. Start small
If you don’t have a ton of experience, it doesn’t make sense to try and tackle a huge complicated project right away. Start with something a little less intimidating, like this. From there you can slowly take on more ambitious projects as your skills and confidence grow.
2. Understand the big picture
If you’re following a tutorial, read it all the way through before getting started. If you’re pioneering your own path, have a plan of action. It is so frustrating to start a project and get stuck halfway through, so do everything you can to set yourself up for success. Your future self will thank you.
3. Consult the experts. Or the internet
There is no shame in asking for help. Sometimes you’ll come across an unfamiliar technique, but don’t let that stop you! Before I learned to sew, I frequently recruited my mom to help with my various projects since she’s good with a needle and thread. There are also tons of YouTube videos and tutorials online that can teach you just about anything you’d want to learn. Use the resources available to you.
4. Practice, practice, practice those new skills
Avoid doing irreversible damage by testing and mastering new skills before using them on your project. This is especially important with things like buttonholes, which are impossible to remove without leaving damage behind. Find similar materials to practice with so you can approach your final project with confidence.
5. Don’t take shortcuts
Confession: I take shortcuts all the time. But I almost always regret it, so don’t follow my example! If you take your time, invest in quality materials, finish your seam allowances, reinforce seams, etc., your final result will be that much nicer.
6. Be prepared to fail
I regularly post DIY projects here on this blog, but you only see the successes. Trust me, there have been plenty of misses. Like the time I tried to make a peplum top out of a dress. Or the beloved t-shirt I tried to save and ended up destroying. There’s always risk involved, but it’s all part of the adventure. Failures will come, but so will the successes if you’re patient and persistent.
7. Don’t get discouraged
Even if you do fail, it’s ok! Failure happens for a reason, and there is always something to be learned from it. The biggest mistake you can make is to give up. Like any other skill, it takes perseverance and practice to master it.
If you’ve done a DIY project recently, I’d love to hear about it! Tell me in the comments below.
Have a wonderful weekend!