This easy peasy to make DIY necklace organizer was made mostly from leftover material and stuff I already owned, so it came quite cheap to me. And I like that the display invites me to wear my jewellery more.
I’m one of those girls who own lots of jewellery in all shapes and colours and sizes – and consequently always having a hard time to store all my treasures. I found a nice way of storing all my earrings, rings, bracelets and pearl necklaces in drawers but my longer and thinner pendant necklaces would constantly get tangled in these. So there had to be another solution for them – cue the DIY idea.
What you need
Polystyrene board (size depending on your longest necklace and how many you want to store)
Fabric to wrap your board in
Nail polish or other varnish
About half an hour of time on two days
How to make the DIY necklace organizer
What I did is – simply put – making the ingredients look pretty and then putting them together. At first, I wrapped the polystyrene board with fabric. I was using normal paper glue for the front of the board to not make the glue sip through the fabric. To fasten the fabric around the edges I used a stronger glue. My glue gun worked nicely with this.
To decorate the pins I used some nail polish I already had at home. This works very well because you don’t need much and you have a wide variety of colours. Then you can start putting the pins on your board – no rocket science required, only some basic math skills to define the space between the pins on the board. To create a look that was a bit more interesting I drew a curved line with a chalk pencil and pinned along this line.
If you want to hang this on the wall you can fasten some hangers on the back (or use some can opening handles).
How it worked out for me
I like that the structure of the polystyrene board is visible through the fabric giving it an almost stone like structured look. I do like my necklaces displayed and hanging side by side. But if you’re owning heavy necklaces you might want to go for something sturdier as a base, maybe cork or even soft wood.
I have to say that these displays look best when they are not loaded with jewellery but leave some breathing space in between. So… decluttering might be a good idea before this project.
Do you know this problem? You have an old dress that is still very beautiful but is just not your style anymore? And you can’t get rid of it because it holds dear memories? I know this very well. This project is a transformation of an old frilly dress that held special memories but was just not my style anymore to a clean cut circle skirt I like better and will hopefully be up for new memories to make.
Also, in this post, I’ll be sharing my very secret smart girl trick on how to easily get a clean hem on a circle skirt.
Getting rid of emotional baggage and creating something new
It’s very hard for me to get rid of old clothing – especially if the garment has a special meaning to me. I had an old dress that I had sown for a trip to Hamburg. The trip was a gift from my parents for finishing school. I traveled there with a friend and although we didn’t have a lot of money to spend we had a great time viewing the city and the harbor, going for a walk in the city park and visiting lots of museums. To me this trip was like a goodbye to school and preparing for a new stage of life: university.
But now, about eight years later, my style has changed and the old frilly dress does just not fit anymore with what I currently like to wear. But I still like the leafy fabric. So I decided to transform the old dress into something new. I like to wear skirts better than wearing dresses because it gives me more freedom in combining my clothes. I also don’t like such a dark fabric so near to my face. (My style of dressing was radically different back then.) That’s why I decided to change the dress into a skirt. Since the fabric with the leaves is already very playful, I wanted to build a contrast with a clean and elegant cut – maintaining the circle shape but taking away all the frill.
Small changes to transform a frilly dress into a clean skirt
I made one cut at the waist. (You might want to rip out the zipper beforehand or else you might cut through the zipper like I did.) Then I took away the bottom border. This left me with the basic framework of the skirt. I took another strip from the waist to form a waistband. Of course, the seams on the skirt that remained from the dress didn’t really match with the seams at the waistband. To hide this fact I set a contrasting bias binding between those two parts. I reset the zipper and already – my skirt was finished!
How to really easily hem a circle skirt
The whole skirt was done in only about two hours. The process was so fast because I used my special secret tip for nice and clean looking circle skirt hems. All you need is a bias binding. Here’s a short explanation of how to do it in an infographic:
Sew the bias binding onto the skirt – right side on right side. As you can see, I didn’t even pin it down.
Sew on the inside. This will be even easier if you iron your seam after step 1. Try to sew a straight line in even stitches as those will show on the outside of the skirt.
You could iron it after this step, too, to achieve a clean looking finish. Voilà – enjoy your clean, not wavy, not creased hem!
Making new memories
I’m really happy with this skirt. I’m happy I managed to give it a second life in my present wardrobe and I’m already looking forward to making new meaningful memories with it. How about you? Have you ever had an old piece you could not let go because of memories? Have you altered it? Would you like to?
Buying Vintage clothing online is like a box of chocolate. You can never be sure what you’ll get in the end – especially regarding the fit. I’ve often ended up with clothes far too big and bulky for my taste. But thankfully I have a sewing machine to tackle this problem. My newest altering vintage garment project is this beautiful jacket.
I bought this jacket online at DaWanda (it’s like Etsy, only European). It looked beautiful in the photo and I was really looking forward to wearing it. Unfortunately on me it looked like a large, awkward potato sack – with stiff 80’s shoulders and a far too wide body. To me, it felt like at least two sizes too large.
Still, I liked the fabric. It had a good quality and the design was just too nice to let the jacket rot in my closet. So I decided to try and see if I could make it wearable for me. Here’s a flollow-along sew-in of the jacket including all the steps I took and all the fallacies you should avoid.
What I wanted: a slim and elegant look
The awful shoulder pads needed to go (because I already have the Romanesque square shoulders, thank you so much). I wanted a slimmer more flattering look, especially at the waist. This meant, that I had to size the jacket down considerably and while doing this create a flowing silhouette. The length of the jacket was ok, so I wanted to keep this.
Step by step altering the jacket
First I undid part of the inlay seams at the sides of the jacket and then removed the sleeves fully. Attention: If you attempt something similar, I advise you to mark the sleeves as “right” and “left” before you unsew them. I forgot that and I’m still not one hundred percent sure I put them back in the right place.
Then I ran in the the side seam considerably creating a nice hourglass like silhouette and then cut off the remains (*same thing with the inlay). How much to take away? I tried the jacket on and went from there pretty much by intuition. But if you’re unsure you can always pin the lines you would sow and try it on again.
I took away around 5 cm (2.5”) on each side, so I had to transfer the sleeve, too. To get the sleeve hole right I created a makeshift template from the original one. But be careful when you’re making thinner sleeves. I applied rule of thumb and must have been extremely lucky with it. In retrospect I’m actually quite surprised I didn’t ruin it there.
Then comes the easy part: setting the sleeves and closing the inlay seam. I didn’t bother to hide the seam at the sleeves, I just de-basted it. Et voilà: Tailor-made Vintage jacket! (Ok, it was much harder than it sounds in these few sentences…)
Do your dare to alter Vintage garments?
I’m really glad with how my altered vintage jacket turned out. It fits very tight now and I like that it’s made to wear open. I’m not one hundred percent content with it because one sleeve sits a little bit strange and I haven’t figured out yet, why that is.
It was a strange feeling at first to cut into this old jacket made of sturdy tweed fabric – especially when your cut is irreversible. The jacket was probably quite pricy at its time and I knew that if I messed up the whole thing was lost. I took some risks there but it turned out surprisingly well in the end and I’m proud of it.
Still – I wonder… Am I the only one having this strange respect for Vintage garments just because they’re old? Or is it the history of this piece that I’m changing forever and that makes me nervous?
My name is Sophie. I'm here to create and learn and look up at the sky.
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