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Hey! all you Bohemians out there…

I’m so excited to report: So far this month—and the month is only just over half gone— compared to last month—all that month, DIY Bohemian has quintupled in its number of hits!!  😀 , that is, five times more people are viewing this site!!

Gals have been liking and sharing my links posted on Facebook, and making favorable comments, too! 😀

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!!!!

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I’ve had comments from some gals saying they hadn’t really imagined that they could actually make their own Bohemian clothes! …that they are a little intimidated by a sewing machine.

Fear not, ladies!!

I’m no great shakes of a seamstress, either!

That’s the cool part about refashioning! 🙂

My tuts are not demonstrating how to actually produce a garment from scratch… I show you, step-by-step—-with pictures! my ideas of making a few, simple (usually) changes or combining different pieces of clothes, so you end up with original togs.

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What I really would LOVE to see, is: that y’all would create something on your own and share it with me!

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One beautiful lady named Rose, in New Mexico, said she has had lots of creative ideas but just hadn’t carried them out—yet! I encouraged her to please! follow her heart and her dreams.

A Mediterranean beauty, named Theano, from the island of Cyprus, is pressing through an illness by originating her own blog: selling her own handmade boho jewelry and accessories.

I love these girls! They have shared a little of their lives with me and I just love ’em! 🙂

Theano liked my Bohemian bag tut so much, that she was so kind as to ask to re-post it on her blog! Visit her site, TheaXessorize. She creates lovely handmade jewelry and accessories!

For now, read on…

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Our mothers, grandmothers, and greats were all wonderful seamstresses—taught by their mothers before them. Back in “the day,” that was a woman’s life: cooking and sewing. My, how times have changed!

Now, women are catching the thrift wave! Here in the States, our thrift stores are glutted with clothing. Years ago, people cast off to thrift stores only those old worn-out clothes that were really not fit to wear anymore.

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But, now, a smart thrifter may find cool boho rags, though they are scarce, in excellent condition. The thing is, to realize the potential in something. When I go to a bin thrift, I look for—yes, clothes made in India ❤ , or by East Indians, but also bits of anything I can use: trims, lace, pieces of upholstery fabric, tulle in a little girl’s skirt—anything unusual and interesting to me…always in colors that will go with my hair and skin.

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Here are a few ideas of refashioning:

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Left: This figure-enhancing skirt is made from a pair of shorts with a skirt sewn onto the bottom, trimmed with pieces from a knit top. The corresponding top is made of two different tops, combined. See the tut for this two-piece dress here.

DSC_0075 - editSecond from left: I found this great denim balloon skirt, and attached a vintage crinoline (petticoat) to the bottom. To make it a two-piece dress, add a fitted denim vest (right)!

Second from right: This cute, hippie maxi is made from a pair of denim shorts with a (used-to-be) white cotton skirt sewn to the bottom, which I tie-dyed (before it was attached to the shorts).

Right: My ribbon skirt is an oldie but a goodie! 🙂 I did this a while back. After finding this multicolored vertically-striped skirt, she spoke to me that she wanted matching ribbons and lace, attached to her with colorful buttons. Her streamers dance in the wind when she moves.

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So, you see…refashioning is not as intimidating as getting out a pattern and purchasing (expensive) material from the fabric store.

 

Refashioning is…

Funky,
Fabulous
and Frugal!

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