How To Lengthen a Mini Dress by Kristina

I’ve been drooling over the mixed print trend that floated down the spring runway, especially since mixing prints opens up all kinds of DIY opportunities — it’s like an invitation to break all the rules. I used an oversize mini dress from Charlotte Russe to create this look. The base color of the floral pattern was navy blue, so I thought a navy polka dot fabric would be an obvious choice, then made sure to incorporate the navy print with a small rectangle pocket flap. DIY win!
*Kristina J.’s tip: The contrasting print you choose should be the same scale as the print of your dress. The proportions of these polka dots are small like the flowers in the dress. Oversize polka dots might not have worked as well with the small floral print.

How to Make a Peplum by Kristina

Peplums are a huge trend right now, so I though it high time to show you how to smarten up your act by creating an on-trend peplum blouse using only a cropped top and half a yard of fabric. You can match the colors as I did for this project or make the peplum a different color entirely. That would work really well using black and white. The main thing is that your peplum length flare gently over the hips — it shouldn’t be any longer than six inches. So, update a cropped top with a flattering peplum to create a fashion piece that will glam up the most hectic of mornings.

DIY Fashion Projects for Valentine’s Day by Kristina

Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day fashion projects can be tricky, I think. It’s very easy to cross the line from sentimentality into little-girl cutesy. These projects by a few of my favorite refashionistas manage to be on-trend with just the right amount of syrupy goodness for the love fest that is Valentine’s Day — exactly the sort of projects I’d love to tackle if I had even two seconds to rub together (and if these DIY mavens hadn’t already done a smash-up job of breaking it down for us).
Felt heart elbow tutorial via A Little Sparkle On The Side
Stitch heart elbow tutorial via One Sheepish Girl
Felt dahlia flower brooch tutorial via Holidash
DIY sequin sweater tutorial via Say Yes To Hoboken