How To Make a Safety Pin Watch by Kristina

You can find these supplies at most craft stores, but for this project I wanted a watch face that would hide the attached elastic beneath the watch. I ordered this simple square one at Goody Beads online.

Because the elastic will stretch out once you put in on your arm, the length of the watch should be 1.5 times as long as the other watch. This will prevent the elastic cord from showing beneath the bead work.

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.