D.I.Y ~ project one ~


was doing some wardrobe cleaning the other day (and that was like three months ago)
trashing some old unwanted clothes for donation.

and it was quite a big bag.

there were in fact a lot of ragged sweaters and shirts from my partner and so i decided to take them all and perhaps use them wisely instead ; aha.

d.i.y is just like giving another chance of life to these poor babies.

and finally.
last week i took them out from the cupboard where i kept them well before i decided to do some choppin'.

the weather has been turning really chilly and i wonder where has my autumn gone instead. and it is a good timing to transform them so i could wear for the cold days

【project 1】

men's long t-shirt


  an old basic t-shirts ...

customizing into

funky denim cut-outs cropped top !

: a brief-how-to :

1. put the shirt on in front of the mirror and make a mark using chalk, pin or marker on desired length (for cropped look). alternatively you can just fold and carefully take off the shirt so you don't lose the fold !  i did not add any extra length for finishes as i always preferred raw edges. 

2. do not take the shirt off ! you need to decide where you want to put the sleeve-patches on. just choose where you would love it to sit. in my case, i decided on the elbow. mark it.
3. lay the shirt flat on the table and cut off the extra hem. then, decide on how large you want your patches to be. you can draw the desire shape on a paper (i just use newspaper) and briefly put in on the shirt so you get an idea how it would look like. i cut out two 14cmX18cm for the front and two 7cmX31cm for the elbow. 

you don't have to follow mine since every shirt is different. a tip for the elbow patch is to measure the width of the sleeves + 2cm for seams.

4. lay your cut-out papers on any remnants (i strongly suggest knits or denim so you don't have to worry about doing the finishes or fraying issue) and cut them out. i had utilized my left-over cut out jeans and ripped them for the torn look.

4. once you decide on where they are going to sit, pin it and stitch the patches on using machine or hand-stitch it firmly. and you are done !

before and after

d.i.y outfit look  ♡

pairing with
⇒ d.i.y denim shorts (see how i transform a similar one here)
⇒ d.i.y cross necklace


~ like ~ the modern Théâtre de la Mode

browsing my blog and realized how i have been neglecting it.

yes i have been mia from blogging, and wonder how i used to write at least a post each day.

just not so motivated recently. i am sorry.

it's getting creepily cold these few days; rainy and windy here in perth and yes i miss the sunny weather now. it's funny that when it's hot you are grumbling how you wished it's cold and vice versa. 



if you had read about my Théâtre de la Mode post
you would be quite familiar and amazed of this event that happened during the post-war in Paris.


here is another reference of recent designer who had adapted this idea conceptually.

sara flamm and christopher kelly established the label T d l M (Théâtre de la Mode) back in 2007 and showed their debut autumn/winter 2008 collection 'willows' in london through installation of miniature wooden mannequins; taking inspiration from this postwar couture. 

likewise, even the label name is directly linked.

it was indeed an innovative approach for them to adapt this concept in this modern era but how would they apply to show the difference between these dolls and the 1945's miniature dolls?


this is where we could see that they were not just any other ordinary dolls but with unique animal looks; so called 'creatures of the woodland'.

when it is rather common for us to imagine and perceive that  dolls do usually wear high-end fashion or extravagance outfits, they had transcended this value by putting on casual-wear and modern tailoring on these creatures.

willow autumn/winter 2008

willow autumn/winter 2008

undeniably, each dolls had developed distinctive characteristic and mood through the outfits.

additionally, presenting their collections in miniature was what they considered as a reminiscent of Théâtre de la Mode and a homage to the french couturiers. 

and not to forget that it provided us to take a new perspective and challenge of contemporary fashion.

fashion is not only about fashion but also a reflection of how the world is today - quite a statement of recent economic climate that make it difficult to survive in the (fashion) world.

if you are interested in the designer's recent work visit the website
currently, it's a menswear label ( i think sara flamm is no longer with the label) which is based in london.

have a great weekend !

(image courtesy from T d I M