There are a few things that happen when spring hits the city. The snow boots are replaced with rain boots. Iced coffee becomes even more popular. The parks become packed around lunchtime. And enviable dresses start popping up like daisies. If you’re skilled with a sewing machine, make these adorable dresses for spring!
Make this bright and breezy knee-length swing dress! It’s the perfect casual dress to spend the day in.
Be as beautiful as a bloom in this DIY tulip dress. The fun shape of the skirt adds fun and sass to a more modest top.
This dress is called the “Day Date Dress“, and it’s no wonder why! The dress is so cute, it would be hard not to fall in love at first sight!
This beautiful ballet-neck dress is ideal for a day on the town during those hot summer and spring spells!
Kids clothes and accessories were MADE for DIYing. Why? The projects are smaller, the patterns are cuter, and the recipients are guaranteed to look adorable! Check out these projects for the little one in your life.
She’ll sing, dance and play in the rain with these festive glitter rain boots!
A hoodie for that adorable little stegosaurus in your life!
Make this easy and adorable bubble romper for your baby!
This chic little side button sweater is surprisingly easy to make!
Have you ever fallen in love so deeply that you overlook the bad, and highlight only the good? And then you get home and realize that the fit/shape/cut/color is all wrong? We’ve all fallen in love with a pair of jeans, that by all intents and purposes is perfect, except for one little setback. But one tiny problem can’t stand in the way of true love, right? Right. With these simple DIY fixes, all of your jean dilemmas are a thing of the past. AND you won’t have to spend a dime on therapy afterwards, retail therapy that is.
Learn how to make your jeans a little more rough around the edges with this denim distressing DIY!
Does your favorite denim need darning? If your go-to pair needs a helping mend, use this DIY to make them almost brand new!
If your pair is picking up dust as you walk, use this DIY to hem those jeans like a pro!
If your jeans fit everywhere but your waist, it may be time to take them in at a side seam.
Are your jeans making you feel blue? Dye them with this DIY, and your friends will be green with envy!
This March we’re welcoming a number of new items to the website, from shining buttons to practical notions. Here are some of our favorite new additions for this month!
These buttons are the perfect statement-making addition to any coat or jacket. They come in a wide assortment of colors and boast a unique circle of light in the middle ensuring that they stand out!
Add some attitude to any garment with these cool fabric patches. We think they would look great on a denim jacket or an anorak.
If you love sewing, March is the month for you. We’ve added lots of new pins, needles and other sewing notions, including this cute Tomato Pin Cushion!
We added so much beautiful lace to the website this month! From eyelet to cluny, there’s a lace trim for everyone!
So which items are you eyeing? Let us know below!
When it comes to making your own crafts, fashions or decor, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. If you’ve never ventured into the world of DIY, it can be a little daunting at first. Don’t let it deter you because at the end of the day all of your hard work will have been worth it! Here are some of our favorite DIY guides for the more traditional homemade arts.
Quilting has been a relaxing art, and a fun group activity for decades. Learn how to start your quilt, and then pick up a gorgeous pattern to make a homemade heirloom!
Knitting is the perfect DIY for pairing with a great Netflix marathon because once you get going, it’s hard to stop! The first steps are to figure out what type of yarn and knitting needles you’ll need, and then you need to master the technique. You can also try your hand at crocheting if two needles are too many.
Take the first step toward fashion design by learning how to sew with a machine! When you finally get to the point of being a pro, the internet is full of fashion-forward patterns.
So which of these skills are you looking forward to learning? Which do you already know? Sound off in the comments below!
Love fringe? Love studs? This spring time bag update is perfect for you!
Rather than buying a new bag revamp one that you already have with some of our favorite trims!SUPPLIES
8” Imported Ultra Suede Fringe- Beige
4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud in Gold
Scrap piece of fabric
Place your 4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud in Gold on your 8” Imported Ultra Suede Fringe- Beige
Make sure each of your 4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Studs are centered on each piece of fringe.
Once the stud is properly placed, cover the fringe with a piece of scrap paper.
Iron the scrap piece of fabric for 15 seconds. This will allow your studs to properly stick.
Once you have added all of your studs onto your fringe you’re ready to attach your fringe to your bag. Starting from the inside, begin sewing the fringe into place.
Now you’re ready to show off your new and improved bag!
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Refashion your old jacket with some modern buttons. It’s time to start saving and wearing what you already own. And an easy way to do that is by updating your old jacket with some new buttons, something so simple makes all of the difference. That’s what I did with my pea-coat below, I changed my old black w/ red line simple buttons with new pyramid buttons. And I love the look!
- Black Thread & Needle
- 2 15mm Square Raise Button W/Shank Item#41660 – Old Gold
- 2 20mm Square Raise Button W/Shank Item#41660 – Old Gold
- 10 25mm Square Raise Button W/Shank Item#41660 – Old Gold
- For buttons call 1.800.9.MJTRIM or check out our many other buttons!
Dear Fashion Lovers,
Our last Holiday DIY Video is here, and I’m showing you how to make this glamorous t-shirt, the perfect statement piece for your New Years Celebration. Be sure to get creative when making this DIY.
Click here for the list of materials used.
Happy New Years, Blerona
The tradition of the veil on a bride has many back-stories. Some say it started in ancient Rome to confuse the evil spirits who may try to steal her away from the groom. Some say it was to disguise the bride before the wedding of an arranged marriage, this way if he saw something he didn’t like he wouldn’t run away. It is also said that the lifting of the blusher veil is so the groom knows he is marrying the right woman. There are so many variations on the story, but today the veil is more an accessory to the gown.
My best friend recently got engaged and has put me in charge of making her wedding gown and veil. As her Maid-of-Honor it is my duty to see what would look best on her and work with her taste. I know she likes lace, being a pretty traditional girl, so that’s what I went with. Looking in various bridal stores I noticed how expensive beautiful lace edged veils can be! They can be anywhere as much as $300 on up! So I’m going to describe how I made a beautiful antique looking lace veil that my friend could use on her big day without the big price tag.
Note: I chose a length a little longer than the fingertip. It is double layered with the top layer being about 8″ shorter than the under-layer. Choose a length that works for you, I’m going to give directions for fingertip length though.
Measure the length from where you want the veil to start, to your knee.
Fold the tulle in half and use the folded edge as the top of the veil (where the comb will be sewn). Fold this piece in half length wise. From the top of the folded edge (comb edge) measure the length you used for the head to knee.
Mark with pins a quarter oval. Make it a little wider at the top than the bottom to give it a more full look. When you are happy with the shape, cut it out.
Unfold the piece (leave the top and bottom layers folded together) so you now have a half oval shape. Take the top layer and mark with pins about 8″-10″ up from the edge. Cut it shorter but still keep the shape of the bottom layer.
Now the fun begins, you get to glue on the lace! This will take patience and time, it cannot be rushed! You can also opt to sew the lace on with a machine. Line the edge of the scallop up with the edge of the tulle and pin in place if sewing, pin it as you glue otherwise.
Once you have the lace attached (and it has dried overnight) you can set the pearls or rhinestones (or both if you so choose).
If you used a scalloped edge lace as I have, be sure to cut the excess tulle from the scallops for a cleaner look.
The nice thing about the veil is that you can choose to use lace as I did here, leave the tulle plain (like I did for my own wedding), use rattail cord (1mm or 2mm), beaded trims, or a thin ribbon edge. You can personalize your veil to match your dress and it won’t cost a fortune.
There’s many things to be thankful for every day of the year. This Thanksgiving M&J Trimming is truly thankful for receiving care and support from all of our customers. You are the one of the reason why M&J Trimming has been around for over seven decades and will continute to service you with quality merchandise for many more years to come. We wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.