March 25th, 2011

iPhone Case DIY


Bleach Black Coolest.DIY.Ever. Valerie and Kristin are those cool girls from school that you wanted to be best friends with. Their DIYs are original and edgy and their blog is full of gorgeous photos. If you ever need inspiration, Bleach Black is a great site to visit.

Anchor Bracelet DIY


Ramblings of a Designer Charlotte Tang is a fellow Torontonian and fellow graphic designer! A girl after my own heart she has “caught the DIY bug” and created some really cute bracelets. Visit her site for more!

The Yellow Clutch DIY


Style Scrapbook Andy is always chic and provides us with amazing and simple DIYs that we can’t wait to try. This clutch DIY is on my to-do list!

Balmain-inspired mini DIY


A Pair and a Spare Geneva’s site is one that I visit daily. Her blog is a great DIY resource and just happens to look amazing in all of her own creations including this Balmain-inspired mini skirt that she embellished herself!

The Weekend Bag DIY


The Weekend Designer is hands-down the best site I’ve found that include cute projects and very detailed instructions. The site is not updated much anymore but there are tons of projects including this amazing bag that I cannot believe he hand-made. It’s my favourite find this week!

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March 17th, 2011

My Version/Their Version

photo-1   vedacoat_396barneys_viaelle


I have been haunted by this cargo jacket (above right) with leather sleeves for some time now but I couldn’t remember the brand or price. So I was walking with Wes down Yonge street and I found it in the window of a boutique! It was clearly a sign. I went in and asked the sales person about it and she took the beautiful coat off the hanger and handed it to me to try on but then I saw the price… $396! I died a little inside and didn’t try it on, then slumped all the way back down Yonge. Later, I realized how easy it would be to replace the sleeves on a regular coat! All I would have to do is find the perfect coat and leather pants or a skirt from a thrift store for the sleeves. Here’s how I did it.


Sewing Level: Intermediate

DIY cost: $33.80 Jacket, Forever 21; $14.00 Leather pants, Double Take Thrift Store = ~ $48 vs. $396


  1. Find a jacket without lining that is suitable to your taste and budget. I wanted to look in second-hand shops for a cargo coat but I figured it would be easier to buy them in-store since they’re everywhere and because I wanted the body to be similar to the original Vedo coat. I found mine at Forever 21 (Fairview Mall) for $33.80.
  2. Using a stitch ripper, separate the sleeves from the jacket and then the seam of the sleeve, making it lay flat – make sure to note the front and back sleeve and mark.
  3. Create a pattern using packing paper, newspaper, gift paper or whatever you can get your hands on. Lay the sleeve on the paper and trace around it. Mark the seam allowance which you can see from the dismantled sleeve. Again mark the back and front on the sleeve pattern.
  4. Find leather for your sleeves. You can try the “big” name thrift stores but they usually charge a lot for their leather. Try to find a “mom-and-pop” second hand store. I got mine at Double Take for $14. Try to find leather that would be easy as possible to sew. Mine is calfskin so it’s nice and thin.
  5. Place the pattern on the leather pant leg (dismantled the same way as the sleeve). My pant leg was in panels so there were seam lines throughout. In this case I lined up the tip of the shoulder with the main seam on the pant leg so it would match up with the shoulder seam on the coat. (see below for how I positioned my pattern). If you are using a fabric other than leather make sure to match your grainlines.
  6. Sew up the sleeve seam.
  7. Attach the sleeve to the body of the jacket matching the back and front of the sleeve to the back and front of the jacket.
  8. Finally hem the sleeve hole.
  9. Be careful sewing with leather. Use a walking foot and a needle suitable for leather… unlike me, who broke four. Eeep!


For those of you interested in Veda Jackets (which are awesome!) they can be found online at ShopBop. If anyone knows of any boutiques in Toronto that carry Veda let me know and I’ll post them.

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