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IT’S HERE!! Game Day: 50 Fun Spirit Fleece Projects to Sew!

Game Day Cover

 

GO Team! Hooray! Our new book, Game Day: 50 Fun Spirit Fleece Projects To Sew from St. Martin’s Press releases TODAY!! After months of wading through mounds of fleece, and whipping up this “go team” spirit gear, it’s finally time to introduce you to our new “baby”. Fleece is a super fabric, available in a ton of colors, prints and types. AND best part is you can find it in TONS of team or school colors and licensed team prints to please all sports fans in the family–no matter what their age (or who they cheer for!). We included more than fifty stress-free sewing projects, designed for tailgating, game time, men and women, kids and babies, man’s best friend, and a few No-Sew projects too. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of our favorites.

 

Doggie Hoodie

 

Lazy Day Capris

Lazy Day Capris

 

Tailgate Party

Tailgate Party

 

Taggles Lovey

Taggles Lovey

Check the playbook included for info on fleece fabric types, notions and tools, and our tips and techniques for working with this wonder fabric. And what Game Day tailgate would be complete without a game of Cornhole? We even show you how to make your own game boards, bean (corn) bags and post the rules to keep everyone honest!

Order Game Day HERE! And while you are visiting check out my Q&A at the SMP Craft site, as their author of the month (thank you St. Martin’s-this is a pretty cool honor!). Doing a spirit-filled happy dance here in the DIYStyle studio. May every day be a Game Day. And my own personal shout-out–Go Cards!!

 

 

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Allyce in Pageantland-To Market We Will Go!


So many people have asked what I have been up to since designing for DIYStyle and McCall Pattern Company. There is a long answer and a short answer.

Short answer–I started Allyce King Swim, a swimwear line designed especially for pageant competitors (think Miss USA, Miss America, etc.) and have been busy promoting, selling, producing in the USA (yay!!) and everything that goes with starting a new fashion line.

Long answer–in starting my line right after graduating from Stephens College with a degree in Fashion Design and Product Development, I have traveled a long, hard, fun and interesting road to get where I am right now as a fashion designer. And I have met some of the most talented and successful people along the way. With that said, I am going to tell my story………..the road to Allyce King Swim or Allyce in Pageantland as this post and others will be titled!

Atlanta Apparel Mart view from inside Glass Elevator

I am going to jump in at the middle of the story, but with Atlanta Market just wrapping up I could not resist to let you in on one of my MAJOR leaps of faith and one every designer dreams of–taking their line to market. Atlanta Apparel Mart is the location for a huge Prom and Pageant market that takes place each year in August, and I was so excited to present the Allyce King Swim line to prospective boutique owners in attendance that carry pageant competition gowns, swimsuits, cocktail dresses and more. I design swimsuits that make a pageant competitor look their very best–with strategic cuts, interesting fabrics and just the right touch of glitz. Actually my debut line is called “Sparkle”.

Me with my Allyce King Swim Girls-Sydnee and Lacie!

 

There is a ton of prep work that goes into being ready for market with a line, and mine was no exception. Fortunately I have had several girls wear my Allyce King Swim suits on stage and girls were already winning in my suits! On both the local, state and national levels, showing them off all really nicely. Pretty much like a movie star wearing a red carpet gown at the Oscars. It promotes the gown designer….same here….winning pageant competitors showcase my brand and make Allyce King Swim look fantastic. So the rest was a lot of organization, line sheets, order forms, sales, pre-sales, promotion, emails and more emails, and getting a showroom set up for the very first time.

Allyce King Swim is on the Floor!

 

Outside the Allyce King Swim Showroom with Lacie!

We arrived at the Atlanta Apparel Mart and were in complete awe. Actually I cried as I was handed the keys to my showroom and opened it for the very first time (yes, I was overwhelmed-joy? terror? how did I get here?!). Fast forward to three days later, with several new stores interested in carrying the line, as well as a few of my current stores there too, market was over as quickly as it had started! It was a complete whirlwind, including my first ever market runway fashion show. All in all it made for a really exciting and rewarding experience. The perfect mix of brand exposure and selling opportunity. Yes, Atlanta Prom and Pageant Market was a success for Allyce King Swim. Whew!! :)

Sydnee and Lacie my Allyce King Swim Girls, The view from the Top, and Sydnee in the AKS Official Model Robe!

 

Backstage at the Atlanta Apparel Mart Fashion Show

 

Allyce at Apparel Mart Fashion Show

My words to young designers: Do not go to market to sell your line until you are really ready. Buyers are in a super time crunch at market and you have to be able to command their attention and then follow through. SO much needs to be in place. Thank goodness for all my training at Stephens as well as everything I have learned along the way (I will be sharing some of that in additional Allyce in Pageantland posts).

Yes, I have been VERY busy as a designer, but here’s the BEST part! I am coming full circle back to DIYStyle! With all of our experience in sewing knit fabrics, active and swimwear, as well as designing, now it’s time for me to share some of this on DIYStyle with the help of Cindy Cummins (my Mom and my biggest supporter-usually behind the scenes at DIYStyle, you will get to see more of her!). What a fun way for us to work together to show YOU how to create and design with REAL pro’s (we have some Industry Icon surprise guests)-with REAL info and REAL instruction. We can’t wait to dig in and reboot DIYStyle. So follow my posts and watch as we expand DIYStyle. Stay tuned to hear the rest of the story. It’s going to be a blast filling you all in!

Allyce in Pageantland  xoxo

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Define DIY

For us at DIYStyle, DIY stands for “Design It Yourself”. Originally we meant that in the literal sense of designing & creating as it applied to sewing–YOUR Style. Design It Yourself Style. As we have grown (older!), these Creative Chicks are an ever evolving flock–with TONS of talents–and a bunch of pro expertise to share, not necessarily limited to the sewing, crafting and project area!

So (or Sew), to keep us moving in a fresh new direction, we’ll be whipping DIYStyle.net into a different form. Can’t wait to introduce you to our new team, all of them Creative Chicks LONG before they came to be part of DIYStyle. We think you will enjoy getting some of their (and ours) pro perspectives on fun fashion, fast good-for-you-food, entertaining, parenting, personal style, real beauty, balance (if there is such a thing!), and anything else we decide to tackle. YES, creating and sewing fashion will ALWAYS be our foundation at DIYStyle. I guess what I am trying to say is we are not only DIYStyle to sewing, we are SO much more. We lead crazy diverse lives too! That includes creating not “just” for 20-somethings, but all of you who are young at heart not matter what the age. I am convinced, sharing knowledge, advice and the “little secrets” between the generations is the real key. Mom, daughter, friend, DIYStyle Creative Chickie.

In keeping, Allyce and I will be bringing you some fun (and sometimes funny–hey you gotta laugh!) Mom and daughter stuff. Yeah, she learned to sew from me, studied fashion at Stephens, and now is a “real life” (hard working) fashion designer! I have enjoyed a career in the sewing and design area all of my life and now have added teaching at a University in the Fashion Design Department to the mix! Together we have been writing, designing, and sewing original projects for more years collectively than I care to admit to! More recently I have had a real live education into the RTW fashion world, helping her roll out Allyce King Swim.

Now in this next chapter of DIYStyle, we get to share the fun and our adventures with all you–our Chickies. Can’t wait for the DIYStyle party to begin. Will you join us?!

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Hey Chickies–We’re Back!!!

Meet Oscar--The DIYStyle Studio Kitty

After a short hiatus from DIYStyle, we are back and ready to SEW!! If you have kept up with us on Facebook, you have heard about some of our adventures. Allyce, I and the Creative Chicks have been super busy with our own personal projects all summer and fall (Allyce now designs for her line Allyce King Swim too). Now that we are headed into the holidays I can let you all in on some EXCITING goings on here in the DIYStyle studio!

We have a BIG announcement (at least big for us!). We are writing the very first book from DIYStyle! I can’t divulge the actual topic and title just yet, but stay posted and watch for that news as soon as I get the green light to spill the beans from our publisher. Due out in Fall/Winter 2013, we hope you will love all the great projects we are having fun whipping up for you.

And we have a new member of our team. Meet Oscar our studio kitty! He’s 7 months old and a bundle of energy. Getting in the middle of all of our creative messes and finding every stray thread to play with. He’s running the miniature daschund (Reese is 12) around in circles, and will probably add years to his life with all the extra exercise.

So what’s on the horizon for DIYStyle.net? A relaunch by spring with MANY more projects, a whole new sewing tips and video section and some brand new techy additions (is techy an actual word?). It’s a TOP SECRET website component–I can’t tell yet. SOOO…..keep watch and LIKE us on Facebook to be the first to get the scoop.

SEW ON Everyone :)

 

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How a Sewing Machine Works!!

Click on our Blog Page for the Video Link!!

I found this on the Science Channel’s website and just LOVE how it shows how a sewing machine functions. Just good info to know–helps a lot when you need to troubleshoot any mishaps on your machine. And found it pretty cool they used a sewing machine from the nice folks at Brother USA too.

Happy Sewing

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Costume Bash

Fun and Flirty Halloween

It’s that time of year when you get to dress up as anything you want and PARTY!!! What better way to impress all of your friends on the most fun night of the year than with a cute little number from our new Fun and Flirty Halloween Costume Collection?! With our friends at VELCRO and our team of Creative Chicks, we whipped up some really stylish (and just plain cute) costumes for your next Halloween bash.

Start with the Base Costume pattern, and print out the size for your top (we have all of them as PDF’s to make it super easy).

Top XS

Top S

Top M

Top L

Top XL

Then chose your look ::

Anchors Aweigh

Ahoy Matey

Bootiful Bride

Lady Luck

Ms. America

Midnight Swan

and start creating your own Fun and Flirty costume.Thanks a bunch to the good folks at VELCRO for providing us with some of their fantastic hook and loop fastener products–

FABRIC FUSION
Soft and Flexible Sew-On

Sticky Back
Home Decor 

So get stitching….Halloween is right around the corner!! 

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Color Play at DIYStyle Workshop

DIYStyle Workshop logo

 

Well, it seems we are always undertaking something new here at DIYStyle. Early spring was a flurry of change for us as we moved our digs from one studio space to another (closer to home too). And yes, we moved during some of Missouri’s worst weather in history, and had to tromp thru the snow and ice carrying scads of fabric packed boxes. What we won’t do for our fabric stash and sewing stuff.

Now we are into re-decorating a new, sunny open space with lots of windows. The lovers of color that we are, we sure could not settle even for one minute for the drab white walls the place came with, so we chose some new—super bright hues to liven the place up a bit……no, a LOT!!

Allyce and I debated over so many color choices for the Workshop, and while we definitely loved our palette at our quaint space (I will miss the brick walls for the ambience), we decided to amp it up a few notches for this place. We’re happy with the outcome so far, and it sure draws a lot of attention from passersby, as they catch a glimpse of bright color inside.

And, this new location gave Allyce her own space next to the DIYStyle Workshop, for her new line Allyce King Swim, catering to pageant competitors and resort wear! Yes, she will have her very own studio and design space & salon showroom. I will let her do the honors of posting pics of her paint choices and decor. With her love of glam and sparkle, you can only imagine what she has been up to.

Allyce King Swim

Since I am on the subject of color, and with our numerous trips to the paint store matching colors, I wanted to be sure you had heard about the device that Pantone just unveiled for designers. The Pantone CAPTURE is a super cool gadget ($695 worth) that you can use to snap a shot of any surface, and it will match the color in the Pantone library! Could be indispensable to the designer that is having a time getting the right match to a fabric or trim, especially when ordering from clear across the country. How cool is that? Maybe they will send us one to play with, eh?!

Pantone Capsure

If you are ever in the St. Louis area look us up. Our new address is 7322 Village Center Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63368, We’re in Winghaven at the Boardwalk. We’d love to see you. :)

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We have a Winner!! THE Fashion Competition Emerging Designer of the Year 2011!

Competition Flyer Front Cover

Fashion Business Weekend and THE Fashion Competition was held this spring in St. Louis at beautiful Lumiere Place. The weekend had fashion students, fashion professionals, and local independent fashion designers all coming together to network, learn about fashion business and to show off their latest designs and collections.

THE Fashion Competition, open to Junior and Seniors in fashion design programs at colleges and universities had student designers competing for the winning title and prize package. After much anticipation and a wonderful fashion show on April 8th, THE Fashion Competition Emerging Designer 2011 was awarded to Quinne Myers, a Senior at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Congratulations Quinne!

Quinne’s “Doe Eyed” collection wowed the judges, and her cohesiveness of the collection, beautiful detail and use of embroidery, and the amazing original prints used in her garments were mentioned over and over by the judging panel as what cemented their decision. Her prize package for Emerging Designer 2011 includes $2,000 from PGM Industries to start her line, a PGM Industry Pro Dressform, a Baby Lock Tempo Sewing Machine, Fabric Mart Gift Certificate, Coats & Clark thread collection, Brown Shoe Company Gift Certificate, and a Fashion Business Inc. Business Starter package. THE Fashion Competition Emerging Designer prize package is valued at over $4,000. Congratulations Quinne!

Quinne Myers, Doe Eyed Collection, Emerging Designer 2011

In addition to Quinne, talented student designers won in 4 additional categories, Tailored Suits & Coats, Sportswear & Daywear, Art to Wear, and Evening & Formal Wear.

Kristen Garner, Stephens College
Tailored Suits and Coats Winner

Kristen Garner, Tailored Suits & Coats Winner

Erin Jones, SIU Carbondale
Sportswear & Daywear Winner

Erin Jones, Sportswear & Daywear Winner

Lauren Alfaro, Lindenwood University
Art to Wear

Lauren Alfaro, Art to Wear Winner

Erin Jones, SIU Carbondale
Evening & Formal Wear

Erin Jones, Evening Wear and Formal Wear Winner

Special thanks goes to our fantastic jury panel of judges:

Brian Hill, Director of Phoenix Fashion Week; Laura Kathleen Planck, Designer, Laura K; Gina Nelson, Designer, Brown Shoe Company; Sean Phillips, Regional Marketing Director-St. Louis, CBL Malls

Watch THE Fashion Competition website for 2012 dates in St. Louis, MO!

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So You Wanna Be A Designer

So You Wanna Be a Designer

 

I wanted all of our DIYStyle fans to know about this really cool new internet show. Right now I am on my way to Chicago, as a finalist to interview for the So You Wanna Be a Designer internet reality show, sponsored by Kenmore (Sears)! Last week I got a call from a casting agency telling me about this show that Sears was doing, and they were looking for designers just like me. So, I made it through the first round and now here I am, trekking to Chicago with some of my garments, portfolio and sewing kit in tow. They were really interested in what I have done with DIYStyle and now my new swimwear line Allyce King Swim. How cool is this?!

The whole thing gets going later this month, with the challenges streaming live from Kenmore Live Studios. Yes, sounds like you get to watch us in action (is that good or bad?). Sounds really cool, and the audience (that’s YOU) gets to weigh in on everyones creations and vote for their fav designer. Winner gets $20K to start their line (of course that’s what got my attention from the start!) and a new Kenmore washer and dryer.

So, think positive thoughts for me today when I get to show off my designs and skills for the judges and casting agency. Only 6 get chosen for the show. Keeping my fingers crossed! And if I’m in I need my DIYStyle fashionista’s and Creative Chicks to vote for me. I will let you know how it all turns out. :)

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THE Fashion Competition and Fashion Business Weekend

Competition Flyer Front Cover

We love fashion! And we love independent fashion designers, especially their talent and tenacity–working hard to make it it the fashion business. So, when the opportunity arose to produce an event that supports young designers, we jumped at the chance. Mark your calendars for April 7-9, 2011. THE Fashion Competition and Fashion Business Weekend will come to St. Louis, courtesy of our event sponsor, Lumiere Place, a premier venue in downtown St. Louis.

Lumiere Place

THE Fashion Competition and Fashion Business Weekend is a 3-day event, focusing on independent fashion designers, helping them to succeed. It includes THE Fashion Competition open to Junior and Senior fashion design students at colleges and universities all over the US, as well as independent fashion business seminars, a fashion industry mixer for students, designers, educators, and media, and 3 fashion shows. The fashion shows include THE Fashion Competition finals show on Friday, April 8th, LAUNCH showcasing 6 emerging designers, and the St. Louis Independent Fashion Designers to take place on Saturday, April 9th.

Fashion Business seminars are focused on helping independent fashion designers develop and grow their business. Topics include How to Start a Fashion Business, Copyright and Trademark, Costing, Branding, and  more.

Attention college professors: Drop us a note and we will add your school to our weekly email blast, updating you and your students on our growing prize list, the fashion business seminars and presenters, etc. Contact cindy@thefashioncompetition.com for more information on how your school and students can be represented.

Watch our new website THE Fashion Competition. This is event is a benefit for the Fashion Collective-St. Louis, independent fashion designers living, working, designing and selling in the metro area, and (coming soon) the St. Louis Fashion Incubator. We look forward to seeing you “under the Arch” in St. Louis! 

Some of our generous Sponsors:

 

PGM Pro logo 

Downtown Partnership logo

Coats and Clark logo

 

   

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CRUSH Fashion–6 Designers showcase Spring 2011

CRUSH Poster

 

This was not “just another fashion show”. CRUSH, held at Lumiere Place on November 13th was a charity fashion and wine tasting event, pairing six St. Louis area fashion designers with local wineries, all in an effort to raise funds for Sunny Hill, Inc., a non-profit based in the area. Sunny Hill works daily with developmentally disabled adults, teens and children, empowering them to become productive citizens and achieve their individual dreams.

So on the fabulous fashion day, all came together to make the event one to remember, and achieved their goal…..recognition for Sunny Hill, the independent designers showcasing their Spring 2011 collections, and fundraising at it’s best. What better way to encourage a love of local fashion and philanthropy!

The collections of designers Melissa Rae Brown, Miriam Coffey, Anna Friss, Paul Gibson, Allyce King, and Laura Kathleen Planck walked the runway, with over 400 excited partygoers in the audience. Here are some highlights from the show:

Sunny Hill logo

Kicking off the show on the runway, Victoria James, Sunny Hill’s CEO welcomes the audience

 Vicky James, Sunny Hill CEO

and introduces Mallori Nicole, an uber talented young performer (and model), singing “Happy”

  Mallori Nicole

Sunny Hill client rocks the runway with DIYStyle/Game Day model Blair!

Sunny Hill Client

Allyce King Swim logo

Looks from the Allyce King Swim Spring 2011 Collection

Allyce King Swim-Look #1 Allyce King Swim-Look #2

Allyce King Swim-Look #3 Allyce King Swim-Look #4

Allyce King Swim Designer-Allyce King

Allyce King Swim Designer-Allyce King

Blue Bird Denim logo

Looks from the Blue Bird Denim Spring 2011 Collection

Blue Bird Denim 1 Blue Bird Denim 2

Blue Bird Denim 3 Blue Bird Denim 4

Blue Bird Denim Designer-Anna Friss

Anna Friss

 

DIYStyle logo

Looks from the Game Day-DIYStyle Spring 2011 Collection-Designer Allyce King

Game Day 1 Game Day 2

Game Day 3 Game Day 4

 

Laura Kathleen logo

Looks from Laura Kathleen Spring 2011 Collection

Laura Kathleen 1 Laura Kathleen 2

Laura Kathleen 3 Laura Kathleen 4

Laura Kathleen Designer-Laura Kathleen Planck

Laura Kathleen Planck

 

Miriam Coffey logo

Looks from Miriam Coffey Spring Collection 2011

Miriam Coffey 1 Miriam Coffey 2

Miriam Coffey 3 Miriam Coffey 3

Miriam Coffey Designer-Miriam Coffey

Miriam Coffey

 

Penny Rae Vintage

Looks from Penny Rae Vintage Spring 2011 Collection

Penny Rae Vintage 1 Penny Rae Vintage 2

Penny Rae Vintage 3 Penny Rae Vintage 4

Penny Rae Vintage Designer-Melissa Rae Brown

Melissa Rae Brown

 

REIGN logo

Looks from REIGN Spring 2011 Collection

REIGN 1 REIGN 2

REIGN 3 REIGN 4

REIGN Designer-Paul Gibson

Paul Gibson

I was so proud to produce the show, and all were thrilled with the response from the audience as well as the media and press. Thanks to everyone for all of their talent and hard work, front of house and behind the scenes, including the over 60 volunteer models, Hair team from American Image Salon, Make-up team from Kolours Salon, our photographer Mark Schwigen, video producer Matt Schmitt, and our tech team Jon Cummins and Zach Mielke. We could not have done this without all of you!

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Endless Scarves

Endless Scarf-Printed Silk

 

It’s Fall and time for some new wardrobe spruce ups. One easy add is an endless scarf. Some call them ring scarfs, loop scarves, or infinity scarves……either way it’s just an endless ring of fabric, finished (or not) so that it’s a loop. SOOO very easy to make I’m not sure why anyone would buy these ready made. Here’s my version for just about any fabric, silk, rayon knit, textured, you name it. Follow the steps below, and soon you will have a wardrobe of scarves only limited by the thousands of fabric choices in your favorite fabric haunt. And don’t forget about vintage scarves. these can be remade in a ring the same way.

Step 1: Purchase enough fabric to get about an 18″ x 60″ piece (50″ – 72″ is good). Trim all the edges neatly so you have a nice rectangle.

Step 2: Fold the fabric piece right sides together, matching long edges. Stitch a narrow seam starting 3″ in at the beginning, and stopping 3″ from the end. You can use a serger (if you have one) like I did to make it even faster!

Endless Scarf Step 2

Step 3: Turn the tube right side out. Match the short ends, right sides together and stitch a narrow seam, securing the ends of the scarf together in a ring.

Endless Scarf Step 3

Step 4: Tuck in raw edges and hand or machine stitch the opening closed.

Endless Scarf Step 4

That’s all there is to it! Super simple, and made in less than 10 minutes of sewing time (it actually took me longer to trim the fabric straight than to sew!). And don’t press these flat after you are done, just steam to remove wrinkles so you have a nice billowy or drapey shape.

Endless Scarf-Rayon Knit

This is a look that’s just as chic paired with jeans and a tee, as it is with a fitted sheath dress. These scarves make it “sew” easy to add a shot of color to your fall fashions. And check out our Tube Scarf project too. It’s made basically the same way, just a wider version to be worn as a shrug or fuller scarf.  

Just wish shopping for a new pair of jeans was this easy. :)

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Nina Garcia’s Look Book

Nina Garcia’s Look Book

Now that Season 8 of Project Runway is underway, we get to see Nina Garcia on a weekly basis dolling out advice and critique to the challenged designers. As the fashion editor for Marie Claire (and formerly Elle magazine), Nina has the up-to-the-minute info on what’s hot and what’s not. And, she can disseminate a “look” and give advice on what works to be fashionable and stylish on a dime. So when her new book arrived here at DIYStyle, we were intrigued, but not surprised to see that she has now taken veritably every notable occasion and turned it into a “What to Wear” opportunity, conveying her pro style sense.

Nina Garcia’s Look Book” with illustrations by the beloved Rubin Toledo hits the bookstore this week. An easy read, just like her previous books (“The 100″ and “Little Black Book of Style”), this one gives guidance for every category of life and style possible. With sections for work, dating, day, night, holidays, life events, weddings and dream travel she pretty well covers it all! Here are some of the topics (including some that will make you smile):

  • The Sweatpants Trap: What to Wear when you work from home
  • Come Fly With Me: What to Wear on a business trip
  • Love Hurts: What to Wear when you breakup with your boyfriend
  • The New Crew: What to Wear when you meet your new boyfriends friends
  • For the People: What to Wear when you are volunteering
  • Curtains Up: What to Wear to a Broadway play
  • Reality Bites: What to Wear when you are single on Valentines Day
  • Youth Gone Wild: What to Wear to chaperone a school dance
  • Objection Your Honor: What to Wear to Jury Duty
  • Matriarchal Chic: What to Wear to your daughter’s wedding
  • On the Road Again: What to Wear when traveling 

All throughout Nina infuses us with her personality–laid back tongue-in-cheek humor and fashion tips, as well as the expected (per her other books) quotes and bits of wisdom from fashion icons and others that just make the book generally fun and energetic. Read the entire book cover to cover in one sitting or (like we did), just pick it up, turn to a section and start surfing around. Either way you will come away with what to wear guidance from the best fashion guru around. Just tell your girlfriends “Nina Says”!

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Michael Drummond::Project Runway Season 8!!

Michael Drummond

Can you believe how excited were were at DIYStyle to find out that one of favorite St. Louis area fashion designers is a contestant on THIS new season of Project Runway! Lucky for us that we snagged an interview with him for DIYStyle long before PR got hold of him :)

Watch the video on our vodcast page (it’s Episode 52), and cheer Michael on when the new season of Project Runway starts on July 29th on Lifetime. Check out Michael’s page for PR to see his casting video and more. You know the Creative Chicks at DIYStyle and loads of other fashion lovers in STL and beyond will be rooting for him. You go Michael……..we LOVE you!

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DIY Lingerie

Lingerie Pattern

A girl can never have too much lingerie. And it’s even more fun to add to your stash when the goods are created by yours truly. So, our original DIYStyle Lingerie pattern (panty party anyone?) now has a sister…………tah dah……..check it out! Our first panty pack along with the Cami and chemise was styled a bit girlie. Sporty was more the theme here with a cute little halter and comfy beater tank, string bikinis and boy short. And, these pieces stitch up in a snap, just right for beginning sewers. DIYStyle for McCall’s 6128. Hope you have fun with this one…………….

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DIYStyle Boutique Launch!

DIYStyle Boutique

Well it was inevitable. DIYStyle is located in the metro St. Louis area. Our DIYStyle vodcasts have included designer interviews from around the nation as well as several designers from our own backyard. SO, when we heard that local independent fashion, jewelry and accessory designers needed a place to showcase and sell their collections, AND we had the opportunity to expand into the space next to the DIYStyle Workshop we knew we had to take the leap! This Friday evening marks another phase for DIYStyle…..the opening of the new DIYStyle Boutique!

Launch Party Flyer

Excitement is in the air! We’ve been busy sprucing up the space, working with Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles ReStore (thank you Andrea!), and pulling ideas together to make a small space work for a showroom/boutique. If you are in the St. Louis area join us for our Launch party. You will get the chance to meet a few of the designers, shop their collections, and support local independent fashion.

We’ll also be carrying a few designer supplies, a section we hope to keep expanding as we grow the Boutique. And this fall we’ll add the Boutique shopping to the DIYStyle website. Let us know what designer supplies you are looking for and we’ll be sure to source and get them in. I know our BIG roll of pattern paper was a long awaited item that designers just cannot do without.

Back to work………we have a Boutique to open!

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