Are fashion design tools and equipment are sufficient for you. I used to make a lot of tutorials for how to turn a regular, plain item into a cute outfit. For example, take a big, baggy t-shirt and turn it into a cute little two piece set or take a old, thrifted skirt and turn it into a cute little outfit. Just different stuff like that. I used to do a lot fashion, transformation, DIY projects. That was more so back in my college days when I was try a save money and I still wanted to look cute. I really haven’t had a lot of time to just like play around with different DIY ideas recently. It has been a while since I’ve actually just made something of my own or did any DIY projects. But I still like fashion, I still like making stuff, I still have that artistic, creative, little thing in my soul, and it is asking me to come back out. A lot of you guys have been requesting for me to bring back the DIY videos, show us how to make something cute, Raven. Where are the DIYs? So today, we’re going to make something.
Now, I’m basically jumping into this with absolutely no plan. Like I said, it’s been a long time since I’ve even made anything or sewn anything or anything like that. But, I had the idea to just go to Walmart. A lot of times in the past I would go to the thrift store to get my materials or get my pieces that I’m starting off with, but I don’t know, thrift stores have been really, really hit or miss for me. The last few times that I did go, I really wasn’t able to find any good stuff. So I also thought that if I go to Walmart, then you guys will be able to recreate whatever I make because you can go to Walmart and buy the same thing that I’m about to buy. Basically just looking for something that’ll give me a starting point or inspire me to make somethin’ else out of it.
I think it would be cute if I can make a little mini dress for the summer or a two-piece set, with a crop top and some shorts. But, I don’t know. It’s all going to depend on what we can find. All right, so I guess I’m just going to go inside and see what I can find. All right let’s do a little quick Walmart haul. So I spent $37 on all of this stuff, and I think I got enough stuff to make like, six or seven, maybe even eight outfits ’cause I plan on making dresses and two-piece outfits out of everything. So for $37 I’ll be able to make like, eight outfits, which is pretty good. So if you like to make stuff, this is a good way to save money. The first three things that I got are these three giant plain t-shirts. My first tip for you guys is to shop in the men’s section, whether you’re at Walmart or whether you’re at the thrift store or whatever. If you plan on doing these type of DIYs, always shop in the men’s section because you’re able to get giant t-shirts that you can turn into dresses or two-piece outfits.
So at Walmart especially, they go up to four x or five XL. So for me, because I’m tall, I need a three x for it to be long enough to actually be a dress on me. So I got this neon yellow, giant t-shirt, this is a three x. These were like, $4 or $5 each. So really good deal but actually really soft. Fruit of the Loom, pretty decent quality for $4. So I got the highlighter yellow, I got a white one, also in the giant three x size. And then I got this kind of coraly, pink color which they had in the men’s section, which was nice. So to get the most fabric, because when you’re try a make something, you want a lot of fabric to work with. So maybe you can even make multiple things from one shirt, so you want to get the most fabric. So you want to get basically the biggest size that you can find. So that’s why it’s better to go to the men’s section.
You can get t-shirts from the thrift store as well, but sometimes it’s hard to find a three x and it’s hard to find t-shirts that are in really good condition, ’cause sometimes t-shirts from thrift store can be real stinky and dingy. So you can get a brand new one for a couple dollars from Walmart. So what I was really hoping to find is cool, graphic tees. But they really did not have very cool graphics, at all. They had some very weird graphic tees. Sometimes they have really cool ones, but this was the only kind of cool one I could find. It’s a tie-dye MTV t-shirt, so I got a giant one.
Then from the women’s section, I got some tank tops. So I had the idea to make some two-piece sets ’cause these tank tops were only like, $2 each, which is super cheap. And they’re really nice and soft and stretchy. I mean not like, really nice, but they’re soft and stretchy. I got two of the same tank top in two different sizes. I got one in a size small, which I plan on using for my actual top size. I want to cut it into a crop top or something, and then I got another one of the same tank tops in a size large. So I plan on using this tank top to make a mini-skirt or even a pair of shorts out of it. So, got the larger size so it would be, you see where I’m going with this? So I did the same thing for this mustard yellow colored tank top. This one has a little scrunchy detail on the top.
And then the last thing I got from the women’s section, I just got this because I really like the color, you guys know I like this color, and it’s really, really really soft, I love this fabric. I got it in a two x, which you can see the women’s two x compared to the men’s two x, is much smaller. So this is not at all long enough to be a dress on me. It literally stops before my pants. I don’t know, I’m not sure if it’s big enough but I still want to try and make some sort of two-piece set or something out of it. I don’t know.
This might not be big enough to really do what I want to do, but, we’ll see. Okay, so let’s start with one that’s going to be really easy. I mean, all of these are going to be really easy. I’m going to try and go through it really fast to kind show you the basic idea of how I’m going to do this. If you guys don’t know how to sew, don’t know how to use a sewing machine, I am going to be using a sewing machine on all of these things. So if you don’t knowhow, look up a tutorial. I’m sure there’s tons of very helpful tutorials already on YouTube for how to sew, but this video is really just going to be for people who kind of already know how to sew but it is going to be beginner friendly.
So as long as you know how to use a sewing machine, you’re good. So like I said, with these two tank tops, I got one in size small, so I’m going to put that one on. I think, literally all I’m going to do for this one is just cut it to make a crop top. And that’s obviously one of the easiest transformations you can do for anything, whether you get something from a thrift store, Walmart, wherever. If you have something that’s cute up top, but you just don’t like it or whatever, you can just make it into a crop top. So I like to just fold it under first when I try it on, just to see how it’s going to look. Like, how short do I want to crop it? Do I just want it like this? Or do I want it really short,like a bralette, like this? But for this skirt, I’m literally just going to take this large tank top and just step into it and just see how it fits my hips. So it actually fits really good.