7/8/11

DIY KNOT DRESS

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*diy dress, wasteland tie dyed blouse, garment district camo boots, unearthen titanium quartz necklace, rings from left to right: vintage coin ring, vintage silver ring, abalone ring from mexico, green coral ring from mexico, turquoise stone ring from venice beach.

i present my most half-assed diy EVER.
i've really been wanting one of the open torso dresses via nasty gal... such as this INSANE red one that i'm completely obsessed with. i almost ordered it, but then quickly realized that would be incredibly irresponsible as i have bills to pay and enough dresses in my closet that i already don't wear. which is how i ended up chopping up this $10 h&m maxi dress to be this odd knot dress. i literally did it in 30 seconds, so please excuse the below average craftsmenship- when i get an idea i have absolutely NO patience to see the outcome, meaning i do it as quickly as humanly possible to see if it will even work. i'd like to try it again on another dress and actually take my time and see what it turns out like. i added the two extra knots to make it ultra fitted around the torso... not sure if i'd do that next time, though.

i took photos of the diy and quickly realized it's not even worthy of having photos taken. i'll post these two anyway just because:
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figure out where you want the slits, measure down and cut the entire front of the dress horizontally, and cut about 2" past the side seam on each side to the back. in the center of the bottom top portion of the dress, cut a very small slit and bunch up the fabric of the top of the bottom portion of the dress, stick it through, and tie it in a knot. tie the access fabric on each side into little knots, and that's really all there is to it.
x

EDIT:
after posting this, i figured out a MUCH better way to do it. instead of tying the front in a knot, pull it all the way through so the excess hangs on the inside of the dress (opposite of the photo above) then tie the knot on the INSIDE of the dress so it doesn't show. since so much excess fabric will be hanging down on the sides where you want the slits to be open, gather the fabric of the back of the dress with anything of your choosing- i used an anklet and wrapped it around twice and secured it. much better!

front:
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back:
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28 comments:

Raspberry Jam said...

Love it!

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Dom said...

This is pretty cool. Love your rings and things.

Tonya said...

You look beautiful! I love the DIY, ill have to try sometime. Great post :)

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The Fancy Teacup said...

The center cut-out and knotted detail is so chic! What a great self-made dress.

♥, Jamie
www.TheFancyTeacup.com

nina + seraina said...

super clever!
love a good DIY


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Danielle V. said...

For a 30-second DIY, I think this is amazingly cute! You totally rock it :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Best,
Danielle
loveandlookpretty.blogspot.com

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

i love your sunnies!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

isis said...

it looks sooo good and you look amazing!!! the second try even better.

fashionbater said...

this is beautiful. i love your motivation to create!

x
alexys

Simuša said...

it's really nice dress :)

Vanessa K said...

Awesome DIY! Lovin' the outfit

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s said...

Good idea the customize of the dress with jewels .... love the boots ;D

SparksandFireworks said...

Im definitely going to try this! Since i am skint and can not afford the dress either i am going to try (i am pathetic at DIY!)

Thank you so much for sharing! New fan btw :) xxx

Jess
SparksandFireworks.blogspot.com!

Gossamer girl said...

love this - how very creative! x

Cáti said...

really nice diy, I need to try it! :)

http://behindcatiseyes.blogspot.com/

Leya said...

gorgeous!!! =DD

Sandra said...

lovely diy!!! <3

Cee Harvey said...

great diy! and love the way you styled it, perfect x

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NLR said...

Stunning!
That dress is amazing :-)
I love the DIY, looks do-able.

xx

Caitie said...

great DIY! I love your tie dye blouse, it's awesome!

xxx
www.ladyalamode.com

Mónica C. Welton said...

nice!


i love your rings!

Love,
www.chicksinfeathers.co.cc

Ella said...

you are genius! what an original and fashion forward idea, i love it. those rings are amazing as well!

Blackswan said...

absolutely brilliant! the results are amazing, kudos to you for being so innovative!

x Lauren
youronlyblackswan.blogspot.com

devorelebeaumonstre. said...

I NEED to try this out asap!

The Fall said...

gorgeous detailing in this dress! deffo following you in bloglovin now

Sarita said...

WOW, that looks so good!
thanks for the tip, i'm gonna try it someday!:)

Kayla said...

omg youtube tutorial PLEASE?! it looks gorgeous i wish you had a full outfit shot of you.


great work. i need to go find an old maxi dress of mine and do this asap :]]] !!! so excited, thank girrll

<3 ! kayla


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Lily said...

http://lilyfrancois.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-knot-dress-httpdisarmingdarling.html

It's amazing, love it..