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Get The Look – Juicy Couture Embroidered Velour Handbag


I spotted this Juicy Couture Embroidered Velour Handbag awhile back while I was out shopping, and I had to admit it was tempting, even though I’m not usually much of a purse gal. The embroidery really looked lux against the black velour, and I thought it was a really classy look. Lucky for us, this combination is easy to get yourself!


All you need is a black velour bag of your own. I spotted this one on ebay for $16. There are lots of great vintage handbags you can get online in all kinds of cute colors, or you can sew up one yourself! Then, just stitch a pretty crest design all in white, like this Unicorn Rampant design.

To make absolute sure lighter parts of your design don’t get lost in the soft fabric, you may want to top it with a light water soluble stabilizer you can tear away once your design is done stitching. Grab a cute matching charm and you’ve got a classy new purse!

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The inspiration of gorgeous all-white embroidery on a soft velour bag is all you need to dive into making a fabulous DIY custom version. Try this with all kinds of designs. Sometimes making your embroidery design all one color can really transform it into something chic and new!

Get The Look – Mango Beaded Shoulders Top

This little beaded number is certainly more affordable than our last fashion inspiration, but with an original price of $80 for this Mango Beaded Top, we can still get something gorgeous and similar with a little DIY ingenuity, even if it’s a touch more thread than beads.

So, how do you get the sophisticated look of this embellished shoulder top? Easy…

Start with a plain black tee. Try and find a softer cotton so that it drapes nicely like the original tee. Cut up both sides of your shirt, starting at the side seams and going all the way up the bottom of the sleeves. This will let you open your tee flat and easily hoop the sleeves.

Layer a light and airy piece like this Delicate design on top of itself in golden metallic threads. A lighter stitching design like this one will let you layer without much problem. Drape the design all across the shoulder and sleeve.

When your embroidery is finished, stitch the sides of your tee closed again, and then cut a lower, wider loop out of the collar for a more flattering neckline. You may find yourself trimming some of your embroidery. That’s ok! Fold the raw edge of that seam under and re-sew the raw edge. If you like, you can even hand stitch some small gold bead accents to your embroidery for an added touch of glimmer.

From a plain black tee to a glamorous top for a night out, all it takes are a few snips and some embroidery. Looking great is easy and affordable when you’re crafty!

Get The Look – Ralph Lauren Embroidered Motorcycle Jacket

This Ralph Lauren embroidered motorcycle jacket is certainly lust-worthy, with it’s hardcore yet elegant look all in one, however, the $6,000 price tag is a little less appealing. Yikes! There are lots of ways you can get this look for a fraction of the price…

First, find yourself a nice thrift store or ebay leather jacket. Many acceptable ones can be had for only $20-30, and cheaper, vegan alternatives are even easier to embroider on.

Next, grab some of your favorite designs from the Mendhika collection. These elegant and airy designs are similar to the pretty ones on Ralph Lauren, but don’t have the heavy stitch count that can sometimes spell trouble on leather. Try swapping in a leather needle on your machine (and check out this tutorial for leather stitching tips) and pick some beautiful, golden thread colors. Embroidery is easy to add to the back and front with minimal hassle, and if you’re brave enough to split the seam on a sleeve, you can add it to the shoulders too.

Finally, finish off your newly embroidered jacket with some beautiful gold vintage buttons, replacing the silver studs where you can.

Done and done. And thankfully, we are light years away from a $6000 price tag. Thrifty & crafty to the rescue!

Get The Look – Anthropologie Flyaway Embroidered Dress

Love the look of boutique clothes, but not the price tag? Don’t stress! A crafty fashionista knows she can get the same looks for less, by making them herself. In this new series, we’ll show you how to get similar styles out of thrift store or homemade goods, and some creative embroidery.

Today’s look? This cute little embroidered number from Anthropologie.

Get the look your way with just a simple thrifted skirt, some black lace edging from the fabric store, and this cool Baroque Punk swallow design. You could even try a few celtic knotwork designs in black to really match the look.

Repeat your swallow embroidery around the skirt, and then just stitch on the lace trim.

Done! You’ve got a chic look for less with the power of your machine.