DIY: Design It Yourself

By Lizz, age 14, United Kingdom

In the current economic recession, everyone looks to DIY to re-create those designer looks.

Just because the world's major countries are broke, why do we have to be the ones to suffer? The current economic situation seems to be pulling tighter and tighter on everyone's purse strings, especially us young fashionistas. For most, long gone are the days where you could walk into a shop and pick up anything you liked without a care in the world. Now it's more like: you walk into a shop, pick up something you like, then you immediately check the price tag to see whether you can really afford to spend £25 on a top, and you spend the next 20 minutes weighing up the pros and cons - you've got a top that looks almost exactly the same, but this one is prettier. You could save the money up and come back when you've got more, but your wardrobe feels so empty without it, and so on.

Photos are from I Heart Alice (Alice's blog)

There are so many designer looks that can easily be copied yourself, to give it a more original feel. You do not have to be a sewing machine whiz kid to be able to cut a few shirts, or stick some studs on to an old pair of jeans. People all around the blogosphere are constantly customising their own clothes, and have given easy tutorials for you to follow suit.

Not everyone can afford a pair of Jack&Jil studded shorts, so why not make a pair yourself? All that's needed is a pair of old shorts (or you can cut a pair of old trousers), scissors, studs, and voila! Check out Alice's tutorial, on her amazing fashion-filled blog!

Photos are from I Heart Alice (Alice's blog)

While you're there, check out her DIY on how to dye your tights and a top. World class fashion at only a fraction of the price!

So just because everyone is literally counting every last penny, it doesn't mean our wardrobes have to suffer. Bring out those scissors and glue, and get to it!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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