DIY: J. Crew Toothpick Jeans Hack

toothpick jeans

I have had little time for DIY projects. This one came out of necessity and might not be the most professional job, but I am so glad I made time for it. I have had my eye on J.Crew’s Toothpick jeans for a while now, but they just don’t fit me right. I’ve tried similar jeans and they look worse. It’s super irritating. So I improvised.

I like to clear out my closet on a regular basis. I like getting rid of thing I don’t wear so it’s easier to get dressed in the morning. My Gap Curvy Bootcut jeans didn’t make the cut this round, because I just never wear bootcut anymore. BUT they fit so well! I figured if I was going to get rid of them, I might as well see if I can make them into the pants I wanted.

Toothpick Jeans

I first found this amazing tutorial on how to tailor jeans from The Vault Files. I followed this very closely. The Toothpick jeans have a 26″ inseam and a 12″ leg opening so I kept that in mind when pinning and sewing. This I took the length up 7″ by doing something very similar to this tutorial by Sew Much Ado.

toothpick jeans

I am so glad I did this one! Not, only did I get the jeans with the fit I wanted, but I didn’t spend a dime, which is always pretty awesome. I was a little paranoid to wear them out, because my sewing capabilities aren’t at a crazy great level of awesomeness, but no one noticed and I even got compliments! Super excited!

toothpick jeans

Aloha Oe

I am currently planning a trip to Hawaii and I’m getting super antsy! I’ve actually never been to Hawaii without it being a family visit and while I really look forward to seeing my grandparents, I am looking forward to the new experience! I don’t know what it is about staying at a hotel, but it makes your whole trip feel more vacationy (Is that a word?).

Here is hoping my trip comes sooner than it feels! I need some sunshine, Lion Coffee, and a Dole Whip. Yum.

Clockwise from left:

Mound Desert Dreaming Dress/ Fine Straw Crochet Hat/ Marianna G Tribal Fiji Bikini/ Prime Meridian Flat/ Tribal Resin Bangles/ Wooden Tribal Earrings/ Animal Print Cat Eye Glasses

Bold and Bright


Spring is here! I generally stay away from shopping in spring because I like to horde all my money for summer clothes, but I can’t get over the bold stripes and bright florals I’m seeing all over the place! It seems to translate well into summer, so I’m totally into it! I need to experiment with mixing prints more, but this is such a great place to start!

Clockwise from top left:

Corey Lynn Calter Resort to Radiance Dress/ Target/Madewell Porchstripe SkimmerMadewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Tearose/ Kate Spade Wildflowers Harmony Tote/ H&M Floral Pencil Skirt

DIY: Bottom Sheet Skirt

This project started as an accident. For the past few months, I have been collecting vintage sheets for projects. I have a few bottom sheets, and when chopping one up, the lazy part of my brain figured, this would make an awesome skirt, because I wouldn’t have to deal with the gathering at the waist. Thus this project.

What you’ll need: A bottom sheet/ sewing machine/ pins

Step One: Find the corner you’d like to use and cut the length you’ll need. I made mine longer so that I could layer the bottom a bit. Then wrap the piece around your waist to measure how wide you need it to be and cut accordingly, leaving at least  a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Step Two: Sew together the two ends, creating your skirt shape.

Step Three: Turn the skirt inside out and fold the bottom edge up. Pin and sew the hemline. You could choose to stop here, but I added a little pleat in mine.

Step Four: Flip skirt inside-out. Fold you bottom hem up toward the waist. I folded about 9 inches. Using a ruler, measure out the bottom 2.5 inches and draw a straight line using a fabric marker. Pin and sew along this line, making sure to not sew the two sides of the skirt together.

Flip the bottom of the skirt down and you have a nice pleat. If you wanted to go a step further, you could create a waist band. I chose not to, because I always wear belts or tie my shirt at my waist.

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