Thursday, December 05, 2013

DIY: Long Skirt to Slip Dress

DIY-Skirt-to-Slip-Dress by One of Each Blog

DIY-Skirt-to-Slip-Dress by One of Each Blog

I thought it was about time I’d do another DIY project for you guys. Am I right or am I right?!

I’ve had this long skirt just sitting around forever. I’d try it on – and it would just never work. I think partially because I’m so tall, it just never fit correctly. So finally I said “I’m gonna make me a slip dress outta yous” in a mean western murmur as I set down my whiskey. Well, that might not be exactly how it happened – but you get the idea.

So grab your long skirts and lets get to it!

Step 1: Hold your skirt up to the top of your shoulders. From there you can decided whether or not your skirt needs to be shorter to make your slip dress, or if it’s the perfect length. Mine was a bit long and I shortened my about 6 inches. ( I’ll go over that in a moment.)

Step 2: Lay your skirt out on a flat surface – that you’ll be able to cut on. If your skirt was too long, cut off the estimated amount from the top of the skirt. If you don’t feel comfortable just eyeballing it, grab a measuring tape and make your cuts that way. My fabric was very forgiving and had designs on it which I followed when cutting.

Step 3: Cut your arm openings. Again I just held the dress up to me and guesstimated where the cuts should be. I am a crazy crafter like that. I think they were about 2 inches in from the sides and then I cut them approx. 5 inches down in a half-moon type shape. I also just cut through both layers of fabric at the same time. Unlike what we will be doing for the neck opening.

Step 4: Cut the neck opening. Now that our “arm holes” are cut, pull apart the front part of the dress and fold it over. We are going to start by cutting the back of the opening, by making another half-moon cut along the top. Make sure you are only cutting through one layer of fabric.
Now simply fold the front of the dress back over, and make your front cut. I wanted my fairly deep, so I cut down about 4-5 inches. Make sure when you do this the width of the straps match up.

Step 5: Sewing the straps. Turn your dress inside out and pin the straps together to hold in place. Then stitch the front and back pieces together on both sides. Turn the dress back to right-side-out – and presto, you have yourself a lovely slip dress!

Amanda - One of Each Blog

Amanda - One of Each Blog

Amanda - One of Each Blog

Amanda - One of Each BlogBeanieRomwe // Slip Dress – DIY // Seamless Romper Free People // Knit Cardigan – Free People // Knee High Stockings – Urban Outfitters

I feel like my slip dress from my DIY yesterday, needed a little more exposure. So greeting’s from my slip dress to you all!
The thing about a slip dress is that it’s very versatile. Not only can you rock it as an I-don’t-care-cool type of holiday dress (as I have it styled here with my cute little seamless romper) but you can do just the opposite – and wear it as – you guessed it – a slip. So go ahead – get your dang layering on girlfriend! My favorite is pairing it with a cool denim jean and throwing cozy knit over top.
How do you style your slip dresses?

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

New Project: Shh! Maker Design

Shh! Maker Design on Etsy, by Amanda Shoemaker of One of Each Blog

Hello my long lost friends! I have been mia recently but for good reason, so don’t get mad just yet! I’ve been working around the clock on a new design project – Shh! Maker Design. Basically it’s a resource graphic shop. “What is that?” you say. Well first of all, it’s awesome. Secondly, it’s full of designs for bloggers, ‘do it yourselfer’, scrapbookers, and fellow designers. (Please include yourself in that list as well.) There are tons of items to create logos, decorate your photos, your website, your face, really whatever you can think of.
I’m also offering custom graphics. Would you like a squirrel flying on a unicorn in the desert? DONE! Or more realistically, a personalize logo design, an ‘about me’ avatar, a drawing of your dog? That’s done too. I just don’t draw cats. Just kidding guys! Cats are okay.
So I’d really love it if you guys would go check out my Etsy shop, and follow Shh! Maker Design on Facebook. I’ll be adding new items weekly, offering tons of sale and downloadable freebies very soon. So stay on the lookout for updates.

Until next time (which will be VERY soon),
Amanda Shh!Maker 😉

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

DIY: ‘One of Each’ Lavender Locks

Lavender Hair - Illustration - Amanda Shoemaker -

As promised, I’m letting you in on my until-now secret of my pastel purple hair. At what better timing might I add. As the color has faded out of my hair, it’s time for me to pass the torch and the legacy.

Also I thought I would show you guys another side of me. You know, my many ‘One of Each’ sides. Which happens to be illustration. I think I will start adding more to the blog on a regular basis, so I hope you enjoy them. 😉

Now for the details on my hair color. It’s really semi-permanent which I think is great. You can go from color to color that way, once the last color washes out. What’s that you say? You don’t want your lovely new purple hair to wash down the drain? We’ll don’t you fret, I’ve got it under control. Just mix the hair color into your shampoo and conditioner and use it every time you shower, and presto! No fade outs!

STEP 1: Have your hair professionally bleached. Seriously. I did bleach mine myself, but it’s a risky move. After the 4th time of bleaching my regrowth I got a lot of breakage around my face and my part. So really you have to be careful. If I had bleached my whole head the last time, all my hair would have broke off. So that’s that. Go get your damn hair bleached at a salon. Also make sure to pick up a deep conditioning treatment to keep your hair soft and less likely to break. I use Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream from Sally’s Beauty Supply.

STEP 2: Prep! Time to make your conditioner concoction. It’s more like a toner, to add some life into the purple. To make your toning conditioner you will need; you Manic Panic semi-permanent hair color in Pretty Flamingo, a color mixing bowl, a color extend conditioner, and an extra bottle to put your new conditioner in.
Start with about half the bottle of conditioner in the mixing bowl. Now honestly you only need the tiniest dot of the Manic Panic. (Which looks like a hot pink-ish red color.) Start with a little dab, and mix. Continue adding more until you get a really nice pastel pink. If you add too much color, just add more of your conditioner. One you have your desired shade, add it into your bottle.

STEP 3: Shower! Wash you hair with a purple shampoo. I use GVP Conditioning Shampoo, which is also from Sally’s. I use a lot of shampoo when I do this step. Make sure to get all of your hair saturated, and let the shampoo sit for about 10 mins. Watch out because it’s messy and will look like you murdered barney in your shower. Also try not to lather it too much in the beginning. Wait at least 5 mins before you lather. After the full 10 mins, rinse with cool water and repeat if necessary.

STEP 4: Now I bet your hair looks short of gray-silver-purpleish right? Well unless that’s the look you where going for you’ll want to add your conditioning mixture to your hair. Again, make sure to fully saturate you hair with conditioner. Leave on for 2-3 mins and rinse with cool water.

STEP 5: Style hair as usual. I would suggest air drying though, since your hair is damaged from the bleaching process.

Ta-da! Now you have lovely lavender locks, mesmerizing mermaid hair, a tantalizing tress. Okay Okay you get the picture!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Personal Style: Inspired

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Amanda Shoemaker - Mesh Tank – H&M // CK Jeans – DIY // Sandals – Zara // Bralette – Urban Outfitters // Body Wrap Necklace – F21

Recently my DIY senses have been tingling. It’s short of the same as spidey senses, except I never spit spiderwebs out of my hands. Hmm, I bet there is a DIY for that. Anyways I had the urge to craft, and so I did. I ran out to the thrift store a bagged these old school CK jeans. Yeah that’s right. Calvin Klein’s baby! Normally I denim DIY with old Levi’s, but finding them was an unsuccessful mission. So with my bad-ass CK’s in hand, I got to work. I was inspired by Marques’ Almeida’s rad shredded denim from the Spring 2012 line.

What do you guys think? Tutorial worthy? Lemme know if you want me to post a DIY tut on how I got shredding.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Personal Style: Stars and Stripes

American Flag Fringe Shirt - One of Each Blog

American Flag Fringe Shirt - One of Each Blog

American Flag Fringe Shirt - One of Each Blog

Happy 4th of July…well tomorrow. But now you can make this awesome shirt for all your festivities tomorrow! Check out the full DIY HERE!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DIY: Velcro Changeable Trims

Cute trims on shorts are all over the place right now. I knew I had to think of a clever DIY that was different than just sewing on lace trim to the bottom of your favorite pair of denim shorts and loosing them to lace forever. And I did! So take that brain!
“Now with my Fabulous DIY Velcro Interchangeable Trim you can keep your fave cut-off shorts and Velcro on a cute trim anytime you want to spice them up, without changing them permanently.” (*in crazy infomercial voice.)
Pretty cool huh?!

I decided to get some trims from Jo-Ann’s, but I also thought I could reuse some of those adorable shopping bags you get from Free People.

* Trims
* Shorts (Denim or any kind really)
* Velcro (I got 2 packs of Velcro Fabric Fusion Iron On – In black)
* Iron
* Scissors
* Pins

STEP 1: With your shorts inside out, grab a piece of the looped side of the Velcro. (That’s the soft side. That way if you have no trim on your shorts it won’t irritate your legs.) Peel the Velcro from the plastic backing.

STEP 2: Place the stick side on to your shorts at the bottom.

STEP 3: Go all the way around shorts on both side. I did 6 on each leg. 3 in the back and 3 in the front.

STEP 4: Measure your trim by pinning it around the bottom of your shorts.

STEP 5: Cut off any extra trim, but leave a small overlap. Repeat for both legs.

STEP 6: Peel plastic backing of hooked side and place onto the trim. Start to remove the pins and place as you go.

STEP 7: Remove all trim. Heat iron, following the directions from the Velcro instructions.

STEP 8: Iron on the looped Velcro to your shorts.

STEP 9: Iron on the hooked Velcro to your trim.

REPEAT! Iron on Velcro to as many different trims you have!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Personal Style: Denim Lace Details

Truly Madly Deeply After Death Tunic Tank – Urban Outfitters // Denim Lace Trimmed Shorts – One of Each DIY // Armor Cross Cuff – Urban Outfitters // Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell

DIY’s are so much fun. This is my first look with my new awesome shorts! What do you think? Check out the DIY HERE!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Beauty: Extended Lengths

Hair Extension Tutorial - One of Each Blog

Hello loves! I have always promised hair tutorials for you guys…and BAM! Here is my first one. Awe good old clip in hair extensions. Next time I’ll show you guys how I curl my hair, and some fun braids will be coming up too. Let me know if you guys have any questions!

STEP 1: Start out with dry straight hair and have your extensions ready. *Note brand new hair is extremely silly and smooth. So unless you hair is the same texture, I would HIGHLY recommend washing them first. I use Redken shampoo and conditioner. This makes them a bit more natural feeling and easier to style.
Also, I use 2 packs of hair.

STEP 2: Put your hair up on the top of your head, and pull down about a 1 in section of hair. Spray hair at the part with hairspray.

STEP 3: Tease section of hair with a rat tail comb. This will help the extension clip have something to grasp onto.

STEP 4: Grab one of your extension wefts. I normally start with a smaller one.

STEP 5: Hold weft up to the part, and center it. Then starting with the middle snap, clip extension into place.

STEP 6: Continue these steps until you reach the top half of your head. *see photo. This is the order I place extensions, from the bottom up. Small, small, long, long, small. (All with 3 clips)

STEP 7: Part hair on the side, and clip in the very small wefts. The ones that only have 1 clip. Repeat on other side.

STEP 8: Marvel at you new lovely locks!

Monday, June 04, 2012

DIY: American Flag Fringe Shirt


step 1

ta da

step 6

finished shirt

finished shirt

Just in time for 4th of July!!!

What you’ll need:
* American Flag Inspired T-Shirt
* Scissors
* Ruler
* Cloth Marker/Chalk

Step 1:
Mark shirt along the front and back of the collar for more of an “off the shoulder” type look. Make sure to mark the front deeper than the back. Also mark the bottom of the shirt. Crop it shorter if you’d like. I cut right above the stitching.

Step 2:
Cut along marked lines on the neck and the bottom of the shirt. Remember not to cut the front and back of the neck at the same time.

Step 3:
Start about 5-6 inches from the bottom of the shirt, and mark a horizontal line. This is where the fringe will start and your stoping point when you being to cut. Then mark 1 inch vertical strips along the bottom on the shirt. This will be the fringe.

Step 4:
Cut along vertical marked lines until you hit your stoping point. For this I cut through both sides of the shirt at once.

Step 5:
Once strips have been cut, pinch the top and bottom of a single strip and pull. This should stretch the strip and cause the sides to curl in. Repeat!

Step 6:
Put on and go find a bbq.