Thursday, October 25, 2012

Reader Request - SunDrop Girl DIY How-to

Hey everyone!  I've got a little bit of a different post today.  As Halloween approaches, the views of my SunDrop girl costume post have been through the roof, and I've gotten a number or inquiries asking me to go into a little more detail about how I made my costume, specifically the shirt.

DIYing this shirt was insanely simple and I was so happy with how it turned out.  Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures while I was actually making the shirt, but I'll at least detail out the process step-by-step so you can hopefully get the idea.

1. Start with a run to your local craft or fabric store.  You're going to need a plain green tee shirt and transfer paper.  What is transfer paper?  It's basically paper that allows you to print out a design from your computer and iron it on to your shirt.  I used Purple Chimp brand transfer sheets, specifically a variety called "Marker and Crayon" (you can draw on them yourself or print from your computer).  These worked wonderfully for me, but there are lots of brands available if you can't find Purple Chimp.  Just be absolutely sure that you can print onto the transfer sheets from your ink jet printer. 

2.  Now you would need to find a high-quality image of the SunDrop logo, but I've done the hard work for you: clicky-click here!  Save that image to your computer.

3.  Get a feel for how big you want the logo to be and where you want it on your shirt.  Print out a test print on a sheet of plain printer paper and test it on your shirt.  Adjust the size as needed.

4.  When you're happy with the logo, follow the directions that come with the transfer paper for loading the paper and printing.  Now print that sucker out!

5.  Any brand of transfer paper you get is going to come with detailed instructions.  Make sure you read and follow those instructions carefully.  This will involve cutting out the picture and ironing it on to the shirt.  In the case of my logo, I cut away all of the white space around the logo and also cut out the little flying droplets separately.  When it came time to iron, I just placed those droplets along with the rest of the design and ironed them all on together.

6.  If you followed the instructions properly, you should end up with a perfectly transferred design.  Yay!  I went one step further with my shirt and added the dark green around the neck.  I did this with a green fabric pen, also from the craft store.  I was going to do the sleeves as well, but it took a long time to do the neck and I ran out of patience.  

7.  Finish off your costume with leggings, denim shorts, leg warmers, and a red headband.  

8.  Go out there and rock that costume, and don't forget to show everyone how you drop it!

I hope all of this was clear.  It really is just a matter of buying a pack of transfer papers and following the directions.  Super easy.  Have questions?  Did try out this DIY?  Do you love your SunDrop costume?  Leave me a comment!  Good luck and enjoy! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Shirt: Old Navy via thrift. Skirt, necklace: vintage. Shoes: thrifted. Sunglasses: Michael's Crafts. Watch: my grandpa's.

I've found that the transition time between summer and fall is very conflicting for me.  I want to jump wholeheartedly into fall fashions, and yet I'm not quite ready to give up a few of my favorite summer pieces.  This skirt is one said piece, but I felt like it could be fall appropriate paired with a flannel button down and my new favorite oxfords. 

Also, you can't tell, but I steamed that skirt before wearing it.  It was perfectly smooth.  Then I sat in class all day.  But, you know what, that's ok, because I don't live in a magazine ad.  This is real life here, people.  Wrinkles and all.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Goodbye to Summer

 Shirt: Old Navy via thrift. Shorts: American Eagle via thrift. Necklace, Sunglasses: thrifted. Shoes, watch: Target.

I've been hoarding these pictures from the end of September and now, looking back, I think it's safe to say that this outfit was my last hurrah of summer.  Honestly, I can't say that I'm disappointed.  I'm really not great at getting dressed in the summer.  I'm all about sweaters and blazers and layers and boots, which would all be absolute torture during even the mildest of the southern summer.  But now, I'm packing away my trusty denim shorts for cozy tights and long pants.

I came across this amazing location while on a field trip with my architecture studio class.  I thought the bright graffiti was a fun background for my already bright outfit.  Over the top? Yes, but I love it.  It's definitely just a one time location, though; wouldn't want to cause my readers any headaches. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

New Vintage in Store!

I've just added a new batch of one of a kind vintage to my shop!  The link under each picture will take you directly to that item.  Also, if you haven't liked the Ferris Wheel Vintage Facebook page yet, I'd love it if you would! 

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Monday!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Midterms Are Awful

Top: thrifted. Jeans: Old Navy. Watch, shoes: Target. Necklace: street vender in Krakow, Poland. Sunglass: vender in Chinatown.

I'm going to start this post by apologizing in advanced if I make any errors or nothing I'm writing makes sense at all.  I'm going on my 34th straight hour of waking, and my brain is about ready to shut down. 

I'm writing this post despite my sleep deprived delirium because I feel bad that on Monday, I was all like "hey, I'm back, did ya miss me?" and then I disappeared again.  This week was midterm week, or as it's known more affectionally, hell week.  It's the second hardest week of the semester, right behind finals week, of course. It's been an especially rough week for me as far as my architecture work goes, hence the lack of posts.  The good news is that this weekend is fall break (4 day weekend!!!), and after break, things will calm down a bit, so I should be back to posting fairly regularly again.  Yay!  Also, I'll be adding new merchandise to my store on Monday, so be on the lookout! 

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to sleep for the next one million hours.  I'm pooped.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Unplanned Sabbatical

Top, shorts, suede belt: vintage. Purse, necklace: thrifted. Shoes: Dansko Sandi via REI (currently on sale). Sunglasses: Forever 21.

Well, as you may or may not have noticed, I took a little bit of an unannounced, unplanned sabbatical from blogging.  Unfortunately, the launch of my shop happened to come just before the start of a very stressful few weeks of school, so I cleared my plate for a little while to focus on my school work.  However, I didn't take a break from getting dressed or shooting outfits, so I have plenty to share now that I'm back.  Also, we did another merchandise shoot for the store yesterday, so new items will be listed soon!  And of course, you, my lovely readers, will be the first to know.