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DIY Crafts, Life

Make a Kimono Shrug from a Scarf (Video)

Scarves are pretty much the best thing to happen to the world of accessories ever. I have a decent sized collection, and I wear them all year long. There are fluffy ones for winter, and gauzy ones for spring. I have a ton of DIY infinity scarves, and I always love to receive scarves as gifts. Today I wanted to share with you how I’ve been wearing my scarves lately for late Spring. I figured out a really easy way to tie my light scarves to make an adorable kimono-like cover up for over my tank tops. The best parts? You can make this DIY kimono shrug in less than a minute and you don’t need to permanently alter your scarf!Continue reading

Fashion, Life, Reviews & Giveaways

Mommy & Baby Spring Fashion – Petite Curvy Mom Style #SearsMom

Spring is officially here, but my backyard says otherwise – it’s still covered in about 2 feet of snow. Boo! While I wait for the “big melt”, I’m dreaming about wearing Springy clothes and playing outside more often with my girls! I find dressing myself postpartum can be a little tricky, but I want to embrace my body as it is now… and I want to wear cute things. I had a blast this week thinking about warmer weather and putting together some “mommy & baby” spring outfits from Sears. With Easter on its way, I found some adorable pieces that are more formal, and I also found some fun casual outfits that would be great for a mom & kid outing to the park.
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DIY Sewing, Life

Video Tutorial: Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf

One of the most popular tutorials on The DIY Mommy (and one of my most favourite DIY gifts to make!) is the 15 minute infinity scarf. It’s a really simple project to sew, and such a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe. I’ve been asked a couple of times to post a video to clarify some of the steps in this tutorial, so during naptime today I did! I hope you find this video helpful when you make your own infinity scarves. These are really fantastic for Christmas gifts!Continue reading

Health & Beauty

9 Favourite Easy Updos for Moms

As a busy mom on the go, I find myself stuck completely in a hair style rut.

My hair’s either down, long and straightened, or I flip it up in a silly ponytail-loop concoction.

Here are some gorgeous looking updo tutorials that I’m dying to try. They look simple to do, and I think they’d take this mom-hair to the next level.

9 Favourite DIY Easy Updos for Mom Hair

  1. Easier Than It Looks Updo from The Small Things Blog
  2. The Top Knot
  3. Rope Braid Chignon from The Beauty Department
  4. Three Twisted Buns from A Cup of Joe
  5. Fishtail Braid from Camille Styles
  6. Quick Twist for Med and Short Hair from The Beauty Department
  7. The Simple Gibson Tuck
  8. Pretty Side French Braid Low Updo from Love Meagan
  9. Knot Your Average Pony from The Beauty Department

How do you wear your mom hair? Which of these ‘do’s is your favourite?

Life

Can curvy moms wear skinny jeans? – Petite Curvy Mom Style

I saw a quote online a few days ago:

“Don’t wear skinny jeans unless you have skinny genes.”

I’ll admit I did laugh (because I’m a sucker for a good pun), but I really don’t agree with this statement. I don’t think you have to be “skinny” to wear skinny jeans (or leggings or tights for that matter), I simply think you need to know how to style them to make them work for your body.

As a petite & curvy mom (I’m about a size 12 right now), I wear skinny jeans, leggings and tights often. I think I mostly get them right, though I know I’ve had a few style disasters along the way. They’re comfy, and a great basic!

Here are my personal “do’s” and “don’ts” for wearing skinny jeans if you’re a petite, curvy mom like me:

DON’T:

  • don’t buy the wrong size (make sure they’re not too, too tight – you don’t want to look like you’re “flowing” out of them at the top”)
  • don’t choose an extremely low cut pant (a higher waistline will also prevent a “muffin top” effect)
  • don’t wear skinny jeans or leggings with a tight top (unless you’re covering that with a long, loose cardi or sweater)
  • don’t wear skinny jeans or leggings with a short top (unless you’re covering it with a longer layer)

DO:

  • do opt for higher waisted skinnies
  • do try a body shaper beneath your skinny jeans to smooth out any lumps and bumps
  • do wear longer, looser tops with skinny jeans and leggings (it helps to at least cover the top half of your caboose to create a lengthened shape)
  • do opt for skinnies in darker colours
  • do wear bright accessories near the face (like scarves and long necklaces) to draw the eye upward
  • do think “vertical” – anything to create a long, vertical line will help lengthen your look (open-front, long cardigans; long necklaces; long scarves; vertical stripes; tall boots with a wedge or heel; etc.)
  • do accentuate your narrow parts (a belt around the waist can really help accentuate your lovely hourglass figure)

Here are my picks from one of my favourite online retailers, ModCloth.com,  for pairing with skinny jeans:

What to wear with skinny jeans - petite curvy mom style - The DIY Mommy

  1. Natural Utopia Earrings
  2. Desert Daydreaming Top
  3. Flora All Time Belt
  4. What About Bauble? Necklace
  5. Get Stitched Quick Boot in Brown
  6. Medium Format Memory Tunic
  7. Spring in Every Season Jeans in Teal
  8. Be Still My Locket Necklace
  9. Return of the Macchiato Cardigan
  10. Rooftop Harvest Tunic
  11. Know When to Fold ‘Em Boot in Ivory

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Are you a petite curvy mom that wears skinny jeans? What are your styling tips?

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DIY Sewing, Life

Sew the 15 Minute Infinity Scarf in 3 More Ways: Striped, Woven Plaid & Lace Overlay

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf in 3 More Ways: Striped Sweater Knit, Woven Plaid & Lace Overlay

Can you believe Christmas is in just over a week? I certainly can’t, and I’ve been busily finishing up some last minute handmade Christmas gifts for my family and friends.

Something I’m making this year are piles and piles of infinity scarves (remember the tutorial I posted in September?). They don’t take very long, they’re so pretty and practical, and you can personalize them with fabric choice to suit the recipient.

I’ve made three more variations of the classic knit jersey style I had originally made, and I really think they’re all pretty!

Sparkly Striped Sweater Knit Infinity Scarf

For a festive and sparkly look (like the first picture above), I made an infinity scarf with a glittery striped sweater knit. I made this one extra wide (the raw fabric measured about 40″ wide before it was folded and sewn).

Woven Burgundy & Chocolate Plaid Infinity Scarf

Plaid is trendy in a big way this year, and I made a second version of the infinity scarf with a plaid woven fabric with a slight stretch to it. This one was also extra wide (at about 44″ before it was folded and sewn). I’m really liking the look of adding quite a bit of extra width to the scarves, giving them a dramatic full look.

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf in 3 More Ways: Striped Sweater Knit, Woven Plaid & Lace Overlay

Cream Lace Overlay Infinity Scarf

Finally, I made a third version of the infinity scarf by laying a piece of stretch lace over a piece of stretchy jersey (both were about 15″ wide) right sides together. I sewed them together along the length of each side, and then completed the rest of the scarf as I did in my original tutorial. You could use a different colour of knit jersey for a more contrasting look. It’s such a romantic version of the infinity scarf!

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf in 3 More Ways: Striped Sweater Knit, Woven Plaid & Lace Overlay

Have you tried making an infinity scarf yet? Please share below if you have with a link to your finished project! Or, if you’re planning on making one for yourself or as a Christmas gift – what would be your favourite fabric choice?

Life

Wear Plaid (and More Plaid) This Winter – Petite Curvy Mom Style

It’s officially freezing cold here, and it does get really cold up here in the “frozen north” (which is what I’m endearingly calling  my country home west of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada).

We had a huge dump of snow again this week, and it’s time to layer clothing and wear big boots. It’s time to pull out all of the comfy, flannely, heavy things I can find and put them on.

I’ve always had a love for plaid prints, and this year I’m seeing plaid trending in a big way. Plaid reminds me of winter and Christmas and coziness. I had a bought of strep throat last week and then my family had a bad cold this week, so nothing seems more joyous to me today than wrapping myself up in layers of sweaters and scarfs and soft plaids and sipping some coffee (coffee!!!) after playing outside with my girlie (for only as long as we can bear)!

Wear Plaid (and More Plaid!) this Winter by The DIY Mommy

Today I wore something that I thought I never would – a plaid jacket with a plaid scarf… and they did not match! It freaked me out a little, but I’m really digging the mismatched look lately, and there are golds and browns in this DIY infinity scarf that coordinate with this gorgeous jacket from Ruche. It’s a fun, country cozy look that I thought was cute! The sash on the jacket cinches my petite & curvy self at the right spot, and I’m wearing my favourite boots (which are buried in the snow).

Scarf: DIY with this tutorial
Coat: New Bedford Plaid Coat from Ruche.com $52.99
Jeans: Joe Fresh $29
Boots: Leatherette strappy boot from GoJane.com $27.50

Underneath this jacket is one of my current favourite sweaters. It’s just so easy to wear, hides my mom-tum and it’s really warm:

Wear Plaid (and more plaid!) this Winter by The DIY Mommy

It’s a cute poncho cape from ModCloth and I think I snagged the last one, but you can Shop ModCloth here for similar styles! They have adorable sweaters and coats this season.

Here’s hoping that the rest of our December is sickness-free and that we can enjoy Christmas without constant nose-wiping and coughing attacks.

What do you like to bundle up in when the weather’s cold?

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