PFC #19: Trend Benders (and some AFD IDIM Adventures)

I had this post set up for a different day but decided to use it as my Petite Fashion Challenge #19 post instead. It’s a PFC and IDIM Adventure all rolled into one. The Challenge is hosted by Angie from Pandaphilia and here is what she has to say:

Trend Benders. Pick your favorite Summer or Fall 2012 trend and make it work for you, whether it’s going all-out, incorporating it into a professional outfit or using it in moderation. For example – how would you bend this neon brights trend into something in sync with your personal style? Challenge yourself – you might even take something you think would never work on you and get creative! Extra brownie points if you can use your trend in more than one look.

A huge fashion trend going on right now is prints, particularly printed denim. Many women absolutely go crazy for  polka-dots. I don’t mind a little polka-dot here and there but I’m not head over heels for it. My weakness? Stars. I saw these Current/Elliot print skinnies and my eyes almost popped out of my head:

from Net-a-Porter

But $218 for a pair of denim that is only a passing trend? Not likely. So I took it upon myself to do some DIY-ing. I took an old pair of denim (actually they are brand new, but I got them as a gift and have never worn them), a star print stamp that I purchased from eBay for ~$2, and a white ink pad by Versacraft purchased on Amazon:  


Here are the jeans before:




DSC04651 DSC04650

The process of stamping didn’t take long. Just press the stamp into the ink pad with a good amount of pressure and then press on to the denim with your stamp. Make sure you practice on a scrap of paper to make sure you know how much pressure to apply on both the ink pad and on the item you are stamping. When done, iron over to set the ink. Use any color that you want. Gold would look amazing. I just used white.

At first, I tried to make all the stars perfectly straight and lined up because I’m OCD like that. But after a few stamps, I realized that not only was it easier, but it also looked better if they appeared a bit randomly placed. Of course, do what you like. If you make a mistake such as put two stars too close together, you can simply scrub it away with a cloth and water and a bit of soap BEFORE you set the ink with the iron. So make sure you are happy with everything before you set! Now, if you only want the stamps to be temporary, don’t set with heat at all, and it will all wash away with some water and detergent.

And now for the photos you all came here for (denim had yet to be washed and worn so they were a bit stiff to peg so that it looked effortless):

DSC04739 DSC04725 DSC047161Talula by Aritzia Exeter Blazer (similar) /  Denim by Victoria Beckham (very old) (similar grey pair here) /  Love Quotes Knotted Tassel Scarf / AE Favorite V-neck T (similar version) /  Michael Kors Runway Watch /  Natasha Leather and Stud Bracelet from TJ Maxx, Unknown brand Leather and Chain Bracelet from TJ Maxx (see similar), Silver Bangle (similar here) / Jean-Michel Cazabat Viena Booties / Ring: Le Chateau Ring (similar).

Fun! I actually think I could have made the stars a bit closer together, but otherwise, they turned out pretty well. I don’t usually partake in short-lived trends, but this will definitely help satisfy my obsession with stars for at least as long as the trend lasts.

I proudly showed my finished project to my dad asking, “Aren’t these cool??”

Dad: “Cool. But wouldn’t they be cooler if the stars were maple leaves instead?!”

Me:  =/

Here is another version of star-print denim by AG as inspiration using smaller stars (or if you want to purchase them, they are on sale):

 Check out the other PFC entrants here!


  1. SS_littleflowers September 18, 2012

    That DIY looks so fun and the result is so great. I didn’t know there are stamps like that! Love your jeans! I might wanna make polka-dotted jeans for temporary!

  2. Angie September 18, 2012

    i LOVE that you did a DIY for this pfc! the print came out perfectly and they look so subtle! way better than the pair you can buy. thanks for participating and linking up!

  3. SewPetiteGal September 18, 2012

    Bowing down to the DIY Diva… Love the way you took this on and the outcome!

  4. CynthiaC.M. September 18, 2012

    What everyone else said! I think the last time I did a DIY anything was in high school, when I converted an old t-shirt to a bag for my piano books! And I’m not even sure if that really counts – LOL! Anyway, love the look. I’m still looking for a longish blazer that isn’t too-too expensive.

  5. phiphi September 18, 2012

    this is such a cool DIY! my goodness i laughed at your dad’s comment too. *giggles*

    i seriously love this outfit! great post! xox P

  6. Kathleen Lisson September 18, 2012

    Great DIY. I used to peg my jeans in high school!

  7. Jessy September 18, 2012

    I like the subtle pattern because it’s not overwhelming. Great DIY!

  8. Michelle September 18, 2012

    Such a fun idea!! These turned out even better than the Current/Elliot ones! You look great in the whole ensemble. 🙂

  9. Carrie September 18, 2012

    I really like that you chose white ink for the stars – it has a soft and shimmery effect on the gray jeans. 🙂 Fun take on the challenge!

  10. Joanna September 19, 2012

    White was the perfect choice! So cool that the ink is temporary as long as you don’t set it.

  11. Kerry September 19, 2012

    Such a great idea! I’m going to have to try that for sure, because I’ve wanted some star jeans! Love your whole look!

  12. Shamelessly Overdressed September 19, 2012

    Hi fellow PFC-er!

    Wow, what a great DIY! I love how those jeans turned out. You look fab! 🙂

    Love, S

  13. Cee September 19, 2012

    Cher, you could’ve fooled me. I adore the J.Crew big polka dot cafe capris on you.

    I think my favorite part of your outfit has to be the faded pair of jeans you chose to go with the stars. Quite appropriate given how sometimes it’s hard to see stars in the skies. I also like how you wore your new booties with this outfit. Glad you kept them!

  14. Eliz September 19, 2012

    Wow great DIY. I have been seeing stars and polka dots and other designs on jeans…not sure if I am up for the trend yet..but I love your jeans..:-)

    <3 Eliz

  15. Fashion Koketi September 20, 2012

    Your choices of colors are perfect! Love this DIY… I will definitely try at home.

    Monica from Fashion Koketi

  16. TOBeautyReviews September 24, 2012

    Ha so cool Cher! LOL at your dad – proud Canadian 😉

  17. lisacng September 26, 2012

    I LOVE that you DIYed the stars. What a great idea! And lol on the maple leaves. Oh dad!


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.