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When Boohoo asked me to participate in a dress DIY, I thought, “Sure, I only have 5 million other projects to get done! Why not add a dress DIY to that list!”  Honestly, I LOVE DIYs.  It’s just been difficult to find time to get things done, but how could I refuse a FASHION DIY?! Mine are usually house projects.  This framed chalkboard is last one completed and posted on the blog in 2011!

They gave me a choice of any dress, and I thought this open shoulder shift was fun and different!  The fantastic thing about Boohoo is their prices are really reasonable.  For example, this dress is $20 so you wouldn’t feel TOO BAD if you messed up the DIY!

While exploring Michaels, I contemplated gold decoupage versus spray paint with stencils.  Then I happened across some fabulous gold iron-on studs. Easy on. Easy cleanup.  Done!

This DIY was super easy.  It took me a total of maybe an hour to do.  I would have been finished in one evening but I ran out of studs.  FYI, buy 2 packs just in case!

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  1. dress {this one and this one would also be fun}
  2. iron-on studs {can’t find them on the Michaels website, but these and these seem very similar}
  3. iron
  4. kitchen towel {or something that is a thin cotton material}
  5. your imagination!


Come up with a design/pattern.  I loved the dress on Emma Roberts so I went with a “loose interpretation”.   Lay the studs on the dress in the pattern that you’d like.  I started with one open shoulder at a time {ironed it}, then the front collar design {ironed it}, and last the studs on the side hem {ironed it}.  Place the cotton towel over the pattern carefully so you don’t shift any studs.  With the iron on cotton/linen setting, set it on the cloth for 15 seconds.  Just leave the iron in one place.  You don’t need to run the iron back and forth.  {You should test the heat in an inconspicuous area first if you are working with synthetic materials because they can burn on this setting.}  After you finish setting all the studs on the front, turn the garment inside out and repeat heat setting with the iron for 15 seconds at a time to ensure the studs are set.


And voila!  You now have your very own “insert name here”-designed studded dress.  It’s fun to put your own spin on things.  So what do you think? Easy? Doable?  I promise you it is… I don’t have time for anything difficult nowadays!


BOOHOO open shoulder dress c/o || MARCIANO hat {updated version} || KENDRA SCOTT skylar earrings c/o || VINTAGE bracelets || OUI ETSY, GORJANA linked midi, ROCKSBOX chevron midi rings {also available here} || SAM EDELMAN kayla boots || PRADA double tour bag || PTERYS wooden sunglasses || DEBORAH LIPPMANN Autumn in New York polish || TOM FORD pink dusk lipstick

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  1. Ooh how fun! It came out so great! Cobalt is such a good color for you
    Closet Fashionista recently posted…{outfit} Put a Scarf on ItMy Profile

    • Sam says:

      Thanks Meg! I do like blues and have so many pieces in different shades of it!

      And drooling over your Burberry loafers!!! And even better that they were on sale!!

  2. Mica says:

    Oh wow that is such a great DIY Sam! The dress looks fantastic afterwards, the studs add just the right touch to it! :) You did well!

    I like that it’s just iron on stud – the kind of DIY I could do! :)

    My mum thrifted me a boohoo dress just the other day, I’ve never had anything from them before so will be interested to see how it wears! :)
    Mica recently posted…Pink! Choies Strawberry Print Shirt, Satin Singlet and Suede FlatsMy Profile

    • Sam says:

      Oh how fun Mica! I have just a couple of items from BooHoo. They are very fun items.

      This was a really easy and quick DIY! I think those iron-studs would be great for trimming jeans (around the front pockets or covering the back pockets). Like I said, it HAD to be easy!

  3. Wow I didn’t realize that was a DIY on the studs – it came out so stylish! And we are both rocking our OTKs!!!

    Red Tag Chic Los Angeles recently posted…Fringes and Tassels in WinterMy Profile

  4. Charlotte says:

    I would never have guessed DIY and certainly not iron on. Very fun!

    • Sam says:

      Thanks Mommo! It was really easy which made me happy! Not sure how it would stand up to holding Little M though!

  5. AMAZING! It doesn’t look DIY. I’m a stud lover. I need to do more DIYs :)
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