The Custom Series – Fringe Bottom Tee

  1. Using your ruler, measure up anywhere between 5-7 inches and mark with chalk.
  2. After making your marks across your tee, use your chalk and ruler to connect them all the way across.
  3. Using your ruler, chalk mark every inch along the bottom of your tee.
  4. Using fabric scissors to cut both the front and back together at your inch marks straight up to your chalk line.
  5. Continue this all the way across the bottom of your tee.
  6. After the completion of the inch cuts, cut those in half all the way across.
  7. One you have all of your cuts made, pull them to stretch.
  8. Take the first two pieces and start tying knots about 1/4 of the way down. Continue this all the way across.
  9. With all of the strands now knotted, begin working on your second row of knots.  To do this, take the right tail from your left knot, and the left tail from the right knot and tie them into a third knot.
  10. Continue this all the way around the shirt (front and back).

Enjoy your new shirt!

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – Choker Style DIY

 

  1. Find the center of your collar and make a mark on the bottom.  
  2. Using your chalk and ruler draw a straight line down to where you want your opening to stop.  I typically do 3-4 inches
  3. From this center line use your ruler to measure out 2 inches on each side and mark with your chalk.  
  4. From those 2 outer marks use your ruler and chalk to draw a diagonal line down the the bottom of your center line.  
  5. Cut out the triangle
  6. Figure 7 is showing what your cut will look like once complete.  

Enjoy your new tee!!

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – T-Shirt to Workout Tank

Before you start you must decide which shoulder you want exposed.  In these pics it’s showing for the left shoulder to be exposed.  If you want your right shoulder open just reverse the instructions.  

  1. Start by finding the center of the bottom of your shirts collar and mark with chalk.  Then from the mark trace the bottom of your collar to create a line where you’re going to cut.  Cut along this line from the center of your collar to the top of your shirt.
  2. Figure 3 is showing your first cut.  
  3. Again, start from the center of your collar and draw a slightly curved line up to the of the sleeve. 
  4. Figure 5 is showing what your 2nd cut will look like.  
  5. Draw a smaller line about an inch away from the cut you just made and cut along this mark.  This is optional
  6. On the opposite sleeve of the cut shoulder use your chalk to draw a 3” line along the seam, as shown in figure 7.  Cut along your mark (see figure 8 for what this cut will look like).  Stretch this cut slightly to distress.  
  7. Make a few marks on the bottom of the sleeve and cut those marks just enough to separate the hem.  This step is optional.  
  8. On the sleeve of your open shoulder make a couple of cuts starting from the top of the sleeve going in.  I did 2 cuts on this sleeve, one was about an in and the other about half an inch.  Stretch these cuts slightly to distress.
  9. Move the the bottom of your shirt to the opposite side of your open shoulder.  Make 4 lines starting from large working up in a triangular shape to small.  Cut along these 4 lines and stretch slightly to distress.  
  10. Still on the bottom of your shirt but this time on the same side as the open shoulder.  Fold just the from of your shirt in small spots and make small cuts as shown in figure 11.  This step is optional.  Stretch cuts slightly to distress.  
  11. Along the bottom of the shirt follow the same steps as figure 8.  Make small cuts along the bottom seam in random places to separate the hem.  This step is optional.  

Enjoy your newly distressed tee!!! 

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – T-Shirt to Workout Tank

  1. Supplies:  Comfy tee, Fabric Scissors, Chalk, Ruler
  2. Find the middle of the bottom of the collar and the measure 3-4 inches up on each side and mark with your chalk.
  3. From these marks take your ruler and draw a line down to just under the armpit seam on each side.  
  4. Starting at the bottom of the armpit seam cut along your line and stop once you reach the collar in the FRONT.  At this point you’ll have to lift up the front and continue cutting only the BACK until you reach the bottom of the back collar.  
  5. Once you’ve reached the bottom of the front and back collar cut off the sleeves by cutting just along the collar.  

That’s it!  You’ve just created yourself a super cute tank!!

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – Off-the-Shoulder DIY

  1. Determine which shoulder you want to expose and make a mark on the OPPOSITE side about 1/2 an inch away from the collar.  
  2. Starting from this mark draw a slightly curved line up to the top of the sleeve of your exposed shoulder side.  
  3. Figure 4 is to show what each side should look like depending on the side you want exposed.  
  4. Starting from your original mark cut through the front and back of the shirt just enough to get past the seam.
  5. Once past your seam remove your scissors and continue cutting only the FRONT of your tee.  Do Not Cut The Back.  
  6. Starting again from your original mark, cut just along the seam of the back of your shirt to meet at the other side.  

Enjoy your new tee!!!  I like to pair mine with a fun bralette that can also be found at J Elizabeth Boutique!

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – Creative Shirt Customizations by Christina Straggas

  1. Items needed:  T-Shirt, Fabric Scissors, Chalk
  2. Cut out your collar
  3. Figure 3 is just to show you what this cut will look like
  4. Starting at your collar and working your way down the sleeve draw out 4 triangles.  This does not have to be perfect.  Mine definitely weren’t.  
  5. Cut out these triangles.  
  6. Repeat on the other sleeve.  
  7. Cut out these triangles.  
  8. Stretch these cuts lightly and tie the front of your tee to the back of your tee.  For each triangle cut.  
  9. Figure 9 is showing you what this will look like when it’s all tied and finished.  

Enjoy your new tee!!!

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

Meet Our Stylists – Issue 10

Where are you from?

Elizabeth MN 

Do you have any nicknames?

Mom, mommy, MOM!!! (Insert kids saying it over and over again) 

Why did you sign up for JE?

I love clothes and wanted a discount 

What rank are you at with JE?

Black diamond 

Are you in a relationship?

Married 💓

Do you have any children?

3 beautiful children 

Do you have any pets?

A dog named Cooper 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

I really want to go to Romania someday, definitely on the bucket list. 

What takes up too much of your time?

My phone, I scroll Facebook for too long. 

What makes your day better?

When my kids get off the bus and we get to have family time for the rest of the day. 

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished?

My husband. He does everything at 100% and it shows in his career, as a husband and a father. He juggles a lot but isn’t one to complain, he is definitely the superhero in our house!

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Traveling more, enjoying the kids school activities, maybe buying a lake home or hunting land. 

How was your life different one year ago?

We were living 3 hours away from where we currently live. 

What movie title best describes your life?

Field of dreams 

What are you absolutely determined to do?

Be debt free before my 31st birthday! 

Who or what inspires you?

My sister inspires me daily. Everything I know, from parenting to being a great friend came from her. Growing up we shared the same room and I never thought she would be my best friend some day; but as we got older I realized how much I needed her. She has taught me so much! 

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?

Seeing more positive in myself! 

What risks are worth taking?

The ones that will make you happy, even if they are out of your comfort zone! 

What makes life good?

Love, laughter and true friendships; oh and chocolate! 

What do you want to be remembered for?

Being genuine, social media has a way of making people seem different in real life then they are behind a computer, and I never want to be that person. I want to be the person that people can come to and have a true friend! 

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique?

Flexibility, I can work anywhere, share it with everyone and not have to put my kids in daycare to go to a full time job.

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site?

  1. Mamasaurus

  2. the MN shirts

  3. any wine related shirt.

Meet Our Stylists – Issue 9

Where are you from? 

Minnesota

Why did you sign up for JE? 

Graphic T’s and FUN!

Are you in a relationship?

Married for 13 years together for 15

Do you have any children?

Three- Morgan, Nora and Jack 

Do you have any pets?

Um.. I am not sure if I should really list them all so, yes.  Yes I do. 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? 

We want to take the kiddos to Germany where our original roots are. I say Europe in general.

What takes up too much of your time? 

Chasing pigs.

What makes your day better? 

Usually my husband and our lunch dates!

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished?

Jon, my husband. He is innovative and smart and just never gives up!!

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? 

Paying off our house and having more leisure time.

How was your life different one year ago? 

It wasn’t too different.

What movie quote best describes your life? 

Forrest Gump “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get”

What are you most likely to become famous for? 

Selling t-shirts, duh.

What are you absolutely determined to do? 

Pay for my kids college education with them not having to take out any loans.  I want them to start off in life not in debt!

Who or what inspires you? 

My kids. They are so eager to learn and grow and I love emulating their wild spirit!!

What do you wish your brain was better at doing? 

Shutting off!! 

What risks are worth taking? 

All risks are worth taking unless you would get hurt or hurt someone else.

What do you want to be remembered for? 

My love of people and willingness to always help!

What advice would you give to others to motivate them?

Do the damn things…EVERY SINGLE DAY!  FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES!

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique? 

The shirts are my jam!

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site? 

  1. If cussing makes me a bad parent

  2. I don’t give a rat’s ass 

  3. Keep faith hoodie

Yes I know it doesn’t match but I don’t care.  It’s how I roll!  

Meet our Stylists – Issue 8

  1. Where are you from?

Originally Sioux Falls SD – moving to Marion IA in near future 

  1. Why did you sign up for JE?

To make extra income to be able to go out on the road with my husband truck driving

Are you in a relationship?

Married for a little over a year!

Do you have any children?

2 bonus sons

Do you have any pets?

2 cats

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Road trip throughout the lower 48

What takes up too much of your time?

stress

What makes your day better?

Being with my crew and holding my fur babies 

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished?

Alyssa 

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Being full time SAHM

How was your life different one year ago?

Less confident and more reserved 

What are you most likely to become famous for?

Never giving up 

What are you absolutely determined to do?

Retire from corporate America 

Who or what inspires you?

Rachel Hollis

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?

Not overthinking every little thing 

What risks are worth taking?

Ones that will better your life in the long run, and ones that help others too

What makes life good?

Family

What do you want to be remembered for?

My determination 

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique?

Making my own schedule

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site?

Truck driver hauled my heart away, I don’t spew profanities I enunciate them like a f***ing lady, friends don’t let friends do stupid things (alone)

Mission: Choose Kindness

Imagine you are walking down the street; you’re stressed out about work, you’re fighting with your best friend or you’re simply just having a bad day.  At that moment, someone approaches you and smiles.  That’s it.  A simple smile.  Somehow, in that brief second, you forget about your worries, and smile back.

The bullying epidemic is being felt by schools nationwide.  Currently, 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally or physically, while cyber bullying numbers are rapidly approaching similar statistics. When polled, 60% of middle school students said they had been bullied, while only 16% of staff believe that students were being bullied.  The lack of knowledge, understanding and awareness is only aiding in the growth of bullying and hindering the resolution. Darlayna Campbell saw that something needed to be done, and the topic needed to be exposed.  The phrase “Choose Kindness” resonated with her, and she made it her life’s mission.  She and her growing team are committed to bringing kindness, love, and happiness to schools and people everywhere.

Read the interview with Darlayna below:

 

What is Mission: Choose Kindness?

Mission: Choose Kindness was established in 2019 in Vero Beach, FL when I decided to use one of my t-shirts from my boutique as a tool to enhance our world by visually reminding everyone to choose kindness in their everyday lives. My good friend Randee, and JE Stylist, has been extremely instrumental in helping me launch this campaign to a new level and has contributed many creative ideas. Having the desire to grow this mission, jointly we came up with thinking of this mission as a “relay race” for kindness. Our race is to support my charity of choice, Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center and to simply spread kindness! Basically, a T-shirt fundraiser relay but with a powerful message! We now have over 15 passionate JE Stylist’s that represent their city/state to lend a kind hand in their communities. We are a group of individuals that are on the same mission to “Spread Kindness One Shirt At A Time!” We believe that just a few simple words on a T-Shirt will make an immense impact on our kids and our communities! Metaphorically speaking, I have passed the “baton” to Randee up in Haverhill, MA so she can duplicate what I am doing in my area and she has passed the “baton” to Kelley in Bradford, MA! Colleen in Boynton jumped in the race and then Valaire in Kansas took off running, and so on… Keeping the momentum going, slow and steady will WIN this one friends!

What does the foundation mean to you?

MCK was just a thought that I had after I became a JE Stylist in August 2018. As soon as I saw the shirt that said Choose Kindness I knew immediately I wanted to do something bigger than just sell a t-shirt. It began with the thought of how amazing it would be to get this shirt in front of as many kids as possible. I created a go fund me page and asked for donations so that I could purchase the shirts and hand out to teachers. I raised over $700 and then distributed the shirts at my son’s school. What a joy to see the staff excited to wear them. With those donations I was able to support Pacer’s with a portion of the proceeds and this led to a huge fundraiser for that school to help their own cause. I was able to distribute 125 Choose Kindness and Kind is Cool shirts that the kids and staff bought to wear on a special themed Friday dress down day. The kindness meter was off the charts and what an impact we made on the future of our children.

What was your WHY for starting this mission?

Mission: Choose Kindness was started because I was a victim to bullying in my middle school days. I wanted to turn my negative experiences into a positive mission. If I could change someone’s mind to be kind by seeing a positive message on a t-shirt then I know I’m doing my part to help to make this world a better place. This is more than just changing lives, it’s changing a “life” by leading someone down the right path by making a better choice. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, KINDNESS, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

How do you promote your cause?

I have a private Facebook group specifically for everyone that wants to join me on this mission. It’s a page for us to share our creative designs, information and stories. I created a banner, logo and a t-shirt (thank you Jacquie) that is specific to this cause. We basically duplicate each other by hanging the banner at our events and wear the same shirt so that we will begin to be recognized worldwide! Each of us created our own MCK Facebook page as well.

I recently created a website that showcases what we do and lists all our representatives. I have added an events page and photo gallery page, so you can keep up with us. My most current addition is a DONATE button that can be used for anyone who would like to contribute toward our general fund which helps with operating expenses, advertising, shirts, community service work and I would like to in the future be able to send each one of the MCK representatives free kindness t-shirts as a ‘thank you’ to use however they would like to spread this mission. Anytime we get donations or sell kindness shirts we all have committed to giving back monetarily to Pacer’s. (To date we have raised approx. $450 for them. www.pacer.org/bullying

To learn more about our mission, donate or to jump in the race, go to www.missionchoosekindness.org

Contact: Darlaynadc@yahoo.com for inquiries.

Life can bring people down at times.  Rather it is situational or rooted deeper.  One thing that remains true regardless of the scenario, when those surrounding you are kind, everything else seems slightly better. We thank you Darlayna and every Mission: Choose Kindness representative; for your mission, kindness, and compassion.