DIY: Men’s to Women’s Shirt

I went shopping today, and all the styles and colors and patterns that I was looking for kept showing up in the men’s section of stores. So I went for it and bought a men’s shirt. This project was great motivation to get me excited about sewing again. After shortening the hem, taking in the back with some darts, and tacking down rolled up sleeves, I turned this baggy men’s shirt into a nice, fitted women’s shirt.



I solemnly swear that I am up to no good…

I never knew that I could get a sewing injury until I got one.

Two days before I went to Florida for Christmas break, I was sewing an elephant sweatshirt, and the needle on my machine went through my finger!


Thankfully it sounds worse than it actually was. This tragic event has not deterred me from sewing.

In other news, I made a mood board/inspiration board for Provo Fashion Week. I don’t know if you can tell from these pictures or not, but I am going with a minimalistic, African theme.


And I just finished sewing a shirt! The first one I have ever made.


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Here are some pictures of the projects I have worked on this summer!

What should I do next?

Secret Ambition

One of my secret ambitions in life is to be a fashion blogger.

I will let you decide if I am being sarcastic or not.

My first attempt:


Shirt: Target – $6 (on sale) | Skirt: DIY, Fabric from Joann – $10/yd (use a coupon) | Belt: Random kiosk in mall – $7 | Shoes: Payless – $20? | Watch: Target – $15 | Bow: Cliche Creativity Etsy Shop – $4 | Bracelet: Gift, Handmade in Argentina | New DSLR Camera: Gift? (My birthday is coming up…) | Total: $67 + A seamstress

There you have it.  Mostly I just wanted to show y’all my new skirt (:



Father’s Day Gift Idea – World’s Greatest Pop

I’m not really one of those people who writes craft tutorials (because 99% of the things I make come from online tutorials), but here is an easy one I just finished and thought it was worth sharing.

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Staying true to the mantra “Good artists steal, bad artists copy,” I got the “World’s Greatest Pop” icon from The Gunny Sack:

But everything else was my own.  Here is the template I used:

WORLD’S GREATEST POP  (Just click on it and a Word doc should pop up.)

The two long strips are used to wrap around the box and the shorter strips wrap around the bottles.  For the bow tie, you cut out the strip, measure it around the neck of the bottle, tape it into a ring, and then tape the ring onto the cut out bow tie.

I used a 4 pack of Cheerwine soda for mine (you can get them at Walmart where I’m from), but I’m sure the template would fit any bottled 4 pack soda.  The strips that wrap around the bottles are long enough for the fatter IBC Root Beer bottles, but the longer strips would not be long enough to wrap around a 6 pack box (although you could adapt it to work).


So this is what my family is doing for Father’s Day 🙂  We are also going to put notes inside for why our dad is “The World’s Greatest Pop.”

Have fun prepping for Father’s Day!

Ode to Illustrator

This post isn’t much of an ode, but the title has a nice ring to it.

I downloaded my free trial of Adobe Illustrator this week.

I needed something to keep my blood pumping.

I don’t know how I got through high school designing with Microsoft Word.  (Don’t worry, I knew enough to stay away from Word Art…)

Here are a couple things I have been working on to keep me sane this summer.

Let me know what you think!





Left Unturned

So I was making some hair bows the other day, and as I was turning them right side out to hide the stitching, I stopped and decided that this is kinda cool:


My 50-year-old parents think its weird, so that must mean it is fashionable.  Or maybe just edgy and hipster.

They don’t do edgy.  Or hipster.

But you do.

The most unique bow you could ever get in your entire life.*

And if you don’t, then get a classic one:


This bow is “Mint To Be” yours

*Free shipping on ALL hair bows!

Pun Intended

A friend of mine decided that there isn’t much out there in terms of cute donkey apparel.

I determined to remedy that situation…

…with a new sweatshirt design.


Take a second to soak it all in. Stellar sweatshirt. Beautiful bow. Mollifying model. Breathtaking backyard.
Okay, move on.



Yarn mane and everything

I decided that there isn’t much out there in terms of donkey idioms.*

So I guess a pun is good enough:

I call him Don Quixote.

Now you won’t be able to think of Don Quixote without thinking Donkey-xote.

You’re welcome. (:


More details on the sweatshirt here:


*In case you haven’t noticed, all my products are named after idioms.  I’m a sucker for literary devices.

The Waya

While you are waiting for the elephant sweatshirts to hit Etsy, have a look at another one of my projects.

This is the Waya:


It is a little device that you use to keep your headphones from getting tangled.  I helped develop it and manufacture it as part of one of my classes.  And they are now on sale for 5 buckaroos!

Check them out!  They are officially on Etsy!

Inaugural Blog Post

Welcome to Cliché Creativity!

I am Michelle.  I guess you can call me the proprietor of this here “establishment.”

I am excited to announce that I will be opening an Etsy shop this summer!

And I will be selling none other than the beloved elephant sweatshirt (and maybe even long-sleeved shirts and hoodies):

Something like this could be YOURS this summer!

Something like this could be YOURS this summer!

Get pumped folks.  I expect your full support and cooperation. (:

From now until May 1st, I will be updating y’all on my progress and what you can be anticipating from me this summer.

For now, feel free to look around the blog!  I have posted some premium content on the other pages, so check them out!