Updating something old into something new is probably one of my favorite things to do. I love the feeling of being so over something (that I’m ready to throw it away, or donate it) that I’m okay with experimenting with any type of DIY technique. When I have this mindset, I feel like my pieces come out the best — there’s no pressure, because if I mess up, oh well! I was going to get rid of it anyway! With that in mind, this spring, we’re seeing every piece of clothing covered in embroidery. Jean jackets, pants, shorts, tops, bags — and we love it all. Embroidery is so simple (and if you want to learn more, we have classes) and perfect to do while traveling, watching a show, or sitting on the beach. Update your pieces with a simple cross pattern or a more detailed floral look — check out our tutorial below.

Materials and Tools:

  • khaki pants
  • embroidery floss
  • needle
  • embroidery hoop
  • scissors


Tighten the fabric on the embroidery hoop, and then start stitching!

Pull the fabric really taught on the embroidery hoop to get the best results. Be aware of the pocket of the pants — don’t stitch it closed!

We stitched simple cross stitches around the pockets and ankles of the pants. Make your embroidery as simple or complex as you’d like. If you have the time, we suggest some pretty florals : )

Khakis = updated!

Style your updated khakis with an off-the-shoulder top to really make this outfit on trend with spring 2017 style.

Of course we brought Jackie along for the street-style shots. However, she was more interested in the dogs down the street.

Like Lolly’s look? Get it here: Express Off-the-Shoulder Top ($50), Gap Girlfriend Twill Stripe Chinos ($60), Gap Denim Slip-on Sneakers ($45)

Show us your latest fashion project by tagging us on Instagram + using hashtag #iamcreative, and follow us on Pinterest for more DIY upgrades!

DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Photography: Chris Andre

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