DIY: Create an infinity scarf from old fabric

With the cool, crisp weather setting in, it is the perfect time to bundle up in a do-it-yourself infinity scarf found on Pinterest.

Step 1:      Find an old or new solid-color T-shirt that you don’t mind cutting up. If you want a longer scarf, a large T-shirt works best.

Step 2:      Lay the shirt out flat and cut along the bottom to cut off the hemline. (You won’t need that part.)

Step 3:      Start cutting two-inch wide strips along the bottom of the shirt, which will create large loops. Cut about five or six strips. If the edges of the loops aren’t cut perfectly straight, that’s OK.

Step 4:      Take all the loops and stretch them out. This will cause the sides to roll up and hide the uneven edges.

Step 5:      Lay the loops down on top of each other and take an extra piece of fabric to tie the loops together.

Step 6:      Finally, glue on a flower, or some other sort of embellishment to hide the tie on the loops.

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Dress boutique sells ‘keepers’

Dresses, dresses, and more dresses. Toss in a couple pairs of shoes and a wall of hats, and you’ve got Finders Keepers II. This designer dress boutique on 18 W. Main Ave. has everything from prom and bridal gowns to derby hats and custom-made earrings. Right now, Finders Keepers II is full of sparkly sequined dresses for the homecoming season.

“The best part about working here is helping customers find exactly what they are looking for,” manager Allyssa Heiskell said. “It’s so fun helping find that perfect dress and then putting the whole outfit together for whatever occasion it is.”

Dresses range from $59 to $500 and the store offers 25 percent off jewelry and accessories when a dress is purchased. Finders Keepers II has a sister store named Finders Keepers – Jewelry Galore, which is located on 309 W. 2nd Ave. This store has custom-made and vintage jewelry from many different time periods. The jewelry store has been open for more than 15 years and Finders Keepers II has been open for five.

Heiskell’s mother, Deena Caruso, is the owner of Finders Keepers and originally opened the store as an antique shop with vintage clothing.

“She had a knack and a good eye for finding good stuff,” Heiskell said. “When she opened the store, the jewelry was a big hit.”

Finders Keepers II participates in the fashion show at the Spokane Club, as well as the Red Cross Fashion Show. Also, 20 percent of their hat sales go toward the Ronald McDonald House.

“We also take part in the Pumpkin Ball, and donate 20 percent back to the charity when they purchase a dress,” Heiskell said.

Not only is some jewelry handmade, but Caruso designs many of the hair accessories as well. She creates flowery pieces, bobby pins, and headbands. The store also has an event tracking system.

“We keep track of the events going on in the area so that we won’t sell two of the same dresses to one event,” Heiskell said.

Lee Caruso, an employee of Finders Keepers II for the past six months, said the best part of working there is the people that come in.

“Most of the time the store is very energetic; there are a lot of people always coming in and out,” Lee Caruso said. “It’s so much fun helping hand pick things out for our customers.”

Not only does the store have dresses for homecoming and prom, but also bridal gowns and dresses for bridesmaids.

In March, Finders Keepers II starts getting dresses in for their busy prom season. Whitworth freshman Jeannette Potter got her dress there last spring.

“The girls working there helped us find dresses that they thought would look good, since they have such a large selection,” Potter said. “All the girls were so sweet and encouraging.”

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Garland shop features local clothing, accessory designers

Tucked away in the Garland District, is a place full of one-of-a-kind apparel. The place with the funky leopard-print sign is Glamarita. The shop was opened in June of 2011 by Spokane clothing designer Ronnie Ryno.

“I started designing and selling clothes online in 2006, and I fell in love with what I was doing,” Ryno said. “I was a teacher for over 10 years, but I quit teaching so that I could do this full time. I wanted to give an outlet to other local designers because there is so much talent in Spokane and I felt like it needed to be seen.”

Supporting local designers is extremely important to Glamarita. The store only sells clothing made 100 percent by local designers in Spokane. The store features everything from clothes to soaps, from lotions to candles. They also carry many headpieces including hats, bows and headbands.

Glamarita’s prices range from $3 to $400, depending on how detailed the piece is.

More elaborate pieces can easily take more than 20 hours to make, but Ryno said she can crank out a simpler piece in three or four hours.

“We can also custom-make anything for you,” Ryno said. “If you see something you love but want it in a different size or color, we can alter it or make something similar to it. We have anything that your girly heart desires.”

There are 45 artists who contribute to Glamarita. One of them is Lynne Blackwood.

“I’ve been designing clothes for Glamarita for three months now,” Blackwood said. “I had a background in costume design for theater for 30 years, but I just started getting into commercial retail.”

Models and designers constantly come in and out of the store bringing in designs.

Runway Renegades is a fashion show put on by Glamarita on the streets of Spokane every summer. Whitworth sophomore Alaska Bruneau has done some modeling for the designers.

“During Runway Renegades this summer, I modeled a Japanese school-girl-inspired skirt and jacket, which is actually in the store waiting to be sold,” Bruneau said.

Supporting the local community is also important to Bruneau.

“It’s a lot of fun helping the local people be creative,” Bruneau said.

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