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The STITCH: Turquoise Treasures

the collection

My jewelry has become a part of my life, and a way I express myself everyday. My accessories have become collectables, and I now have a bundle of turquoise treasures. It is a hobby of mine to look for these jems, and find these diamonds in the rough. Everywhere I travel to I am on the hunt for everything from turquoise, to coral, to onyx, and above all antique silver. Flea markets, local antique shops, Morro Bay, and San Francisco are some of my favorite places to look. The thing I love about my jewelry is that it not only expresses my style, but is great to pair with my everyday clothing. Putting together tops and bottoms that I find in Active Ride Shop, from my favorite brands like: Insight, Matix Women, RVCA, and Obey add that extra flare that makes any girl feel unique and fun!! Hope this inspires you to create your own collection of keepsake pieces that will be with you for years to come.

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The STITCH: DIY Active T-Shirt Transformation

Ladies, have you ever come across a super cool men’s tee that you would love to wear?  I know I have!  And trust me, I understand how frustrating it is to know that it probably won’t fit right either.  From working in a shop for a little over two years, I have come to find tons of Active graphic tee’s that I have fallen in love with.  I fully admit, I have no talent whatsoever when it comes to sewing machines and I try to avoid pins and needles as much as I can.  After MUCH trial and error, I am happy to say that have come up with an easy solution that requires no sewing at all!  Follow the steps below and you too will soon be rocking a men’s Active t-shirt with style!

First you need a pair of scissors, a pencil, and of course an Active Tee. You can pick one of these up at any Active location or online!

Active T-Shirt

Be sure to choose a brightly lit area with a flat surface.  This will make it easier to cut and actually see what you are doing!  Also here’s a tip: if this is your first time, don’t try this on one of your favorite t-shirts!  I’ve definitely cried over a few concert tee’s and finally learned from my mistakes.  So just remember practice makes perfect!

The key phrase is “LESS IS MORE.”  Keep in mind that you can always cut more fabric later!

The first step to making a tank top is cutting off the sleeves.  Use the seams of the shirt as a guide and cut towards the inside of the shirt.  Make sure that the front and back seams are lined up before you cut.

Active T-Shirt Seams

Active T-Shirt First Cut

Active T-Shirt First Cut

Then do the same for the other sleeve.

Active T-Shirt

This next step is crucial!  Try on the tee and use the pencil to mark how low you want the front of the tank to be.  If you don’t try the t-shirt on the cut will be a lot lower than planned.  SO, be sure to try it on!  You can always take away more if you want it to show more skin 😉

Active T-Shirt Pencil

Active T-Shirt Pencil Mark

Use the scissors to cut ONLY the front portion of the shirt.  Start at the collar and cut into the shirt.  Then make your way down to the mark.

Active T-Shirt Collar Cut

Active T-Shirt Halfway

Cut about halfway and fold the fabric over and line it up with the neckline.  Then use it as a guide to cut the other side.  This will give you a mirror image and an even neckline.

Active T-Shirt Fold Over

Active T-Shirt

Active T-Shirt Neckline

The next step is to cut the back portion of the tank. Use the ribbed collar as a guide and cut along it.

Active T-Shirt Back Collar

Acitive T-Shirt Back Collar

Active T-Shirt Tank

After trying it on again, I decided that I want the straps of the tank to be a lot thinner (see you can always cut more later!). If this is the case with you too, decide how thin you want the straps and use the curve that you already cut as a guide.

Active T-Shirt Tank

Now DON’T throw away that piece! Use the extra fabric you just cut off as a guide for the other strap.  Feel free to use your pencil to lightly trace the fabric.  This will ensure that both straps are even!

Active T-Shirt Tank

Active T-Shirt Tank

Active T-Shirt Tank

You’re almost done! This last step is completely up to you, but since I’m 5’2″ this step is a must for me.  Try the tank on again, and visualize how short you want the tank to be.  Mark it with the pencil and then lay the tank completely flat.  Use the bottom hem as a straight edge guide and cut straight across.

Active T-Shirt Tank

TA-DA! Your Active T-Shirt transformation is now complete! Don’t worry if your cuts aren’t perfect.  This look gives it a more personalized style.  Now that it’s summer feel free to show this look off!

Active T-Shirt Tank

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this tutorial! I’ll be back with more.

Till then!


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The STITCH: Art In The Streets at MOCA

art in the streets

The Museum of Contemporary Art in LA is hosting a fabulous mix of street artists from around the world in a new venue in Little Tokyo downtown. Work will be up until August 8th, and is definitely a must do for the Summer time! If you love street art, the skate culture that has evolved from it, and a mixture of unique artists, this exhibit is for you. I went down on opening night and snapped some shots of my favorite stuff. As a little hint, it is free every Monday from 11am to 5pm, so head down and check it out – you only have a little over a week left!

C.R. Stecyk III the original dogtown photographer.

A typical Banksy piece.

Revok graffiti on local trains.

Brazil’s Os Gemeos .

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The STITCH: VOLCOM Spring 2012 Swim Fashion Show

Volcom held their annual swim fashion show to showcase their Spring 2012 line, which didn’t fail to exceed expectations of anyone familiar with Volcom’s previous collections. From bright, bold colors and patterns, to soft pastels and earthy tones, the new line has swimwear for any type of girl. Models strutted in front of a packed house to the music of Posso, whose collaboration with Volcom was shown with the new Spring line. Overall, the evening was nothing short of a good time.

Volcom Swim Fashion Show

Volcom Swim Fashion Show

Volcom Swim Fashion Show

Volcom Swim Fashion Show

Katrina and Chelsea

Stitch girl, Katrina, spotted Volcommunity’s own Chelsey Salisbury amongst the crowd!

The Stitch Girls

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Meet the ladies of THE STITCH!

Introducing…THE STITCH, the new Active Women’s Blog!  THE STITCH is made up of a community of girls who each represent their own personality, style, and individuality, but they all have one thing in common; a love for fashion, music, art, and culture.  We will be sharing our stories, so check back in.

Meet the ladies of, THE STITCH…



Katrina is a 20 year old girl who reigns from the city of Chino, CA.  Not only is she a full-time student, but also the assistant manager at Active Chino. No matter what the season you can find her outdoors, either riding her road bike during the summer or snowboarding during the winter. She is a music/movie/museum lover and a fashion enthusiast.



Tori is an old soul from Southern California. She is the manager of the Active in Thousand Oaks and by June of 2012 will be a graduate of FIDM Los Angeles!  Tori has been a part of the Active family for over 3 years and truly loves what Active is about. She has a personal style that is a combination of thrift and vintage pieces and if you see her on the street she will (most likely) be covered in turquoise jewelry, have feathers in her hair, and singing Led Zeppelin.



Dana hails from South Orange County and is studying Mass Communications at Orange Coast College. She has been a part of Active for almost a year working at the Irvine Spectrum store. Dana plays music in an awesome band with her friends, and on most days you can find her at the beach or the local coffee shop.  Dana has a style that is California casual with a bohemian flare.  The girl has a knack for scoping out new trends and finding cute clothes at cheap prices!



Brandi is the Women’s Buyer for Active.  She has an eye for fashion and a personal style that reflects it.  Brandi offers a “behind the scenes” perspective as she travels to the LA Mart, vendor showrooms, and the streets for all the latest fashions and trends for Active.



Kristin works as the Retail Marketing Manager at Active.  She’s a big fan of vintage and thrift shopping and most Sunday afternoons you can find her at the flea market.  Kristin plays a big part in the photo shoots, styling, events, and more and brings those stories to the blog.

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