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Jennie Taylor
Jennie Taylor holds a BFA in fashion from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her career as a fashion designer spans more than a decade, during which she worked as right hand designer for Nicole Miller and later as designer for Richard Tyler, helping him with some of his last shows. Jennie is also a self-taught painter.

Her philosophy on fashion, art and business can be summed up by a quote from the movie, “Say Anything,” when Lloyd Dobler meets Diane Court’s dad for the first time. The father’s accountant asks, “So, Lloyd, what are your plans for the future?”

Lloyd responds, “I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.”

As she became more accomplished in fashion she began to entertain ideas of launching her own line, noting the success stories as well as the difficulties that small designers face. Often the smaller the design house, the more ethical compromises are required in order to compete with bigger retailers. While Jennie loves clothing and the freedom to design, make and wear exactly what she wants, she finds selling products and producing volume, especially anything with fur, completely unappealing.

The DIY Renegade blog began as an insider’s “how to” guide to the world of art and design for the daring outsider. As a DIY Renegade, Jennie hopes to show people that flair and creativity are inexpensive if you are inspired. She believes that people are looking for handmade personal touches today more than ever. Her goal is to teach people how to execute D.I.Y projects that look as polished as any product that could be purchased in a store. She wants people to put down that credit card, pick up a sewing needle and make something original!

Blog Entries by Jennie Taylor

The Perfect Fourth of July Outfits

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 4:54 PM

I know you are wondering how in the world anyone could take this church-y, out dated, old woman's dress and make anything wearable out of it. The giant baggy sleeves, the over-sized bust and the aged elastic that no longer holds its shape at the hip make this dress look...

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Want To Sew? Start With This Easy DIY Square Shirt

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 12:34 AM

Square shirts are the best. They can be cropped and worn in layers or they can be longer like mod mini-tent dresses. They are a great style to wear while you transition from summer to fall and an easy way to get introduced to pattern making and sewing. So, get...

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DIY Renegade Bedazzles a Tree Branch For New Years

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 7:22 PM

I'll start this post by saying that I love anything with rhinestones. I also love the look of ice covered trees in the winter. So, I decided to combine two of my favorite things by bedazzling a tree branch for the holiday season. The rhinestones give the tree branch that...

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DIY Renegade: Tumbleweed Christmas Trees (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 4:30 PM

Tumble weeds are fantastic and extremely versatile. For my first installment of things that can be done with tumble weeds, I mounted a tumble weed directly to the wall as art. For part two, I will show you a few easy ideas for decorating a tumble weed as...

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Count Down 'Til Christmas With a DIY Advent Calendar

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 5:53 PM


When I was little, my mom made an advent calendar for me and my sister. Hers was similar to this one expect the tree was made out of felt, she cross-stitched the numbers onto the pockets and each ornament was a tiny little gem...

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DIY Renegade Visits Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres

(8) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 12:49 AM

I love that the DIY movement is bigger than ever these days, but one of the things I find myself thinking about very often is, how far can I really take the idea of "do it yourself."
Could I really do it all myself, move off the...

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DIY Renegade Alters an 80s Dress

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 7:13 PM


Nicole Miller is one of my favorite designers of all time. She has the most amazing ability to cut a dress for a woman's body. She can make anyone from a twiggy size 2 to a curvey size 12 look...

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DIY Renegade: A Unique Gift Wrap Alternative

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2011 | 10:10 PM

This is a quick gift wrapping idea from Danielle D'Onofrio, the latest addition to the DIY Renegade crew. This DIY repurposes an old cardboard box by decorating it with colored tape to create a cute little alternative to wrapping paper.

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Bring the Great Outdoors Inside With a Tumbleweed

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 6:46 PM


Tumbleweeds are fantastic. There are tons of things that you can do with them and as the season progresses I will show you a few more of those ideas. Today's installment is an easy one: Decorate your wall by hanging a tumbleweed as if...

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DIY Renegade Remakes An Ikea Table Lamp

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 11:11 PM

I recently broke an Ikea table lamp like this one.

I was reluctant to just throw the base away.

So, I spray painted it silver. Added a cooler...

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How To Wrap a Gift With a Gift

(5) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 9:05 AM

Wrapping a gift in a gift is always fun. Besides, it's depressing to see colorful wrapping paper in the trash

You can take a junky old planter like this one that I found at a thrift store for a dollar.

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Jennie Taylor: DIY Renegade Talks Vintage Halloween Costume

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 5:49 PM


One of the best Halloween Costumes my mom ever made for me and my sister were are a "side of fries" and a "strawberry shake." I was the shake.
I remember riding all around town with my mom as she gathered the...

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DIY Renegade Heads To The Arata Pumpkin Farm and Hay Bale Labyrinth! (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 6:17 PM


Just south of the legendary surf spot, Maverics, in Half Moon Bay California, where the world famous big wave surf competition is held each year, is the little known Arata Pumpkin Farm and Hay Labyrinth. My sister and I discovered this crazy place by...

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What To Do With Scarves: Make Art

(5) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 7:33 PM

Huffington Post editor, Brie Dyas, had the idea for this project one day while we were lamenting the fact that people today are more prone to buy the Audrey Hepburn print at IKEA rather than purchasing real art from actual artists. This is a quick "how to" for making wall...

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How To Make An Owl Pillow (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:38 PM

Owls are some of my favorite creatures and since I wrote about owl pellets in a recent post, it just seems fitting to stick with the theme. This is a quick "how to" for making a small owl pillow.

I found the...

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Who Knew You Could Make Laser Cut Acrylic Jewelry?

(5) Comments | Posted October 1, 2011 | 5:50 PM

Acrylic jewelry is a lot of fun and it is a surprisingly easy to make. The first thing you will need to do is google "laser cutters." There are a ton of them in Los Angeles. Laser cutting usually costs about $2 per minute. The sheets that are cut are...
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How to Make Earrings Out of Owl Pellets

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2011 | 5:29 PM

The topic of owl pellets and the middle school project of dissecting them came up in conversation recently. As luck would have it, my sister knew exactly where a large owl lived on the Stanford University campus. I was so excited when she took me there. It was a veritable...

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How To Make Hilarious Finger Puppets

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 7:20 AM

This is an easy tutorial for finger puppets.


1) Finger tips from old gloves


2) Swatches of fabric
3) Ribbon
4) Jewels or Beads
5) Magic Markers

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Jennie Taylor: How To Make A Puff Scarf

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 8:16 PM


I always loved Alexander McQueen because he designed so many styles that obscured and showcased the shoulders. I also always loved to wear the right puff vest for fall. This tutorial takes the futurism of McQ and combines it with a simple puff cover...

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DIY Renegade: How To Make A Caftan (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 8:07 PM

I love a good Caftan. They are fantastic to wear around the house, or a glamorous evening look. They are incredibly versatile to style and great for all seasons. Every time I wear one I feel like Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard, floating down the stairs of a glorious Hollywood...

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