28th October 2014
As the season starts to cool down, there’s nothing better than dreaming up cooler weather projects – jackets, jeans and embellished beanies. One project that’s been on the list to do for so long is to create a bomber jacket – initially it was all about creating one from scratch (still on the cards all you sewing lovers out there!) but then I realised it would be incredibly simple to make one using a heavy sweatshirt. And so we did! The best thing about this project is that you can get creative with embellishments – fabrics, sequins, patches or rhinestones. Go crazy!
Wearing: DIY bomber jacket, Club Monaco skirt and silk top, Asos boots, J Crew Bag, Nick Campbell Sunglasses, Daniel Wellington Watch
- A Simple round necked sweatshirt
- Needle and Thread
1. Fold the sweatshirt in half as shown below.
2. Mark the centre of the sweatshirt with a chalk pencil and the cut down the middle of the sweatshirt
3. Now you have turned your sweatshirt into a bomber jacket!
4. Pin the cut edges under and either hand sew or machine sew the edge.
5. This is what the finished product should look like. No go to town embellishing your sweatshirt, you can use anything you want from patches, to fabric to jewels. We decided to go for a jewelled look using rhinestones.
6. If you want to embellish your bombers in a checked rhinestone pattern, firstly draw on the grid pattern.
7. Lay out the design.
9. Using a skewer, apply some glue to the back of a rhinestone
10. Start glueing down your rhinestone pattern.
11. Allow it to dry overnight.
12. Repeat the same pattern on the other side.
13. Create the pattern on the arms, making sure to line it up with the shoulder seam.
This jeweled checked pattern was pretty laborious to create but it was so worth it! What would you put on yours? Or would you go naked?
Photos by Marion Tessier
25th October 2014
Got a few scratched old records lying around and don’t want them to go to waste? Well this is the DIY for you. For my last project for Kookai to celebrate their new Make Your Own Sunshine collection I thought I would construct something I’ve been wanting to make for a while, a quick and simple clutch made from to workout records.
Wearing: Sweater from the Kookai Make Your Own Sunshine Collection
- Two records
- A round bag (I used two half moon make up bags)
- Marble paper (optional)
1. Lay your record down onto the table and add glue onto the surface.
2. Press your bag onto the glue.
3. Add some glue to the underside of the other record.
4. And press that down onto the bags. Add some books overnight while it dries. I then also added some marble paper to cover the labels of the records.
This post is in collaborating with Kookai for the Make Your Own Sunshine campaign.
Photos by Marion Tessier.
22nd October 2014
Looking for a failsafe look for your next soiree (whether it be the races or halloween)? Why not try a subtle nod to the excesses of ancient Greece with a creme dress, embellished flats and handmade gold headband. For me it’s comfort and elegance rolled into one easy to wear package and a style I reach for when in doubt. Bring on the toga party! Sans major hangovers and loudmouth college guys. And guess what else? You’re actually going to be able to walk in those flats all day/night, which is the biggest plus of them all.
Head over to the Witchery website here to read my latest guest DIY, this simple-as-pie to make gold headband.
Dress and sandals by Witchery
Photos by Marion Tessier