2nd September 2014
The longer I’m around (and sometimes that feels like forever) the more sure I am that certain trends absolutely never, ever die (remember the forever trends?). Call me old fashioned (or 90′s fashioned) but ripped jeans to me are up there with a black blazer and leopard print heels in terms of their longevity. And so, without further ado, I wanted to share with you how I created my latest DIY denim project – a very quick update to an old pair of jeans with ripped knees and frayed hems that gave them a new lease on life. On a side note, they’re so comfy I can’t help but wear them on every plane trip!
- A pair of skinny jeans
- A washing machine
1. First, cut the hems off your jeans, once washed this will create a frayed hem.
2. Then, put your jeans on and mark them where your knees are. You want to put a few cuts both above and below your knees so mark where you want them to go.
3. Using your scissors, fold the jeans in half so the seams are in the middle, and cut the jeans where your marks were left.
4. The cuts should look like this, make sure you don’t nick the side seams!
5. So that your jeans have a bit of style and don’t just look like you’ve hacked them with scissors, you want to create some distressed parts, which is where the white weft of the denim shows. To do this, cut a few parallel lines
6. Loosen and remove the blue weft of thread, leaving the white threads behind.
7. It should look like this.
8. Once you’ve done that around the knees, give them a good wash in the washing machine, and you’ll have the perfect distressed knee jeans.
If you’re feeling a little crafty, why not head over to Wander & Hunt and score some bargains – there’s 20% off until Thursday Sept 4th using the code ‘crafton’.
27th August 2014
A few of you have already commented on the pineapple vases we had at the opening of our studio workshops, so I thought it would be fun to show you how we made them. We were running around like crazy ten minutes before and I had kind of written off the idea of making them because we had so many other things to do but Alanna wasn’t going to let it go that easy – and I’m so glad we did, it took only a few minutes and ended up being the centre piece of the space! This is a pretty simple project but I thought I’d share the steps anyway.
- A pineapple
- Flowers - we went with a palette of burgundy, lilac and burnt orange to match the rug in our office.
- A bit of leaf foliage to break up the flowers
- A sharp knife
- A chopping board
- A spoon
- hungry people to feed the pineapple to
1. Start by cutting the top off the pineapple, but make sure not to do it too far down as you won’t have much vase in that case.
2. It should look like this.
3. With a knife, carefully cut around the inside of the pineapple, leaving about 2.5cm (1 in) of outer skin left. Then cut the inside section of pineapple into 4 quadrants to make it easier to take out.
4. Scoop out the pineapple. We found it worked to use the knife to soften up the inside of the pineapple so it would act a little like florist’s oasis when you put the flowers in.
5. Then arrange your flowers! We just pretty much cut them all to the same length and pushed them into the pineapple base of the vase, the messier the better really!
6. Once the flowers were in we added water so that they would last for a few days.
25th August 2014
Whenever I feel the urge to make something but don’t have time to deal with the more fiddly elements of sewing, I reach for the neoprene. It’s such a versatile fabric, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how much I love it because you never have to sew hems (winning!). A little while ago I crafted up this skirt in a matter of minutes – with virtually no sewing, it’s a lazy girls dream DIY come true.
- 2m (2.4 yards) of Neoprene
- a measuring tape
1. Start by cutting your skirt piece. To do this you’ll copy the process I used to cut the skirt in this project. I’ve included the pattern from that skirt below for you reference. Basically you want to fold your neoprene in half and then fold it again, and then cut out a circle from the folded point which is the same size as your hips (or waist if that’s where you want to wear it).
2. The best thing about neoprene is that it holds a bit of stretch – cut the circle for your waist a little smaller to allow for this.
3. You then war to cut the skirt hem in a circle shape. Make sure you cut the skirt extra long, particularly if you think you’ll be wearing your skirt on your hips – when you put it on it’s always short than you think it will be (trust me!).
Because the neoprene stretches you can avoid having to do a zip or anything else time consuming like that, I don’t think it gets any better than that does it?
Outfit photos by Marion Tessier