28th November 2013
Combining two of my favourite things, a way to know how long it is until lunch and gold fishtail chain, to me this is the ultimate in functional and aesthetical DIYs. Read on to see how to make your own!
For this project you can actually use any chain you like, a mix of different chains even (although like to stick to the same palette but that’s just me). I chose fishtail because I love the look of it but feel free to be imaginative!
- enough fishtail chain to go around your wrist roughly four times, for me that was about 1 metre (40 inches).
- an old watch
- beading plyers
- jump rings
- lobster clasps
or if you’re loving chain as much as I am at the moment, grab yourself a chain crafting kit to experiment with this and lots of other chain projects.
1. Use your plyers to take the watch straps off.
2. Take the pins out of the straps.
3. Put them back on the watch the add 4 jump rings to the pins.
4. Cut the fishtail chain into 4 equal pieces and two ends to the jump rings on one side.
5. Do the same on the other side.
6. Add lobster clasps to the other end and wrap around your wrist to put on. Done!
First and last images by Sabrina Sikora
21st November 2013
There’s no denying that this season the 90′s grunge mood has taken hold, I find myself climbing into my quilted leather jacket every chance I get (my mum recently commented ‘Ooo that’s very lairy‘ – not quite what I was going for but anyway), and can’t wait to pair it with some DIYed tartan (more on that later). Of course, it wouldn’t be grunge without chain and studs, but sometimes you also want a bit of sparkle, particularly at this time of year. Enter the studded box chain necklace, another of my DIY kits, which combines a touch of punk, with a subtle nod to the holiday season! Read on to see how to make it yourself.
or buy the kit here.
1. Start by measuring the right length of box chain and shortening if required (do this by opening the links using plyers). Then find the middle point by folding it in half. Using the skewer, use place some glue on the top of the chain on the middle link.
2. Add the stud bead and press down. Continue this all the way around, leaving equal gaps between the studs.
3. Turn the chain over so the studs are pointing down and then add the rhinestones in a similar way with the skewer and glue to the top side, placing them above the studs.
4. Once you have finished adding the rhinestones, open up each end of the box chain using plyers.
5. Add the jump ring to one end and close shut, and the jump ring and clasp to the other end and close shut.
Top photo by Sabrina Sikora
2nd October 2013
Today marks the last day of the marathon that is fashion month, and to commiserate (or celebrate – whatever your jam) I’ve done a roundup of my favourite DIYable street styles. I’ve clicked next, next, next (next next neeeeeeext) until my carpal tunnels ached to pick out the styles I think you could recreate at home, and then strut down the street like you’re in the Tuileries (without the flight + outfit pricetag). You can thank me later!
Feathers and fringe, can one photo have any more DIY inspiration than this? Adding a little of either to your heels/skirt is super simple.
Sometimes it’s the least obvious styles that catch my eye the most. The shirt wrapped into a one shoulder style has the makings of a fantastic DIY (I’m assuming it came that way but can’t be sure?). Who doesn’t love making something amazing out of a simple black shirt?
This inspires a cut and sew, dropping the hemline of a skirt and creating a cage with ribbon.
This look was one of the most photographed of the season, and I love just how easy it would be to achieve this look (aka sesame street alphabet song has thrown up on you) if you so chose!
As a lover of all things transparent and plastic, I love this skirt, not only does it look cool, it’s the perfect wet weather skirt. I imagine making it using this construction.
If you have an old denim jacket lying around, you’d be mad if you don’t add some oversized varsity letters to the back.
I kinda wish I had front view of this top, but in my own world I imagine it’s a cashmere sweater tied into a bustier at the front. Not so great if you’ve got any breasts to speak of, but definitely something I would have passed off as a top when I was 15. Oh to be that age again with no concept of gravity!
This cage briefcase! Kinda looks like something you could make with chicken wire but I think it might be a little more complicated than that.
Skirt: same same but different right?
Cut outs are no longer clean and hemmed, now they’re slashed and torn. Makes it easy for the lazy DIYer!
Handcuff bracelet? Yes yes! You could spraypaint a plastic set but I’m not sure it would have the same visual effect. Perhaps some things are better left unDIYed?
I noticed a lot of jewelry box-like clutches on the streets this season, and I have to say I dig it. Even more when I can simply liberate mine from the nightstand and take it out for the evening.
For those of you worried about going whole hog into the plaid trend for fear of looking like a lumberjack, why not whack a few patches on your jeans instead? Although on second thoughts you may end up looking like a lumberjack who used old shirts to cover holes in your jeans… But, fashun!
Possibly the easiest DIY going around, add your favourite quote to the back of a khaki parka. For extra points, choose a quote from Shit Girls Say – ‘sorry I’m not sorry’ or something of the like.
The trench skirt has serious appeal this season, and those added polka dots? A bit of acrylic paint and bob’s your uncle.
One of my all-time multifunctional wardrobe pieces, the maxi skirt turns into a dress in the blink of an eye. I would add a belt to mine because, well, breasts.
A bit of white leather fringe goes a long way to modernise a simple white shirt. Totally going on my list!
Backless and bowed, does it get any better than this? Add an oversized bow once you get scissor (and thread) happy on a simple dress.
Adore this cut out sweater that for some reason reminds me of a roman cathedral. Looks pretty fiddly but can’t wait to make something like this soon!
How about replacing the back arm panels of your denim jacket with some crochet and tassels?
Crushing on anything tulle at the moment, and this layered skirt is right up my DIY alley.
A bit more inspiration for the wrapped mans shirt, totally going to have a play around in front of the mirror next chance I get.
Patches were the most DIYable trend on the streets this fashion week, the sillier the better. All you have to do is make sure you don’t burn yourself when you’re ironing them on (so pretty much anyone can make this).
Too much? Or just the right amount?
Patches: exhibit b.
This grommet mesh skirt is screaming out to me. But how would I make it? Thoughts please!