inspiration: Embellished

DIY NO SEW FRINGED KIMONO

Ok so despite the torrential rain (that anti rain dance wasn’t worth the trouble), Glastonbury was a seriously fantastic weekend. But more on that later! One thing I noticed while I was there was the dominance of a few key ‘festival dressing’ trends. One which sort of surprised me was the proliferation of the mermaid/ sea punk theme – there was seriously miles of blue and pink hair on display and flat backed pearls applied to faces like it was nobody’s business. Another trend which I have to say I was getting amongst myself was the kimono one – not so practical in half a foot of mud but that sure didn’t stop me or any other girl!  Being a lover of kimonos ourselves, last week Wander & Hunt and I created this no sew one (you got a glimpse of the BTS here during my week with Ferragamo) – perfect for those of you a bit scared of the thought of a needle and thread. It’s available in two prints so there’s something for everyone, and is Glastonbury festival tested so what more could you want?

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You need:

  • 1 floral scarf
  • Black fringe
  • 50 x large gold prong studs
  • 50 x gold metal backing plates
  • plyers

You can buy the kit in floral and in geometric.

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Instead of sewing you’re going to be using round prone studs to attach the fringe and create the arms, we were excited while we were creating these because it really is such a simple method!

How to:

1.  Iron the piece of fabric and fold it in half lengthways.

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2. Measure approximately 60cm (24″) from either ends of the fabric and mark it clearly with a pin or chalk. You will be attaching the sides together to create sleeves while the middle section will be open and act as the body of the kimono. The fringe will go all the way along from end to end, but in the middle section it will only be attached to the bottom side of the fabric.

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3. Place the fringe along the edge of the double up edge of fabric.

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4. Using the round prong studs, start pressing them through at 3cm (a little more than 1 inch) intervals, sandwiching both sides of the fabric together.

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5. When you are closing the prongs, add one of the ‘blanks’ into the back so it locks the fabric in and then press the prongs down.

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6. When you get to the 60cm (24 in) point where you marked with pins, continue to attach the fringe all the way along but only to the underside of the fabric rather than both.

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Volia! Alanna from Wander & Hunt and I are loving it!

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Buy the kimono kit in floral and geometric (and read a slightly more detailed tutorial over at Wander & Hunt here).

Photos by lovely Marion Tessier

DIY GEM EMBELLISHED CUFFS

Just in time for the madness that is Coachella weekend, to me these gem embellished brass cuffs reflect the very best things about the start of summer – sun, music and all my best friends (those who make together stay together right?). Even if for you this weekend is more couch surfing than crowd surfing (I’m going to raise my hand on that one), these cuffs will give you all the palm-tree-and-denim-cut-off inspired sparkle you need.  Trust me.

I have to say I myself am in need of some cheering up – my own holiday has come to an abrupt end and after one of those awful overnight flights I’m back in the office. Instead of feeling down I did what I love to do most – make something.  Namely 20 or so different designs for these cuff kit sets (pastel gem version & marble gem version) I’ve designed for Wander & Hunt. Admittedly I nodded off a few times, hey, three hours of sleep will do that to you, but it certainly helped me pass the day. For those of you who are interested, you get a small and a big brass cuff in each kit, and can mix and match the stones to your heart’s content!

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You need:

  • A brass cuff (you get a small and large cuff in each kit)
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • A skewer for application

You can buy the kits over at Wander & Hunt and can choose from Pastel Gems or Marble Gems.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

How to

1. Dab a bit of glue on a piece of paper.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

2. Using the skewer, apply some glue to back of the stone.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

3. After cleaning the cuff surface well, start placing your gems around the cuff in your chosen design – get crazy!

Gem Embellished Cuffs

4. Work your way all the way around, creating the design you feel reflects you – pared back or more is more – the choice is completely yours. Once you’re done leave to dry overnight.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

Voila!
Gem Embellished Cuffs

The possibilities are pretty much endless, wouldn’t you agree?

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Now for the big question, are you a marble gem person or a pastel gem person?

I hope you guys have a lovely weekend, regardless of whether it’s Coachella or couch-ella.

DIY JEWELED CLUTCH

Greetings from Brisbane! In case you haven’t caught up on instagram lately, I’m feeling pretty lucky to have spent the last few days exploring Bali, beach hopping, paddy field wandering and stray dog running (away from that is). An idyllic trip came to an abrupt end last night with the chaos and queues of Denpasar Airport – a seething humanity that served as great reminder that life isn’t all fresh pineapple juice and afternoon naps. Back to reality!

On that summery, beach loving note, I’m excited to share with you what may be one of my favourite projects of all time (I know, I know, I say this allll the time but seriously, this one is pretty special) – and a new kit you can pick up from Wander & Hunt – the Jeweled Clutch. So simple to make and the pastel stones are the perfect accompaniment to a long cool drink in the summer. Oh and for those of you who are a clumsy as me, the bag  comes with a detachable chain strap so you don’t drop it *cue fist pump*.

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You need:

  • Some rhinestones
  • Glue
  • a Box clutch
  • a skewer

You can buy the kit here (available in a pastel pink on black version too!).

This is a fairly simple project, and for me the fun lies in laying out your jewels and experimenting with patterns. There are so many great options – I made sure to include a bunch of different stones so you can play around with the design and make it! A good idea is to place your design out without any glue on it, this allows you to see what the design will be like before committing.

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How to:

1. Put some glue on a piece of paper and then use your skewer to put a layer of glue onto the back of the big central rhinestone.

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2.  The big metallic stone is a great one to base the design on. In the blue version I put it vertical and in the pink version I put it horizontal – it’s up to you!

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3. Add your stones in patterns all the way around, making sure to press them down securely so that they don’t fall off when you’re using it. You can make your design as intricate to pared back as you chose, personally I liked it to have lots of stones so went with a more intricate design, but each to their own!

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Voila!

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Buy the kit here.