11th December 2013
You may remember earlier this year I was inspired by the patched jackets and jeans on the streets around fashion week, and knew it would be a super easy DIY to recreate. To celebrate the opening of the first Claudie Pierlot store in Hong Kong, we recently got together to recreate this trend using their french grunge inspired custom kit, complete with loads of fun iron on patches with cute french words and images. I’ve outlined the steps below, but honestly this is the easiest project around so I doubt you need detailed instructions!
- A bunch of fun patches
- An items to attach them to – something like jeans or a denim jacket works perfectly.
- An iron
1. Place the patches on the pockets of the jeans (or shoulders of the jacket – or really anywhere you want!).
2. With the iron on a low setting, iron the patches down. To be extra careful you can put a piece of cloth between the two if you are worried about melting the patches. Leave to cool down and you’re ready to go!
I’m super excited because a bunch of fun people from all over Hong Kong have crafted their own project using the Claudie Pierlot custom kit which are to be silent auctioned off tomorrow night at the Claudie Pierlot store opening, with all proceeds going to the World Vision Famine Program. I’ll be there all night and can’t wait to meet you all!
Loving all the cute DIY projects! See you tomorrow night for drinks and DIY!
9th December 2013
As many of you probably know by now, nothing satisfies me more than reworking old, boring pieces from my local secondhand shop into shiny and bright wardrobe essentials that I can not only wear down the street for a coffee, but actually throw on for my christmas party. I saw this white dress in a thrift store and bought it because I supposed that deep down it had some potential, if not only as a blank wall for me to go all Banksy on. Once home, I put it on and asked my boyfriend what he thought I should do with it and he said (with zero pause and much vehemence) ‘burn it!’. As you can imagine, his response was pretty much a red-rag-to-a-bull style challenge for me to see if I could make it into something not bound for a Joan of Arc inspired farewell. With a quick hem chop, a few nips and tucks and the addition of some golden paillette sequins, I think it worked out ok! Read on to see just how I did it.
- A dress or top with a simple round neckline
- 100 or so gold paillettes
- A needle and thread
1. The first thing I did to make the dress more party worthy was to cut a few inches off the bottom of it because it was an odd middi length.
2. I used my sewing machine to finish the hem.
3. And then ironed it nice and flat. I also took it in a bit at the back by tightening the little belt tie that went around the back, and folded the sleeves under once and ironed them down. These small changes made the world of difference to the shape and overall look.
4. Then I grabbed a handful of paillettes… So shiny! (eyes light up).
5. I then took some time out on the couch to then handsew the paillettes onto the dress. This might sound super tedious and some of you may want to opt for glue instead, but honestly it didn’t take much longer than an hour (in fact, one episode of homeland – the sewing gave me a great excuse to avert my eyes during the suspenseful bits!), and they have so much more movement and flow when they are sewn on.
6. I left a small gap along the edge so they didn’t scratch my skin.
7. I sewed them all the way around to the shoulder seams, and then repeated with layers underneath.
8. Knot each sequin at the back as I have done here by threading the needle through a loop made by a stitch . This will ensure that if one comes off, they don’t all come off.
9. In the end I did around 4 layers. I mainly tried to make sure the gaps between the sequins were filled and didn’t bother making it too tidy, straight or regimented.
Et voila! I have to say the this is exactly what I needed to satisfy my holiday-party-dress cravings! Can’t wait to wear it this week (can kinda see myself spilling red wine on it already…).
For more Before & After posts head here.
Outfit photos by Luke Casey
1st December 2013
As the holiday season canters towards us in a blur (whaaatttt it’s Dec first already!?), I find myself unusually attracted to all things bright, glittery and girly. In general my evening footwear is black, simple and most often better suited to black mesh than black lace, but at this time of year – and for some unknown reason – I can’t help but covet bow heels in all shapes and sizes (ok I do know the reason, do I have to spell it out for you? c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s p-a-r-t-y). This style with the big bow on the side has caught my eye over and over, and I’m obsessed with how one would recreate such a look . Ideas?