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DIY PEARL SUNGLASS STRAP

My affair with everything pearly continues, first it was the earrings and now I’ve graduated to a summer essential accessory – the  sunglass strap. I spied a little bit of inspiration on Pinterest (and tracked it down to here) a little while ago and, although at first glace the pearl sunglass attachment reminded me a little of my grandmother and her backgammon playing friends, once again this pearly number grew on me (much like mold on the walls of a Hong Kong apartment!). After a while I found myself itching to create something similar, I figured as long as I wore it sans twin set and ladies bermuda shorts I wouldn’t have to worry about being herded onto a mini bus bound for the shopping centre with all the other old biddies. But only time will tell!

With my Pearl Embellishment Kit in hand I set about creating this project – it took no time at all and has gone a pretty long way to curing my ‘when is this @$%#ing winter going to end?’ blues. (But seriously, When?!)

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You need:

  • Some black rope
  • Small pearls (I used 1cm ones)
  • Sunglass strap rubber findings
  • 2 silver ends caps
  • glue
  • scissors
  • white cord

Most of the supplies can be bought in this pearl embellishment kit!

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

1. Cut two pieces of leather cord roughly 25cm (10 in) each.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

2. Tie the strap findings onto the leather cord, leaving a 2.5cm (1 in) tai of cord after the knot.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

3. Thread the pearls onto the cord. Keep going until both are filled all the way with pearls.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

4. Tie the end cap onto the end.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

5. For a more tidy finish, thread the end of the leather cord through the pearls along the other side of the cord.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

6. Do that to both.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

7.  Put some glue into the end caps.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

8. Push the rope into the end cap.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

9. Allow to dry overnight.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

Voila!

pearl sunglass strap www.apairandasparediy.com

Photo of me by Marion and Ana.

DIY FRINGE LEATHER SKIRT

I recently picked up a leather skirt in my local (and most favourite) thrift store for a just couple of dollars. However, it was an incredibly awkward just below the knee length and I knew straight away I wanted to cut it into a mini – I mean, who doesn’t love a staple leather mini? Rather than just doing the old chop straight away, I decided to experiment with one of my favourite trends of the season – leather fringing. Seen all over the runways from Celine, to Valentino, to Altuzarra, to Gucci - fringing is clearly the jam this season. In an ode to what is soon to come (or has done so already – seemingly prematurely – according to net-a-porter), I decided to do a little in-between Before & After project by trimming this skirt into a little fringed number, as a super fun stepping stone between midi and mini. What I love about this fringed project is that it’s so, so (soooo) easy. As long as you can work a ruler and cut straight (sometimes not as easy as it sounds!) you’re good to go. Get ye to your local thifty!

Make a fringe leather skirt with a pair and a spare

Wearing: Witchery Knit, Dylan Kain Bag, DIY fringe skirt, Witchery hat, Tony Bianco Heels

This was the inspiration, a little bit of Vally and and little bit of Gucci.

fringe skirt inspiration spring 2014 www.apairandasparediy.com

You need: 

  • A thrifted leather skirt
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Ruler

Make a fringe leather skirt with a pair and a spare

How to:

1. First I trimmed the skirt  skirt to knee length. If yours has lining (mine didn’t), make sure you trim and sew the lining up higher than where you propose the fringe to end.

Make a fringe leather skirt with a pair and a spare

2. Use a skirt you already have to gauge the length you want. I was planning on doing a raw hem once I had tired of the fringe so I marked that edge with chalk.

Make a fringe leather skirt with a pair and a spare

3. Cut up along the line of the side seam to the top of where you want to cut. Then use your chalk to mark lines at regular intervals so you know where to cut your trip.

Make a fringe leather skirt with a pair and a spare

4. Cut the fringe all the way around.

Make a fringe leather skirt with a pair and a spare

Voila! The perfect go between. Looking forward to showing you what I plan to do to this skirt once it goes mini. Talk about the skirt that just keeps on giving!

Make a fringe leather skirt with a pair and a spare

Once again a big thank you to lovely Marion Tessier for taking these photos for me, and Ana for the make up.

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DIY CHAIN BOOTS

Carrying on from my mention of chained boots yesterday, there’s nothing better than a quick and simple update to your favourite wardrobe staple to change its look entirely and double the wearability. These removable boot straps were so simple to make and looked perfect worn with a pair of black ankle boots. You can read the full tutorial on the Witchery website here.

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Tutorial and full outfit details here.