11th March 2014
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?!)
- Some black rope
- Small pearls (I used 1cm ones)
- Sunglass strap rubber findings
- 2 silver ends caps
- white cord
Most of the supplies can be bought in this pearl embellishment kit!
1. Cut two pieces of leather cord roughly 25cm (10 in) each.
2. Tie the strap findings onto the leather cord, leaving a 2.5cm (1 in) tai of cord after the knot.
3. Thread the pearls onto the cord. Keep going until both are filled all the way with pearls.
4. Tie the end cap onto the end.
5. For a more tidy finish, thread the end of the leather cord through the pearls along the other side of the cord.
6. Do that to both.
7. Put some glue into the end caps.
8. Push the rope into the end cap.
9. Allow to dry overnight.
3rd March 2014
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!
This was the inspiration, a little bit of Vally and and little bit of Gucci.
- A thrifted leather skirt
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.
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.
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.
4. Cut the fringe all the way around.
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!
14th January 2014
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.
Tutorial and full outfit details here.