15th October 2014
There’s just something about long fringed accessories that makes me want to dance, I guess it’s the texture and movement they bring to an outfit. So I thought it fitting for my third project as part of the Kookai ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ campaign to integrate a touch of this ever so now (and DIYable) trend in the form of a super simple leather clutch (made from scratch). Is it wrong that this bag makes me want to shimmy down the street?
Wearing: Top and jeans by Kookai
- A piece of leather
- Leather cord
- A multi hole punch
You can buy a bunch of leather making supplies here in this kit, perfect for getting started on your leather accessory career!
1. Cut your leather to size, mine was roughly A3 paper sized, and then fold it in half. Then you’re going to start hole punching down both open sides of the leather. I did my holes pinkie finger distance apart. You want them close as these holes are going to be threaded with leather and will hold your bag together.
2. This is what both sides will look like.
2. Now cut your cord to size, mine was roughly 60cm (24 inches) long and I used 3o on each side.
3. Using a pin or a seam ripper, fold your cord in half and press the folded end of it through both holes.
4. Loop the cord and pull it tight so it secures the two layers together.
5. Do that all the way along.
6. Once you’ve done both sides of the bag it should look like this.
7. Then, fold the top over to close the bag and away you go!
This post is in collaboration with Kookai for the Make Your Own Sunshine campaign.
Outfit photos by Marion Tessier
11th July 2014
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?
- 1 floral scarf
- Black fringe
- 50 x large gold prong studs
- 50 x gold metal backing plates
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!
1. Iron the piece of fabric and fold it in half lengthways.
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.
3. Place the fringe along the edge of the double up edge of fabric.
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.
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.
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.
Volia! Alanna from Wander & Hunt and I are loving it!
Photos by lovely Marion Tessier
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!