inspiration: Fringe


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?

No sew kimono DIY craft kit www.apairandasparediy.comNo sew kimono DIY craft kit www.apairandasparediy.comMake a kimono with absolutely no sewing!

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.

Make a kimono with absolutely no sewing! www.apairandasparediy.comMake a kimono with absolutely no sewing!

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.

Make a kimono with absolutely no sewing!

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.

Make a kimono with absolutely no sewing!

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

Make a kimono with absolutely no sewing!

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.

Make a kimono with absolutely no sewing!

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.

Make a kimono with absolutely no sewing!

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.

Make a kimono with absolutely no sewing!

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

No sew kimono DIY craft kit www.apairandasparediy.comMake a kimono with absolutely no sewing!

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


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

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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Today marks the last day of the marathon that is fashion month, and to commiserate (or celebrate – whatever your jam) I’ve done a roundup of my favourite DIYable street styles. I’ve clicked next, next, next (next next neeeeeeext) until my carpal tunnels ached to pick out the styles I think you could recreate at home, and then strut down the street like you’re in the Tuileries (without the flight + outfit pricetag). You can thank me later!


Feathers and fringe, can one photo have any more DIY inspiration than this? Adding a little of either to your heels/skirt is super simple.


Sometimes it’s the least obvious styles that catch my eye the most. The shirt wrapped into a one shoulder style has the makings of a fantastic DIY (I’m assuming it came that way but can’t be sure?). Who doesn’t love making something amazing out of a simple black shirt?


Studded clutch (totally doable!) and wrapped curb chain. Done and done.


This inspires a cut and sew, dropping the hemline of a skirt and creating a cage with ribbon.


This look was one of the most photographed of the season, and I love just how easy it would be to  achieve this look (aka sesame street alphabet song has thrown up on you) if you so chose!


As a lover of all things transparent and plastic, I love this skirt, not only does it look cool, it’s the perfect wet weather skirt. I imagine making it using this construction.


If you have an old denim jacket lying around, you’d be mad if you don’t add some oversized varsity letters to the back.


I kinda wish I had front view of this top, but in my own world I imagine it’s a cashmere sweater tied into a bustier at the front. Not so great if you’ve got any breasts to speak of, but definitely something I would have passed off as a top when I was 15. Oh to be that age again with no concept of gravity!


This cage briefcase! Kinda looks like something you could make with chicken wire but I think it might be a little more complicated than that.


Skirt: same same but different right?


Cut outs are no longer clean and hemmed, now they’re slashed and torn. Makes it easy for the lazy DIYer!


Handcuff bracelet? Yes yes! You could spraypaint a plastic set but I’m not sure it would have the same visual effect. Perhaps some things are better left unDIYed?


I noticed a lot of jewelry box-like clutches on the streets this season, and I have to say I dig it. Even more when I can simply liberate mine from the nightstand and take it out for the evening.


For those of you worried about going whole hog into the plaid trend for fear of looking like a lumberjack, why not whack a few patches on your jeans instead? Although on second thoughts you may end up looking like a lumberjack who used old shirts to cover holes in your jeans… But, fashun!


Possibly the easiest DIY going around, add your favourite quote to the back of a khaki parka. For extra points, choose a quote from Shit Girls Say – ‘sorry I’m not sorry’ or something of the like.


The trench skirt has serious appeal this season, and those added polka dots? A bit of acrylic paint and bob’s your uncle.


 One of my all-time multifunctional wardrobe pieces, the maxi skirt turns into a dress in the blink of an eye. I would add a belt to mine because, well, breasts.


A bit of white leather fringe goes a long way to modernise a simple white shirt. Totally going on my list!


Backless and bowed, does it get any better than this? Add an oversized bow once you get scissor (and thread) happy on a simple dress.


Adore this cut out sweater that for some reason reminds me of a roman cathedral. Looks pretty fiddly  but can’t wait to make something like this soon!


How about replacing the back arm panels of your denim jacket with some crochet and tassels?


Crushing on anything tulle at the moment, and this layered skirt is right up my DIY alley.


A bit more inspiration for the wrapped mans shirt, totally going to have a play around in front of the mirror next chance I get.


Patches were the most DIYable trend on the streets this fashion week, the sillier the better. All you have to do is make sure you don’t burn yourself when you’re ironing them on (so pretty much anyone can make this).


 Too much? Or just the right amount?


Patches: exhibit b.


This grommet mesh skirt is screaming out to me. But how would I make it? Thoughts please!

Images:, Vogue, W Magazine, The Cut, Nasty Gal