10th December 2013
Originating from a climate that tends to be more about the beach at Christmas than it is about the snow, unconventional christmas trees are nothing new to me, every second home in Australia has a eucalyptus struggling under the weight of home made ornaments. For that reason, every year I like to rack my brain for simple, unconventional tree ideas, as much as a means of simplicity (and, ahem, lateness) as it is for the purposes of sparing a defenceless evergreen. I found a bunch of super cool hand made trees, some much easier to create than others!
23rd October 2013
If you’re thinking it’s time for another ‘just add sequins‘ project, you’d be right! I spied these amazing jeans recently and wanted desperately to recreate the look, but when I tested out it out by pinning the sequin pieces to the knees I found they didn’t have the same effect (I have a feeling my legs need to be at least a foot longer…). So I decided to use the sequins to make these sequin pockets jeans instead. What I like to call turning a problem into a solution!
- a pair of jeans
- sequin fabric
- needle and matching thread
- craft paper
1. Trace the shape of your pocket on the craft paper and then cut it out.
2. Lay the shape onto the sequins, lining it up with the grain properly – I lined it up so the sequins went straight up and down, but it will depend what type of sequin fabric you use.
3. Cut out two of the pocket shapes. Because my pockets weren’t completely symmetrical I flipped the cut out for the second patch so they mirrored each other.
4. Place the sequins over the pockets and sew them down using small stitches. Because the edges are raw, make sure you sew along the very edge and try to secure all the edge sequins so you get less fraying. You can always turn the edges over and sew down but the fabric I used was a little too thick for that.
Voila! The best thing about hand sewing a project like this is that you can rock them for a few wears then take them off when you want to go back to simple denim.
First and last pictures by Sabrina Sikora
9th July 2013
Sequin embellished denim shorts have been on my list of things to make for at least the last year and so when H&M asked me to make something for their Summer magazine inspired by how I would dress at a festival, I knew that it was time to tackle this style. Sadly my trip to Glastonbury was super last minute (more on that later) so I didn’t get to take these with me. Boo! Looking forward to wearing them at other festivals this season (Summer Sonic in Japan perhaps?).
- Denim shorts (I made mine from vintage jeans I found)
- Sequin fabric
- Tracing paper
- Needle and thread
1. You are going to do the embellishment in two different sections for each side of the shorts. First, lay the tracing paper on the top of one side of the shorts.
2. Use a pen to trace where you want the sequins to go and then cut out a pattern to match the front panel of the shorts.
3. Pin the pattern to the sequin fabric right side up.
4. Cut the piece of sequin fabric out. Repeat for the other side of the shorts so you have two pieces of sequin fabric.
5. Use your needle and thread to carefully sew the edges of the sequin fabric to the denim shorts – I ran along the edges to secure the sequins so they didn’t fall off where the fabric was cut. Do this for both pieces of sequin fabric, making sure to line up the middle seam carefully so there’s no gap.
6. Cut a slit so the beltloops of the jeans can still be seen and then sew around to secure. If required, trim any excess sequins along the hem and waistline.