inspiration: Leather

DIY SCALLOPED HEELS

I’m a firm believer that we make our own sunshine, whether it be in the form of a Monday that doesn’t kill you, a job that you love or that ripped denim skirt that’s been on your wish list for ages. For that reason, I’m excited to be working with Kookai this month sharing a handful of DIYs, based on their new ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ inspired AW14 collection. Drawing from the world of pop art and soul music, the collection is all about creating your own happiness (or sunshine), and what better way than with a bit of DIY, right?

Ok, ok, so I know shoes aren’t the answer to lifelong happiness, but they’re certainly not a bad place start (after getting a good 8 hours of sleep a night!). So today I’ll be showing you how to make a very very simple pair of scalloped heels – the perfect centrepiece for an outfit designed to dance the night away to soul, hip hop, funk – whatever your jam! Although, to be fair you’ll probably find me shoes in hand by the end of the night… :)  And you guys, in case you weren’t sold on this project, the scalloping is totally removable so you can get happy with these shoes over and over!

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Wearing: Skirt and jacket from Kookai‘s AW14 collection

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You need:

  • A pair of strappy heels (these are simple Tony Bianco ones I’ve had for years)
  • A piece of scrap leather or suede (faux would also work too)
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • This Scallop Printable printed on A4
  • A few pieces of leather twine

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How to:

1. Start by carefully cutting out the template.

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2. Using the tape, stick that to the underside of the leather/fabric.

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3.  Next, using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the leather along the template, so you end up with scalloped trim as seen below.

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4. The end result should look like this. You’ll have to cut around 4 pieces or more for your heels.

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5. To attach to your heels, you’re going to use two methods. For the ankle straps, simple cut two slits into the leather and weave the strap onto it.

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6. For the front strap, make two holes at the edge of the fabric, and thread the twine through, tying it to he underside of the strap.

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Voila!

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Stay tuned for more projects that inspire you to make your own sunshine!

Photos by Marion Tessier

In collaboration with Kookai.

DIY LEATHER CLUTCH

I’m SUCH a sucker for a natural leather clutch, jussst the right size for all the important things. As part of the launch my second collection of DIY kits in collaboration with Wander and Hunt,  I recently made a video with my friend Luke showing you how to craft a leather clutch. As I mention in the video, working with leather has always scared me a little bit, but the minimalist construction of this clutch will have you feeling like a pro in no time! This is a design I created from scratch using the most gorgeous blush coloured thick leather, and I’m excited to share it with you by way of Wander and Hunt. Oh, and did I mention international shipping is completely free for the holidays? Yay!

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As you can see I’ve been having fun experimenting with video, such a fun medium! Although I can’t help feeling like each one is a study in my rising inflection studded Aussie accent…

You need:

Or buy the kit here (yay for free shipping!).

How to:

1. Cut out the leather into the envelope shape as shown above. Mine was roughly 34cm x 27cm.

2. Add the holes using the hole puncher.

3. Fold the clutch together, with the two sides flaps first and then the bottom flap over the top.

4. Secure it with the studs.

5. Add the final stud as the button that closes the clutch.

6. Press down the top hole onto the button stud to secure. Voila!

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Video shooting and editing: Luke Casey (find him on insta here!)

HOW TO: DRESS FOR A FESTIVAL

Rightly or wrongly festivals have become as much about what you wear as the bands you see – they’re the grown up costume party/halloween experience, where you can be whoever you want. But when Harper’s Bazaar asked me to write about what my staples are for a festival, instead of immediately pondering fairy wings and micro shorts, the first thought that came to my mind was the big C. Comfort. Lame I know but I can tell you from experience it’s not that easy to enjoy a four day festival when you’re wearing a bodysuit. Been there, sweated that.  It seems that in the last few years, without me even knowing it, my festival style has grown up – for this year’s Glastonbury I stocked my backpack with comfy (but chic) basics, a few I nabbed from Whistles while I was wandering around London, and had the best festival yet. I used some of my downtime while I was there to photograph my outfits laid out on the grass outside our tent – it was day two so the grass hadn’t turned to mud yet . You can read the full post complete with my picks of the best festival basics available online here.

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Glasto outfits:

Outfit 1: Striped top (like this), denim shorts, Leopard print anorak (like this), Hunter wellies

Outfit 2: Leopard print tee, leather skirt (like this), khaki jacket (like this), cheap black and white converse style shoes I bought at sainsburys

Outfit 3: Leather singlet (like this), boyfriend jeans, statement sweater (love this one too), wellies.

I have to be honest and say over the few days I was at Glastonbury there I mixed and matched these pieces depending on the weather – a pretty interchangeable festival wardrobe – until they got too muddy or sweaty to wear.

If you have time, make sure to head over and read festival dress code tips at Harper’s Bazaar.