inspiration: Pom poms

DIY POM POM BIKINI

Even though I’ve already started seeing autumn fashions all over the place I’m unwilling to even contemplate the fact that summer is part way over – I’m hoping to stretch it out for another good few months at least. One way to do that is to keep on crafting pieces that are fit for sweltering days, and this bikini is no exception. When in doubt put a pom pom on it!

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You need:

  • A simple bikini (this, this or this one would work)
  • Pom pom trim with stretch
  • A needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins

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How to:

1. Lay out your bikini on a flat surface and run your pom pom trim along the edges. I chose to just put mine on the top edge of the bottoms and the bottom edge of the top. Trim to size, but make sure you add 5cm (2 inches) to the end to account for the stretch in the fabric.

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2. Pin your trim where you want to secure it.

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3. Make sure to fold the raw edge under in preparation for sewing so you don’t have any fraying.

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4.Using your needle and thread, stitch the trim down. To make the stitches less obvious I did a very short stitch on top, and a longer stitch underneath.

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5. Once sewn in place, use your hands to stretch out the fabric which will create some slack in the stitching which in turn will make it more comfortable to wear, and less likely to break.

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6. Do the same for the top and voila!

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Definitely feeling nice in summery in this Kini!

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DIY POM POM GIFT WRAP

If you’re organised enough to have ticked off your gift list (I’m not), you’ll probably be on the lookout for some cute and simple wrapping ideas, something that makes people reach for your gift under the tree before any other. Introducing the pom pom wrap – guaranteed to have people saying ‘oh yeah’, or ‘wtf’ as they sit under whatever it is that you’ve fashioned into a tree. This is possibly the easiest wrapping idea, and look super cute too – what more could you want?

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You need:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Small red pom poms
  • White string
  • Scissors
  • Glue (any glue will do, I used E6000 because it’s a gel and dries really quickly)
  • Skewer

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How to:

1. Put some glue on a piece of paper.

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2. Wrap and tie your package up with string.

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2. Tie in a bow.

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3. Put some glue on a pom pom.

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4. Press onto the paper.

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5. Place a handful of pom poms randomly all around the package. The more the merrier!

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Cover all your packages this way. Simples!

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Stay tuned for more creative wrapping ideas!

DIY INSPIRATION: FASHION WEEK STREETSTYLE

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!

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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.

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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?

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Skirt: same same but different right?

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

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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 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.

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

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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).

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 Too much? Or just the right amount?

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Patches: exhibit b.

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

Images: Style.com, Vogue, W Magazine, The Cut, Nasty Gal