28th October 2014
As the season starts to cool down, there’s nothing better than dreaming up cooler weather projects – jackets, jeans and embellished beanies. One project that’s been on the list to do for so long is to create a bomber jacket – initially it was all about creating one from scratch (still on the cards all you sewing lovers out there!) but then I realised it would be incredibly simple to make one using a heavy sweatshirt. And so we did! The best thing about this project is that you can get creative with embellishments – fabrics, sequins, patches or rhinestones. Go crazy!
Wearing: DIY bomber jacket, Club Monaco skirt and silk top, Asos boots, J Crew Bag, Nick Campbell Sunglasses, Daniel Wellington Watch
- A Simple round necked sweatshirt
- Needle and Thread
1. Fold the sweatshirt in half as shown below.
2. Mark the centre of the sweatshirt with a chalk pencil and the cut down the middle of the sweatshirt
3. Now you have turned your sweatshirt into a bomber jacket!
4. Pin the cut edges under and either hand sew or machine sew the edge.
5. This is what the finished product should look like. No go to town embellishing your sweatshirt, you can use anything you want from patches, to fabric to jewels. We decided to go for a jewelled look using rhinestones.
6. If you want to embellish your bombers in a checked rhinestone pattern, firstly draw on the grid pattern.
7. Lay out the design.
9. Using a skewer, apply some glue to the back of a rhinestone
10. Start glueing down your rhinestone pattern.
11. Allow it to dry overnight.
12. Repeat the same pattern on the other side.
13. Create the pattern on the arms, making sure to line it up with the shoulder seam.
This jeweled checked pattern was pretty laborious to create but it was so worth it! What would you put on yours? Or would you go naked?
Photos by Marion Tessier
6th October 2014
Nothing makes me happier than good music, a touch of the old, a sprinkling of the new, and what could be better listening to it through a set of crazy bejewelled headphones? Based on Kookai‘s new ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ inspired collection, which is all about rhythm and soul, I’m excited to be sharing with you a fun music inspired post. Headphones that are excited about your playlist as you are! Head down the page to see the video – I’m going to be doing regular uploads so make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel.
Wearing: jacket and skirt by Kookai
Watch the video below:
1. Put some glue onto a piece of paper.
2. Starting with the big rectangular stones, put some glue onto the back.
3. Press them onto the middle of the headphones.
4. Build the pattern all the way around, and then add the marquise shaped ones around the outside to give the design focus.
5. Add stones around the sides too.
Outfit photos by Marion Tessier
This post is in collaboration with Kookai
21st February 2014
As you can probably tell I’ve recently been enjoying DIYing all things rope related, and so when Design Sponge asked me to craft something for their readers I knew it would have to be one part rope, to two parts sparkle. This DIY crystal flare necklace is what I came up with – and its ‘s much easier than it looks! Hoping this gives you a little inspiration for your upcoming weekend projects, it’s been freezing here in Hong Kong over the last week – and by that I mean a comparatively tropical 12 degree celsius (53 fahrenheit) – so what better time to flop on the couch and craft something fun?
- A piece of felt
- Jewelry plyers
- Needle and Thread
- 2 end caps
- A lobster clasp and jump rings.
Or buy the kit here.
2. Start pressing them onto the middle of the felt and then continue to create your design.
3. Once you have made your pattern, let it dry overnight and then cut out your pattern,
4. Make sure to cut as close to the stones as possible so the felt can’t be seen.
5. Add glue to the end caps and press them onto the ends of the rope.
8. Sew or glue your jewel clusters to the necklace, making sure they are centred.
Thanks to the lovely Design Sponge team for having me on board!