30th April 2013
With sheer layers being such a major trend for the coming summer, a couple of months ago I asked you how you would inject a bit of DIYed white freshness into your own wardrobe. I got so many great answers and ideas, and in the end decided to go with the most straight forward and minimalist concept – an elongated sheer hem on a thrifted white skirt (thanks Lauren!). In my mind the sheer elongated hem is a more fun version of the pencil skirt that says ‘I’m business, but not alllll business’, if you get what I mean. This is such a simple project that I probably don’t need to post the actual steps, but for those of you who like to be walked through the process, I’ve given you the run-down below!
- A white skirt (linen or cotton works well). I got mine from a local secondhand store for a few dollars.
- Some sheer white non-stretch fabric
- A sewing machine
- Measuring tape
1. First, measure the the length all the way around the hem of your skirt. Then work out how wide you want your sheer panel, and then cut the sheer fabric at that width (plus two inches for the hem allowance at each side) to the length you measured (ie the length around the hem).
2. You may have to cut two panels to sew together. If this is the case make sure the seams are cut and attached in line with the seams of the skirt.
3. Turn the hem of the sheer fabric twice and then iron and sew down. If you have two separate pieces, join them together.
4. Sew the hem on both long edges of the fabric so that it looks like the piece below.
5. Pin the piece of sheer fabric to the hem of the base skirt, matching up the seam join to either the back (if there is only one seam) or the sides (if there are two seams).
6. Sew the sheer piece down onto the skirt, sewing the seam together on the underside and ironing down flat. Finally, iron the whole skirt well.
And there you have it! I said it was simple didn’t I?
Thanks Andy for taking the pictures!
29th April 2013
I briefly spotted these Vika Gazinskaya scribbled jewels a while ago, but only recently stumbled upon her collection in its entirety. Although a few years old now, in my mind true inspiration never dates. And although I love the tactile quality of rhinestones, I have to say a cartoon style drawn on collar like this comes in a close second. And what better way to practice your illustration?
Images via: Here
21st April 2013
Sydney is one of those place you arrive and never want to leave – the food, the lifestyle, the people – on every level it’s one of the greatest cities in the world. And when the city is over-run with fashion fiends vying for a bit of tommy ton action and you get to sample new collections while skimming free coffees from the star lounge? Sydney couldn’t get any better. As usual fashion week seemed to fly by in a blur of seeing a few shows, going to meetings and shooting a segment with The Today Show, to be honest I’m looking forward to heading back to Hong Kong tomorrow and relaxing! Here’s a peek at what I’ve been upto.
Loving my sparkly new Macgraw short suit, and using my transparent satchel to death (stay tuned for the DIY).
Waiting waiting waitinggggggggg for the shows to start at the Carriageworks. The shoes? A sneak peek of an exciting collab I’ve been working on (insert winky face here).
Carpets and cuties at Camilla.
Models and ankles backstage at Jamie Ashkar .
Structural warehouse lego land at Christopher Esber.
Wearing DIY mesh skirt, thrifted Gap tee, H&M jacket, Zara heels, DIY transparent satchel.
A quick pit stop at the Boy Charlton pool – Sydney certainly knows how to do the great outdoors.
Can we talk about the set at Camilla?
These Camilla carpets need to get on my floor asap.
Beauties in kaftans.
Morning walk before hitting the shows.
Warehouse chic at Manning Cartel.
More shooting with The Today Show.
I could get used to this! But alas, it’s time to head home.