25th November 2013
And just like clockwork, the new season brings on an urge to make a new skirt. Every time I see a trend I love I think to myself – could I make a skirt like that? I wonder why that is…? I guess admittedly most of the skirts I make are of simple construction and are therefore an easy way to experiment with fabrics (hoping to master sewing a jacket one of these days!). In tune with grunge vibe I mentioned last week, tartan has be catching my eye of late. Lucky for me you can pick up some tartan at just about any fabric store, something I did recently. In case you were wondering I skipped making a skirt out of dollar store tartan bags a la Celine! Now, all I have to do is decide whether it’s going to be pencil or flippy. Thoughts? Slimline or fluted?
7th November 2013
As I mentioned a few days ago, pearls worn in unconventional ways are right up my alley. In honour of the amazing Dior pearl earrings I’ve been seeing everywhere, today I’m going to show you how to DIY a similar style yourself. I worked out they weren’t too hard to make my own using pearl earrings and pearl beads, or get yourself one of these DIY pearl embellishment kits!
This was the inspiration.
- Pearl earrings
- Matching pearl beads in large size
- Rubber earring backs
- Super glue
- A skewer
Or buy the kit here (with enough supplies to make two pairs as well as a bunch of other pearly projects)
1. Put some glue on the end of the skewer.
2. Press it into the hole of the pearl bead.
3. Then with your fingers press the rubber earring back into the hole.
4. Press it down hard so it goes all the way in and then leave to dry.
5. Check the hole is clear using the earring back.
And you’re done!
Inspiration image: here
9th October 2013
If there’s one thing Burberry does well it’s a trench coat. Not only have they perfected this iconic and staple piece of clothing, some how every season they’re able to reinvent the humble trench into something you’d never expect. Being a lover of all things shiny and bright, you can imagine that I was pretty happy to see the rhinestone embellished trenches that were part of the resort 14 collection, first brought to my attention by my friend Belen of Spanish blog Balamoda. We decided to do a bit of cross country (ok actually cross globe) DIY, both of us creating a project inspired by this collection with pretty Wander & Hunt rhinestones. Read on to see how to make your own.
Here was our inspiration – the Burberry resort 14 collection.
- a bunch of emerald rhinestones or a kit.
- a trench coat (I picked this one up from a local thrift store for $20)
- a needle and thread
1.To add the rhinestones I glued and sewed them on so they were extra secure (you can just glue/sew only if you can’t be bothered doing both). So start by squeezing some glue onto a piece of paper.
2. Place some glue onto the back of the rhinestone.
3. Press the rhinestone onto the pocket or under the collar of the trench and then use your needle and thread to sew into place.
4. Do this for all the rhinestones, gluing and sewing as you go.
5. I finished off by lining under the collar, so I could wear the collar up for a hint of bling and down for a more casual look.
Simple! I added a few tear drop ones at the end to round it out.
For a slightly different take on the rhinestone trench, make sure you check out Belen’s version! I’m absolutely loving the pretty floral designs she created using the pastel rhinestones.
My outfit photos taken by Sabrina Sikora