28th October 2013
If you’d said to me ‘sequin cushion’ a while ago it wouldn’t have been my jam. But interestingly, I have to admit that recently I’ve come around to the idea of a bit of sparkle in the lounge room, but only in a ‘one in a VERY neutral room’ kind of situation so it’s not too in your face. As usual, when it comes to sequins, for me it’s all about the colour and the matte – when in doubt I go for the non shiny ones or sequins in a larger size. I think it would be quite easy to stitch some matte sequins (like these) over the top of a simple Ikea cushion – and bing bang bong you’re done!
23rd October 2013
If you’re thinking it’s time for another ‘just add sequins‘ project, you’d be right! I spied these amazing jeans recently and wanted desperately to recreate the look, but when I tested out it out by pinning the sequin pieces to the knees I found they didn’t have the same effect (I have a feeling my legs need to be at least a foot longer…). So I decided to use the sequins to make these sequin pockets jeans instead. What I like to call turning a problem into a solution!
- a pair of jeans
- sequin fabric
- needle and matching thread
- craft paper
1. Trace the shape of your pocket on the craft paper and then cut it out.
2. Lay the shape onto the sequins, lining it up with the grain properly – I lined it up so the sequins went straight up and down, but it will depend what type of sequin fabric you use.
3. Cut out two of the pocket shapes. Because my pockets weren’t completely symmetrical I flipped the cut out for the second patch so they mirrored each other.
4. Place the sequins over the pockets and sew them down using small stitches. Because the edges are raw, make sure you sew along the very edge and try to secure all the edge sequins so you get less fraying. You can always turn the edges over and sew down but the fabric I used was a little too thick for that.
Voila! The best thing about hand sewing a project like this is that you can rock them for a few wears then take them off when you want to go back to simple denim.
First and last pictures by Sabrina Sikora
2nd October 2013
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!
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.
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?
This inspires a cut and sew, dropping the hemline of a skirt and creating a cage with ribbon.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Skirt: same same but different right?
Cut outs are no longer clean and hemmed, now they’re slashed and torn. Makes it easy for the lazy DIYer!
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?
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.
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!
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.
The trench skirt has serious appeal this season, and those added polka dots? A bit of acrylic paint and bob’s your uncle.
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.
A bit of white leather fringe goes a long way to modernise a simple white shirt. Totally going on my list!
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.
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!
How about replacing the back arm panels of your denim jacket with some crochet and tassels?
Crushing on anything tulle at the moment, and this layered skirt is right up my DIY alley.
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.
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).
Too much? Or just the right amount?
Patches: exhibit b.
This grommet mesh skirt is screaming out to me. But how would I make it? Thoughts please!