26th December 2012
As the year draws to a close, for many of us thoughts are turning to what to wear to our New Years Eve celebrations. I’m such a sucker for dressing up, eating to excess and generally welcoming in the New Year with a sore head. What could be better than doing it all wearing something you made yourself? And when that something is a glittering, shimmering sequin maxi wrap skirt? It might just be the best night of the year. Definitely something you’ll remember long after the memories of that midnight kiss with a prince (fingers crossed) or a frog (more than likely) have faded.
- Sequin fabric measuring 1.5 x your waist in length (and 62in in width). It’s best to pick a sequin in a matte colour like bronze or copper for a subtle and less brassy style.
- Velvet ribbon
- Snap buttons
- Instant bond sewing tape (like this
- Needle and thread
Click below to read more!
I’ve wanted to make a sequin maxi skirt for quite some time but haven’t had time to spend carefully sewing all the edges. Luckily I stumbled upon instant bonding fabric tape, which acts like double sided tape but had the necessary stretch for fabric. Usually I wouldn’t be into these quick fixes (preferring to sew where possible) but this one seemed too good not to try with tricky sequins, and so I used it to finish the hems and side edges. If you have more time I definitely encourage machine or hand sewing the edges of your skirt so it lasts longer, but if you’re working to a New Years Eve deadline, bonding tape might be just the ticket!
Below is the basic pattern for your skirt. It’s super simple and there are only a few basic steps – I took the sequin fabric, made sure it was the right length and width for my body, finished the edges with instant bonding tape, then added velvet ribbon to tie in a bow at the back and finally snap buttons so it all stayed in place nicely.
2. Once you’ve cut the piece of fabric to size (everyone’s body is different so play around and trim where necessary), run the instant tape along the hems and side edges of the fabric, about 5cm/2.5in in from the edge.
3. Remove the plastic backing the whole way along.
4. Fold the edge over and press firmly onto the tape. For best results, fold over twice so no raw edge is showing.
5. Do this all the way around the edges of the fabric, folding the sequins if you are dealing with the cut edge. The fabric should end up looking a little like the image below.
6. Now you are going to attach the velvet ties which will make sure the skirt is nice and tight around the waistband. Cut the velvet in half (run a lighter/match along the cut edge to stop fraying). Wrap the skirt around you and at the back pin the velvet ties in place, tying in a bow to check how it sits. Once you are sure they are sitting in the right place, use your needle and thread to sew the velvet ribbon on.
7. Each side of the velvet ties should look like this. I sewed a few lines to reinforce the two pieces.
8. Sew the snap buttons on using the needle and thread. The pattern at the top shows where I put the buttons, but it is indicative and the easiest way to check where the buttons should go is by putting the skirt on, tying the velvet ribbon and using pins to mark where the buttons should attach on both top ends of the fabric. Make sure to sew the buttons the right way up so they press together properly.
9. The back of your skirt waistband should look like this once it is done, with one side sitting over the top and one on the underside, both button down nicely.
And there you go! Such a simple piece for party celebrations, I love pairing mine with a silk midriff top or slouchy singlet and simple black flats.
I hope you all have amazing holiday celebrations that sparkle as much as the sequins you’re wearing!
4th December 2012
People sometimes ask me about what inspires my DIYs, and I think most expect that I get ideas from the runway, streetstyle, or designer collections, and naturally I find inspiration in all those places. But to be honest, more often than not I get ideas for projects from the materials I can get my hands on, regardless of how random they are (remember this
? and this
?). This skirt is the perfect example of that. My friend MISCHA
recently held a party for the 4th anniversary of her brand, where I hosted the press preview with a super fun crafternoon. In the process of deciding the type of DIY we wanted to do during the press preview, she shared with me all these insanely intricate pieces of vintage Japanese obi fabric she had collected in japan when sourcing for her first series of handbags. For those of you not familiar with obi,
it’s traditionally used as the sash part of a kimono and is tied in a multitude of different knots at the back of the kimono. From what I understand many of which are used to indicate the availability or situation of the female wearer. I was immediately taken with the rich colours and hypnotic hexagons used in the patterns of the obi, and knew a few pieces would be the basis for a clothing DIY. The hard part was choosing the nicest piece of out so many including these
! I decided to make a super simple obi panel skirt, by now you’ll know how much I love skirts
and I think that when you have something as amazing as this piece of obi you don’t want to complicate its presentation.
- a piece of obi fabric
- a black skirt (or a skirt that matches the background of your obi fabric)
- black thread
- A sewing machine
Click below for the full tutorial
Instead of buying a ready made skirt I picked up a super cheap midi length skirt from my local secondhand store (ahem, $1.50) and turned that into a mini. I love to do this because it allows you to choose your perfect length, and in this way this project is also a before & after
, because you all now how much I love a good before & after. You can also just buy one ready made too though.
1. To create the base skirt, I laid a skirt I own over the top of the midi skirt to check the right length, and then cut if off a few inches below to allow for the hem.
2. Iron and then sew the hem to create the perfect length for you.
3. Pin the obi fabric to the front of the skirt, making sure it sits symmetrically, and then sew all the way around the edge. I folded the top edge of the obi fabric over the top of the waistband of the skirt so it looked more complete.
And there you have it. Such a simple way to create a standout garment for your wardrobe. When I wore it to the event you won’t believe how many people wanted one for themselves – the power of the obi no doubt!
Thank you Mischa
for the lovely pieces of fabric!
26th November 2012
I recently made this super cute black and gold lace mini skirt inspired by the Dolce & Gabbana AW12 collection as the second piece in my holiday season wardrobe. So incredibly simple to make and, if you happen to be in the norther hemisphere, perfect worn with tights with a wool coat over the top as you go between (a multitude of) party venues.
Who else to inspire holiday season party attire than Dolce & Gabbana?
- 2m of black lace (I chose some embossed with gold flowers) .
- Black elastic to fit your waist
- Black thread
- A sewing machine or a little bit of time to sew by hand.
Clicky click below to read the tutorial
We are going to make a super simple maxi skirt to start with using an elastic waistband, I’ve done it numerous times on this blog so you should be familiar by now.
1. Cut the fabric to size, roughly maxi length. And then fold over the top edge to create the casing for the waistband.
2. Using your sewing machine or by hand, sew along the edge of the doubled over fabric to secure the waistband casing. Do this for the whole length of fabric.
3. It should look like this.
4. Thread your elastic through the casing. To do this I usually sticky tape one end of the elastic to a chop stick or knitting needle and push it through – not very chic but does the trick!
5. Sew the elastic together to create the waist, and then sew the long seam (the vertical one) together and the hole in the waistband shut.
6. Starting from the side seam, pull the bottom hem of the fabric up and secure it with one handstitch just below the seam of the waistband. Do this 4 or 5 times all the way around so that you pull the skirt up to mini length with a bubble style hem. You want to make sure the pulled sections sit evenly at the front.
Because this skirt can be a little sheer, it’s perfect for a holiday party with friends, as opposed to a corporate party with all your work colleagues and that sleazy dude from the marketing/IT/sales department. To make it a little more work appropriate you could also pop a short black slip underneath, or a bodysuit. I think I’ll wear this to a party next week and belt it with a wide leather belt – simple!
Wearing: DIY Skirt, Country Road top, Zara heels, Karen Walker Sunglasses.