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?
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!
22nd September 2013
Ok so, we need to talk about tartan print. Not your usual tartan either, I’m talking about bag-lady / long-haul-bus-ride-to-Paris / boyfriend-dumps-you-and-you’re-forced-to-vacate-your-flat-within-the-hour tartan print. Even if none of those things ring a bell you’ll be familiar with the huge plastic thrift store tartan bags that at some point in your life you’ll probably use. If you’ve had your eye on fashion month’s streetstyle you’ll have seen modernised tartan print parading the streets, sent out by the likes of Celine and Stella McCartney. There’s no denying that the juxtapositioning of such a cheap print (something that’s imprinted on my mind in only a negative way – even though I use them now and again) with perfect cuts and fabrics is kinda genius (although pretty much a slap in the face for people who are forced to live out of them), but would it be crossing the line to create a DIY using a tartan plastic bag? You can imagine that as soon as I saw the pieces on the runway my mind started reeling, planning all the things I could make out of a $2 bag, but then I stopped – would they actually look good? Or would the whole ‘homage to something iconicly cheap’ just be cheap without the leather, knitted wool and Christine Centenera’s street stomping? Perhaps it’s one of those situations where I should just dive in and make something and see how it feels… I know for a fact that a pair of high heels and some red lipstick can make anything look well, okay, but does that extend to supplies scavenged from under the sink, that can never be ridded of their annoying scrunching noise? Or is this a time to recognise the limitations of DIY?
On the subject of the transformation from bag-lady to lady-with-a-bag (or wrap skirt or whatever), what are your thoughts? To DIY or not to DIY?
If you would make something out of a $2 printed tartan plastic bag, what would it be?