11th July 2014
Ok so despite the torrential rain (that anti rain dance wasn’t worth the trouble), Glastonbury was a seriously fantastic weekend. But more on that later! One thing I noticed while I was there was the dominance of a few key ‘festival dressing’ trends. One which sort of surprised me was the proliferation of the mermaid/ sea punk theme – there was seriously miles of blue and pink hair on display and flat backed pearls applied to faces like it was nobody’s business. Another trend which I have to say I was getting amongst myself was the kimono one – not so practical in half a foot of mud but that sure didn’t stop me or any other girl! Being a lover of kimonos ourselves, last week I created this no sew one (you got a glimpse of the BTS here during my week with Ferragamo) – perfect for those of you a bit scared of the thought of a needle and thread. It’s available in two prints so there’s something for everyone, and is Glastonbury festival tested so what more could you want?
- 1 floral scarf
- Black fringe
- 50 x large gold prong studs
- 50 x gold metal backing plates
Instead of sewing you’re going to be using round prone studs to attach the fringe and create the arms, we were excited while we were creating these because it really is such a simple method!
1. Iron the piece of fabric and fold it in half lengthways.
2. Measure approximately 60cm (24″) from either ends of the fabric and mark it clearly with a pin or chalk. You will be attaching the sides together to create sleeves while the middle section will be open and act as the body of the kimono. The fringe will go all the way along from end to end, but in the middle section it will only be attached to the bottom side of the fabric.
3. Place the fringe along the edge of the double up edge of fabric.
4. Using the round prong studs, start pressing them through at 3cm (a little more than 1 inch) intervals, sandwiching both sides of the fabric together.
5. When you are closing the prongs, add one of the ‘blanks’ into the back so it locks the fabric in and then press the prongs down.
6. When you get to the 60cm (24 in) point where you marked with pins, continue to attach the fringe all the way along but only to the underside of the fabric rather than both.
Volia! Alanna from Wander & Hunt and I are loving it!
Photos by lovely Marion Tessier
21st November 2013
There’s no denying that this season the 90’s grunge mood has taken hold, I find myself climbing into my quilted leather jacket every chance I get (my mum recently commented ‘Ooo that’s very lairy‘ – not quite what I was going for but anyway), and can’t wait to pair it with some DIYed tartan (more on that later). Of course, it wouldn’t be grunge without chain and studs, but sometimes you also want a bit of sparkle, particularly at this time of year. Enter the studded box chain necklace, another of my DIY kits, which combines a touch of punk, with a subtle nod to the holiday season! Read on to see how to make it yourself.
or buy the kit here.
1. Start by measuring the right length of box chain and shortening if required (do this by opening the links using plyers). Then find the middle point by folding it in half. Using the skewer, use place some glue on the top of the chain on the middle link.
2. Add the stud bead and press down. Continue this all the way around, leaving equal gaps between the studs.
3. Turn the chain over so the studs are pointing down and then add the rhinestones in a similar way with the skewer and glue to the top side, placing them above the studs.
4. Once you have finished adding the rhinestones, open up each end of the box chain using plyers.
5. Add the jump ring to one end and close shut, and the jump ring and clasp to the other end and close shut.
Top photo by Sabrina Sikora
15th November 2013
I recently hosted a series of intimate workshops with 7 For All Mankind here in Hong Kong, where we embellished bowties and collars using studs, rhinestones and all manner of other adornments. It was so much fun, and I loved that the bow ties and collars were designed using scrap denim from their factory. Yay for reuse and refashion! It was especially lovely to meet so many other DIY addicts from around Hong Kong and share trade secrets about the best places for DIY material hunting – I can’t wait to do more of these events in the future. Hope you enjoy the recap!
Thank you to the 7 For All Mankind team for having me!