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DIY FRINGED CLUTCH (FROM SCRATCH!)

There’s just something about long fringed accessories that makes me want to dance, I guess it’s the texture and movement they bring to an outfit. So I thought it fitting for my third project as part of the Kookai ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ campaign to integrate a touch of this ever so now (and DIYable) trend in the form of a super simple leather clutch (made from scratch). Is it wrong that this bag makes me want to shimmy down the street?

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Wearing: Top and jeans by Kookai

You need:

You can buy a bunch of leather making supplies here in this kit, perfect for getting started on your leather accessory career!

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How to:

1. Cut your leather to size, mine was roughly A3 paper sized, and then fold it in half.  Then you’re going to start hole punching down both open sides of the leather. I did my holes pinkie finger distance apart. You want them close as these holes are going to be threaded with leather and will hold your bag together.

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2. This is what both sides will look like.

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2. Now cut your cord to size, mine was roughly 60cm (24 inches) long and I used 3o on each side.

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3. Using a pin or a seam ripper, fold your cord in half and press the folded end of it through both holes.

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4. Loop the cord and pull it tight so it secures the two layers together.

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5. Do that all the way along.

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6. Once you’ve done both sides of the bag it should look like this.

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7. Then, fold the top over to close the bag and away you go!

clutch

Voila!

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This post is in collaboration with Kookai for the Make Your Own Sunshine campaign.

Outfit photos by Marion Tessier

DIY ALEXANDER WANG INSPIRED BRALETTE

As some of you will have noticed I’m going through a bit of a bralette / crop top phase (DIY ones here and here), worn under blazers with high waisted skirts or palazzo trousers. As soon as I saw this amazing Alexander Wang style on Nicole Richie I knew it was something I would have to try to make myself. Trouble was, I had no idea where to start. I ended up taking an afternoon out and playing around until I got it (kinda) right. There was a lot of trial and error, particularly getting the cup shape jussssst so, but I think it worked out ok! Although, before you ask, clearly not the sort of thing you would wear to a job interview…

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

You need:

  • Some black fabric, I used fabric that was like thin neoprene, good for giving you support and also great because you don’t have to hem the edges if you don’t want to (yay!).
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Template

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

How to:

1. Start by making the cups of your top. Below you can see a very simple template of the left cup (print to scale on A4 paper). For each cup you will make a two triangles with curved sides. Once you sew the curved edges together you will get the rounded cup shape.  The template has been made to fit my size which is why I would suggest you print it out and play around with some scraps of fabric before committing to a shape. Everyone is different so once you’ve made it using scraps trim the cups or make then bigger depending on your requirements. The dotted lines show where you will pin them together.

A Pair and A Spare bralette template

2.   Create two sets of these. Note that the template above is for the left cup, so for the right cup you should turn the template onto the wrong side and trace that onto your fabric so your cups end up being mirror images of each other. Then cut the base fabric to suit, matching to the width of your back.

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

3. Pin the curved edges together.

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

4. Sew together.

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

5. Pin and then sew the cups to the top edges of the base fabric.

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

6. It should (hopefully) look like this.

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

7. Then sew the elastic on as the straps, matching to the right size of my shoulders. I sewed the elastic all the way down the sides of the triangles onto the base fabric so it gave extra lift.

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

8. The final step is to secure the back. I used an exposed zip to do this, pinning to the outside of the fabric and sewing down.

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

Voila! You may have noticed I didn’t sew the edges of the triangles, I didn’t have to because of the fabric I used (great for lazy people like me!), but if you use fabric that frays more I would definitely hem the edges. Just remember to add a little more around the edges of your triangles when you are cutting them to allow for this.

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

As with any cropped piece like this that shows a lot of skin, I like to pair it with a longer skirt or a slouchy blazer to play down the look so it’s not so in your face. Happy DIYing!

First and last images by Sabrina Sikora.

DIY CELINE INSPIRED TRIO BAG

I can’t begin to explain how many bits and pieces I seem to carry around with me, a ‘what’s in my bag’ post would either have to be highly edited (which they usually are – notice no one includes scrunched up receipts, knotted hair ties or tampax on their lists) or at least ten frames long.  In homage to my love of bags with loads of pockets, I recently went about making a little shoulder bag, complete with triple pocket detail inspired by the Celine Trio Bag I’ve been lusting over for quite some time. Perfect for organising your life into little slotted purses! Or, if you’re like me, stuffing until overflowing.
DIY Celine Inspired Trio Bag
DIY Celine Inspired Trio Bag

You need:

  • 3 small zipped pouches. Mine were simple suede ones I picked up for a steal.
  • 6 snap buttons
  • Thread matching the colour of your bag
  • A needle
  • A length of flat gold curb chain
  • A strap of some sort, either off the pouches themselves or handmade out of similar material.
  • Optional tools include beading plyers and a multi hole punch (I didn’t end up using them).

Not wanting to completely replicate the Celine version, I created a gold chain strap which I think worked quite well, feel free to experiment with the type of strap you use!

DIY Celine Inspired Trio Bag

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