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DIY LBD #2 – Gucci Inspired Tassel & Rope Dress

A couple of days ago I posted a few inspiration images for the second in the DIY Little Black Dress series (see here). I fell in love with the black tasseled dresses at the Gucci SS11 show, and so this is my LBD inspired by those oh-so-glamourous styles. I went for a much more subtle style than the original inspiration as you can see.

DIY
There are two parts to this DIY – the making of the basic capsule of the dress, then the addition of rope and tassels. You’ll need a big thrifted black dress and some rope and tassels.

For the Capsule
1. I turned the sack dress inside out, and overlayed a bodycon dress to get the correct shape - then I pinned it where I wanted to take it in.
2. I cut the sleeves off and the hem of the dress quite short.
3. I took the dress in using the sewing machine and also sewed up the hem.
4. I cut the neckline off completely so I had a tube top style with a kind of cut off triangle neckline. Below is the finished capsule of the dress.
I then pinned and hand sewed 40 tassels on each side of the dress, layering them up for a block effect.
I hot glued two strips of rope together and then sewed them onto the neckline – attaching at the back as straps.
Volia!
I must say that this was quite an involved DIY and took me a little bit of time – you could always add tassels and rope straps to a black tube dress or singlet for a more simple project.
(try not to laugh too hard at my lame pose in these pics – these were the only photos of like 10 that were taken that were passable).
Happy DIYing!

Watermelon High Waisted Trouser Love

This is a relaxed wedding outfit for the Thai beach wedding I’m going to this weekend. I have been wanting a pair of bright coloured high waisted, wide leg pants for ages – so I re-used the fabric from this maxi skirt I made for the last wedding I went to and designed these pretty wide leg pants. Outfit pics to come.

white silk singlet with front pocket designed by me, watermelon trousers designed by me, DIY tassel earrings, reiss mesh heels, thrifted envelope clutch.

What’s in my suitcase – Thailand

I’m heading to Thailand for a week and thought I’d show you what I’m taking with me (hope you’re not sick of the ‘whats in my suitcase’ posts yet!). As you can see I tried to get together a few basics for my trip – and then added some key coloured items for a bit of pop. I’ve been designing a few samples for a side project I am working on and am looking forward to giving them a test run on my holiday. I’ll be throwing in a few pairs of bikinis too of course!

DIY white lace cami, A Pair & A Spare lace shorts with cotton waistband, AP&AS white silk singlet with front pocket detail, thrifted white cotton cut out singlet, sample sale soft jersey white tee, whistles denim shorts, AP&AS cobalt blue silk shorts and singlet set with ribbon belt, DIY rug skirt, DIY yellow and pink tie dye kimono, DIY pink mini skirt, AP&AS watermelon high waisted silk trousers, AP&AS red/multicolour high waisted shorts, DIY Jil Sander inspired silk maxi skirt, AP&AS black matte sequin singlet with cotton piping, AP&AS black lace shorts. Ash peep toe perforated heels, reiss mesh heels, river island gladiator flats.