Ever since I posted a few weeks ago about Mexican blankets (sarape/zarape/serape) being a massive summer inspiration for me, my mind has been in overdrive working out what to make out of my own rug. I finally settled on a simple bodycon mini skirt with a side zip, something which will be perfect for summer! For this project I channeled one of my favourite designers, Mara Hoffman, and specifically this amazing pair of shorts I have wanted ever since I saw them last year.
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mara hoffman a pair and a spare

You need: 

  • A Mexican blanket (mine was a table runner!)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • An invisible zip
  • A sewing machine and thread
  • A skirt to use as the pattern (use one that matches the stretch of your fabric – this blanket fabric was quite stiff so I used a leather skirt)
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Steps after the jump!

How to:
1. Cut the blanket in half to make two pieces. Place your mini skirt on top of the two pieces of blanket, ensuring you have a horizontal stripe, and mark with a pen – adding a generous few inches around the edge for the seam.

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2. Trim the tassels off the blanket if there are any. Following the pen mark, cut the skirt panels out of the fabric, trying to line up the stripes of the two panels as much as possible.

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3. Iron the two panels so they are flat. Pin and sew the first side seam an  inch in from the edge of the fabric.
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4. You will then be inserting the invisible zip into the other side seam using a pretty simple method. First stitch the side seam using a long stitch, and then iron the seam open on the inside. Pin the zip into the seam with the right side of the zip facing the seam. Sew the edges of the zip to the seam. Using a seam ripper, open outside of the seam to reveal the zip. Reinforce the rest of the side seam using a shorter stitch.
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5. Open the zip and try on the skirt, making sure that it fits you properly and that you can get in and out of the skirt. Finally, the last thing to do is to finish off the waistband and the hem. To do this, roll the fabric over and then pin and sew the edges using a straight stitch. Make sure for the waistband you fold the fabric over the zip carefully so as to finish it properly.
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And there you have it! This is actually a very simple skirt process that can be made from any fabric you choose. After wearing it a few times I actually added a few darts into the back of the waistband so it sat a little tighter on my hips – everyone is different so just tailor it to your figure. I’ll be answering questions in the comments section so feel free to fire away if you want further info on how to make this.

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I love adding zippers to vintage pieces to create unexpected cut outs and splits, and this gorgeous Maurie and Eve skirt is the perfect example of how this can be done to create a super versatile piece. Adding an exposed zip over the top of a skirt or dress is very simple too!

zip thigh high split
Image: Harper & Harley
(taken by Zanita)


I live in silk shirts, particularly in the cooler months when they are perfect thrown over skinny jeans and layered with chunky knits or jackets. This week I’ll show you how to create some detachable jewelled collar tips – perfect for adding a little something special to your favourite collared shirt.
You need:
tear drop rhinestones in settings
– earring backs
– glue (try Elmers or E6000)
How to:
1. Add some glue to the back of the rhinestones and leave to dry for a few moments so the glue gets tacky.
2. Press the earring backs onto the glue.
3. Leave to dry overnight.
To wear, press the stud into the hole in the seam of the collar and put the earring backs on to secure.  When you take the jewels out simply rub the fabric to get rid of the tidy hole.


I mentioned stacked necks yesterday and couldn’t help but throw this little number together for you to see how easy it is to make some statement neck jewelry for yourself. This is one of those necklaces you can put together, wear a few times and then pull apart and use the chain for something else – how great is it when you can get multiple uses from a material?

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You need:
– Assorted chains in different colours and sizes – choose lightweight ones like mine so your necklace isn’t too heavy.
– A large carabiner
– Extra large jump rings
– Small gold safety pins
Jewelry plyers

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Steps after the break!

How to:

1. Start by threading the ends of your chains onto the jump rings, one jump ring on each end to attach to the carabiner. You may need to double your chains around if you want a shorted necklace like mine.

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2. Use the pins (or small jump rings) to attach the smaller chains onto the jump rings.

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3. Attach all the chains to the jump rings.

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4. Thread the jump rings onto the carabiner. (On a side note, I absolutely love the utility look of the large carabiner, but you can use a smaller one if you want a more subtle style).

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5. Attach the jump rings on the other end of the chains onto the other side of the carabiner to create the necklace.

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To take the necklace on and off, simply open the carabiner, take one side of the chains off and string around your neck – reconnecting the jump rings onto the carabiner at the back. I made sure to lay the carabiner flat agaist the back of my neck so it was comfortable.

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I layered mine with the studded necklace I made here, feel free to mix in pendants, necklaces or anything else you have. Have fun!

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diy multi chain necklace

Wearing: DIY necklace, silk top – my own design

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