DIY PRINTED TRIM MINI SKIRT

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Being addicted to all things tribal, printed and mini I recently collaborated with College Fashion in making this embellished mini skirt that channels the bang-on-trend Aztec/tribal vibe that I love so much (check this out if you don’t believe me!). At the risk of sounding like a broken record, for this project I took a little inspiration from one of my favourite Sass & Bide collections, a few pieces from which you can see below. Same same, but different.
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I had a somewhat blah black thrifted skirt in my closet that I thought would be the perfect base for this project – and knew that with a little imagination I could make it something I would want to wear all the time come summer.
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You need: 
– A skirt – check out your local thrift or dollar stores.
– Around 2 metres of embroidered trim
– A needle and thread (or sewing machine)
Scissors

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How to: 
1. To create the basic mini skirt, I shortened the longer skirt to mini length. To do this, measure the appropriate length by using a skirt you already wear as a guide for cutting.
2. Hem the skirt by rolling the fabric over and sewing down.
3. Cut two pieces of trim to match the length all the way around of the hem and waistband. If you want you can use a lighter to lightly singe the trim so it doesn’t fray.
4. Hand sew (or use a sewing machine) to attach the printed trim to the waistband and the hem – sewing both edges to secure. Update: For the top piece I located the edges of the embroidered trim on either side of the back zip, and for the bottom piece I overlapped the trim and sewed  it down on the left hand side.
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And there you have it, all done! A perfectly chic, on-trend and inexpensive mini skirt which will take you into spring without so much as a backwards glance.

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Wearing: DIY Mini skirt | H&M t-shirt | Karen Walker Sunglasses | Mango Boots | Locally Designed Rings | DIY Bell Bracelets
On another note, I’m speaking next week on my favourite subject of reworked clothing and before & after  projects at a conference for Redress. Looking forward to it.
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DIY INSPIRATION – HEEL HARNESSES

I’ve been busy scouting for shoe inspiration for a few projects I’m doing at the moment, and these heel harnesses that I spied on Pip Edwards (accessories designer at Sass & Bide) over at Harper’s BAZAAR Australia had my jaw to the floor. ‘Love at first sight’ doesn’t cut it. Update: I’m told via instagram that these harnesses are indeed Sass & bide.

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DIY ISABEL MARANT RENELL JEANS

I’ve been lusting over these Isabel Marant ‘Renell’ jeans for over a year now, and I recently stumbled across a number of DIY projects that you could use to make your own. I found two different ways to make them – take your pick! You can use the printable pattern for the Aztec design which you can find over at Semi blog here

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I found this tutorial over at The Fashion Worshiper

1. Print out the patterns below onto iron-on transfer paper.
2. Cut the patterns out and then iron onto the jeans – making sure to line up the seam properly.
3.Go over the top of the pattern with puff paint. This also gives the pattern more definition.

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I found another way you could do it over at Desde Tenerife Con Amor.

1. Print out the pattern below and stick to thin cardboard – then carefully cut out the black sections using a stanley knife.
2. Place the stencil onto the jeans and use a sponge/brush to transfer black fabric paint onto the jeans in the shape of the stencil.
3. Use a small brush to handpaint the apricot coloured sections of the pattern.
4. Then use puff paint to fill in the other coloured accents of the pattern.
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DIY INSPIRATION – COLOUR BLOCKED TROUSERS

Trend for summer – pointed pumps that match the (DIYed) colour blocking of your silk trousers. Done and done.

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Images: Pip Edwards via Harper’s BAZAAR Australia, Jenna Lyons via Tommy Ton

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