10th December 2014
If there’s one time of year it’s acceptable, nay, required, to wear a tulle skirt, it’s the holiday season. And yes, although my daily uniform isn’t usually as girly as this, there’s nothing better than dressing a little special sometimes – the best accompaniment to lunchtime drinking and awkward secret santas! For this project I used a similar method to the classic circle skirt created many moons ago here, just made it a bit longer. Super easy, trust me.
Wearing: DIY skirt, Cos T-shirt, Boda Skins Jacket, Tony Bianco Heels
- 5 meters (5.5 yards) of tulle fabric
- 3 (3.3 yards) meters of lining fabric
- thick elastic
- measuring tape
- sewing machine
1. First you will need to do some maths to work out your waist radius.
Take your hip measurement in inches and divide by 6.28. This will give you your waist radius. You also want to decide on the length of your skirt. We wanted to use the full length of the fabric so ours was 33″ (84cm) long.
2. Fold your tulle in half and pin along the tom and bottom edge so that the two layers stay n place.
3. On the folded edge of your fabric, mark your waist radius measurement from the top point of the fabric.
4. Pivot from the corner, marking the point as you spin towards the top edge of the fabric. Continue until you have created half a circle.
5. Repeat the same pivot technique to mark the the length of the skirt. Once you have finished marking the shape, it should look something like this.
6. Make sure the two layers of tulle lay flat and then simply cut along the marked points to create a smooth curve.
7. Cut around the skirt hem line aswell.
8. You will be left with the shape of the skirt. Repeat this process for another layer of tulle and one layer of lining.When you open up your fabric, you will have a circle in the centre of your fabric where your waistband will go.
9. Pin both your layers of tulle and lining together.
10. On your sewing machine, sew a baste stitch 1cm from the edge in a wider stitch length.
11. DO NOT back stitch and remember to leave an inch between your starting and ending point.
12. Pull the bobbin thread (the underneath one) and watch the skirt begin to gathers. Gather the skirt evenly to meet your original hip measurement.
13. Take your thick elastic and stretch it around your waist. Then sew the elastic together with a 1cm seam allowance to form a loop.
14. Turn your skirt inside out so that the lining is facing outwards. Pin the elastic waistband on the inside against the tulle just beneath your baste stitch. Pin the elastic on sparsely at equal distances so that you can stretch it as you sew to create the fitted waistband.
Remember to stretch the elastic as you sew just under the baste stitch line. After you have finished, turn the skirt back around and the elastic should be hidden.
This is how happy you’ll feel!
Outfit photos by Nicola Lemmon
10th December 2014
In round two of dishing up *free* holiday cheer, Jasmine and I have created some very very pretty printables for you to give to your loved ones – or yourself! In other words EVERYONNNNNESSSSSS GETTTINNNG CAAAAARRRDDS! (said in Oprah voice). These are a particular favourite because, as I’m sure you’re aware (from this post), I’m alll about the card. The cards we’ve created can be used for a range of festive events – let’s just say for me poppin’ bottles is something that should apply every weekend!
Download the cards here (there’s one sneaky surprise card included which we know you’re going to LOVE!). And check out the free gift tags here. When you’re making them, one thing we would recommend is that you use a light cardboard, which can usual be loaded into your printer – this will give them that luxe feel! Also make sure to snip off the edge lines that we’ve added to show you where the card starts and ends.
Ps. We’ve been absolutely loving seeing you all using the printables on your gifts, make sure to tag Jas and I (@jasminedowling and @apairandaspare) on instagram so we can check out your wrapping and card skills!
Photos by Nicola Lemmon.
8th December 2014
Let’s be honest, Christmas decorations and I haven’t always gotten along. Even though I’m not a minimalist per say, I can’t help but squirm when I am exposed to the riot of clashing colour and excess that seems to be the decoration approach of choice of most shopping malls. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about Christmas, but sometimes wish there was a more subtle colour palette and elegance when it comes to decorations. Enter the Himmeli. A traditional decoration from Finland, this is something I came across a few years ago and loved for their simplicity, clean lines and somehow non-denomination feel (at least to me). Trust the scandos to totally nail the Christmas deco! The thing I love about these ornaments is that thankfully they’re not something you’ll want to hide as soon as the holiday season is over, chances are they’ll suit everything about your home all through the year. Finally, ornaments you can keep up whether it’s Christmas or Diwali!
If you love these as much as we do, why not pop over to the shop and pick up your own, you can choose to make them yourself or we’ll make them for you!
Oh and for those of you who don’t receive my emails, we’re going to be sending out another Himmeli design this week in the newsletter, so click here and sign up to make sure you’re in the know.
- 12 brass tubes
- Leather cord or twine
1. Cut a piece of cord roughly 1 metre long (40 inches) . Start by threading three brass tunes onto your leather cord.
2. Tie the first three together into a triangle.
3. Add two more tubes to create a diamond shape.
4. Add one more piece of tube coming out to one side. Create one more of these shapes.
5. Place the tubes on top of each other and tie the points together.
6. Finish the shape by tying the loose tubes to the opposite corner.
Photos by Nicola Lemmon
5th December 2014
There’s nothing better at this time of year than a statement bag at your side while you paint the town red (and gold!). We’ve noticed everywhere a trend towards statement accessories that have a certain off duty feel, and when we found these embellishments we knew it was time to create something of our own. It was seriously easy!
- a black clutch
- studded hardware pieces
- piece of curb chain
- 2 x large jump rings
1. Using pliers open a large jump ring.
2. Attach the jump ring to one end of your chain.
3. Attach the jump ring and chain onto the middle section of the piece of hardware.
4. Attach the other piece of hardware and jump ring on the other end of the chain. This is going to be your feature piece.
5. Apply some glue to the back of one of the pieces of hardware.
6. Decide where you want the piece of hardware to go and stick it onto the front of the clutch.
7. Leave enough space for the chain to hang down nicely and glue the other piece of hardware onto the other side.
Outfit photos by Marion Tessier