How to DIY a pair of Dries van Noten brocade platforms

DIY Dries Van Noten sequinned brocade platform sandals SS 16


You will need…

Platform sandals

Purple brocade fabric

Red sequins (ideally sequin string)

Needle and thread

Fabric scissors

Stick ‘N’ Stay craft mount

Staple gun

Iron and ironing board




Quite easy

Parts of this project are a bit on the fiddly side but it’s straightforward in principle.



About 2 hours.


To cover the toe straps of your sandals, cut two pieces of fabric with the following dimensions.Method1

Fold each piece along the middle and fold back the seam allowance by 1cm along the sides. Press them with an iron.


Stick them along the toe straps with craft mount and slip stitch the seams together at the back.


Attach the toe straps to the platforms with a few staples at the sides.


Sew or glue on your flower design.


Spray some craft mount onto the sides of the platforms and the straps and cover them completely with fabric.

DIY Dries van Noten brocade platform sandals DIY Dries van Noten brocade platform sandals

The Trends on Thursday – Pompom go

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I rather fancy I have two genuinely legitimate reasons to be rocking these DIY dangling pompom earrings:

    1. Christmas is  just around the corner (in real terms – yes, I said it!) and the various inexplicable novelty rituals that  we observe year-in-year-out in its honour aren’t just socially acceptable but a contractual obligation.
    2. Pompoms have edged their way back into fashion as a subtle yet stylish way to add the idiosyncratic character associated with quirky craft trims, while staying inside the line of good taste.
pompom go


So, really, it’s only fair that I should share a quick tutorial with you for getting this simple yet bold look. 

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Quaint as folk – a quick DIY tutorial for making fringed shoes

Put some swish in your step with a touch of fringing.

You will need…

DIY tools you will need

Tip: use a scalpel with a fresh blade, as it’s likely to be at its sharpest.

Not pictured

T-strap sandals




Very easy

In the interests of safety, it helps to be dexterous with a scalpel and glue gun. However, this is basically an easy, straightforward, what-you-see-is-what-you-get project.



About an hour.


Get your fringe on


Decide on a design and cut out the shapes you want to use, making sure they’re symmetrical and consistent on both shoes.Method2 Cut the shapes into fringing with slits about 2mm apart (eyeball it!).Method3

Glue the pieces on top of one another, then stick them underneath the t-straps.

DIY fringed sandals

It really is that simple!


The Trends on Thursday – Crafty Chic

Vogue might have heralded a trend of larger-than-life (and than your average) statement earrings for 2016 but within that prediction I noticed more than a casual leaning towards the DIY side. Exhibit 1: chains at Alexander Wang; Exhibit 2: pompoms at Prada; Exhibit 3: big beads at Salvatore Ferragamo. It doesn’t take a genius – or indeed an obsessed craft hoarder (not that anyone in particular springs to mind regarding the latter!) – to see what these delights have in common. Sure, it’s a look that goes back to basics on the craft front with earrings you could put together in minutes and countless excuses to get trigger-happy with a glue gun, but on an aesthetic level there is more to it than that. To make the look work, it takes a vision of organic spontaneity that means getting your hands dirty in a bead shop until you’ve found the right piece, or agonising over the chain that would do your vision justice after you woke up with the brainwave of introducing chain links in fluid drop earring form. Vision is definitely what it takes to pull off this look, along with attention to detail, a touch of skill, a generous amount of time and, of course, love but it’s definitely worth the outing if you succeed. With this in mind, I thought I’d help you out with a few pointers on how to get some of my favourite looks from the trend.

Wedge of glory – How to DIY a Jimmy Choo Notion Tricolor Wedge Sandal

Unfortunately, owing to technical difficulties and lack of hours at my disposal I’ve been unable to upload the video tutorial for the DIY that these beauties inspired:

Jimmy Choo Notion Tricolor Wedge Sandal

Tune in soon to find out what a pair of platform sandals and some faux wood adhesive paper have in common (clue: the following picture).

DIY Jimmy Choo Notion Tricolor Wedge Sandal

The Trends on Thursday – Bold Shoulder

2016’s shoulder-exposing trend is ‘bare’ gorgeous!

If the spring 2016 trends of ornate romanticism and gluttony for glitter lie stubbornly outside your budget, creative remit or indeed taste, let me whet your crafty appetite with the Vogue-endorsed bare shoulder trend. Shrugging away the shoulders of an old or second-hand frock is easy, quick and needn’t even cost anything, so I thought I’d share some suggestions for getting on board with the trend the DIY way. You’re very welcome!

Brooch the subject – How to DIY a Prada floral crystal brooch

Blooming brilliance to brighten up any outfit.brooch the subject


You will need…

DIY tools

N.B. You want the PVC to be as thick as possible.




While it helps to be dexterous with a scalpel on PVC, this is one of my quicker, more straightforward tutorials. Whoever said you can’t get the look of vibrant opulence without keeping it simple?


About 2 hours.

Badge it up

Use this template (simply copy, paste and print it)…




…to trace a flower shape into both pieces of PVC and cut them out with a scalpel.


Punch holes where you want the ends of your brooch clasp to go on the top layer. Decide where you want the bottom layer to go, place it underneath so that it overlaps but is not completely covered by the top layer, mark where the holes should go to match the top layer, remove the bottom layer and punch the holes.


Paint over the two flowers with clear nail polish or resin to harden and thicken the material.


Stick the two layers together with craft mount, making sure the holes are aligned. Undo the clasp on the brooch and put the two ends through each hole – you might need to widen the holes with the scalpel and coax the two ends through. Fasten the brooch.

DIY prada crystal floral brooch

DIY prada crystal floral brooch

Not another hanging branch clothes rail tutorial!

Branching out into DIY rustic chic. 

For those of you who have wondered where I’ve been of late I’m now ready to break my silence on why things have been so quiet over the past month. My recent move has been a roadblock-ridden, time-consuming nightmare (though I fancy I’ve become quite the expert on wall fixtures and light fittings in the process) but undeniably worth it in my fabulous new 19th century maisonette flat.

I thought I’d share my method because,  while my imagination was captured by the rustic DIY hanging branch idea, I struggled to find a tutorial that gave the specifics, like the type of rope you needed (although I found plenty that used chain), so after consulting with my trusted sources, I thought I’d share the experience so that you too can get the look. For the branch, I’d recommend whitewash paint. I also threw in a few sprinklings of Fimo gold powder.

Expect many a home DIY project to come your way, as well as my usual fashion fare. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some other details from my glamorous new pad.


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A photo posted by Charley H (@chiccheatcharley) on

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The Trends on Thursday – How to upcycle a blouse ‘cold-shoulder-style’

What springs to mind when one thinks of shoulder-centred fashion? The distinctive padded power-dressing silhouette? Military chic epaulettes? Bare-shouldered bandeau tops or Bardot necklines? Well, this season takes a less-is-more approach with the current cold shoulder cut, hence the inspiration behind this quick, simple DIY fix for making a tired old blouse or top on trend for 2015-2016. Here’s to hoping shoulder patchwork is the next seasonal trend so your new creations can be brought up to speed once again in the near future!

What to make of the Spring 2016 Paris Fashion Week shows

The final stop of the top fashion capitals didn’t disappoint in the DIY inspiration department.

Paris. where fashion’s wildest dreams are famously woven gave me plenty of inspiration for my wardrobe and workshop alike – so much so that I came up with not one, not even two but three collages of DIY ideas.

First stop was at Chanel which, while it’s usually among the most high-profile and talked about shows at Paris Fashion Week, this time it excelled itself in craft-worthy ideas to the point where I had to make my own DIY collage.

Elsewhere, there was plenty to work with in the way of DIY and customising ideas including dramatic lace trims at Dior and Céline, sumptuous satin bows at Lanvin, African beading and fringing at Valentino and – my personal favourite – floral cross-stitched wellies at Saint Laurent (festival season’s sadly over for this year but as a sure-fire statement to get ahead of the curve for next festival season, you can’t get the cross stitch kits and craft mount out too soon).

If DIY isn’t your idea of fun – perchance the very sight of a sewing machine fills you with dread – there’s still plenty to choose from to get the Paris Spring 2016 look, from brooches at Chanel (again) and Loewe to beady belts (i.e. a new lease of life for an old or second-hand necklace). Also, brace yourselves for some cascading cobra chain coming to many a fashionable wrist near you if the editorial endorsement of Loewe’s bracelets is anything to go by for next season.

So there you have it – PFW projects for every occasion and ability level. What would you make of it all?

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