A versatile wardrobe staple, Tommy Hilfiger’s metallic star booties added just the right balance of glamour and Ziggy Stardust-era rock chic to capture the imagination of fashion insiders. And so, while these booties had celebrities and editors alike in raptures and I wanted in on the action, so I got crafting.
You will need…
Black suede or suedette ankle boots
Red enamel paint
4-6 squares (about 20x20cm) of differently-coloured metallic fabric – ideally leather or faux leather
Car body filler
Craft mount (I recommend Crafter’s Companion Stick ‘n’ Stay)
Felt tip pen (or something for sketching on the back of fabric)
Sculpting the heels can be fiddly but apart from that, it’s pretty straightforward.
About 5 hours.
The tutorial in full
Trace out as many star shapes as you can on the back of your metallic fabric – if you need to – and cut out the star shapes.
Use your car body filler to sculpt the heel. I find that the best way of tackling it is to lie the shoe on its back, mix a generous dollop of body filler and slather it into a rounded shape the top of the heel, holding it in place about halfway down with the flat plastic applicator provided, until it dries. Then mix a second batch of body filler and repeat the process. Mix a tiny bit more filler and apply it with your palette knife to smooth down the sides. Once you’ve made your wavy heels, paint them with red enamel paint. I’d recommend two coats so that it’s completely opaque.
Once the enamel paint has dried, stick the stars in place with craft mount.
A five minute project to wrap things up!
I have two things to thank for coming up with this straightforward, charity-shop-friendly DIY project: the wrap top above and this viral vest video – and several permutations thereof – that’s been doing the rounds recently.
The process lends itself to all abandoned shirts needing a new home – like, say, your wardrobe – from sheer blouses to Hawaiian patterned horrors from yester-decade (hypothetically speaking, at least). Mine was done on a chiffon blouse, procured from a charity shop for the agreeable price of £2.50.
The diaphanous nature of the fabric meant that I wasn’t happy with using fray check to finish the edges, so I folded the edge back and machine-sewed a zigzag hemming stitch (this does make the project a little more time-consuming to finish but thankfully not much).
While statement sunglasses – not forgetting a particularly ubiquitous Dior offering- might have been ruling the roost in the must-have item stakes, Style.com assures us that super-sized earrings are the statement piece-du-jour on the fashion week street style circuit. It’s a daring feat for a bold statement; pulling off massive hoop earrings and drawing attention to the ear, as an erogenous zone, are both a challenge. However, the instant potential to dress up the most effortlessly casual of outfits with these earrings makes them worth the investment – and worth the effort if you’re making your own.
You will need…
* You need flower beads, peach faceted beads and peach faceted drop beads.
2 fish hook earring fastenings
This was more challenging than I expected; I’d say it required moderate technical skills and a lot of care and manual dexterity, otherwise it could get very messy.
Just a drop or two…
Cut out two large circle shapes out of fibreglass, with two cut out circles inside them, near the top.
Pierce some holes along the bottom of each shape and one at the top. Thread some short strands of wire through each one.
Mix some resin and hardener and douse the fibreglass with it. Paint some brown blotches of varying thickness to give the fibreglass a tortoiseshell effect.
Attach the beads and hooks by threading each wire though each bead or fish hook and twisting them together with the pliers so that they’re secured.
Glue the flower beads and diamantés in place.
A tasselly ten-minute tutorial inspired by the statement clutch trend.
For my midweek entry I thought I’d share a quick but striking one with you inspired by Georgina Skalidi’s fringed RAF clutch.
A bit of Acne action, my inspiration for figuring out how one cuts shapes that don’t gape into a top, bodysuit or swimsuit came from this cool top I snapped from Stylist magazine and embedded, semi-scrapbook-style. Here’s the top again in black:
As I say with many projects of mine, it is said purely in the interests of back-covering and avoiding presumption as to how easy you’re likely to find it. It’s straightforward but like so many projects of this ilk a degree of manual dexterity is required.
Making the cut
Put the top on a mannequin so that you can fit it easily and accurately.
Cut out the shape you want for your design; you might want to draw it first. Bear in mind that the shape is likely to be at least slightly warped in the process so keep it simple.
For a snug. non-gaping fit, do a loose tacking stitch with a needle and thread about half a centimetre from the edge (eyeball it!) and pull it until it’s ‘skin-tight.’
Pin some bias binding along the inside of the shape and sew it in place along the outer edge.
Leaving loads of excess thread at both ends, stitch along the inside edge with the longest stitch your machine will do. Pull the thread tightly so that the bias binding ruches, easing the ruching along the binding so that it’s consistent throughout the shape.
And there you have it. This process also works with bodysuits and swimsuits.
While I’ve been busy and feeling short on ideas, I couldn’t wait to use my fleeting window of spare time to celebrate the New York Pride March and the Supreme Court ruling to legalise same-sex marriage across America with some DIY-inclined odes to rainbows. #LoveWins – not only that but it can weather the storm of prejudice while leaving a beautiful horizon of rainbows. It was momentous, it was historic and the world is still on a high celebrating pride so why not show your colours in appreciation?
Get the cream of the cat eye trend in a simple 10-minute DIY.
Fendi Galassia Marble Block Sunglasses (see more see through sunglasses)
You will need…
Nail polish (including black nail polish)
Resin and hardener
Pencil and fine-tipped marker pen
I’m saying this mostly in the name of covering myself – it helps to be reasonably dexterous but there’s nothing especially challenging.
10-20 minutes (excluding resin drying time)
Give me one good resin…
You will need…
NB: You can also use flat clip-on earrings.
A very quick, very straightforward project that just needs a little dexterity with wire and pliers.
About 20 minutes.
Get totally wired…
…and there you have it!
A tepid start to the summer inspired me to combine spring pastel hues with warm gold tones rather than going the whole full-colour hog, and to pick a few practical pieces for changeable weather that are as snug as they are summery. So, if you like your colour palette peachy with a pop of gold, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite for DIY.
Try the laser cut jewellery trend for an intricate yet easy statement piece.
Soomin – Star Necklace Lasercut (see more toggle necklaces)
You will need…
*Leather can be faux if your budget or indeed moral stance requires it.
**The silver leaf in question is made by Fimo and can be purchased here.
Eyelet hole puncher
This one’s basically straightforward; you just have to be reasonably dexterous with a scalpel and not mind getting a little messy.
2-3 hours (3 if you include lacquer drying time).
Mesh things up a bit…
Cut the following shape out in leather or faux leather:
Spray on a layer of clear lacquer, cover the collar in silver leaf and spray another layer of clear lacquer over it to fix it in place. If the silver leaf tears, use the top side of your fingernails or the handle of your scalpel to smooth it down while wet.
Leave the collar to dry. Once it has dried, use your scalpel to cut away the excess silver leaf, leaving you with a fully covered silver collar.
Punch a hole at either end. Using your pliers, open a jump ring, put it through the hole and the clasp and close the ring. Repeat this process with the chain at the other end.