Giving it some Givenchy with an old shirt, vintage scarf and fabric offcuts.
Here’s a DIY-scapade I thought I’d share with you, both to whet your creative appetites and show you that if you keep hold of old scarves, fabrics and clothes (and find yourself coveting a £1200 Givenchy blouse worn by Rihanna and Fergie) you never know what creatively motivated rewards you may reap. Both the aforementioned stars stepped out in the Givenchy boxy paisley printed check blouse (okay, RiRi’s was the bomber jacket version but picky picky!) and I wanted in – to be in a geometric vintage silky piece de resistance, that is!
In principle, the method’s straightforward but it does have some fiddly bits and requires a lot of patience (as well as mild hoarder tendencies like I have!)
Sadly, this one’s a long’un requiring a lot of neat hand stitching, namely the slip stitch.
You will need…
A black blouse and…
Tailor’s chalk or gel pen
Ruler, patternmaster or graded setsquare
Blue fabric paint (make sure it’s intended for dark fabrics)
Iron all your Bondaweb onto the wrong side of your scarf (where applicable) and satin fabric.
Pin your pattern paper to the back of your shirt and trace the outline.
Unpin your shirt and, referring to the original, trace out some similar geometric designs or whichever shapes you wish to use for your DIY version. You may want to use a ruler, patternmaster or graded setsquare, which will also come in useful for giving your pieces a 1cm seam allowance. Otherwise, you can use a fine pen of tailor’s chalk pencil to trace out your pieces and cut closely around them.
Make sure you’re clear as to which pieces are meant for your satin and which are meant for you scarf (label them if necessary).
Cut your pieces out, fold the seam allowance back on itself and iron it in place. If your seam allowance is 1cm then eyeball it, like I did, otherwise, fold along the lines you traced.
Hint: Bondaweb glue can get quite messy when ironed, so try to press with the edge of your iron and keep to the edge of the fabric, away from the adhesive.
Iron your pieces in place and slip stitch the edges down. You might want to use your pins to get your placing exact.
…And there you have it:
You can use some blue or navy fabric paint for dark backgrounds to get the same subtle navy patterns that the original has, if you want some extra real McCoy authenticity.