Having been away enjoying the Easter weekend sunshine, I thought I’d share my latest project with you: turning a cassette tape into a neat little guitar pick holder.
With Coachella already upon us and the main festival season on the horizon it’s time to sort out that all-important festival wardrobe. I’ve put together a set of four easy-to-DIY festival outfits with some quick hints on how to make them.
Rock ‘n’ roll
You will need
NB: Make absolutely sure the gauze sheet is bigger than the photo frame – check sizes against each other or dimensions online. I didn’t and lived to regret it.
One of the easiest, least time consuming projects to date – happy days!
About an hour. Mine took longer, due to technical difficulties (more on that later) but they’re easily avoidable.
Ear(ring) we go…
Staple the gauze to the back of the frame. Staple along the sides and close to the inside edge, so that they are ‘sealed’ without any gaping holes.
Once again, it is imperative that the gauze sheet is bigger than the frame – you might need to overbuy size-wise. Mine wasn’t and I had to use some filler along the edges, which proved time-consuming and compromised the overall design.
Staple the picture hanging wire securely in the middle of the top of the frame – unless, of course, your frame already has one, in which case you don’t have to worry your pretty head about this stage!
Tonight we’re drizzling from the bottle! Get as many colours of nail polish as you can (I never get round to wearing mine so I had several colours left over from the past few years – I literally had a lot to work with!) and pour them in wavy linear lines all over the frame.
As I’ve stated in a previous post, when I heard that poolside glamour was going to be the signature look of the summer, clumpy pool slides were the last thing to cross my mind. How uncanny, then, that Céline’s shoe-du-jour is exactly that, albeit in finest patent leather, python and crepe fabric. Trainers are keeping in with the theme of comfort but in a way that’s far removed from the modesty of normcore; they’re embellished, metallic panelled and patched in multicolour tweeds. Be inspired, be very inspired.
I made a headband with a painterly floral style inspired by Christian Louboutin’s Loubibow flower clutch.
I have loads of bags and thought I’d do something different with the Christian Louboutin’s painterly take on florals.
For my headband you will need…
For the paint effects
It’s technique-led but generally straightforward and quick.
For the headband/ bow
Satin can be difficult and painstaking to work with, as it’s so slippery, so I’d call it moderately challenging.
3-4 hours – you could probably complete the project in an evening.
A bow in bloom
Cut four pieces of satin, measuring 40cm in length using the following pattern:
Take two pieces and pin them together with the right sides (the shiny ones) facing each other and the wrong sides (the matte ones) facing outwards. Sew all of the sides together – with the stitches 1cm from the edge – apart from the narrow ones at the tip.
Cut away some (not all) of the excess fabric around the stitching with one layer slightly wider than the other, forming a ‘step’ effect.
Repeat the process with the remaining two pieces of satin.
Cut out the elastic section of the headband and feed the tips inside the non-stitched edges of the two pieces. Top stitch them as close to the edge as possible.
If you’re making the bow for a bag, now would be the time to attach the pieces to the flap or front.
Now for the paint effects! I used two techniques for this; the first one involves dipping your paintbrush in silk paint, dabbing it with a tissue so that it’s dry but the paint is still intact and flicking it in a quick streak so that it tapers off.
The other technique involves allowing your brush to get a bit dirty by using numerous colours or not completely cleaning them away before adding more paint. This allows different coloured paint to build up along the bristles. Use the whole length of the bristles, place them flat on the fabric and roll the brush to help them blend.
My birthday celebrations (plural intended – the Queen has nothing on me!) ended with a leisurely weekend on the south coast. So, did that mean I was going to slack off with blog projects? Why, heavens, no! I used some spare time over the previous week crocheting a DIY Stella McCartney black intarsia lipstick jumper with the exact same method as this project that you might remember – only working from a different design, obviously! I mixed it up with a few more projects of old to create a bold red statement and now you lucky things get to see the results!
Paris fashion’s been petal-pushing at the autumn 2014 shows!
Missing the 90s? How adorably 2012! This week, the rose-tinted spectacles of retrospective worship looked to 1984 as the Breakfast Club reached its 30th birthday (according to when it was set). Numerous films from that year have recently received viral internet attention and lit up the Twittersphere with affectionate, wistful reminiscing – or ‘nostalgia porn’ as said throwbacks are known (a phrase I so wish James Laver could hear; I like to think he’s laughing from above, below or wherever one actually goes after transgressing the boundaries of death).
Despite being too young to remember the year first-hand, my historian curiosities have given me the urge to dig out a ra-ra skirt and rollerskates as readily as the next person. However, there was thankfully more to the 80s than rubik cubes, power dressing and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The decade that style forgot? Have you forgotten the New Romantics? Or, have you even heard of the French Revolution-inspired Les Incroyables graduate fashion show that launched the career of John Galliano in – yes, you guessed it – 1984? You see, in a previous life, the
bigoted controversial fashion designer was revered as the most creative genius of his generation and Les Incroyables as a show that reinvented the art of historical fashion. Rather than merely copying it, Les Incroyables reworked the French Revolution dress it referenced with extreme proportions and contemporary New Romantic touches. I mention the extreme proportions because at this point you’re probably – justifiably – wondering what this has all got to do with flowers.
What makes the flowers of autumn 2014 stand out from corsages of every other year, generation or trend incarnation? Proportion, once again, appeared to play a role with larger-than-life lilies at Dries Van Noten, alongside a vibrant colour scheme that was reminiscent of the recent tropical floral trend. It could also be applied to Lanvin’s radiant oversized petal necklaces. Céline gave us a minimalist interpretation with calla lilies.
Oversized corsages are the DIY trend to watch. What would you make of it all?
Get a surreal deal with this Elsa Schiaparelli-style shirt refashion!
You will need…
It also helps to have a fine-tipped pen, pencil or tailor’s chalk to trace out the hand design onto your collar.
I will be using a template for the hand design, so you might find it helpful to print the shape out, but a printer is completely optional (and has to be worth the sanity it typically costs you, in my experience!).
Nothing struck me as particularly challenging for this one but, as always, care and love are needed for best results.
About 2 hours.
Hand it over!
Pin the pattern paper to the collar of your shirt and trace the edges, so that you know what size to make your hand template.
Copy or print out the above hand design and trace it onto your pattern paper to fit the collar outline you have drawn. Make sure the thumb, index and middle fingertips touch the edges of the collar outline – it’s even better if you can get the other tips to fit the collar shape but all collars are different!
Cut out the hand design and cut away the edge of the collar along the middle, so that the new edges are raw, with no top stitching.
Paint black ‘nails’ onto each finger on the top layer and leave them to dry. You should be left with two layers of fabric along the collar – both of which are cut into the hand design. Iron interfacing onto the inside areas (the ‘wrong’ sides) of the two layers.
Cut away the excess interfacing and top stitch the two layers together about 1mm from the edges, or as close to them as possible.
Tip: It helps to use glue to hold the layers together while you sew them. Make sure your glue’s fairly dry and not slimy, like gemstone glue. I used craft mount.
It was my birthday today, and quite a momentous one at that; I turned 30! I decided to celebrate with a throwback tribute to my birth year, 1984. I, sadly, lack the requisite bravery to feature shellsuits in my selfies; I like my hair short and straight, thank you very much; ra-ra skirts do nothing for my short, bottom-heavy frame; shoulder pads terrify me to this day (but then I think that was part of the plan) and frankly the less said about leotards and leg-warmers donned outside a performing arts studio the better! Rainbow coloured, mermaid-esque makeup, however, was perfect for a post-celebration selfie session. I decided to have some fun, and so here are the results: