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Master strokes – DIY brush stroke effects with fabric paint

You will need…

A pale coloured garment
Pebeo Setasilk silk fabric paint (for drizzling)
Dylon fabric paint
A thick brush (I used an old blusher brush)



Very easy

In principle, it couldn’t be simpler, however there are two caveats: results may vary depending on your technique; and, the not-so-easy challenge here is to keep your work surfaces clean. Prepare to get messy!


Mine took about 10 minutes.

Throw it on…

DIY brush stroke paint top

DIY brush stroke paint top

Choose your marbles – how to make a DIY marbled clutch

From Acne to Edie Parker and everything in between (including the Urania Gazelli Pac Man clutch that inspired this project) the perspex box clutch never fails to make a statement and add a touch of class with a shimmer of sumptuous marble texture. The great news is that it’s still on trend and super-easy to make with a touch of creativity and an eye for re-purposing. Allow me to demonstrate…

You will need…

DIY tools



Quite easy

A straightforward, super-short (by my standards) project but a touch of skill and patience is definitely required.


Mine took two hours but it depends on the design you use; a simpler one would be much quicker to do.


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Couture to ribbons – how to make a DIY JW Anderson slatted top

JW Anderson’s slatted chic is set to be a blinder for next season.


J.W. Anderson Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2016 London

You will need…


A top or sweatshirt (believe it or not!)


10mm jump rings x 50

4mm eyelets x 100

Eyelet punch tool


Marker or tailor’s chalk

Patternmaster or graded setsquare

Long-nosed pliers





Quite easy

Can’t think of anything too demanding here but getting everything perfectly neat and professional-looking can be challenging.



This took a lot longer than expected! Unfortunately, it took me somewhere between five and eight hours, although a lot of that was down to trial and error, so I’d say the actual work itself, without setbacks, would take somewhere within the region of five hours.

Slat that


Turn the sweatshirt inside-out and cover the front and back with interfacing.

Decide where you want the slits to go. I set mine out at 10cm intervals across the front, using my patternmaster to measure parallel lines 6cm from each side of the top, followed by two lines for the ‘edge allowance’ (you’ll see what I mean later on) – each 2cm apart – and repeating the process until I reached the centre. I repeated this process across the back.

Cut strips of Bondaweb to cover the edge allowance on both sides. Again, mine were 4cm wide and I wouldn’t recommend making them any narrower, otherwise the eyelets may be too wide for them. Iron the Bondaweb in place.


Cut lines along the centre of the edge allowance (you should have these already marked out) with V-shaped tips at either end.Method5

Fold the edges back on themselves, including the pointed tips at the ends, and iron them to fix them in place.Method6

Turn the sweatshirt right-side out and punch eyelet holes, measuring them as you go along to make sure they’re the same distance apart and that they line up. I set mine out at 10cm intervals. Insert eyelets. You will need to use the eyelet puncher for this part.Method7

Finally, join the eyelets together along the slits by inserting the jump rings. After that, your sweatshirt should hopefully look like this: DIY JW Anderson slatted top


Spring up!

Owing to a frustratingly manic two weeks in which giving the blog the attention, love and what I would consider worthy entries has proven impossible, I haven’t been too busy or, you know, trapped in a cave in a place hitherto undiscovered by western civilisation as we know it, to follow what’s been going on during the recent fashion weeks, especially in the fashion capitals but I’m not there yet with my take on it and would rather do that the justice it deserves.

So, now that we’ve got disclaimers and related niggles out of the way, here’s what I have been getting up to over the past fortnight (along with turning 32, getting asked for ID on my birthday and thus undeniably winning at life), I thought there would be no better time to celebrate the ‘springing’ of the new season than now and no better way than to share some easy-but-effective craft projects to inspire you, in the form of a necklace and some customised flip flops (yes, yes, I know it’s still spring and far from tropical but still dreaming, right?).

3D flower necklace DIY


 DIY 3D flower necklace

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DIY embroidered flip flops






DIY 3D floral necklace and metallic jacket collage


Elle, yes – Metallic jacket DIY inspired by Louis Vuitton

Celebrity Style


This Louis Vuitton metallic jacket, worn by Karlie Kloss on the cover of Elle magazine, whetted my fashion appetite and inspired me to craft a version of my own – well, customise a £5 electric blue PVC jacket I rescued from a charity shop! It was a lengthier-than-expected five-hour project but it was worth it for the result. It’s possibly the easiest project I’ve ever done, as it didn’t require any skill, except for a bit of paint blending. It’s a fun, straightforward project but be warned – things are going to get messy!


DIY metallic louis vuitton jacket replica

Thunder boots – How to customise ankle boots with glitter designs


glitter platform boots

After fashion recently took a golden leaf out of the David Bowie book of fabulous footwear with the glitter ankle boot trend, I thought it only right to follow suit with a DIY tribute of my own.

You will need…

DIY tools

Not Pictured

Ankle boots. Don’t forget them, they’re pretty important.




Quite easy

As long as you’re reasonably careful and dexterous with stencils and spray glue, there’s no real challenge here – except for keeping your work area clean, expect things to get messy!



1-2 hours.


Get some glamour to boot

shoe stencilling

Clip a sheet of adhesive paper to the side of a boot and cut it away along the centre back, across the top and along the sole. Draw out a design and cut it out, discarding the bit of adhesive paper inside the design and keeping the bit outside the design – you need to use this to mask the area where you don’t want the craft mount and glitter to go. Don’t peel the back of the adhesive paper yet.Stencil cutting symmetricalLay the templates of each of your designs flat (and adhesive-side-up), on top of the ‘wrong’ side of another piece of adhesive paper (adhesive-side-down), trace the design and cut it out as before. Repeat this process for designs you want to copy four times, i.e. those that go along both sides of each boot.

Boot glitter stencilling

Once you have cut out all your templates peel away the backing, stick them in place, spray the stencilled area with craft mount and sprinkle glitter all over it. Wait briefly for the craft mount to dry and then remove  the adhesive paper.

I used face wipes and a dash of white spirit to clean stray glitter off the boots, before applying a thin layer of clear lacquer to hold the glitter in place and keep it from dropping everywhere.

DIY glitter ankle boots DIY glitter ankle boots DIY glitter ankle boots


The trends on Thursday: Take a Bowie

After the passing of David Bowie, the visual tributes have been inevitably flowing in thick and fast from Facebook photo filters to, well, fashion, funnily enough – especially the iconic lightning bolt design and glitter ankle boots , the sartorial star of Kate Moss’ 42nd birthday party. It was the latter that captured my imagination as a quick, easy refashion idea for a tired pair of platform boots, so I thought I’d share some DIY pointers on how to get the look.

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

A photo posted by Charley H (@chiccheatcharley) on

A photo posted by Charley H (@chiccheatcharley) on

A photo posted by Charley H (@chiccheatcharley) on

A photo posted by Charley H (@chiccheatcharley) on

A photo posted by Charley H (@chiccheatcharley) on

Turban overhaul – How to DIY a turban headband in one minute

No sew, no fuss for a summer fashion must!

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One of my first tastes of fashion journalism came during an internship at Glamour Magazine in suitably exotic Cape Town, South Africa. It was autumn (there and summer here) 2007; I was reporting on what men (heterosexual ones, natch!) thought of the ubiquitous noughties trend of billowing tunics and tulip skirts. It provided a predictably depressing indictment of how fashion’s more inventive sculptural ventures translate to the male gaze, with ample words to the effect  of “what’s she trying to hide under there?” and “it looks like a maternity dress!” Also included in the arsenal of supposed femininity faux pas were turbans, not so much for being unflattering by the narrow standards and norm that govern western beauty ideals but for being a bit, well, weird. Cultural appropriation has always been a challenge in fashion, not to mention a touchy subject. What makes pastiche patronising and what sells the dream of exoticism intended by the cultural references? Sure, the turban headband fits comfortably within the context of the bohemian hippie vibe of the 70s; it also hints at the mystique of orientalism while distilling it to accessible high street level with knot and wave detailing.

And so we arrive at my take on the trend. It was a maddening irony that the item that was the quickest to make proved the slowest to publish in video form for two reasons: the editing programme I used was slow and its usage more awkward than trying to circumnavigate airport security with a genital piercing; and while the initial plan was to publish it on Instagram, that appeared to come with a myriad of requirements that I had to teach myself. For this, I could include a tutorial within a tutorial, of sorts but, spoiler: it only accepts MP4 videos! Knowing that is half the battle – or seven eighths if we’re talking in terms of time! The conspiracy theorist in me (along with a fair few of my more objective deduction faculties) wonders if the omission of this simple explanation as to why one’s phone isn’t ‘seeing’ the video when it comes to uploading it is Instagram’s way of saying “dear PC users and anyone else too miserly or impecunious to afford a Mac, sucks to be you, trololol!” Rantings aside, this beginners-level tutorial came out a little too frenetic in Instagram form, despite my best efforts.

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I made a video which I hope describes the process a little more clearly of how you can turn a second-hand scarf – or, you know, a new one – into a turban headband without even needing to thread a sewing machine.

All jumped up – how to convert a maxi dress to a jumpsuit



Owing to excessive work and trying to get my ducks in a row to move house, time has been a bit too tight to offer tutorials in full but, in my recent de-cluttering efforts I have managed to get some of the projects I’ve been meaning to do for months out of the way – or rather been spurred on to do them in order to clear space. One of the projects was a maxi dress I found in a charity shop that I thought would make a stylish jumpsuit, so I converted it.

maxi dress to jumpsuit conversion infographic


You need to turn the dress inside out first so that any alterations you make to take the bodice in can be pinned in place and sewn straight away. I find it helps to use a mannequin.

You can draft up a basic trouser pattern – or block – for yourself by using a series of measurements and dimensions, detailed here.

You need to trace the back and front trouser pattern twice on each of the corresponding sides of the dress, making sure they’re traced out symmetrically so that both the right leg and the left leg fit correctly. Cut them out and sew them together along the seams as you would if you were making a normal pair of trousers.

If there aren’t any fastenings in place, you might need to add them in order to get into your jumpsuit. I attached an invisible zip along the right side seam.

Cutting out the trouser legs along the side seam means that you don’t need to include seam allowance or sew the outside seams together. However, cutting the trouser legs diagonally might leave you with excess fabric along the centre front, which you would need to take in for a snug fit.

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