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.
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.
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!
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:
Marni’s attention-grabbing accessory is a ‘shade’ more experimental as a style statement!
Just to clarify, you need 180cm of rope.
I can’t think of anything too challenging or painstaking with this project but I figured I’d err on the side of caution and not declare it a total doddle.
2-3 hours, I think.However, it is amazing how little you can keep track of time in the company of Mr. Television so I’m not entirely sure I’d like to give it a more specific timeframe than ‘a ;leisurely evening,’ if that makes sense.
Remove the strap from the visor and use craft mount to cover both sides of it in satin, ensuring the right side of the fabric is showing.
Punch holes in the corners; you can use a hole punch, scalpel or even scissors. Cut two pieces of rope about 50cm in length, thread them through the holes, tie them in knots and secure them using the glue gun.
Thread the two lengths of rope through the tassels, fold them back on themselves and secure them using the glue gun.
If the blog and street style avenues are to be believed, Kenzo’s eye prints – and anything resembling them, as I’m sure the high street will be quick to point out – are the motif to be seen with right now, so I thought I’d share a nifty little tip for recreating the pattern.
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NB: My foam was about 1cm thick.
…But not as easy as I thought before I tried it. This isn’t a particularly long or complicated project but it’s more reliant on skill than I initially thought. As ever, I can guide and advise you so that you don’t find it so hard. You can also practise on some scrap fabric to get the feel.
An evening…well, a few hours. Sorry, I got a bit lost in the project so I wasn’t counting!
Timings for this project depend largely on the number of eye motifs you’re looking to do; if you’re only doing one it will take less than an hour but if you’re covering your top it will take significantly longer.
Cut out the circle and eye shapes into your foam using the above template. I made my circle about 9cm in diameter and the eye about 4cm from the tips of the eyelash.
Now to craft some stamps! Cut the lid of your box into smaller pieces that cover your foam shapes and glue the shapes to them.
Use the paintbrush to wet the surface of your stamps; don’t apply it too thickly or allow it to drip. Also, don’t let any paint get onto the plastic as this will cause the design to smudge when you press it down – wipe excess paint away, if necessary. Stamp your design down, pressing firmly to ensure that the whole design is transferred onto the fabric. Don’t press too hard, as this will also cause smudging.
Repeat this process until your design is complete.
Loving the stamp action? Check out this tutorial.
How to follow the huge art iconography and brushstroke trend gaining momentum this spring? Get conceptual and be creative in your interpretation. Strictly speaking this is more of a compilation of pieces that caught my eye from the autumn 2014 shows but, punctuated as they are with key trends and fashion week highlights, there is a more subtle link between them.
The up-and-coming flats trend, or more specifically the very now tomboyish chic look was surely instrumental in propelling skate shoes – a shoe that lends itself better to customising and DIY paintwork than most - into the must-have accessories arsenal. The geometric multicolour seaming of the Wanda Nylon raincoat (pictured above) is a subtle nod to the linear compositions of a Mondrian work. Anya Hindmarch was the talk of London Fashion Week with Warhol-reminiscent iconography of well-known homespun products.
Over in Milan, Jeremy Scott (the designer who gave us Bart Simpson knits to remember 2012 by) channelled Spongebob Squarepants in his debut show for Moschino. The art connection, you ask? A tenuous one – conceptually, at least. Certainly, the designs have a bold colour scheme and playful aesthetic in common with their brushstroke-printed contemporaries, but the clue here is cryptic: cartoons originally came from the Italian word, ‘cartone’ and Dutch word, ‘karton’ for strong, heavy paper. The term was first used in the Middle Ages for the preliminary sketches of paintings, tapestries and frescoes. If you’ve studied art or are a regular at the Victoria and Albert Museum, you might be familiar with the cartoons of High Renaissance painter, Raphael.The meaning of the word might have changed with time, but perhaps that is true of fashion as a whole; so great a focus is fashion’s transience of trend after trend, should we not consider how they unravel as a process or story? Is the fashion medium an endless, relentless treadmill of looks and fads or is it an evolution of aesthetics; an infinite discourse between countless paradigms, shifting in significance with taste, spirit of the age and, of course, ground-breaking creativity?The changes of season and the trends that go with them each play out as a logical consequence of the last; as an obvious next juncture or a radical reaction. Do you see where I’m going with this?