Wednesday, 25 November 2015

How to DIY a pair of Dries van Noten brocade platforms




You will need...


Platform sandals

Purple brocade fabric

Red sequins (ideally sequin string)

Needle and thread

Fabric scissors

Stick 'N' Stay craft mount

Staple gun

Iron and ironing board


Difficulty



Quite easy


Parts of this project are a bit on the fiddly side but it's straightforward in principle.


Time


About 2 hours.



To cover the toe straps of your sandals, cut two pieces of fabric with the following dimensions.


Fold each piece along the middle and fold back the seam allowance by 1cm along the sides. Press them with an iron.



Stick them along the toe straps with craft mount and slip stitch the seams together at the back.


Attach the toe straps to the platforms with a few staples at the sides.


Sew or glue on your flower design.



Spray some craft mount onto the sides of the platforms and the straps and cover them completely with fabric.



Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Trends on Thursday - Pompom go



I rather fancy I have two genuinely legitimate reasons to be rocking these DIY dangling pompom earrings:

    1. Christmas is  just around the corner (in real terms - yes, I said it!) and the various inexplicable novelty rituals that  we observe year-in-year-out in its honour aren't just socially acceptable but a contractual obligation.

    2. Pompoms have edged their way back into fashion as a subtle yet stylish way to add the idiosyncratic character associated with quirky craft trims, while staying inside the line of good taste.



So, really, it's only fair that I should share a quick tutorial with you for getting this simple yet bold look.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Quaint as folk - a quick DIY tutorial for making fringed shoes

Put some swish in your step with a touch of fringing.

You will need...




Tip: use a scalpel with a fresh blade, as it's likely to be at its sharpest.

Not pictured


T-strap sandals


Difficulty



Very easy


In the interests of safety, it helps to be dexterous with a scalpel and glue gun. However, this is basically an easy, straightforward, what-you-see-is-what-you-get project.


Time


About an hour.


Get your fringe on




Decide on a design and cut out the shapes you want to use, making sure they're symmetrical and consistent on both shoes.

Cut the shapes into fringing with slits about 2mm apart (eyeball it!).


Glue the pieces on top of one another, then stick them underneath the t-straps.



It really is that simple!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Trends on Thursday - Crafty Chic

Vogue might have heralded a trend of larger-than-life (and than your average) statement earrings for 2016 but within that prediction I noticed more than a casual leaning towards the DIY side. Exhibit 1: chains at Alexander Wang; Exhibit 2: pompoms at Prada; Exhibit 3: big beads at Salvatore Ferragamo. It doesn't take a genius - or indeed an obsessed craft hoarder (not that anyone in particular springs to mind regarding the latter!) - to see what these delights have in common. Sure, it's a look that goes back to basics on the craft front with earrings you could put together in minutes and countless excuses to get trigger-happy with a glue gun, but on an aesthetic level there is more to it than that. To make the look work, it takes a vision of organic spontaneity that means getting your hands dirty in a bead shop until you've found the right piece, or agonising over the chain that would do your vision justice after you woke up with the brainwave of introducing chain links in fluid drop earring form. Vision is definitely what it takes to pull off this look, along with attention to detail, a touch of skill, a generous amount of time and, of course, love but it's definitely worth the outing if you succeed. With this in mind, I thought I'd help you out with a few pointers on how to get some of my favourite looks from the trend.



Monday, 9 November 2015

Wedge of glory - How to DIY a Jimmy Choo Notion Tricolor Wedge Sandal

Unfortunately, owing to technical difficulties and lack of hours at my disposal I've been unable to upload the video tutorial for the DIY that these beauties inspired:
Jimmy Choo Notion Tricolor Wedge Sandal




Tune in soon to find out what a pair of platform sandals and some faux wood adhesive paper have in common (clue: the following picture).



Thursday, 5 November 2015

The Trends on Thursday - Bold Shoulder

2016's shoulder-exposing trend is 'bare' gorgeous!
If the spring 2016 trends of ornate romanticism and gluttony for glitter lie stubbornly outside your budget, creative remit or indeed taste, let me whet your crafty appetite with the Vogue-endorsed bare shoulder trend. Shrugging away the shoulders of an old or second-hand frock is easy, quick and needn't even cost anything, so I thought I'd share some suggestions for getting on board with the trend the DIY way. You're very welcome!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Brooch the subject - How to DIY a Prada floral crystal brooch


Blooming brilliance to brighten up any outfit.brooch the subject











You will need...




N.B. You want the PVC to be as thick as possible.

Difficulty



Easy


While it helps to be dexterous with a scalpel on PVC, this is one of my quicker, more straightforward tutorials. Whoever said you can't get the look of vibrant opulence without keeping it simple?

Time


About 2 hours.

Badge it up


Use this template (simply copy, paste and print it)...



...to trace a flower shape into both pieces of PVC and cut them out with a scalpel.




Punch holes where you want the ends of your brooch clasp to go on the top layer. Decide where you want the bottom layer to go, place it underneath so that it overlaps but is not completely covered by the top layer, mark where the holes should go to match the top layer, remove the bottom layer and punch the holes.



Paint over the two flowers with clear nail polish or resin to harden and thicken the material.





Stick the two layers together with craft mount, making sure the holes are aligned. Undo the clasp on the brooch and put the two ends through each hole - you might need to widen the holes with the scalpel and coax the two ends through. Fasten the brooch.