Friday, 29 June 2012

Golden heart bracelet

I love Thursdays. They provide the tickling sensation that it's Friday the next day and thus hold all sorts of promises of sleep, fun and time to catch up with everything and everyone (or at least this optimistic attitude).

And yesterday I was so happy that it was Thursday that I spent the afternoon crafting. The results - a little heart bracelet.

I picked up this necklace with about 3 trillion hearts on it for next to nothing in a charity shop.

I did this outside on a rare sunny day and completely forgot to take process pictures, so I'll just talk you through it, it's dead-easy!

  1. You need a necklace with a pendant, some pliers and a measuring tape (or just wrap it around your wrist for measurements).
  2. Start from the clasp to make things easy, measure how much of the chain on each side of the clasp you need to keep to make it go around your wrist.
  3. Use your pliers to open your chain links at the point you measured on each side. Remove the chain you don't need.
  4. Open up the chain links around the heart/pendant to free it up.
  5. Using some spare chain links attach the heart to the two sides of the chain around the clasp (you just squeeze the links together using the pliers to close them).

Thursday, 21 June 2012

More nail polish - painted bangle

I started this blog on the theme of nail polish, and I can assure you that this is something you will see a lot of. There is just so much you can do with nail polish. You'll see... ;)

The story behind today's post: When it's summer (even if it is grey and wet and miserable) I want to dress like a rainbow. It's all colours, colours, colours! So when I saw a bunch of bright bangles for £1.50 at a new fav charity shop, I couldn’t resist. However, one of these is plain, so plain, just a gold-colored bangle. As I'm still holding out hope for tanned arms eventually the next couple of months, a DIY was necessary.

There are loads of possibilities of how to do this. I decided to go for a geometric pattern, but e.g. a few different splattered colours would be gorgeous!

Supplies needed:
  • plain bangle
  • nail polish
  • graphic tape (I got loooads with my sewing machine when I bought it from a fashion design student, and embarrassingly, this is all I could think to do with it)

Wrap the tape around the bangle diagonally in one direction, then in the other.

Paint. Leave to dry. Remove tape. Done!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

1950s/60s inspired sleeveless blouse

One of my favourite shows is Mad Men. So good! And such beautiful fashion! I was superinspired and decided to make a 1950s/60s inspired sleeveless dress.

But...I think I need to spend less time watching TV and more learning to take pretty photos.

I spent 1.5 h trying to take pictures of myself for this post using the self-timer and having the camera perched on a stack of books that were swaying so much that every other picture was a complete impressionist blur, producing a huge amount of absolutely useless photos. Then the boyfriend came home and in 10 minutes set up the tripod and changed the settings on the camera and like became beautiful. Well, one photo of the living room floor, because at this point I had exhausted my battery, as well as the available daylight.

Aaanyway! As promised, an easy tutorial for the perfect DIY 50s/60s inspired sleeveless blouse.

Find a shirt/blouse you want to do this to. I have this fantastic blouse from a favorite Swedish shop, light and airy and amazing material, but that I never use because it makes me look like I am 60 years old whenever I wear it.

You'll also need some 
  • scissors, 
  • pins 
  • sewing machine or needle and thread
  • about 30 min of time
  • some great music

Cut off the sleeves. The closer to the seams you cut, the more fabric you keep and the wider your blouse will be across the shoulders. 

Zig zag the edges (if you can be bothered). Fold in and sew in place. This is SO easy to do by hand if you don't have a sewing machine, not to mention that you will probably get neater results doing it by hand. If you don't know how to sew, learn it! It will be the best 1 min 25 sec you ever spend on Youtube.

Iron to flatten the seams. While you're at it, iron the whole blouse/shirt. You'll look so much more presentable! 

And that's your blouse all done! 

Style with pearls and lipstick for a retro look.

For an everyday look I'd pair it with a chunky necklace and skinny jeans.

Thanks for watching, folks!

Monday, 11 June 2012

DIY inspiration - sleeveless blouses

I'm probably the last person to become infatuated with the wonderfulness that is Mad Men. But better late than never, right? And oh boy, have I fallen hard for this show. So much that all I want to dress in now are pleated skirts, cocktail dresses, shiny jewelry and very feminine blouses. Needless to say, the always elegant Betty Draper is as of recently a huge style inspiration.

Photo credit: top picture, bottom picture

One item of clothing in particular has evoked 'must have' feelings - the sleeveless blouse.

And it's not just me, every store, whether upmarket or high street, is full of them!

Beautiful blouses from Equipment.

And the high street version from Topshop.

I love this trend, because not only is it very elegant and versatile, but also soo easy to DIY. Tutorial tomorrow! ;)