Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The trends on Wednesday: Boyish Charms, the Power Suit trend

Belle of the boardroom or suited in street style, the power suit has, once again staked a potent claim in the arsenal of key trends for the Spring Summer season. Statement pieces range from big shoulders at Balmain to colour blocking at Costume National in a delectable confection of eclectic interpretation, along with a tweed and fringing jacket at MSGM that will surely prove too much fun not to try for DIY!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

DIY of the Tiger - How to craft a Kenzo tiger-embroidered sweater

Easy tiger - well easy when you know how - with inspiration courtesy of Kenzo.


You will need

A sweatshirt (mine was £6 from Primark)

Soft fabric interfacing

A4 printer and paper

Iron and ironing board

Differently coloured marker pens


Small all-purpose scissors


Sewing machine (make sure it can do a basic zigzag stitch)

About 4 differently coloured threads (I chose bright yellow, lime green, dark purple and lilac)

Felt in 4 different colours (I chose orange, pink, purple and navy)

Gemstone and fabric glue (£2.99 from Hobbycraft)



This turned out slightly more challenging than I expected, purely from trying to get the sewing neat.


8 hours - I think. I didn't time this one too fantastically. My schedule was such that the whole process was a bit stop-start (also, when you're filming and editing video tutorials the process always takes much longer) so it was hard to tell.

Here's a printable copy of the template I drafted up:

Sunday, 17 February 2013


This is not The Greatest DIY In The World.
This is just a tribute!

Said tribute to the above Banksy mural was inspired by this season's coy flirtation with graffiti as a trend. By flirtation, of course, I mean minor foray - less directional, more a wandering fancy, less making waves, more flowing in gentle ripples, less key look, more of a passing glance. Essentially it's not fashion headline news but I have seen it crop up in Gaultier's spray-paint prints, the colourful street art-inspired totes at Marc by Marc Jacobs and - like, duh! - Markus Lupfer's playful sequinned slogans.

This time, rather than copying something directly like I always do I decided to take a quirkier angle and interpret some of my favourite graffiti in a wearable way. Sweet Toof's work is awesome but skulls are, like, so 2012! That's why I defaulted onto Banksy. Trust me, you can't beat a bit of controllable stencilling. So I know you're all itching to see the finished product but first, read on...

You will need

NB: You also need a thin paintbrush, computer and printer for your template.

You also, ultimately, need to use an iron and ironing board on your paint work.

I would have photographed them as well but there wasn't really space on my white backdrop. Plus, I think the above arrangement's sexier!

I'd also recommend making it in clothes you don't mind ruining and a workspace near a sink, even though the paints I use appear to be washable and water-soluble.


I kid you not, mine took an hour, which included cutting out my stencil. Cleaning up afterwards added another 20 minutes to the proceedings. It does help if you use a hairdryer to speed up your printing process - otherwise it can be like watching paint dry (you're welcome!)


Hard to assess as it all depends on the image you choose. A heart, a slogan or the famous Balloon Girl would be:

...whereas the image I chose was more: decide wisely.

NB. If it's lettering, make sure you do it backwards so that it comes out forwards.

My Graffi-tee

Print out your image and craft mount it to your sticky back plastic.

Cut your template out with your scalpel.

Prep your paints by pouring the whole lot into the bottom of your spray bottle (you won't use all of it but it's easy to decant back onto the original container when you're finished).

Stick down your stencil and blast it with black paint. spray very lightly because it runs and seeps easily. Also, when it can give your image a nice sprinkled effect which is great for shading and varying your textures. A good example is in the following picture:

Finally, paint your red and blue detailing in pace (the non-stencilled part. In my case, it was the thunderbolt. Don't try to spray paint it on as it will only run and you'll lose he whole motif, as I learnt the hard way the first time around)

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Take your pixels - How to DIY Orla Kiely's pixellated galleon designand Topshop's geometric jewellery

90s retro pixel designs, graph paper... you do the math.

Left image:

You will need

Graph paper ( with 5mm x 5mm squares)

For the jewellery

Fimo clay

Fluorescent nail polishes (available in a pack of 4, costing £2 from Primark)



Clear car body lacquer (£3.99 at Elliots)

For the Galleon top

Black cardigan

Pins and a sewing machine (for taking in the sides)

Neon yellow and white jersey (in my case, cut off old clothes)


Sharp thread scissors


Iron and ironing board


About an hour for each one, not including baking time in the case of the jewellery.


Pretty Easy

Modelling the clay for the jewellery takes quite a bit of patience but thankfully it's not technically taxing. Just take your time.

To make the jewellery...

Draw your shapes onto your graph paper using the grid-like layout as a guide to get your jagged, pixellated edges.

Use your scalpel to cut out your shapes, zigzagging along the edges and using the sharp edge to gouge out the middle once you have cut an outline.

Bake your clay shapes in the oven closely following the instructions provided (if it's Fimo, it will probably be half an hour on a low heat but don't take my word for it, refer closely to the specifications on the packaging!). Paint your nail polish onto both sides and glaze your pieces with an all-over spray of clear lacquer.

Glue in place any attachments and fastenings for your jewellery, whether they be for brooches, earrings or pendants.

For the top...

Using your graph paper as a guide, draw out your ship design, which includes the yellow backdrop. Cut all your pieces out with a scalpel.

Glue them to your bondaweb and iron it onto your clothes.

Cut out your bondaweb and fabric pieces with your sharp thread scissors.

Peel away your bondaweb backing (the paper stuff on the back) and iron your pieces in place.

Pick your DIY collaboration

7 DIY bloggers

A  50-picture-strong (and counting) Pinterest board of SS 2013 fashion with...

2 weeks of voting time:

YOU, DEAR READERS, will decide how to make us busy!

pin, like or re-pin the pictures on this board and the ideas with the highest number of pins will be realized!!

The DIY bloggers joining me are:

Alessia from Matter of Style

Carly from Chic Steals

Donatella from Inspiration & Realisation

Cat from Cut Out & Keep

Sylvia from Dare to DIY

Auna from La Vie En Rose

Make sure it's your must-haves that come into DIY fruition - and happy voting!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Trendsy Wens-dy: Wear it like an Egyptian

Pyramids at Erickson Beamon, Tutankamun-style gold geometry at Alejandro Ingelmo and amulet-style gems at Dannijo. Could the archaic romance of ancient Egypt be the key emerging trend for 2013?

Sunday, 3 February 2013

DIY Digest: On Target

My quick. quirky quandary-solver was inspired by the marbled bangles from Prabal Gurung's recent collection for Target...

...and also those awkward occasions when you unwittingly treat yourself to a fabulous nail varnish, only to find you never wear it, be it for work or spare-time related reasons (let's be honest, is there really such a thing as adequately quick-drying nail polish on a 5-minute time budget when you're always late by default?). Worse still is when you find yourself repeating the error enough times to find yourself with a mountain of unused, semi-congealed nail polishes you can't find time to use or bear to throw away, like I did! While they do make fabulous dressing table ornaments - especially if you arrange them in rainbow-spectrum-style - it's always more satisfying to put them to good use, and to a find a way to slip them on in the space of two seconds!

You will need

5-8 differently coloured nail varnishes. (it helps if they work as colour combinations)

Bangles, ideally silver but any colour will do, metal or plastic. I picked mine up for £2 on the sale from H & M

Clear car lacquer


Very easy

...Granted it's even easier to make a mess if you're not careful but picky, picky!


10 minutes

Nailing it!