Silk and Leather Love

Fashion DIY. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible." Audrey Hepburn

Hi!!

This is the first instalment of a 3 part DIY skirt post.  I’ll be posting up 3 DIY skirts including a semi circle skirt, full circle skirt and box pleat skirt, with a few tips and tricks a long the way.  Today’s post is the semi circle skirt and one of my favourites.  If you do this skirt in denim it will look like the American Apparel denim circle skirt.  You can always sew this skirt without lining.  I had to use lining because my fabric was a little see through but oh so cute! 

What you’ll need: 1.5m of fabric (and lining if needed), 20cm zip, matching thread, scissors, tailors chalk, measuring tape, pins, iron and sewing machine. 

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Fold your fabric in half.  On the corner where you folded tape a piece of string - you use this to draw a circle for your waist and hem line.  Using your tailors chalk and string draw a line half of  the length of your waist measurement, then cut.  From the waist line along the edge of your fabric measure the desired length of your skirt (I like to tie a knot in the string to mark this length so when I’m drawing the hem line I know the length stays even).  Using the string to guide you draw the hem line with the tailors chalk and cut.  Repeat this process with the lining.  Neaten the raw edges of the side seams (this is optional, I always love to neaten everything). 
  2. Next is the zip.  Place the zip wrong side down on the side seam of your fabric with the fabric facing right side up.  Then place the lining wrong side down, pin and stitch.  Repeat this process for the other side of the zip.  Pin together the remaining side seam of the lining and stitch.  Repeat this process with the fabric.  At the base of the zip stitch a small horizontal line to keep the zip in place.  
  3. Stitch the waist of the fabric and lining together in preparation for the waist band.  Cut a waistband out the length of your waist plus a bit extra for a button and seam allowance.  Iron in the all edges about 1cm.  Fold waistband in half length ways and iron.  Trim the inside corners of the waistband.  
  4. Place skirt inside the waistband, pin and stitch.  Sew buttonhole on the extra flap of the waistband.  Sew on button to match position of the buttonhole.  For both fabric and lining overlock or overcast (zigzag) hem line.  Iron and fold hem 1cm inwards and stitch.  I would not neaten your hem by folding the fabric over twice and stitching as this will cause the hem to pucker because it is a curved edge.  Tahh dahhh!
Hope you like it! XX

Hi!!


Thanks to everyone for all there support. I’m so sorry I haven’t had the usual amount of posts. It has been a very busy year but when I get a break there is a stack of DIY’s waiting to be posted. Here’s one that’s coming soon.





3 DIY Skirt 


It’s spring in Melbourne at the moment and I’m preparing myself for summer!! What better than 3 easy skirt patterns to mix and match with your summer wardrobe. Or if you’re in the northern hemisphere- 3 cute mini skirts to wear over warm tights and thigh high boots. The 3 skirt patterns will be semi circle, full circle and box pleats. 


Hope you like it!!  XX

Hi!!

Thanks to everyone for all there support. I’m so sorry I haven’t had the usual amount of posts. It has been a very busy year but when I get a break there is a stack of DIY’s waiting to be posted. Here’s one that’s coming soon.

3 DIY Skirt 

It’s spring in Melbourne at the moment and I’m preparing myself for summer!! What better than 3 easy skirt patterns to mix and match with your summer wardrobe. Or if you’re in the northern hemisphere- 3 cute mini skirts to wear over warm tights and thigh high boots. The 3 skirt patterns will be semi circle, full circle and box pleats

Hope you like it!!  XX

Hi everyone,
I know I have been absent for awhile but I haven’t forgotten about you.  I have a stack of DIY’s just waiting to be posted but unfortunately uni keeps getting in the way.  I’m in my final year of study so things are getting intense.  
Hope you like this Fathers Day card and gift tag.  I’m kind of went through a yellow and grey obsession.  
What you’ll need: SLL printable Fathers Day card in yellow or grey, printer, scissors & hole-punch.  
What you’ll need to do:
  1. Download printable and print.
  2. Cut out, fold and hole-punch gift tag.  
  3. And now you’re ready to wrap! 
Hope you like it!! XX
P.S. Sorry about the quality of the photos I had to use my phone. 

Hi!

I have quite a few DIY projects building up and needing posting. Here’s a nice, quick and easy one. 

What you’ll need: Leather thread, chain, rhinestone chain, 2 ribbon, crimps, 1 clasp, 3 jump rings, 1 charm (key) and pliers.  

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Cut 2 strands of leather thread, 1 strand of chain and 1 strand of rhinestone chain equal length.  I cut them about 25cm but this may differ depending on wrist size or the chunkiness of the leather and chains.  Place the ends of the strands in a ribbon crimp and press closed with pliers.  
  2. With chain and rhinestone as one strand, braid a basic 3 strand braid.  Trim ends when you have reached your desired length.  Then press closed with ribbon crimp and pliers.  
  3. Attach clasp ends with jump rings.  Add some left over chain to the eye of the clasp for a little extra detail.  Attach the charm in the middle of the bracelet with a jump ring by threading it through the chain.  Tah dah!!

Hope you like it! XX

Hi!

So I was playing around with some left over beads and ended making these wire wrap rings. If you’re stuck for a mothers day present this would be a great little gift. Plus if your mum’s like mine homemade gifts always mean so much more. 

What you’ll need: Wire - 20 gauge, pliers, large flat bead, cilinder a little bigger than your ring size (I used a texta)

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Cut 50cm piece of wire and thread the bead to the middle. Bend back wire against the ends of the bead, so the bead will stay in place.
  2. Pace bead against cilinder and wrap wire ends around cilinder twice. Try not to overlap the wire and keep the wire taut. Bend the wire across the bead and bend down, preparing to wrap the ends around the ring band. Repeat for both sides. 
  3. Wrap the ends around the ring band, pull tight and trim.  Tahh dahh.  
Hope you like it!! XX

Hi!  

I have been wanting to do this DIY idea for quite sometime now. The other day I found this men’s shirt at an op shop (thrift shop) and I knew it was time to get crafty. This is a really cheap DIY, literally only cost me $7 for the shirt. 

What you’ll need: Large mens shirt, dress or tank top, sewing machine, scissors, tailors chalk, iron, elastic & pins.

What you’ll need to do: 

  1. Lay your dress over the shirt. You could also use a tank top because its the arms holes you need. Using the tailors chalk trace the arm holes. Then draw a straight line directly from the bottom of the arm whole to the bottom corner of the shirt. Repeat on the other side.
  2. With both sides together cut out the dress. Turn the dress inside out. Stitch right sides together and neaten. Overcast or overlock arm wholes. Iron arm whole seam inward and stitch. 
  3. To make the dress more fitted you can add a piece of elastic to the back. Try the dress on to determine how much you need to take it in. I used a piece of elastic 12cm long and stretched it over 22cm of the back. Pin the elastic to the inside of the back of the dress. Stitch elastic to dress, pull elastic taut while sewing. Tahh dahh!!
Hope you like it. XX

Hi!!  Long time no post. 

So todays DIY in inspired by Anna Davern's Pear Diamond Earrings.  I saw a picture of these amazing earrings on Pinterest awhile ago and went about making them.  It didn't occur to me until yesterday that the earrings aren't actual crystals beads, however I had already made my Swarovski crystal bead version.  Plus the Swarovski crystals look amazing when the light hits them.  

What you’ll need: Wire, pliers, strong glue, 2 blank stud posts, 2 large Swarovski crystal faceted drop beads and 2 small Swarovski crystal faceted drop beads. 

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Cut a small piece of wire.  
  2. Shape wire into a U.  Thread on beads, one size on each side of the U.  Trim excess wire and butt ends.
  3. Glue stud posts to the top end of the small bead.  

Tahh dahh!!! Easy as that! Hope you like them. XX

Hi again,
So I love this Melbourne artist Kat Macleod.  I loved her work so much when I was young that I would cut out all of the illustrations she did for a newspaper and pay homage to them by sticking her work on my bedroom wall.  This DIY is in dedication to her work.  Check out Kat Macleod’s work at The Jacky Winter Group or any book written by Michi Girl.  Enough words for now, let’s get creative.  

What you’ll need: Paper (or watercolour water), tape, pencil, watercolour paints, magazine, glue, bits and bobs. 

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Find an image of a model in a magazine and rip it out. Tape it to the back of your paper then attach to the outside of a window or a light-box if you own one.  Trace the image.
  2. Now it is time for the watercolour paints.  Start with the skin and try to accent the body using as little paint as possible.  For example lightly shade in the cheeks, neckline, bust, inner arm and knees.  Continue painting the image until the face, shoes and other are completed.  
  3. Using your bits and bobs collage onto image as clothing.  I used sticky notes for the top, a fabric scrap for the skirt and shoelace for the belt.  
  4. For the finishing touch add a few droplets of watercolours or flicks.  Tahh dahh!

Hope you like it!! XX

Hi again!!  This is a quick easy bracelet to make.  It litteral took me 5 minutes to make one bracelet and it looks fantastic.  So I hope you like it as much as me. 

What you’ll need:  Wire, beads, cross charm and pliers (rounded and cutters)

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Cut the wire long enough to fit over your hand including a little extra. 
  2. Using the round tipped pliers secure the end of your wire and than wrap it around creating a loop. Thread the cross in the loop and tighten. 
  3. Thread on the beads.  Before making the next loop for the cross measure the bracelet to fit.  As before making a loop for the cross.  Try to make it tight and close to the last bead threaded. 
  4. Attach the other end of the cross, tighten and tahh dahh!!!
Hope you like it!! XX

Hi!  Here is a last minute post with a super last minute Christmas gift idea. Hopefully you’re all organised and don’t have to make any last minute gifts. 

What you’ll need: Key pendant, chain, toggle clasp, 4 jump-rings, drop bead and pliers.

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Using your pliers trim your chain to the desired length.  
  2. Attack the key pendant to the chain with a jump-ring.  
  3. Attach the toggle clasp to the chain, leaving left over chain at one end.
  4. Using a jump-ring attack the drop bead to the left over end of the chain.

Tahh Dahh!! Your done! To add the finishing touches wrap using this cute box template and print matching card and envelopeHope you like it! XX

P.S. I’m trying a new format. Let me know what you think.