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18 October 2015

MAKE : FENDI-INSPIRED FUR BAG CHARM

These fun and furry Fendi bag charms have been the accessory du jour for a while now and I'm as in love as everyone else. If you haven't been able to get your hands on an affordable highstreet replica and don't mind a little DIY then get stuck into this post!
What you'll need:
-fur (8x8 inches)
-ribbon
-cushion or pillow filling/ old fabric
-needle and thread
-lobster clasp (about 1 inch in length)
-pattern piece in oval shape (3x2 inches)
 1. To save time when cutting the pattern out, pin it on the fold so you'e cutting put 3 pieces at a time. Remember to cut in the direction of the fur!
2a) lay the fur pieces flat. 2b) turn them over and start pinning them together, leaving the final two unjoined. 2c) Once you start sewing you should see a spherical shape forming. 2d) Your ball should look like this with the two sides you left unpinned. 
3a) grab the ribbon and clasp and cut about 2.5 inches of ribbon. 3b) thread the ribbon through the clasp. 3c) open your ball up and pull the ribbon through like it's in a bun. 3d) leaving a small opening (about half an inch), pin the gaping sides closed and sew.
4) you should be able to turn the ball inside out through the tiny opening you left, stuff some cushion filling or old fabric in there to give it a pouffy shape.
 5) hand sew the small opening shut.
Et voila!
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29 August 2015

WEAR : DUSK

It’s no secret that I’m deathly afraid of wearing colour, but lately I’ve found myself really opening up to the idea of it and not being completely petrified. Granted the monochromatic pastels I’m wearing here aren’t actually much in the way of colour but you know, baby steps. I think it’s an accomplishment that I’m no longer matching the shades of my clothes to the darkness in my heart, right?



 Asos T-shirt | Self-made Skirt | Topshop Trainers | H&M jewellery | Forever 21 Sunglasses
ps. if you haven't already try my diy nail serum!
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11 August 2015

TEAR : CLASSIC SWIMSUIT

Swimwear shopping is f*$%ing tedious, add in extortionate prices and the kind of body issues that no amount of soft, fitting room lighting can fix, and it's just downright horrid.
When my obsession with the basic, borderline-functional onepiece swimsuit went into overdrive this summer, I decided to make one instead of buy one. I put together a pinterest board, decided what kind of cut I wanted it to be, cut up an old bodysuit for the pattern and the rest is history.

1. Made super technical sketch of the swimsuit I had in mind and adapted a basic pattern from a bodysuit (you can pin some pants to a vest top, fold in half and trace over it if you don't have a bodysuit to cut up.)

2. Took the basic pattern and cut two pieces each for the front and the back .
3. Doubled up the pieces and pinned.
4. Sewed the side, shoulder and crotch seams with a medium-sized zigzag stitch. I hemmed the thigh, neck and armholes with a normal straight stitch.
5. Squeezed self into self-made swimsuit. 

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10 July 2015

MEND : THE UGLY JUMPSUIT EDITION

One of the most gratifying things about being a DIY-er is knowing you can turn something seemingly ugly into something fancy with a little imagination. I don't have the patience needed to endure shopping during sale season, but the excitement of possibly stumbling upon a fixer-upper makes me do it every time. The sweet, addictive taste of self-satisfaction I get at the end of a good diy is what made me go into H&M at peak time and purchase this unfortunate looking H&M jumpsuit (no shade if you own it, beauty is in the eye of the beholder etc).
step 1. Unpicked the sleeves because I didn't like them.
Step 2. Pinned down what was left of the sleeves. 
Step 3. Took in the legs for a more tapered fit and sewed everything I'd pinned.
Step 4. I ironed the jumpsuit, I tried on the jumpsuit and I gloated over how great it turned out.

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1 July 2015

WEAR: LAYERED JEWELLERY

I've been going through some weirdness with regards to my body lately, I'm not sure whether it's a hormonal issue or if the trans-fats of my past are finally catching up to me, what I am sure of though is that I'm not buying any summer clothes until I can actually fit into them. Instead I've been stocking up on tiny necklaces from H&M that I've been layering up because less isn't always more-especially when it comes to gold.

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