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Currently Wishing

Oh god!! There's just so many new things I desire at the moment. There are a few pretty neat trends floating about right now. Here's what I'm currently loving...

Raw Crystal Jewelry

Don't they remind you of those amazing minerals I saw at the museum in Sydney?

Short Suits

The all white short suit would look pretty fresh on a yacht right? Too much?

Kooky Shades

Cat eye ones are sexy....

What are you guys wishing for right now?

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DIY Wired Bow Headband

Happy late Easter to you all! Hope you all had a great long weekend. My friends and I partied like there was no tomorrow, and after every fantastic long weekend... I am now detoxing. On Good Friday Anna and I went on a boat cruise. It was SO. MUCH. FUN! There's nothing better than dancing to great music, having a few beers, cruising down the river as the sun comes down. Unfortunately, we were only told the day before that it was dress up, the theme was Noah's Ark or something weird... Of course, being Easter and with only one day to prepare I decided to go as a cliche bunny. I didn't want to be too over the top so I decided to make a wire headband with long ears, just to tone it down a bit. I was so close to wearing a shower puff as a tail, but thankfully the lack of alcohol at the time talked me out of it.

So to get to the point... These wired headbands are great hair accessories that don't give you a headache, they're a cinch to make and very kind on the wallet. It takes about an hour and should easily come under $10. It's also a great way to use up your fabric scraps. I used the leftover banana fabric I printed back in December. I'm going to show you how to make the little bow headband in the first picture, but you can easily adjust the length of the ends to make bigger bows or ears!

You will need -
  • Fabric (approx 1m x 20cm, depending on your design.)
  • Jewelry or garden wire (approx. 2m. It needs to be strong, but also easy to bend.)
  • Thread and hand sewing needle
  • Sewing machine (unless you decide to hand stitch)
  • Pins
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pliers/wire cutters
  • Paper, pencil, eraser and glue

1. Get the tape measure and measure around your head where you would like the headband to sit and also the desired length of the bow ends. My head measure was 56cm and I chose my bows to be 10cm per side.

2. You might need to glue some pieces of paper together to make the pattern. You will need to refer to the diagram I drew as this part is hard to explain. Using a ruler, mark out the entire length of the headband. Bow end (10cm) + length around head (56cm) + bow end (10cm) = 76cm. Decide the width of your headband (3cm for me). Mark your head length (the blue lines) in the centre of the original line, making sure they're equal distance from each other (otherwise your bow will be lopsided). From the blue lines, create that shape of your bow ends. Mark a 1cm seam allowance around the whole pattern.

3. Cut out the pattern and wrap it around your head to make sure it fits correctly.

4. Pin the paper onto the fabric and cut 2 pieces.

5. Sew around the pattern, but leave one straight side open. Turn it inside out and press the seams flat. Press the seam allowance on the open end in.

6. With the wire, mould it around the stitch line on the pattern to create the shape of the headband. Using your pliers twist the ends together and squash it flat.

7. Put the wire frame into the fabric headband. To make sure the wire doesn't twist while you're sewing, use pins to secure in place. Using a ladder stitch hand sew the open seam close.

8. Using a zipper foot, sew around the inside of the wire approximately 1cm from the edge to secure the wire in place. This will stop it from twisting around while you wear it. If you don't have a sewing machine, you could do a hand stitch.

9. Now put it around your head and twist both ends to secure it snuggly.

And now you have your adorable and very comfy headband! To make ears, make the ends approximately 25cm on each end. Play around with different patterned fabrics and different shaped bows. You could have one for every day of the week to brighten all your outfits!

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Fashion Upcycling

I've been sewing up a storm since I came back from Sydney and I've forgotten to type up some posts. If you follow me on Facebook, you would've seen the giant mountain of clothes I left on my bed before I went away. In Sydney I read a pamphlet about Upcycling. The idea is to convert waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. I'm determined to incorporate this idea into this blog more often. So my goal for the second half of my holidays was to finish refashioning the huge pile of clothing so it would stop taking up precious wardrobe space and would not eventually become landfill. Plus, it's a great way to save a few pennies after my overindulgent holiday. I came pretty close and finished about 3/4 of it.

The top I'm wearing here was made from the fabric of a skirt a friend of mine had given me. The skirt was too big for me, but I really liked the organic branch-like design on the silk fabric. I had originally thought of making into a body-con skirt, but since I own and have made wayyy too many skirts, I decided to challenge  myself and make a top instead. I don't know why I haven't attempted to make tops sooner? Maybe I was always intimidated by the closures, stretchy fabrics, armholes, collars etc... So I guess it was a good thing I started with a simple loose tank top. I drafted it from my bodice block and moved the shoulder dart to the bust area. By lowering the neckline though the front and back it eliminated the need for any closures. I also lowered the armhole a little for a looser fit.

Original skirt
Fabric pieces
Sewing it together was a breeze. Throughout the whole process I keep thinking about how I was going to finish the edges. I was thinking of making bias tape, but I was a little scared of trying too many new things on one project. Luckily, I recently discovered how to use the narrow hemming foot for my machine. It's been fantastic for finishing thin fabric edges. It's one of the most valuable techniques I've picked up lately. Although this top could be perfected more, especially in the finished edges... I reckon it's a pretty good first effort!

I'm wearing the top with the PVC skirt I made last month, black wedges and my silver and gold spike necklace. So now that you've seen me style the skirt with non-dominatrix like pieces, what do you guys think? Does the PVC skirt work or not?

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