A quick Christmas present tip for someone who loves bright colours and bling. All you need is a piece of chain, some beads and a piece of metal (these come ready from the crafts stores) and small pincers to make this unique gift!
I decided to challenge myself not to buy any clothes in 2013. This includes shoes and accessories too. I’ve done pretty well so far with 1 item bought this year (before my decision). It’s not that I would be spending loads on clothes anyway, but I like to browse second hand shops and occasionally purchase more expensive designer items. Living in a small apartment has made me realize that I actually have a lot of stuff, why would I need more? If I really need something, I can make it myself. So, hopefully this doesn’t mean it will be a boring year from a blogging perspective but instead a year of DIY, upcycling, re-intenting and creativity. I’m sure this new approach will force me to re-evaluate what I really need and to invent ways to keep my wardrobe up-to-date without entering the shops. I’m committed and would like to send this challenge out there to the world as well, in case someone would like to join me.
I found this white silk blouse in a thrift store in Finland last year and never wore it as the design of it was a bit too 90’s for my taste. So this weekend I finally got my act together and altered it into a vest with stud details. This was my starting point: First I cut of the sleeves and the upper collar, leaving a few millimeters to create ragged edges . I also cut the front part shorter from the hem for an asymmetrical look. The only part that required some sewing was the neckline: I pinned the shape of the desired neckline and after cutting out the extra fabric I stitched both sides of the new neckline. Finally I hand stitched the sew-on studs (that seem to be everywhere this year!) on the shoulders and on the collar. Another option would’ve been to glue the studs on the fabric.
I’m still trying to decide what to do with the branches I found on the beach, but I already found a place for one of them. I don’t have a big jewellery box where I could keep my necklaces neatly organized and it only took a very simple idea, one small piece of wood, some paper thread and about 3min of time to make this jewellery hanger. Now it’s easy to pick a necklace when leaving for work in the morning.