Project: DIY Missoni inspired shoes

Customize ALL the things! This seems to be the rule by which we live our life lately. Joking aside, a while ago, when it was too cold to even dare to think about leaving the house without a pair of boots or wellies, I found this awesome R29 DIY tutorial here. As I was previously drooling over the real deal Missoni for Target shoes but knew that I could never get my hands on one pair I knew I had to try this DIY project.

If you want and have the patience to make your own pair everything is explained step by step on Refinery 29’s website so there would be no use for me to waste any more words.

All that I will say is that you’ll need a pair of simple, white canvas trainers and some textile markers. I found my pair of shoes in New Look and they were a bargain. Sadly, I can’t find them on their website, maybe they are sold out. Anyway, you can find something similar in H&M, like these babies over here. I actually didn’t use textile markers as I couldn’t be bothered with going out and buying some, so I used Sharpies instead.

Now, all I have to do is put some shoelaces on them, take them out for a spin ’round town and pray that it won’t rain. If it will rain I’ll make sure to tell you all about how I ruined them.

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Project: Colorful bow dress

Let’s start with a disclaimer: this dress was not made by us, we just pimped it 🙂 We thought we should start small and begin with a half done project. This dress was perfect because it was simple, two-colored and made out of cotton.

My single and most important problem was that the top was see-through and the only location I would wear such a thing is to beach. (maybe it’s just me). On a trip to IKEA we found this cool colorful material which we bought not knowing exactly what we would do with it. Until we bought the dress. The two, clicked, made love and produced the dress shown below.

Our idea was to create a dress that would be different from 80% of the dresses out there. After seeing the front you would have thought, “oh, it is ok but not special”, but when you saw the back: “hey, that’s pretty :)”.

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Project: Sequined bow

The holidays are over for almost a week but we’re still in a festive mood so it’s not too late to show you a little self-made accessory.

There’s not much to say actually as it is nothing to elaborate. I just found this sequined band and some glittery, gold ribbon at a fabric supply store and instantly thought of a few ideas. The bow has a safety-pin attached to it and it can be worn in a ton of ways, I’ll leave that to your imagination.

Being in a good mood I played around a little with my festive bow and set up a “photo shoot session”. You can see it even on the cover of a magazine. Literally. 🙂

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Project: Customized tshirts

What to do when you have a whole bunch of t-shirts that you never get to wear? Give them away? Put them all on in order to keep you warm? Nope. Transforming them is the answer.

So, I found myself with a few t-shirts with cute or funny designs, but otherwise quite plain and rather boyish. The idea of customizing them had been haunting me for quite a while but I didn’t figure out exactly what to do until one sleepless night. I grabbed my good old friends: a pair of scissors, a needle and some thread and I added a little magic in the form of ribbons and chains.

Seriously now, I cut off the sleeves, the collar and a deep V in the back and after a little measuring I sewed the ribbon and the chain and got what you see in the pictures. Geeky t-shirts with a feminine touch.

The wonderful t-shirts had been bought from threadless.com, and while we’re at it, here you can get a glimpse of how they used to look before: black one and white one.

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Project: Gold chain bag with blue satin

For us, this was the Everest of projects . It took us 6 months to make and it was the starting point of this blog. I cannot describe the steps we made to create it because it took so long that I forgot when we did what 🙂 At the beginning we wanted to make two bags but when we realized that it was harder to do then to talk we put all our efforts in building one.

I first what to say that this is our first bag made from scratch, so please be gentle :)). We bought the same material in 4 different colors (navy blue with electric blue and charcoal black with purple haze).  The exterior was darker and the interior had the bright color. The blueprint for this bag was for a clutch model, we wanted to make it a 2 in 1, you could wear it also on your shoulder when you got tired of carrying it in your hand.

The biggest problem we encountered was finding the right chain. The quest was for a sandy gold chain that could fit a satin rope through it and the only store in town was actually a hardware shop. I will not go through all the details because they make me laugh looking back at us, but in the end the bag incorporated 10m of hard metal that weighted about 5kg.

The model of the chain wasn’t easy to use, after we inserted the satin rope so we had to sew it manually one link at a time with invisible string . We didn’t use a closing mechanism because the chain layer was heavy enough to stay in place and to protect the contents of the bag. W used a cardboard rectangular to ensure the shape and to sustain the metal façade.

The experience was enlightening for us, we learned manly what not to do when designing and making a bag. But bold and crazy ideas are still popping in our heads! 🙂

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Projects: Bows

This is such an easy and fun project. All you need is a little imagination and a lot of different, pretty, coloured fabrics. And, of course, a little sewing knowledge. You can hand-sew them or use a sewing machine, but, trust me, you will want to use a sewing machine after hand-sewing 3 or so.

The idea came to me (well, I have to admit, it is no big deal really) because I needed something to cheer up dull, everyday outfits and, at the same time, bring a “girlie” touch to them.

The ways to use them are countless. Attach a safety-pin and you have some sort of a brooch, a hair clip and wear them in your hair, a chain and wear them around your neck. You can even turn them into bow ties.

These are only a few of the bows I made and  I still have fabric leftovers and a lot of new ideas on how to wear them, so there will be more of them coming soon.

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Project: Homemade pop-up card

It was my birthday a few days ago and apart from my present, I received a pop up card that had a circus theme. It was pretty awesome so I decided that I can do a similar one for my friend’s birthday. Considering the fact that I’m not a manufacturing company that can make greeting cards in just a few seconds,  I decided to take my time and I actually finished it two days ago (3 days after her birthday).

So the plan was to make a pop-up card that actually had a meaning. I had to choose between the two cities that she loved – Paris and London. I have to be honest here, even though I know she will read this, I chose Paris for her because it was easier to cut at that size, instead of the London’s Eye.  The theme was <<handmade>>, so I combined the Eiffel Tower with fabrics and wool threads. The exterior was pretty messed up after I coloured the tower blue with my finger and it was also to “cheap” with only one piece of white paper, folded in two. A light blue paper and a golden pattern paper did the trick.  Also, for the interior I used an iron to crease the fabric’s margin so it would look 3D. (too much hi-tech news around me)

I actually wasn’t very convinced it was as pretty as it ought to be because it looked like two people had worked on it. The exterior was very fancy and the interior was 100% handmade and looked like I did it in an 8th grade art class. :)) But she was happy so I decided to share it here.

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