Friday, 28 December 2012

20 minute headbands

Ok, last DIY of 2012. A discreetly bejeweled headband so quick and simple it can be made over a lunch break and be ready in time for any glitzy New Years parties. And it can be made with scrap bits and pieces you likely have around the house. The best part is that you can vary this DIY so much to create your own look, by using whichever trims/ribbons and costume jewel pieces you have laying around or like the look of.


  • Ribbon - I like black velvet for its simple elegance, but the possibilities for variety of this DIY start here
  • Some old or thrifted necklaces
  • Hair elastics - elastics anything will work, I just didn't have anything else around
  • Needle and thread
  • Possibly some pliers to remove any necklace ends that don't look too great

Measure how much ribbon is needly by simply wrapping it around your head, and remove a couple of cm for the elastic stretched out.

Lay out the necklace over the ribbon and sew in place. Glueing works, but sewing will look better and spare you the headache of removing/hiding smeared glue.

Sew the ends of the ribbon around the hair elastic and that's it.  

If you are planning on using them as headbands in 1920s style, you might not want elastics showing. So simply leave the ribbon ends long and you can tie into a pretty bow.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dolce & Gabbana inspired gold trim cape

Before this year is over and it's out with the old and in with SS13 inspiration I wanted to show you this cape inspired by the Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 12 collection. It's the perfect cover over neat cocktail dresses to and fro the season's festive soirees. And it couldn't be easier to make.

Before and after. A little detail makes a big difference.

I love everything about the D&G collection; the detail, decadence, opulence of it...amazing!  And the gold on black baroque pieces were my absolute favourites.

So when I found a heavy, thick, pure lambswool black cape in a charity shop for next to nothing it was clear what its destiny was to become.


  • Black cape. If you don't have one, so easy to make one, a great tutorial here.
  • Gold trim
  • Black velvet trim
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Not pictured: sewing machine/needle & thread

Step 1. Pin, then sew the gold trim in place wherever you think it would look great. I chose just above the hem at the back.

To cover up the stitches and add a little elegant detail, pin and sew the velvet trim over the top of the gold trim.

And that's it!

As I was rummaging through my wardrobe looking for an outfit to go with the cape my inspiration deviated from Dolce & Gabbana's baroque and towards F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

If I was going to a New Years party this year this is what I'd wear: black silk dress, heels with DIY gold details, a DIY hairband with gold details (tutorial coming up later in week), and for outdoors this cape. But alas I work. 

Unfortunately the DIY heels are pre-The Peppermint Store, but if you want to make something like them the web is packed with great tutorials. You can find a superb one at my DIY bible, here

Ciao for now!

Rose necklace makeover

I haven't been feeling my very best over the last few days and what better to do when stuck in bed recovering than the tedious task of sorting, cropping, editing photos.

Right, so now that all the photos are edited, I'll be posting a whole three DIYs this week. Starting with the very easiest, a necklace makeover.

So I'm all about colour in summer and shades of gray and black in winter. Therefore I rely heavily on accessories for happy bursts of colour.

I got the below costume jewellery pendant from my mom. I loved the shape, but it felt a bit boring.

So it became forgotten about until I was cleaning my little atelier and was flicking through some recent magazines, getting ready to throw them out. Came upon this page, something about purple being trendy this AW. I love some plum shades, so perfect!

Supplies couldn't be easier. Nail polish and a pendant. I'm sure any hobby paint would work too, but you know my love for nail polish by now.

The nail polish looks red, but two coats of that and you've got the most amazing plum colour.

Paint. Leave to dry. Repeat. Wear.