Tuesday, 23 April 2013

DIY: Anniversary dress with little leather flowers


Hi guys,

I've been a horrible blogger. Given promises and breaking them.  No excuses this time. The blog and I have been going through an identity crisis. But more on that topic some other time.

Now, leather.


Leather is huge this spring. If you, like me, are not all that into looking like you just stepped out of an S&M dungeon or Batman’s cave, there are still ways to wear this trend. For example, the leather can be the detailing rather than the main event.

That’s the idea I’ve gone with for this DIY. I have this dress that I wanted to wear to a work thing a couple months back. Luckily I had the sense to try it on beforehand, because when I did I noticed it was stained. Well-known fact about me is that I’m clumsy. Well-known fact about white, off-white, cream, nude, beige is that it attracts clumsiness like it’s not even funny. Put these two evils together and every time I wear something light coloured I spill my morning tea all over it. This happens with such regularity that you could bet on it and you’d be a rich man/woman within short.

Luckily, there are many DIY solutions. Tie dye. Or dye the whole thing. Embroidery over it. Camouflage with beads or sequins. Cover with pretty fabric. Hide with applications. This DIY is brought to you by the latter. 

So let's get to it. Supplies:


  • Dress with stains (keeping it classy, I know)
  • Faux leather
  • Paper and pen/pencil
  • Scissors (I used a MUCH smaller pair than pictured)
  • Needle and thread
  • (ignore the pearls, thought about using them as centre of my flowers, but xx hours in I changed my mind)

Firstly, make a template. Draw a flower on a piece of paper and cut it out. Simple five petal will probably be easiest.

Pin the template to the faux leather and cut around it. Repeat about 150 times. No joke. This seriously does take forever. So put a movie or some podcasts on. Or just make the flowers 10x larger and cut only a few.


Pin to dress in any pattern that takes your fancy then sew the little faux leather flowers onto the dress, in a pattern or just randomly. If you thought the cutting was annoying, you're in for a treat.

I did about 80% of my dress in something like 7 h, realised I had messed up my stitches so the flowers started coming off and went back and redid all that work. Luckily I had some radio documentaries and buckets of tea (quelle surprise) at my side.


Josh and I had an anniversary recently and after all that work this really was the only dress I could even consider wearing to our anniversary celebrations.






8 comments:

  1. WOW!!! What a great idea...

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  2. This is so clever! Dress looks great on you! :)

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  3. When I saw the two photos side by side, I assumed the "fancy" one was taken from a magazine and was your inspiration... but no! It's the "after" shot - WOW!
    Seriously stylish!

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    1. Aww, thank you! How incredibly sweet!

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  4. OMG, you are so clever. Makes me want to do some of this. You are also inspiring me to restart my own blog, left by the wayside when I joined Facebook.

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    1. Thank you! I had the flu when I made this, so an activity that involved little movement and kept me busy for hours was perfect. I just saw your blog and am reading about your experiences in India. I came back from India two weeks ago and it's incredibly interesting to hear somebody else's impressions.

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