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Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

DIY : A leather carrier bag (Or grocery bag for you Yankies ;-)

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I first saw these leather shopping bags a few years ago and loved the idea straight away. Not only is it quirky but it’s also ecological and classy – you never know who you might meet when topping up on fruit and veg ! I hope you like it ! I thought it was about time I showed you a sewing DIY again and seeing as my machine was out from me doing a tutorial for Marie Claire last week-end… suspense… more info soon ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : A leather carrier bag (Or grocery bag for you Yankies ;-)

My day at Alexandra Palace

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If you live in London, you may know and may even have been – this week-end was the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. I couldn’t resist going for snoop around although people there were generally at least two generations older than myself ! I just love seeing places full of crafty people and supplies, I felt like a little girl in Wonderland as I took in the endless aisles of beads, the tall shelves of fabric, the boxes of wool and the inspiring projects. The Singer machine above si the sewing machine of my dreams… The original black design with all the modern features ! I also loved the black wool with bits of glitter and the beautiful Rowan fabrics… And take a look at the giant knitting needles below ! I’ll actually be attending a similiar show in Paris this November, selling my Do It Kits (the Xmas ones are in the making and looking RAD btw !) and holding workshops. Stay tuned for more info ! As you can tell on the top photo, I’m loving my new bobble hat… Outfit post coming later on today showing you how I attended this fun event 🙂 Oh, and one last thing…. Please VOOOOOOTE ! (By clicking on the blue button in the sidebar so that it goes purple ! THANK YOU ♥ xx – – – – – –

My day at Alexandra Palace

DIY : Stripy poncho

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If you’re following me on Facebook, you will have already had a sneaky peak at this Autumny DIY. Whilst packing my backpack for Scotland, I had a vision : an oversized twirly top with bright colours contrasting on a wintery jersey cotton. I nipped to the fabric shop and here we are : a DIY poncho conjured up in no time. To make your own DIY stripy poncho with ribbon, YOU WILL NEED : –       A large piece of cotton or viscose jersey (mine was approx 1mx1m10) –       Enough ribbon to go around the piece of the fabric, in chosen size and colours –       The same length of fusible web / hemming web –       Scissors –       An iron 1 : Fold your piece of fabric into quarters and cut out the neckline as shown above (cut into the fully FOLDED corner) Tip : If you rather, only fold in half and then use a tee-shirt to guide you Tip2: Start small as you can always make it bigger ! 2 : Lay your webbing around the poncho, where you want the ribbon to go Tip3 : Start off in the middle of the back of the poncho. Don’t start on a corner ! 3 : Iron on your ribbon making sure your iron is hot enough to melt the glue but not too hot for the fabric (especially if using synthetic) Tip4 : Start with a warm iron and build up the heat until you find the correct temperature for the webbing. This will avoid you damaging the fabric. 4 : At corners, simply fold the webbing over into the new direction and do the same with the ribbon as you iron it down. 5 : When you’ve ironed all the way around and get back to your starting point, cut the ribbon so that it overlaps by approx 5cm. Iron the ribbon on until it meets the starting point. Fold the tip of the ribbon in and iron it down with an extra tab of webbing. And the result : As you can see its raining quite badly here so I have to admit I pulled my raincoat off just for you…! More poncho projects coming up over the season. Final Tip : If you’re not a poncho peep, use this technique on another piece of clothing ! Be creative ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Stripy poncho

DIY : Neon polka dot skirt // Jupe à pois fluos

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Recently I’ve been seeing some very complicated DIYs for making a summer skirt. It really doesn’t have to be that bad !! Making a skirt is one of the easiest things to pull off in DIY fashion and you can most definitely make a very cute one for just a few £s / $s. In almost any haberdashery you will find the classic polka dot cotton I used to make my skirt. To update the pin-up look with a little neon, I filled in random dots with a Dylon neon fabric pen. The rest is just three seams, a waistband and you’re all set ! This tutorial could also be used by people wanting to make a summery maxi skirt. Récemment je vois beaucoup de tutos très compliqués pour apprendre à faire une jupe – dequoi embrouiller l’apprenti ! Ce n’est vraiment pas si compliqué ni très cher de se faire sa propre jupe. Trois coutures et un élastique à enfiler et basta ! Ce tuto peut aussi servir pour faire une maxi-jupe, il suffira alors de choisir une longueur jusqu’à la cheville (dédicasse aux lectrices venues de chez Coline !) To make your own neon polka dot skirt, YOU WILL NEED : Pour faire ta propre jupe à pois fluos, IL TE FAUDRA : – Polka dot fabric. Dimensions : The length you want it + 5cm * Your waist measurement + 50cm. / Du tissu à pois. Dimensions : La longueur souhaitée + 5cm * Votre tour de taille + 50cm – One neon fabric pen / Un stylo pour textile de couleur fluo – A threaded sewing machine / Une machine à coudre avec son fil – A piece of elastic for the waistband (size of your waist) / Un élastique (de la longueur de votre tour de taille) – A safety pin / Une épingle à nourrice Now, do it yourself : Toi-même tu sais faire : – Ring / Bague by River Island – Nail polish / Vernis by MAVALA 1 : Cut your fabric as mentioned above / Couper le tissu comme indiqué ci-dessus 2 : Colour in random dots with your neon pen (iron set if needed) / Coloriez quelques pois avec votre stylo fluo (repasser pour faire tenir si indiqué sur le paquet) 3 : Fold a 1,5cm hem along a long side and sew / Plier un côté long de 1,5cm et coudre 4 : Fold a 3,5cm hem along the opposite long side and sew – make sure there is space for your waistband to pass through / Plier 3,5cm sur l’autre côté long et coudre (laissez la place à l’élastique de passer!) 5 : Use the safety pin to thread the elastic through the wide hem / Faîtes passer l’élastique du côté 3,5cm à l’aide de l’épingle 6 : Join both ends of elastic with a couple of stitches (can be done by hand) / Faire quelques points pour attacher les deux bouts de l’élastique (à la main si vous voulez) 7 : Turn inside out and join two short sides as shown / Du côté intérieur du tissu, plier le tissu en deux et coudre le long des bords plus courts comme ci-dessus 8 : Cut off remaining thread, balance the ruffles around the skirt and wear with pride ! / Coupez les fils qui dépassent, équilibrez les plis autour de la taille et portez avec fierté ! If you have any sewing tips or come across any problems you managed to solve on your own, why not share your advice on my Facebook page ? xx – – – – – –

DIY : Neon polka dot skirt // Jupe à pois fluos