Inspiration & Realisation is one of our favorite DIY blogs, and we’ve really been loving Donatella’s latest project. She used round leather cord and braided leather bolo from our store to create this lovely Bottega Veneta inspired leather bracelet. Doesn’t it look even better than the designer version? See the full tutorial at Inspiration & Realisation.
The collections at Fashion Week are always a major source of DIY inspiration, as we love scouting out the upcoming trends and thinking of ways to create them ourselves. This season definitely didn’t disappoint, as there were plenty of over-the-top embellishments, leather accents, and bold accessories. We rounded up a few of our favorite shows and the different ways they’re inspiring us. Which collection did you like the best?
Gucci – We loved the bright necklaces at Gucci, which mixed together flowers, gems, and spikes for an incredible combination. We’d love to recreate one with flowers and gems from our store. The embellished collars were also to die for.
Alexander Wang – This collection was full of sleek leather accents, strategically placed cutouts, and clothing that seemed to float in mid-air. You could easily DIY these looks by adding long leather straps to your favorite pair of shoes, or by cutting apart a t-shirt and adding a transparent panel.
Rodarte – The leather fringe accents are definitely DIYable, but we especially loved the elaborate chain belts. Secure some chains together, add a few brooches, and you’ve got a chic, Rodarte-inspired belt!
Dolce and Gabbana – Like always, Dolce and Gabbana showed an incredibly elaborate, intricate collection. The shoes were detailed with bright braided raffia, and we adored the fun earrings. You could definitely DIY these looks by stitching some bright thread onto a natural bag, or by adding braided cord to a simple pair of wedges.
Jason Wu – This collection was especially lovely, with sweet little embellishments on some shoes and tops. But there was a bit of added edge with sleek leather harnesses and metal accents.
Lately we’ve been dreaming about making a DIY embellished cuff; it’s a great statement accessory that will jazz up every outfit. You could use rhinestones, leather, gems – anything goes! The only problem is that we can’t decide what we like best: minimalistic leather with metal accents, or a colorful gem-filled bracelet. Which cuff do you like best?
via Dannijo / My Theresa / Etsy / Ssense / The Blonde Salad
We’ve whipped up collar DIYs before, like our lace collar, but lately we’ve been lusting after a more futuristic look. After spotting some silver faux leather in our store, we knew it would be perfect for a sleek, simple metallic collar. And we’re really loving the industrial look of the metal closure. Follow our instructions below to make it yourself!
1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need: scissors, a needle, silver thread, a metal closure, 1 1/2 ft silver faux leather trim
2. Trim your silver trim into a long trapezoid for your collar. You may want to use a real collared shirt as a template, or simply wrap the trim around your neck and eyeball it. Angle the edges a bit – our trim was 16 inches long at the top, and 17 inches long at the bottom.
3. Thread your needle with the silver thread and tie a knot at the bottom of the thread. Place one end of the metal closure over the top corner of the silver trim, and begin sewing around it to hold it in place. Once it’s secure, tie the thread in a knot in the back and snip the ends.
4. Repeat Step 3 by sewing the other side of the metal closure to the other side of the collar.
5. You’re all done! Simply unclip the metal closure to put the collar on.
The best way to jazz up a simple piece of clothing? Add a pocket! They’re functional and trendy, especially if you create a lace or neon pocket. Some of our favorite bloggers have been DIYing pockets onto their clothing, and we love what they’ve been coming up with. We picked out our top 5 favorites below, so check it out and let us know what you think!
DIY Sequin Pocket by Glitter N Glue
DIY Beaded Pocket by P.S. I Made This
DIY Floral Pocket by Urban Beings
DIY Lace Pocket Shorts by Chictopia
DIY Leather Pockets by Court + Hudson
We just stumbled upon up-and-coming DIY blog Acid Dreams and Sugar Highs and we’re really loving it. Leather, studs, and neon? That’s right up our alley. See our fave projects below and stop by Acid Dreams and Sugar Highs for more.
Studded White Leather Bracelet
Bleached Skinny Jeans
Neon Stick Necklace
Nicole from Sketch42blog shared a fun and chic DIY with us and we love it. It’s easy to make a looks great on.My husband thinks I’m crazy with all these DIYs I’ve been compulsively making. I made this Alexander Mcqueen belt for two reasons. 1. I love the original. 2. Because I JUST HAD TO TRY!
Doesnt mean I should, and by no means do I think a faux leather, glued together belt could compare to the sumptuousness of the real thing… The belt is so classically pretty, its one of those things you would buy and keep forever.
40mm Faux Leather Bias Binding Item#42152 (Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM)
35mm Round Interlock Buckle Item# 45885 (Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM)
1. Start by measuring your waist. The kind of buckle I used doesnt allow for multiple sizing, so yo have to get this right the first time. Then cut the leather tape leaving an inch to fold over onto the back.
2. Fasten both ends of the belt to the two halves of the buckle. Fold it over and glue with a gluegun.
3. Make a bow using the extra piece of tape. Glue in place
4. Cut a different piece of tape down the length so its a bit thinner.
5. Wrap it around the bow and secure with glue.
6. Glue the entire bow onto the side of the buckle on a slight tilt.
And there you have it!
With a few easy steps, create your own accessories. Its fun and affordable.You can take pieces of leather, chain and lace trim and make into a fashionable accessory.
- Take the chain and lace, slide the lace into the link and make a knot, (leave enough lace to tie a knot in both ends for the bracelet), interlock the lace into the chain, then make another knot at the end of the link, then tie both ends together to make a bracelet.
- Take the pearl chain and attach the clasps at the end.
- Take the leather cord and wrap around your wrist three times and make a knot.
Or Wear them Separately!
I am excited to see the tribal trend taking off this summer. The look is comprised of bold graphic prints paired with warm tones and natural accents. This can be a tricky look to pull off, so couple of tips. When mixing patterns and textures, be sure each piece has one or two colors in common. Oversized patterns can easily be over whelming, so these dresses and skirts should be short and simple in shape. When in doubt go for mini, that’s always my motto. When turning the volume on your outfit up, with bright colors such as orange and fuchsia, turn your makeup down. Wear a natural eye or lip. And finally pile on the great accessories. Load your arm up with wooden bangles or add a mix media necklace over a daring graphic tee.
- Decide on a comfortable length for your necklace to be. I chose 12 inches.
- Cut your 17mm chain to the measurement you’ve decided.
- cut your leathers down into 24 inch pieces
- Using pieces of tape or string mark the center 6 inches of your 17mm chain. You want to work with in this space only.
- Starting with the wider pieces of leather you are going to begin attaching them to your necklace. Fold leather in half then push the folded center through a link of chain and pull the tail ends of the leather through the loop. Pull tight to secure.
- Repeat step 5 with the 1mm cord, but attach two pieces together.
- Cut 9mm chain into four 9 inch pieces. Attach to necklace using the jump rings.