DIY: The Jelly Sweater

Corta pequeños rectángulos de la portada de plástico de un cuaderno o de una carpetilla de plástico. Cóselas de abajo a arriba en la zona de los hombros de un jersey/camiseta en un tono neutro para que resalten más.

El resultado debe tener un aspecto irregular, así que no intentes coserlas en hileras.

Cut small scales (about 60 pc) from a colorful exercise book cover, and sew them one after the other, from the bottom to the top, on shoulders -or anything you want- of a tee or a fine sweater.

The result must look irregular, so don’t try it on straight lines like an elastic belt for example.

Have a wonderful weekend!



DIY: Chanel inspired laces

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Shoes: ZARA

Everyone is going bananas ever since the Chanel Couture show last week…Sneakers on Couture gowns? Karls’ shock value.

I tried finding something as similar as the ones used on the Chanel Couture sneakers but I was running out of time -and running out of town-, so organza lace had to do. You can of course use any type of lace you prefer.
I LOVE the end result, I really do and this my friends is quite possibly one of the quickest DIY’s known to date. Chanelize your shoes ladies! ;)

Source: stylescrapbook


23 Dec

As the year draws to a close, for many of us thoughts are turning to what to wear to our New Years Eve celebrations.  I’m such a sucker for dressing up, eating to excess and generally welcoming in the New Year with a sore head. What could be better than doing it all wearing something you made yourself? And when that something is a glittering, shimmering sequin maxi wrap skirt? It might just be the best night of the year. Definitely something you’ll remember long after the memories of that midnight kiss with a prince (fingers crossed) or a frog (more than likely) have faded. Here I leave you a great DIY from Geneva from A Pair and a Spair
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You need:
Sequin fabric measuring 1.5 x your waist in length (and 62in in width). It’s best to pick a sequin in a matte colour like bronze or copper for a subtle and less brassy style.
– Velvet ribbon
– Snap buttons
– Instant bond sewing tape (like this)
– Needle and thread
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Click below to read more!

I’ve wanted to make a sequin maxi skirt for quite some time but haven’t had time to spend carefully sewing all the edges. Luckily I stumbled upon instant bonding fabric tape, which acts like double sided tape but had the necessary stretch for fabric. Usually I wouldn’t be into these quick fixes (preferring to sew where possible) but this one seemed too good not to try with tricky sequins, and so I used it to finish the hems and side edges. If you have more time I definitely encourage machine or hand sewing the edges of your skirt so it lasts longer, but if you’re working to a New Years  Eve deadline, bonding tape might be just the ticket!
DIY Sequin Maxi Skirt 9
How to:
Below is the basic pattern for your skirt. It’s super simple and there are only a few basic steps – I took the sequin fabric, made sure it was the right length and width for my body, finished the edges with instant bonding tape, then added velvet ribbon to tie in a bow at the back and finally snap buttons so it all stayed in place nicely.
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2. Once you’ve cut the piece of fabric to size (everyone’s body is different so play around and trim where necessary), run the instant tape along the hems and side edges of the fabric, about 5cm/2.5in in from the edge.
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3. Remove the plastic backing the whole way along.
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4. Fold the edge over and press firmly onto the tape. For best results, fold over twice so no raw edge is showing.
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5. Do this all the way around the edges of the fabric, folding the sequins if you are dealing with the cut edge. The fabric should end up looking a little like the image below.

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6. Now you are going to attach the velvet ties which will make sure the skirt is nice and tight around the waistband. Cut the velvet in half (run a lighter/match along the cut edge to stop fraying).  Wrap the skirt around you and at the back pin the velvet ties in place, tying in a bow to check how it sits. Once you are sure they are sitting in the right place, use your needle and thread to sew the velvet ribbon on.
DIY sequin maxi skirt
7. Each side of the velvet ties should look like this. I sewed a few lines to reinforce the two pieces.
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8.  Sew the snap buttons on using the needle and thread. The pattern at the top shows where I put the buttons, but it is indicative and the easiest way to check where the buttons should go is by putting the skirt on, tying the velvet ribbon and using pins to mark where the buttons should attach on both top ends of the fabric. Make sure to sew the buttons the right way up so they press together properly.
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9. The back of your skirt waistband should look like this once it is done, with one side sitting over the top and one on the underside, both button down nicely.
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And there you go! Such a simple piece for party celebrations, I love pairing mine with a silk midriff top or slouchy singlet and simple black flats.

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PIOL: Designing for the future

27 Nov


Acabo de descubrir esta tienda online que me ha parecido absolutamente revolucionaria:  PIOL. Se aproxima mucho a diseñar y coser, solo que no necesitas tecnica alguna, ¡solo hacer click! Increíble, ¿no? Echadle un vistazo, es alucinante. Primero seleccionas tu tono de pelo, ojos y piel; luego el modelo de vestido (puedes modificar cada parte), el tejido y estampado, tus medidas… Aquí os dejo todas las instrucciones.

With a three-fold approach to fashion – color, style and fit – PIOL allows you to create your very own uniquely designed dress from scratch that in the end, teaches us there’s much more that goes into looking our best then we once thought.  This amazing platform provides insightful and uplifting information providing direction and encouragement to follow our own intuition and basic instincts when it comes to getting dressed.  By combining state of the art technology with the skill and knowledge of one of the fashion industry’s greats, PIOL has taken the simple notion of buying a dress and launched it into the 21st century.

Edith Head, a once prominent fixture in the fashion and design world, spent most of her life dressing Hollywood’s elite during its’ golden age.  She worked in the industry for over half a century, dressing clients’ such as; Bette Davis, Shirley MacLaine, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren which helped her to develop a key eye and sense for what made each of them look their best.  In the end she came away with an ever-lasting career that provided her with 35 Oscar nominations and eight academy awards (more than any other woman has ever won) as well as the wealth of knowledge that PIOL has based its’ platform off of.  She realized even the world’s most beautiful have flaws just like the rest of us, except she knew how to cover them up – “It’s all about learning how to accentuate the positive and camouflage the negative” – and that in turn is how the Edith Head philosophy was born.

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The first step that PIOL uses to assess what works (or doesn’t work) for you is all about color.  Each of us has a unique combination of hair, eye and skin color which can either be hindered or highlighted depending on what colors we choose to wear on our bodies.  This “color aura”, as Edith calls it, is a list that consists of four colors based off of your answers that help to provide a specific palette of colors and patterns that fit each of our individual color combination.

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The next step is all about style.  First, pick one of the five silhouettes that PIOL provides (don’t worry, it’s just a base, you’ll be able to customize it later).  As you virtually enter your personal design room you can see your “color aura” at the top right of the screen with a plethora of high quality Italian and Japanese fabrics to the left of your silhouette for you to choose from.  These cottons, silks and jerseys have been specifically chosen so that they match your answers to the color questions you previously answered guaranteeing a palette that will exemplify your baby blues, firey-red hair or deep olive complexion.  As you decide on what type of fabric to use, you’re also provided with a variety of necklines, skirts, sleeves (and in some cases an “additional touch”) to choose from per each silhouette, thus allowing you to customize every inch of your garment so you can showoff your best and hide your not as flattering features.

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Last, and most importantly, it’s time to discuss fit. This “final ingredient” – as they call it – is to ensure that your garment fits you precisely from head-to-toe.  Not sure how to properly measure?  Don’t have a measuring tape? Not a problem.  PIOL not only teaches you along the way in simple directions how to properly measure your bust, waist and hips but will send you a measuring tape free of charge so your go-to dress will fit you perfectly every time.  To quote Edith Head “Excellent fit is one of the first requirements of dressing for success.”

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So whether you’re having fun and designing the dress of your dreams for a special occasion or a one-of-a-kind timeless LBD staple, once designed, in 3-4 weeks this priceless investment piece will be at your front door waiting for you to love it forever.  And trust us, once you have a dress that is made to measure you may never look at off the rack the same ever again.

See how Olivia styles her perfect PIOL go-to dress below!


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DIY Balenciaga inspired ruffle skirt


Me hice esta falda inspirada en la colección de Balenciaga primavera/verano ’13 siguiendo el tutorial de la creativa Geneva de A pair and a spare (haz click para ver su tutorial al completo). Os recomiendo de corazón que le echéis un vistazo a su blog de DIYs, ¡me encanta!

Espero que disfrutéis este tutorial y os pongáis mucho vuestra falda; la clásica combinación blanco&negro vuelve a estar muy de moda esta estación 🙂

I did myself this great skirt inspired in Balenciaga’s SS13 collection following the creative Geneva from A pair and a spare (click to see her full tutorial). I truly recommend you to have a look at her DIY blog, I love it!

I hope you enjoy this DIY, the classic balck & white combo is very in this season 🙂

You need: 

  • A simple black skirt
  • 1m (approx 1 yard) of white cotton fabric
  • 1m (approx 1 yard) of black cotton fabric
  • Dressmaker’s Scissors
  • Black and white thread
  • A Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins

or get a sewing kit here.

DIY Balenciaga ss13 Ruffle Skirt

How to:
1. Cut your skirt into an asymmetric style (shorter on one side than the other). You can go quite short of the shorter edge (almost to your underwear line) because you are going to be adding the ruffled piece which will cover you.

DIY Balenciaga ss13 Ruffle Skirt

2. Take your measuring tape and measure the edge of the asymmetric hem of the skirt all the way around.

DIY Balenciaga ss13 Ruffle Skirt

3. Using the method I showed you here in the fluted hem skirt tutorial, create two circular hem pieces  in both black and white.

DIY Balenciaga ss13 Ruffle Skirt

4. Pin the two black and white ruffled hem pieces together.

DIY Balenciaga ss13 Ruffle Skirt

5. Sew the two together on the outside edge.

DIY Balenciaga ss13 Ruffle Skirt

6. Turn inside out and the iron flat.

DIY Balenciaga ss13 Ruffle Skirt

7. Pin the inner edge of the donut to the skirt with the white on the outside and the black on the inside (or vise versus if you perfer).

DIY Balenciaga ss13 Ruffle Skirt

8. Sew along the hem and then sew along the edge with the zig zag stitch to reduce fraying.

DIY Balenciaga Skirt
Voila! Get ready to party all night long in this monotone ensemble.

Sin título Puedes ver el look al completo aquí/ You can see the full outfit here

DIY a domino clutch


¡He aquí mi primer DIY! Mi inspiración para este bolso rígido fue un clutch Charlotte Olympia, una diseñadora muuuuuy original. Llevé este bolsito hecho por mí misma en mi cumple, y podéis ver el look completo aquí.

Here is my first DIY! I was inspired by Charlotte Olympia’s domino clutch, she is a really original designer. I wore it in my birthday, and you can see the complete look here.


La caja de una cinta de vídeo/ the box of a video tape

Tijeras/ Scisors

Fieltro blanco/ white felt

pegatinas redondas negras/ black rounded stikers

pegamento (usé una pistola de pegamento) / glue (I used a glue gun)

1. Quítale el plástico transparente / Take off the transparent plastic


2. Traza un línea vertical a la mitad de la caja/ draw a vertical line at the half of the box


3. Traza dos diagonales en cada lado/ draw two diagonals at each side


4. Pega las pegatinas dibujando el número que desees a cada lado/ stick the stickers drawing the numbers you prefer at each sideIMG_2730

5. Abre la caja y utilízala como guía para dibujar un triángulo en el fieltro. Recorta otro igual / Open the box and use it as a guide to draw a triangle. Make another equal one


6. Pégalo en el interior / stick inside



¡Y… listo!/ And…done!



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