DIY Pom Pom Trim Scarf

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021 DIY Pom Pom Trim ScarfOne of the things that I wanted to more of on the blog in 2014 was DIY’s. So I have finally kicked myself into action with a little DIY project on a scarf that I have been meaning to customise for ages.
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I bought the scarf for 1 Euro at a church jumble sale in Tenerife quite a few years ago. I had all sorts of grand plans for the scarf as plain white accessories aren’t really my thing, but unfortunately life took over. When I stumbled across some amazing pom pom trim in a little webshop called the Elephant in my Handbag, I knew the time was right for my DIY Pom Pom scarf project. I bought enough trim to edge around three edges of the scarf leaving one long edge free. I guess I could have spent a little more on the trim and edged all four edges and it may have looked even better. The project was really simple, I just handstitched the trim around the scarf folding diagonally on the corners. It was the perfect little project for completing whilst watching TV.

I did consider using the orange trim for this project but decided to keep for another DIY, a crazy paisley pom pom scarf. What do you think? add to this scarf or keep for another project? Either way, it could take me a while to get round to it!

If you would like any more pom pom inspiration, you could check out this fab post at Scrap Hacker.

Have you completed any DIY projects lately?

With warmest wishes

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DIY – The Perfect Fit

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I almost always find that there is some aspect of the fit of a piece of clothing that is just not quite right. Being short I find that I often need to shorten clothes but I also have problems with dresses and tops being tight across the shoulders, I am not a fan of wearing sleeves unless they are made of stretchy material. This months DIY round up on Ethical Fashion Bloggers was all about changing a piece of clothing for the perfect fit and I decided it was about time I tackled one of the pieces of clothing that has been hanging in my wardrobe unworn for a while.

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I used to love wearing this dress because of the applique flowers around the hemline but it was a little tight on the shoulders and sleeves, so I decided to remove them giving me a little more room to move. In case you are wondering the headwear is by House of Beth.

I hope that you are having a lovely weekned. Christmas has officially begun in our house and Mr Style Eyes and the children have been busy putting up the decorations. Are you ready for Christmas or do you prefer to wait until a bit nearer the time?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Upcycling – Better the Devil you Sew

I love upcycling or refashioning, whatever you want to call it! I think it is the best way to give old clothes a new lease of life and the perfect opportunity to get creative, make something a bit different to wear and of course, it is so much better for the environment than buying something new. I used to make clothes from scratch but by upcycling, you can often make something amazing in next to no time. If you are still not convinced of the merits of upcycling, perhaps that fact that it is a major trend at the moment might sway you, you can just check out the DIY section on Pinterest for evidence (and inspiration!)

Better the Devil You Sew is a new Collection at Oxfam Brighton made completely by volunteers from damaged clothes that are donated to Oxfam. Check out the video above for ideas and inspiration. It just shows what you can achieve with a few old clothes.

Do you like upcycling? please share your latest project.

BTW- you can check out my latest post for Oxfam Fashion – Our Top Picks for Autumn Winter.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

A DIY Dip Dyed Cardigan

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Cardigan – Charity shop/ upcycled
Dress – People Tree
Boots – Clarks
Necklaces – Made UK and New Look

This month the DIY/ upcycling challenge on Ethical Fashion Bloggers was all about knitwear. I never have enough knitwear so decided to invest in a cardigan from the local charity shop for just over a fiver and have a go at dip dying it. If you would like to know what I did, read on…

Before I continue with this post, would just like to say that this DIY is a little more messy than I had anticipated. Luckily I did it outside but I would recommend extreme caution if dip dying indoors and make sure you wear rubber gloves!

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I choose Dylon navy blue dye and a cream coloured cardigan.

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I mixed up a third of the Dylon Dye according to the instructions and put the cardigan in and stirred occasionally for abour 25 minutes. Obviously this wasn’t quite enough as the top part of the cardigan had a slightly mottled effect, although I quite like it like this.

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I then rung the cardigan out (wearing the rubber gloves) added another third of the dye to the bowl, clipped the cardigan on the hanger and dipped the bottom to thirds in to the dye and left for about 25mins.

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I then added the last third of dye, mixed and dipped in the bottom part of the cardigan for another 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally I rinsed the cardigan in cold water a few times and put on a rinse in the washing machine.

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I am quite impressed with how this worked out even though it had  a slight mottled effect. Despite the mess, it was quite easy and think I may well give dip dying another try, perhaps something like a trench coat or pair of jeans next time. What do you think? have you ever dip dyed anything or are you ready to give dip dying a try?

If you like DIYing or outfit challenges, why not join us at www.ethicalfashionbloggers.com?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Lovely Links!

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I have been seeing so many fantastic blog posts over the last few weeks, I have decided to start sharing them with a new feature called Lovely Links. Here is what I love this week.

Summer Rayne Oakes – this model is on a (sustainable) mission - another fantastic interview in the eco fashion series at Urban Times.

When costume becomes street cred - how amazing are these doiley leggings featured on the six items challenge blog?

A New Lease of Life for Tights - who hasn’t got loads of tights stuffed in a draw somewhere. I love this fantastic idea for upcycling them by Ms Castro on a Bike (Fashion Stylist, Lupe Castro).

Interview with Vintage Vixen if you haven’t already done so, you should check out this interview that I did for Oxfam Fashion.

Remade in Leeds – this article on the Ethical Fashion Forum Source Magazine tells you a little more about their shop of the month.

Red Carpet Recycler - it is great to hear that more celebrities are joining Olivia Firth in her Green Carpet Challenge as discussed in this Vogue article.

Tomorrow is the next update on  my progress with the six items challenge. It has been a tough week now looking forward to the weekend. Hope you have a lovely time.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Image credit - www.vogue.co.uk

DIY Hairband From Old T Shirts

We all have a few old t shirts in the wardrobe which have stretched out of shape or faded and no longer look great to wear but can still be used to make something useful. Inspired by a T shirt jewellery tutorial that I saw on one of my favourite blogs, Aqui, I decided to have a go myself. Actually my creation seemed to look better as a hairband than a necklace, so that is what I turned it in to.

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First I gathered together some old tshirts and my fabric shears. I obviously went for the brightest and boldest colours and patterns that I had but you could choose more subtle combinations or even go for one colour.

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027 DIY Hairband From Old T ShirtsThen I cut the t shirts on the bias (diagionally) into strips of about 3-4cm. Again you don’t have to make them this width, try thinner or wider and see how it turns out. You can then knot or plait your strips. I plaited 4 strips, my daughter also had a go a tying knots which worked quite well and she made it into a really cute bracelet. It helps to attach or loop it around something at one end.

0311 DIY Hairband From Old T ShirtsI then weaved another strip through the plait and used to tie secure at both ends before tying the whole thing in a loop. if I am honest I didn’t really follow an exact process, it was more a case of just messing about with it until it looked right.

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Here is how it turned out! and the verdict from Mr Style Eyes ‘yes it looks OK, better than some of the stuff I have seen you make and go out in’, I’ll take that as a compliment then!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Oxfam Fashion Blogger’s Meet Up

Yesterday was the Oxfam Fashion blogger’s meet, a fantastic opportunity for me to the other the others who blog for Oxfam Fashion, find out some more about Oxfam Fashion and talking ethical fashion, blogging and social media.

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We met at the showrooms of Foundation PR which was crammed with rails of amazing ethical fashion, definitely a feast for the eyes. My lovely fellow bloggers and the team at Oxfam included Kathryn of Kat Got the Cream, Jen of Little BirdEmma Waight, Sadie of Sadies Wardrobe, Rupy Kaur, Emily of Erose and Hattie of Inside the Mind of a Disco Ball Thea, Caroline and Belle. It was great to meet everyone and have a chat over lunch. I was truly inspired by how passionate everyone was about ethical fashion, recycling and Oxfam. We had some realy interesting conversations about why people buy do and don’t buy ethical and charity shop fashion, some food for thought and perhaps a few ideas for blog posts there. I would definitely recommend checking out their blogs and posts.

I wanted to share with you a little that I learnt about Oxfam Fashion as even though I work for them as a volunteer, I never even realised all of this!

 Oxfam will be at London Fashion Week

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Image from Oxfam Fashion SS12 look book. Photographer: Chris Mosey

Well sort of! Oxfam Fashion will be at The Good Fashion Show on Saturday, the biggest off schedule event during LFW. They will be hosting a pop-up boutique selling a range of winter (the cold is not over yet) and spring clothing, including accessories and handbags. They will also be featuring 5 of the outfits from their recent lookbook in the catwalk show.

Oxfam have some great resources for Upcyclers

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Oxfam actively promote reuse of clothing and one way that we can do that is by upcycling or customising a charity shop piece to make it individual and unique. Last June Oxfam launched their first DIY Boutique in Camden, which is a bespoke fashion destination which inspires individuality and clothing customisation . They also have a DIY collection, designed by stylist Mrs Jones and have some great DIY tutorials on their website as well as some cards which I believe will be in the shops. They have some great craft supplies including pieces which can be used to embellish clothing, buttons and craft kits which are availble online and from the shops. Check out the Oxfam Fashion DIY pages for more information.

Virtually Nothing Gets Wasted at Oxfam

 At Oxfam, even the clothing that doesn’t get sold at the shops does not go to landfill. Everything that is not sold goes to Wastesaver, Oxfam’s own clothing recycling plant which also maximises the revenue from clothing that has been donate. The clothes are sorted by specialist who pick out the different types of clothes which are then sent to different high street shops (sometimes more specialist or boutiques), sold through the online shop or Oxfam Festival Shop or go to designers who work with recycled garments. Anything that cannot be used in the UK will go abroad to markets in  Europe, Africa or Asia or Oxfam’s social enterprise projects. Finally the lowest grades will be used for industrial use like car sound proofing or matress stuffing.

A big thanks to the team at Oxfam Fashion for a lovely day! You can check out Oxfam Fashion blog and online shop here.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

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DIY Christmas Present

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This year I had planned to make most of my Christmas pressies. Unfortunately with the demands of trying to run a business, look after 2 children and be the domestic goddess that I definitely am not, I kind of ran out of time for making all of my presents. Here is one of the presents that I did manage to make. You might recognise the fabric it was from the vintage dress that I shortened that I wore in this outfit for another an Ethical Fashion Bloggers outfit challenge. I got the chain from the local vintage shop.

I also featured this DIY project in my most recent post for Oxfam Fashion, How I am reclaiming Christmas. This post is also part of the Ethical Fashion Bloggers Christmas DIY Roundup, if you are interested in taking part in our round ups and outfit challenges, you can find out more about how to join here.

I hope that you are all ready for Christmas and also finding time to relax and enjoy yourself.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

DIY/ Refashioned Skull T Shirt

Yesterday I decided to have another go at a DIY/ refashioning project using a plain old black t shirt for this weeks IFB project on DIY. I have bleached quite a few clothes in the past but this time decided to try using bleach for a stencil effect. I chose a skull design.

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For this project, you will need

An old t shirt in a dark colour
Some household bleach
rubber gloves
a plastic bag
a doiley
some greaseproof paper
a plastic tub
a sponge

I would also recommend protecting your clothes with an apron as any splashes of bleach will ruin them.

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First draw the stencil design onto greaseproof paper and cut it out. It needs to be a fairly simple shape.

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Then put the plastic bag inside the t shirt flat so it stops the bleach leaking through onto the back. Lay the stencil onto the t shirt. Tip some bleach into the plastic pot and (wear rubber gloves for this bit) use the sponge to gently dab it over the stencil. I then removed the stencil and used the doiley to stencil a lace effect around the rest of the front of the t shirt in random patches.

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You will then need to wait until the bleach starts to work. Don’t leave it on too long. Once the design is clearly visible, you should rinse until all of the bleach is gone. It took me about 5 rinses.049 772x1024 DIY/ Refashioned Skull T Shirt

And here is  the finished result. As always you could adapt this DIY to make something different. Another interesting ideas would be to cut the doiley into a collar shape and use it to make a lace collar design with the bleach, you could also just bleach all over the t shirt (or any other piece of dark clothing) using the doilies or another type of stencil.

So what do you think? would you give this DIY a try?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

FBFF – Refashioning – DIY Tromp L Oeil Top

I love to refashion old clothes or items from a charity shop to bring them up to date or give them a new lease of life. I was really pleased that the Fashion and Beauty Friends Friday topic for today was about refashioning. Not only do I get loads more inspiration and ideas from the other posts but I also I get to post my first DIY/ refashion post on the new Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog.

My refashion / DIY project was something that I have been thinking about doing for ages. In the end I only managed to kick myself into action yesterday evening, which just shows how quick this DIY was. It took me about an hour. It is inspired by Tromp L’oeil art or ‘trick of the eye’ or when something isn’t what it seems and involves embellishing a top with ribbon to make it look like it  has a collar.

For this DIY you will need:
An old or second hand t shirt – preferably with a round and quite high neck.
Some thin ribbon in a contrasting colour – about 1 metre should be enough
A ruler
Scissors
Needle, thread and pins

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I got this simple black Marks and Spencers t shirt from the local British Red Cross charity shop for £1.50.

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You  need to lay out your ribbon on your top and work out roughly how you would like your collar to look.

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Once you have rough idea of how you want it to look you can begin to pin the ribbon onto the t shirt. Finish the ends of the ribbon by tucking under. Use a ruler to measure the main points including the collar tips and distance of top of collar along the shoulder seam and ensure that it is all symmetrical. At the collar tips fold the ribbon back on its self to create the right angle.

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Once your collar is laid out and pinned exactly how you want, you can sew it. You can sew along the middle of the ribbon using a sewing machine. I decided to hand stitch it along the edge of the ribbon for that handcrafted look ( and because I couldn’t be bothered to get my sewing machine out).

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You then need to pin and sew another line of ribbon along the actual neckline of the t shirt again tucking the ends under to finish. Finally press with iron on quite a low heat (otherwise the heat might damage the ribbon).

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Top- DIY’d
Skirt- Dorothy Perkins (really old)
Brooch – local vintage shop
Shoes – Urban Outfitters


Here is the finished Tromp L’Oeil Top worn with a vintage bow brooch at the neck. You could also make a little fabric bow to sew or pin to the collar.

Other possibilities for DIY Tromp L’oeil projects are endless. You could also add a vertical line of ribbon down the top to look like an opening and add pocket shape and even a line of real buttons. This project would also work really well with a plain shift dress or tunic. Black and white looks really striking but you could try all sorts of different colour combinations or even a patterned ribbon.

How about sewing lapels onto a simple cardigan with ribbon? Strings of sequins could be used instead of ribbon for an evening top or party dress. You could also make  a more rounded Peter Pan collar or make the collar shape using individual beads or pearls.

What do you think? would you give this DIY a try? You can also check out the other refashion/ DIY posts over on Adventures in Refashioning.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X