Category: Make do and mend

Shredded tops: DIY

In my last post I ranted a bit about how expensive Bitching and Junkfoods shredded tops were etc etc, so I wanted to show you how easy it is to DIY.  Sorry for the crappy picture quality :).

  1. Take an oversized top which you’re bored of, one pair of fabric scissors and an eyeliner.
  2. Put on the top and mark with eyeliner/something that will wash off, where you want the fringing to go up to:
I took my old playboy top which I got aggeees ago from Topman.  I’ve already customised it by cutting the armholes out but I was getting a bit bored of it.  My fringing is going to go to just above my belly button, but to be honest you can do it right up to under your boobs if you want.
3.  Lay the top on the ground or a table. *This is important – don’t try to cut it while you’re wearing it, you could poke yourself and it will look crap.*
Cut a straight line from the hem up to the line you’ve drawn.  Keep your cutting hand rested on the ground/table to steady it and use the other hand to hold the fabric taut.  See below.
4.  Make the next cut to make your first fringe, I did mine about 1.5cm wide as it’s easy to judge by eye.
5. Repeat step 4!:  *important*  when you get to the seams at the side cut around them not through them so they stay intact.  Otherwise it might unravel which is no fun at all.
This is my top with the front section completed.
and all finished!:
Afterwards I just cut of the little bits of hem at the bottom as I think it looks nicer.
One last IMPORTANT thing.  Your top is now delicate – don’t just bung it into the wash basket willynilly.  Put it into a pillowcase before you put it in, this will protect it from snagging on zips/buttons etc.
I hope you liked this + maybe it’s inspired you to do some shredding?  let me know if you do!
Nuala xo
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The crochet comeback

I know winter seems a long way off with our (crap, rainy) summer only just beginning.  However I’m already starting to get excited about winter fashion trends to come in 2011.

Both Christopher Kane and Henry Holland showcased a lot of crochet in their Autumn/Winter collections and to be honest, after seeing them I think I might get the old needles out myself.

HOUSE OF HOLLAND A/W 2011

I love these designs, the colours are very eccentric but I think we need a bit of fun in the wintertime to cheer us all up!  I’m so bored of the same old browns and blacks for A/W collections.

Apparently Holland found it really hard to actually source someone who could make his crochet designs as it’s such a dying art.  I want to start getting more crafty with making things and learn how to knit/sew/crochet.  Check out this blog – Attic24 for some cute inspiration.

Christopher Kane A/W 2011

Christopher Kane showcased a less extravagant, more sophisticated take on crochet.  I love the way he has printed crochet imagery onto the leather jacket and the little gel pouches on the dress (remember having pencil cases like that in primary school and thinking you were class?).

During my crochet research I also noticed that http://www.ETSY.com sells some crochet patterns from the 70’s:

aren’t they gorge!

Funny enough, I’m pretty de-sensitized to crocheted things lying about the house as we have a family friend who knits us all enormous blankets every now and then. (my blanket shown below).

My little sister modelling her blanket.

and l’il bro modelling his (he’s a bit camera shy sometimes)

All of a sudden I’m starting to look at these blankets in a different light.  They aren’t just things that I throw over my bed to hide all the mess anymore, they’re actually stylish thanks to Henry Holland and Christopher Kane.

So chums, I hope I’ve inspired you to break out the needles and give your grannies a ring as I think this is going to be one of the biggest trends next season.  Failing that, I’ll obviously keep an eye out for crochet items popping up on the high street.  I’ve already snapped up this beaut top from TOPSHOP:

There are matching shorts too but I’m determined to try to make my own!

Nuala xo