Tagged: festival fashion

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

Festival season excitement

Hi everyone, sorry for the delay and my general laziness!  This week I’m getting very excitamundo because hopefully I’ll be booking the 15th-22nd of June off and booking my tickets to go to the SONAR festival in Barcelona!

Click here for the SONAR website.

While I’m there I’ll definitely have to do stylespotting every day – I can’t miss that opportunity!

So because of that It’s got me thinking about festival style in general..

Unfortunately for anyone going to a local festival, Ireland and England are both considered to have generally miz. and unpredictable weather so we have many more things to worry about fashion-wise.  Here are my 3 basic essentials for a local festival (eg. OXEGEN).

1. Wellies – seriously, do not kid yourself into thinking your converse will do.  You will get trenchfoot.

The fluoro-orange Hunter’s are gorgeous but £75 is a wee bit unrealistic.  Still, nice to drool over.  The unisex Dunlop’s on the right might not look like much but they are a classic wellie-boot, they keep your tootsies nice and dry and they’re only £11.99.

2. Good socks:  Get knee highs in various colours and thicknesses, you’ll thank me when everyone else is getting wellie-chaif on their calves from wearing bare legs.  Also they’re cosy and you can jazz up your Wellington’s with them!

O’Hanlon Mills boot socks (unisex one size fits all) available from URBAN OUTFITTERS for £5.oo.  Blue stripe socks, £5.00 from  ASOS.com.  Try folding the top of the sock over your wellies for extra comfort + so everyone can see your lovely socks :).

3. A raincoat:   Don’t go without a basic pack-a-mac! and also I’d advise you not to bring a big hefty coat as it’s a pain when you get into the sweaty arenas.  Thin layers are the way to go.  (annoyingly I can’t find anywhere selling them at the minute but I’ll find some soon).

So those are my 3 basic essentials, in the next few posts I’ll be looking at rucksacks, tents, make-up and festival fashion in past years.  Oh and what I hope to be wearing at SONAR in sunny Barcelona! Hope you enjoyed this one and if you have any questions let me know!

Nuala xo