**If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m currently glueing a tonne of rhinestones onto a pair of shoes. While doing this gargantuan mission, and there’ll be more on that in its own post when I’m done, I’ve been watching Friends in the background. It’s in my head. Following me around. Everywhere.
I’m in between on whether or not I like these shoes. Really, they’d be as simple as a belt glued on to a pump. The most adjustment you’d need to do is make sure the overlap of the belt- the end sticking out of the buckle after it’s done up- is trimmed in a way that looks intentional.
I like this sequin fringe moment. I’m not into the glam sporty look, but imagine the fringe in black on a black dress, or even in smokey quartz on a grey dress…
I like this look. I wouldn’t attempt adding that many grommets without a grommet tool, though hammering this many could definitely work out some demons. I always lose the belt to my trenches and I think something like this would be a great way to do something fun to a beltless coat.
I can’t figure out if these are rhinestones or some sort of metal bead. In any case, I like the way they’re sporadic but not spazzy. I’m also almost always all in for an embellished hat.
I LOVE the idea of adding rhinestones to a swishy pleated skirt. It’s gorgeous and elegant, but still subtle.
I’m really into the embellishment on this shoe. The bow on top of the tassel reminds me of something, but I can’t figure out what. In any case, it’s a really wow shoe.
I’ve tried many times to add a capped toe onto shoes. For whatever reason, I can never get it quite right. I like the idea of just throwing a knot over it- it’d definitely take the pressure off…
I love appliques and the way these have been applied and contrasted with the green coat is stunning. I’m officially on the lookout for a green jacket and black rose appliques.
I don’t think this would be too hard to make from scratch. All you’d need is a good fabric, velvet ribbon, and a dress that fits you well to trace. Personally, I’d avoid the overdramatic bustle and just do a shift dress.
Aside from the embellished pleats that seem to be everywhere this season, I also noticed the collar. I know way back they used to do detachable collars and I’m just sitting here wondering why that isn’t a thing anymore. Imagine wearing this collar one day, a rose gold version the next, and a sapphire one after. Detachable stuff is the WAY.
Whoo! It’s ready to wear time! I love ready to wear. It’s a good mix of clothes you would buy and super out there so you see stuff that’s nice and wearable with the occasional “what on earth?!” mixed in.
I don’t know if I like this cardigan or not… I’m definitely intrigued. I wonder if you could get this effect with fishnets or if you could do some sort of stretchy power mesh?
It looks like this sweater is sewn onto the tank part. It’s an interesting approach, almost like a cold-shoulder dickie. It’s a good fix for when you’re trying to cut a Flashdance sweater and take it a touch too far.
I’m always intrigued by things I can make from a men’s button down. I think if you made some adjustments there could be a cute top in here. Mainly, I’d do a more bandeau-ish cutout instead of the bra look.
First off, I could definitely glue a row of crystals onto shoes. It’s like they’re not even making it hard for us anymore. Secondly, I don’t think this skirt would be easy to DIY. If you have hips like mine finding a jacket would be its own circle of hell. If you did manage, dealing with the sleeves would be a whole other thing. Then there’s the issue of whether you’d trust that one tiny button to hold everything together. All I’m saying is I’m going to be quite the weirdo in the men’s department wrapping tuxedo jackets around my waist for the next little while.
I went shopping on the weekend and saw a lot of dresses that look like the top of this one. I loved them, but they were all too damn short. I wonder how it would go if I bought two of the same dress and added a long ruffle to the bottom?
I love the look of this embellished strap. It gives me a very Robin-Hood-y warrior vibe. However, I wonder about the practicality of this. These would only look really great if they were metal and metal tends to hold heat and cold in a way that I don’t want on my shoulder. Don’t get me wrong- if I find anything that looks like the plates? charms? things? that they’ve attached to the straps I’m 100% making this. I’m just worried about branding/freezing myself.
Speaking of ruffles added onto dresses for length, the pleat on here is intriguing. I’m into how it’s not a super proper hem on the top, but it’s not even a little messy.
If you cut two armholes into a square of fabric you can make a nice drapey vest. If you add a blanket stitch to the edges you’d be onto something.
This blouse definitely gives me some like, pirate/swashbuckler vibes I’m a bit into it. You’d either need a good shirt and matching fabric or 2 or 3 of the same shirt. It might look really cute with a high waisted pencil skirt.
I love the purse strap treatment of the belt on this outfit. I also love how that ribbon on the hip looks. I don’t really want that thick of a line on my hips, but I think a velvet ribbon the sleeve seam would be something to consider.
It looks like this is a velvet coat with a black camisole under it. I’ve never been one for velvet, but lately, it just seems to be calling me. I wonder if I could get a similar effect doing a square with armholes? Or, if puff sleeves are as forgiving as I think they might be and really go for it? Also, I could DIY those jeans, and I saw shoes just like that at Penney’s.
I like anything Baroque influenced- more is more! And I’m definitely into it on the bottom of a skirt. A part of me would love to be the type of person who would hand embroider the entire bottom of the skirt. Honestly, I don’t think I’d feel like it was time-waste-y at all. At the end of the day, it’s a black and gold skirt and is pretty timeless. But a part of me knows I’m only as talented as finding the right applique’s.
As always, there’s also another option: Fabric paint and stencils. I’m loving the black and olive combo.
I love a good one shoulder sleeve. I’d do a simple black dress, but keep the row of crystals.
I love lace, and I love lace and leather combined. These shorts are so cute. This would also look awesome on a skirt.
I think the top of this dress wouldn’t be hard to make, but the skirt is just two rectangles stacked and gathered on a waistband. What I really love about this is the fabric and how they’ve mixed sequins with lace.
Imagine how cute that trim pattern would look on a raglan sweater, possibly cut off the shoulder a bit?
I love that this Baroque-y, scrolly stuff is back in. I’m obsessed with it. This one looks like it might have been done with sequin tape, which is its own demon, but at least it’s easy to find. Maybe I just need to get better at embroidery…
I am, always have been, and always will be team arm party. Stacked bracelets are awesome and a great way to get faster at basic beading.
I’m intrigued by and concerned about this sweater. First off, I like the idea of having the sequins and the cutout. I think it’s a really cool look. I think it’d be even cooler having the cutouts as a sort of repeating pattern then wearing a tank under. I’m concerned about the fraying issue. Maybe use this on a baggy t-shirt with a tank under? I’m also concerned that we’re back in a “forgetting to wear pants” era of fashion. It’s cold out.
This outfit is a LOT, but it’s got some great details. Imagine that sparkly neckline on a black camisole? What about those rhinestone edges on a dark grey skirt? If you love the patterns I mean, yeah, they’re stunning. Even just keep bold prints and not pair them together. The good thing is while it’s fun to be bold, if you’re sparkly but subtle it’s quite easy to pare this one down.
I have a love/hate relationship with brooches. Whenever I wear one I feel like I’ve broken some sort of brooch etiquette rule and done it wrong. I decide I’m totally against them, and then I see something like this jacket and just remember how amazing they can be.
I don’t have a camo coat, I’m a bit trepidatious of camo in general. I do have an army green jacket, and I’m wondering if I could put some detachable cheetah print on the cuffs, collar, and pocket flaps. It would definitely be an idea for next fall…
For reals though, since I saw the designer wearing this jacket in the men’s show I’ve been looking to make it and I’m having a tough go at finding all the elements. I’m still 100% committed to punk Clueless. Don’t worry, it will come even if it means me studding a jacket on my deathbed.
I tend not to be a big denim/mixed denim/not jeans or a skirt or a plain shirt person, but I love this top. Maybe it’s the addition of leather, but it’s just so cool. If only we had a country bar in this town…
I’m trying to figure out what makes this different than any other heavily appliqued jacket and I can’t quite put my finger on it. However, there’s something about the silver/white on black and the chain on the sleeve that gets me.
This is the embellished leather on top again. I’m really into this look- it’s casual and understated yet still super fun.
Okay, so, this is a look with a backstory! About nine or ten years ago American Apparel had this t-shirt that had kind of an open back with fringe attaching the two points. I really wanted that shirt, but I didn’t buy it because I was like, “Psh, I could make that.” I even. bought. the. fringe. I don’t know why I never finished that project but imagine this dress, but in reverse, so the front we’re seeing is the back. Or just a full fringe dress because why the hell not?
I like the idea of just embellishing the jacket sleeves and collar. This looks almost like it has little pearls in the middle of a bigger bead on the lower half of the arms.
I love this entire outfit and would both love and hate to knit that dress one day, but that headband would be more than easy and super quick. It just looks like a 2×2 rib in the round. sorted.
I love a good rib knit scarf. They’re a pain to knit, they take forever- especially to get this long, but they’re so easy. It always kind of amuses me that they’re a high fashion thing. The good thing about a scarf like this is that if you’re a new knitter it’s great practice, and an experienced knitter can use a project like this as a chance to invest in really beautiful yarn.
I love a good embellished anything and that blazer collar is calling my name! Stuff like this is super easy to recreate because there’s no preciousness to how you place stones. Also, let’s take a minute for these amazing shoes… and how easy they’d be to recreate.
I like the idea of painting the underside of a cuff gold. Unfortunately, pants that I need to cuff don’t exactly exist, but imagine a gold band on the bottom of a skirt?
I think I could recreate this hat by knitting a black tam and sewing on a bunch of gold sequins. It’d be cute with jeans and a blazer on a cold night out- especially around Christmas.
Now, I’m not going to outwardly suggest that you should spend ages sewing rectangular sequins onto a jacket, but I will say if you’re crazy enough to spend the time doing that (and we all know I am), it’s best if you do it on something like this that will last many seasons.
London Fashion Week has already started, so let’s see what other DIY inspo is coming at us this season…
Things are about to get WEIRD! Or, shall we say creative? Couture is one of my favourite little fantasy worlds to jump into. Since it’s only shown in Paris, I’m going to pretend I’m in one of my favourite places…
I love these shoes. I actually have a pair of pointy-toed black flats that kind of hurt, I wonder if some ankle stabilization would help?
This skirt is really nice. It looks like it’s either a half or three-quarter circle skirt. I’d say there’s probably some sort of lining, then a sparkle layer, and maybe a layer or two of tulle on top to tone down the sparkle?
Not everyone may have time to glue a tonne of sequin’s on a blazer, but I do! For reals though, I think this would be a pretty cool way to take a painting and pixelate it. I mean, the next time I see black blazers on clearance I’m buying them out.
I can’t really tell if these shoes are covered in very tiny rhinestones or just a coat of glitter. Honestly, if I’m going to do sparkle shoes I’d veer towards rhinestones. I need to experiment more, but glitter tends to not have the staying power or replaceability of rhinestones.
Also, I haven’t seen the full video of the show, so I’m going to choose to ignore whatever’s going on to the left.
I’m a sucker for trim. To tone down the very strong matador vibe I’d omit the frog closures.
Now, I know that the embroidered bit is attached to the dress and not the belt, but imagine if it was a belt? You could even do snaps and make an amazing interchangeable applique belt that could go on any plain dress.
Maybe I’m on a weird belt kick and noticing these things, or maybe Elie Saab is just making cute belts, but I love this. I think the hardest bit would be figuring out a closure- I’d be worried about the rock being too heavy for ribbons, but wouldn’t want the clunkiness of a clip. Maybe conceal something behind the stone?
My brother’s a geologist so you’d think I’d know what the rock slices are called, but there ya go. I think they’d hurt on the earring, but the bangle is super cute- and would basically just be glueing a rock to a bangle. I mean, come on. *update, they’re called agates, and you wouldn’t need to find a fake one because real ones are surprisingly affordable. Yay!
Louis Vuitton did white paint splattered on coats in their men’s Autumn/Winter line. It irritates me a bit because a few years back my Dad was painting the house and apparently paint got on my boots some other way that had nothing to do with him, I don’t know, draw your own conclusions because I certainly did. In any case, there splotches of white paint on my boots. I’m just mad at myself for not having the like, creative intuition to just roll with it and add a tonne more splatters. I think I need to find a great coat on clearance and honour that poor, poor loss.
I’m really into the champagne gold hem on the bottom of this dress. How cute would a glitter hem look on a black circle skirt?
That, my dears, is a cowboy/motorcycle boot hybrid. I love both kinds of those boots, and I’m slowly deciding if I like them together. I’d probably not Ted Mosby it and make the black pair… maybe with gold… I wonder if my country bar shirt is still sitting in Canada…
I think you could really easily make something similar out of a big men’s dress shirt. I’d probably take off the slanted hem, but it wouldn’t be too hard to adapt to a straight hem.
This is another one of those “I don’t know why I like it” pieces. As a knitter, I think the idea of having less make-up to do at the end of a project appeals to me. In any case, this would be a simple job of cutting and hemming.
I love this fur collar. I’m not entirely sure how to wear it- do you take it off once you reach your destination? It’d be awesome for theatres and when you’re sitting somewhere kind of but not super chilly.
I really like this scarf. While you could do it their way and just sew up a big length of suiting and pop some bobbly tassels on the end, I think this might be the perfect opportunity for me to finally learn to do a knit herringbone stitch. I’m warm just looking at it.
Super slouchy hat patterns are a dime a dozen. A part of me wonders if you could almost do the feather as like an intarsia design on the hat? Or maybe just glue a bow and a flat feather on the hat?
I’m not a huge fan of the whole oversized hoodie as a dress thing, but I like the way they’ve done a subtle channel here. It doesn’t add anything in the way of shape, but it makes it look so much more pulled together.
I love the idea of a key on a shoe. I’m not sure I’d have it flopping around like this- imagine if you were walking and it came down hard on the top of your foot, but I wonder if there’s a flexible way to do it.
The first like six iterations of this sweater I was like, “that’s pointless.” But if you stare at it long enough it starts to grow on you. I wonder if you could do a sort of chiffon/sweater hybrid, but maybe not so nipply?
I like the way these buttons go horizontally not vertically. It’s a really cool, unexpected detail. I also think it’s cool that they’re actual buttonholes and not just sewn on. I wonder if this would work on a knit sweater?
I like a lot of what’s going on here. First off, let’s take a minute for what looks like an awesome embellished t-shirt underneath. Secondly, I’m into the mixing of the black and gold buttons on the jacket. It’s really subtle but still super cool.
This is really similar to the Undercover sweater tunic, but it looks almost like they’ve just taken off the ribbing and flipped the bottom of the shirt. They’ve sent a few of these hoodie tunics down the runway, and in a some of them, it looks like they used the ribbing for a drawstring casing which would make this even easier.
I really like the quilted leather sleeves on this. If you found the right fabric it’d be super easy to do.
I feel like every Autumn/Winter a scarf like this comes around- a bit chunky, but yet a basic 1 x 1 or 2 x 2 rib, usually with tassels. Something like this would be worth splurging out on some absolutely gorgeous wool for- maybe merino or even a cashmere blend? You’d really have it forever.
There’s a lot of this speckled tie-dye print in Berluti’s collection. I don’t know if traditional tie-dye would be the way to go- maybe painting dye onto fabric set up for tie-dye? It’d be a fun experiment.
I like a lot of what’s going on with this jacket. I’m pretty sure I could get that effect with watered down fabric paint, patience, and a good brush. My favourite part of this is how some of the studs are a kind of brushed silver, and some are white to match their placement. This would make a really cool jacket.
This version looks like it’d be a lot easier to DIY- the white is more controlled. I’d probably keep it all to flat studs, but I’m into it. I’d clearly need both iterations of this.
I’m tall and it’s really hard to find stuff that’s long enough. I’m into any idea that lengthens a sleeve or a pant leg and still looks cool.
I like the way they’ve strung a belt as a drawstring. I think this would look cool on a day dress.
My first instinct looking at this was wondering if I could use thin leather cording, braiding it, and kind of “stacking” it on top of each other. Looking at it again, You could almost weave leather and glue it to another bag.
There’s a lot of embellished sweaters this season. I like how these look a bit more rock-like than some other gems.
I think this is a really cool idea. I’d be tempted to pare it down and do it in a black or dark grey. I wonder how hard it would be to make the faux fur part detachable?
The faux fur on bags looks cool, but I’d worry about it being functional. Rain happens. I like the idea of doing it on the handle- it could be (my favourite) detachable! Note that this dress is doing that Marni/Liam Hodges acid wash overdye thing I talked about. Also, note that there may be a post on how damn easy that is to do coming up.
Embellished leather jackets are apparently a thing this year, and I love the way this one is adorned with rope. Sometimes with chain or studs or whatever else the fashion gods give us, things can look really overwhelming. This definitely manages to keep it simple and cool.
As much as I love men’s fashion, I can’t wait to get into Spring/Summer Couture!
It’s that time of year again! FASHION WEEK! I love high fashion. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it confuses the fejula out of me, but even if I absolutely hate an entire show, I spend a lot of it thinking about what I could do differently. Love it or hate it, it’s definitely inspiring.
I tend to love men’s fashion, it’s a lot more subtle and classic. As cultural gender lines blur and androgyny becomes trendier, half the designers send female and male models down their catwalks. What I’m looking for here is more of a refashion/no pattern sew vibe. While I would love to make a thousand gorgeous black blazers they take both skill and a budget that I just don’t have right now. Side note, Paris hasn’t happened yet, so that’ll be a separate post. So, let’s see what the men have for us!
I love these shoes. I probably wouldn’t wear them- I’m only starting to be allowed to wear heels and I’m taller than everyone anyway, but I bet I could do something to get this kind of colour on the back vibe in a more wearable way.
I love this skirt. Fabric like this could get expensive, but you could probably get paillettes in bulk and sew em all on. This definitely sparks some imagination…
I like the idea of a classic blazer with a different coloured, but still very neutral coloured sleeve. Sleeves are a bit of a pain, but overall they’re not the hardest things to swap out. It’d be even easier to keep that kind of “two-seam” look.
I really like this champagne gold edging- it’d be a great way to add pizazz to a boring blazer. I’m also really into the shoes. I love fancy shoes and those are gorgeous without being too much… well, maybe a bit much, but it is D&G.
Why aren’t the tips of all my black shoes coated in gold glitter? I actually had a pair of glitter capped shoes I bought at Zara like six years ago in Rome and wore them until the glitter was literally completely gone, so clearly I like the style. I’m actually being really restrained here because I could do an entire post on how into the D&G men’s shoes I am.
I actually have a deep red coat, and now I’m wondering how to attach a faux fur collar to it in a way that it stays removable. Maybe snaps and some creative finagling?
I love the sequin placement on the collar and pockets, and since there’s not a tonne of them you could afford to use really high quality, super sparkly rhinestones.
I’m kicking myself because I saw a blazer this colour on clearance at Penney’s. I’d probably use a thin chain to get this effect instead of rhinestones, but then there’d need to be some major interfacing of the lapel.
I think this overcoat/cape/poncho thing is really nice. Essentially it’s just a rectangle with a cut down the middle. It looks really cosy, as well as easy to make. If you got decent wool it’d also be really warm, which is always welcome.
Check out that bag. Who knew I needed a faux fur clutch? It looks like there’s some leather detailing on there, so you could even make a strap and use it as a legit purse.
I really like this pullover. I think it’d be easy to make from a men’s button down- a flannel would be so cosy. You’d probably need two of the same to account for the hood, but this is definitely something to look out for on the clearance rack.
I love this faux fur cowl. It looks so cosy and yet elegant. Also, it’d be an amazing way to practice sewing with faux fur.
This is one of those ones that took me a while to figure out what I liked about it. Don’t get me wrong, adding black to anything is kind of right up my alley. I think I’d pare it down and only add the black to the front and hems- I think both stripes running down the sleeves is a bit jarring, but I’m into this.
I love this bustle! I wouldn’t go as full on, but I think a red pleated belt with a bow in the back could be extremely elegant… I also love the shoes. I put those exact drawer pulls on my dresser six years ago. Amazing.
I’m super into this drapey belt thing. You could literally buy one black dress and have a tonne of these and look different all the time.
I feel like this is just a season of remaking blazers. I love the idea of the over the shoulder bow detail. I’d skip out on the rib cage slit. I’d also love the drape to be the same colour as the blazer. So cool.
I adore this bag. I don’t think it’d be that hard to embellish an old bag- or even make it from scratch if you were in a fit of ambition.
I love a good embellished sweater, and this one is a winner. Definitely keeping my eye out for a cute sweater and some appliques.
I really like this skirt, and I don’t think it’d be hard to sew at all- you’d essentially just make a rectangle skirt and then embellish it. How cute would that be for a night out?
Usually, I’m not into embellished jeans- I think I might be a bit old for them. I can’t understand why I love these so much. I’m not into flames either, but yet there’s something so cool about these, and they’d definitely be easy to make.
I used to have a sweater kind of like this and I think I need a new version. The hardest part of this would be stabilizing the knit after you cut into it.
I don’t think I’ll ever have the guts to wear a shoe like this, but man do I love them. I don’t think it’d be that hard to recreate them, you’d just need glitter, paint, rhinestones and glue. I guess if you had a wider leg and kept the rest of the outfit simple? Maybe? There are a few versions of this- some in more subtle colours, but the gold is kind of beautiful. Maybe a dark gold and black version?
I’m surprised this is the first designer outfit I’ve included, but man. That jacket is giving me like, punk Clueless. I need it.
I don’t know if I like the texture of this knit, but I like the stripe of pretty crystals. If I could find a good gem and the right knit- imagine dark grey and black stones maybe?- this could be really cute.
I’m in between on this. I really like the embellishment at the bottom of the skirt. To be fair, I never would have thought to rhinestone a parka. I’m just in between on it. I like it, but it also kind of reminds me of my huge bedazzling phase in elementary school.
I call it a phase like I haven’t spent the past two days looking at photos for bedazzling inspiration.
Despite not owning a jean skirt, I’ve been in a jean skirt mood lately, and I like the sequin-ness of this. I think it’s a good way to dress up a basic.
I made Adam a black rib knit tuque a few months ago and I still have some extra yarn from it. I’m thinking I might need a version for myself…
Whew! And that’s only a part of the men’s- let’s see what Paris has for us!