I cannot tell you how excited I am to share my first collaboration with Western Australian photographers on this blog. I have been blessed to collaborate with photographers from all over the world but it’s so wonderful to enjoy the lovely Perth light on a weekend of fast shooting on the delectable George Street in Fremantle.
To get you salivating over this next project, I thought I would begin with the wonderful pictures by Courtney Holloway:
So it’s winter here in the Anitpodes but that really translates into Autumnal weather for those of you in the USA and Europe. Not too cold and the sun shines most of the time, you only really need your winter coat at night and early morning so I thought the styling for the above shoot would give you a good idea of what to expect.
I’m wearing a blouse by WA designer Steph Audino, necklace by Witchery and skirt from Good Sammy in Riverton for just $1. My shoes were a gift from Vince Camuto in Dubai.
Here’s how to make this simple clutch:
You will need: Faux fur (I got mine from Spotlight and chose the most expensive-looking fur I could find). Black felt (also from Spotlight). A cheap envelope-style clutch (this is from a thrift shop), hot glue gun, white tailors chalk and sticks, sewing scissors and needle and thread (in matching colours to the fur).
Measure the clutch against the fur, making sure the grain of the fur is not going across the the body of the clutch.The fibres of hair should be vertical to the direction the clutch opens and closes.
Cut around the clutch leaving around 8cm of excess.
The excess should look like this.
Mark squares in the fur above each corner of the clutch.
Cut out each corner that has been drawn, repeat on each corner.
Your final pattern should look like this.
Glue down the sides.
If you have a magnetic clasp this is how I cut around it.
I hand stitched the edges to give a beautiful finish.
This will depend on the type of clutch you have but cut a square of fur to finish that raw space nicely.
From here cut some black felt to finish the exposed space and you’re done!
Things are really heating up at DIYnamicstyle HQ. This is slowly unveiling my vision for the quality of content I always wanted the blog to have but couldn’t produce because of my hectic Dubai schedule.
I can safely say, the blog keeps me creatively alive and although I don’t hear much from you guys in terms of comments, I know you’re reading because since moving back to Australia, my share of Australian readers has changed from 9.57% in January to 17.45% as of yesterday. UAE readers are at 18% so it’s now shoulder to shoulder! This is so cool because I can’t wait to start workshops and community projects here, in a country with a strong tradition of DIY.
To my UAE viewers, I have not forgotten you. There will be more giveaways for both countries and also, I am so proud to show you more of where I grew up and my beautiful country.
Please do “like” the page of my amazing photographer if you get a chance. You can find her Facebook here. She does fabulous weddings and events here in Perth.