Having lived in Dubai for 5 years I am very familiar with the Arabic motif of the “evil eye” which is believed to ward off bad luck and intentions. The iconic symbol has now made its way onto rings, bags and shoes in mainstream fashion. These shoes are inspired by superblogger-turned designer Chiara Ferragni’s glittered winking eye ballet flats which cost Singapore $325. The eye motif we are making can be used on bags, cards, shirts, stationary and more, you just need to change up the gluing process. You can either freehand the project like I did or print an image of the shoes off the net to an A4 size and trace around.
What you will need:
Pleather fabric in blue, black and white (I got mine from Spotlight) $30
Glitter ballet flats (by Charles and Keith) $45
Permanent black marker
Optional: Double sided tape
Trace around the tip of the shoes to give you an idea of what size you’ll be working with.
Use your marker to free hand the shape of an eye on the white pleather fabric. This will be something like a semi-circle/almond shape. Leave some excess above the eye shape, this is where the eyelash will attach.
Use a cotton bud in nail polish remover to erase any stubborn fabric pencil marks
On the wrong side of the black pleather fabric face the white eye you have created right side down (this means the right side of the white eye will be the side touching the wrong side of the black pleather). Trace around the top of the eye to get the length of your lashes. Cut around it.
On the blue pleather trace a circle for the centre of the eye and cut around the eye ball. Using the black permanent marker colour the pupil black onto the eye ball
Using the black permanent marker colour the pupil black onto the eye ball.
You can either use the glue gun to permanently adhere your eyes to your shoes or if you just want to use the new design for a night out adhere them with double sided tape like I did and you can remove them easily later.
I fell in LOVE with the Dev top by Rebecca Minkoff top but it was way too pricey for me to buy. I don’t know how long off-the-shoulder will be in fashion (I find the style very flattering so I hope for a long time).
For this you will need: Black and white patterned fabric, thread, sewing machine, fabric scissors, tissue paper, tailors chalk, pins, safety pin and thin white elastic.
Start by cutting the pattern out of paper tissue.
The larger rectangle for the body measures 62cm by 35cm. You will need to cut 2 of these out.
For the frill cut 2 pieces of 61cm and 20cm.
Pin the tissue paper pattern to the fabric
Cut around the rectangles.
Put the frill rectangle pieces and body pieces together, right sides facing in. Sew the side seams with a 2cm seam allowance. Zig zag stitch one edge of each piece of the fabric and iron over and stitch to form the tube for the elastic.
Thread the elastic through both sets of tubes using the elastic and a safety pin.
Hem both the pieces and then mark halfway into the chest and back and stitch some tiny stitches along the existing seam made for the elastic.
So I finally got my MAC back! YAY! And to celebrate I not only wanted to blog a DIY, I wanted to gift it to you. If you live in Singapore you could win this clutch that I bought all the way from Australia.
You’ll need an envelope clutch (mine is from an Op shop), tweed fabric, chain, needle and thread in black, glue gun and sticks and sewing scissors.
Place the envelope clutch onto the tweed and cut around it, leaving a 3.5cm excess.
Glue the fabric onto the envelope clutch with the hot glue gun and fold the edges in and glue them down also.
Now cut strips of the remnant of the fabric for that Chanel-esque look.
Glue these on and hand stitch the chain on top.
And that’s it!
To win this, you must live in Singapore.
You need to follow me on Snapchat @simoneheng, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter. Once you’ve done that, simply comment in the comment section below with your email ID.
Contest closes Sunday 13th September. Winner will be notified by email.
I was recently sent some stickers from Funkkit. They are completely waterproof and perfect to revamp your old sneakers and give them a new lease of life. I love that super-comfy sport-luxe sandals are still in. Yes, they are “ugly-beautiful” (particularly paired with socks) but in the Singaporean heat, I favoured this than a sneaker project even though I love the Balenciaga high tops.
You will need: inexpensive sports sandals, nail polish, shallow dish, water, Funkkit stickers and masking tape.
Take your sandals and cover the entire top half with masking tape.
Marble the bottom of the sandal using the method shown here.
When the soles have dried grab your Funkkit stickers.
Grab the transparent plastic that comes in the pack and trace the shape you need on the clear plastic.
Cut around the shape.
Remove the backing and stick it to the shoe. Make sure you remove all the air bubbles.
And that’s it! Excuse my pedicure (or lack there of) because I have been so busy moving countries!
Lunch bags and plaid have been around for a while now but I never thought to do a DIY until I saw this very fashion-forward fabric from Spotlight.
You will need: Sewing machine, matching thread to fabric, sewing scissors, tartan/plaid fabric, tailors chalk, pins, existing clutch to trace off.
Fold the fabric in half and make sure you match the lines up. Trace around the clutch you have leaving a seam allowance of 1cm. You can see below that I also placed the fold of the fabric layers at the base of the bag so instead of having 2 pieces, It’s just 1 long rectangle.
Pin the pieces and cut around.
Zig zag stitch all the raw edges.
Folding the fabric in half, right sides together, sew the 2 side seams. Hem the top of the bag.
And that’s it! I filled the bag with a rectangle beauty case to make it more sturdy and then roll the top of the bag over to wear.
I am heading back into the warm weather! I am so excited to be moving country again. So to celebrate, what could be better than an off-the-shoulder top. Gingham is one of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2015 according to Elle and Vogue.
This top is so easy and comfy to wear! You just need to make sure you match your squares for a professional-looking finish.
You’ll need gingham fabric (available at almost any fabric store), sewing machine, fabric scissors, elastic and matching thread.
Start by creating your pattern on some tissue paper. You need to create one long rectangle and 2 smaller ones. When pinning your pattern make sure you fold the fabric in half on itself and match the squares. This way you’ll have a total of 2 sides for your body piece and 4 for your sleeves.
Sew the pieces together until you have 3 tubes with small hems also created for threading through your elastic.
Ones you’ve threaded the 3 tubes, simply sew tiny stitches together to fuse the arms to the body tube.
Happy DIYing! Thanks to Paula Fitzgerald of Charles and Violet for the images and for my Mum’s dog Charlie for making a cameo in this shoot!