Friday, 17 August 2012

DIY Cross Belt

Afternoon all,

A sunny afternoon in south east England so I thought i'd get out in the garden and do some DIY. A lot of us have no money for clothing and accessories at the moment, but i'm making the most of it. I've been doing a lot of DIY, and this is the first post of a few different DIY pieces I have created since leaving university.
The great thing I love about customised pieces is they're individual. Even if you take inspiration from another source, as I have done with many of the pieces, I just love being able to say I did it myself when people ask!

2012 fashion has scene the revival of grundge: black, leather, spikes, destressed denim and i'm loving it!
I've wanted a cross belt for a while - first spotted on NastyGal and then on the Topshop website, they're the perfect statement piece. As I stated before - im broke, so I thought i'd give it a shot at making one myself. The belts I want feature metal crosses but I made the most of what I had available, without having to spend a penny.


 Topshop Triple Cross Keeper Belt £14              Nasty Gal Cross Leather Belt £162.45

Anyway, here is the most recent one i've done: The Cross Belt.
What you'll need:

An old Belt
Cutting Matt
A steady hand!

The belt I chose was one given to me by my Grandma, a simple imitation leather belt with a gold buckle, it isn't too thick so I knew it'd be easy to cut through.

I started by measuring the length between each of the buckle holes. This is how far apart my crosses will be from one another. (on my belt this was 2cm) I started my first cross 2cm from the last buckle hole.

I then continued with each cross 2cm apart across the whole belt.

I found the easiest way is to cut out the vertical line of the cross first then the two horizontal squares either side. Make sure the side points are the same width and height as the top point of the cross.
The brilliant thing about this is you can apply any shape you desire to your belt.

I will definitely do some outfit posts soon including my new belt!

H oxo

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Today's outfit

Off to work. Sorry for the mirror photograph! Today I wear topshop dress (spring 2012 collection) assortment of bracelets, snake skin patterned belt, ASOS sandals. I'm not sure about the sandals yet, I would love an opinion!

Hope everyone has a nice day

H oxo