by DanikaRio on November 19, 2014
Currently obsessed with these awkward length tailored trousers. New fave. My mom, the retail veteran, told me this style was so big during “her time” she remembers bringing a lot of these into production (for her shop then). She’s quite thrilled to know that culotte type pants are making a comeback. Think it got her excited to recreate her old designs from the eighties/early nineties. :) Now those I want to see.
top (new), shoes (new), culottes (sold out): NAVA BOUTIQUE / leather bag: H&M
by DanikaRio on November 15, 2014
And here it is! My first look with my DIY purse! :) woohoo! I wanna pat me on the back. Heh.
I’m a huge fan of embellished purses. They may not be the most practical things… but well, they’re pretty! I’ll always have a soft spot for them. In fact, now that I’ve actually experienced making one, I have an even higher appreciation for them (ang tagal gawin!) Pieces like this are just not that easy to produce and I think there’s real value in the work involved and time spent. Ornate bags are really as special as they seem. Small but oh-so-valuable!
by DanikaRio on November 13, 2014
So I finally found some time to execute this style project that I’ve been wanting to do since I first flipped through Preview Magazine’s September Issue. When I saw the editorial page entitled “That’s All Folk”, I just fell in love. I wanted every featured item especially this fringed bag from Promod…. But, I figured, it would be much better (and cheaper!) to just make one instead.
I’ve had this old black purse in my bag cabinet for such a long time but I’ve never really used it. So I took that as a sign that maybe I should give it a style upgrade. This actually has a leather sting that goes through those two holes in the middle then around the bag. But I removed that so I could work with a flatter base.
Then I brought out my tools: scissors, fabric glue, embellishments, feathers, ribbons, tassels, etc… basically just anything I could find that might be useful.
I started sticking things onto the black bag and allowed myself to play with it and simply enjoy it– no rules, just fun. :)
This super glue B-6000 (from Carolina’s Lace Shoppe) is a winner by the way! Can you believe that I used this to glue EVERYTHING. It’s my new bestfriend!
I wanted to use many different materials for this like metal beads, waxed strings, ribbons, ostrich feathers, leather… I mean, I know, it could get a bit too much if done the wrong way. If you’re thinking of doing something like this, I suggest that you stick to a color palette/pattern so that it wouldn’t look too messy. The goal is to make everything look coordinated and cohesive.
I had no particular design in mind when I constructed this. Ok, well, maybe just a vague one. I still had to keep trying different possibilities throughout.
This bag took me about 5-6 hours to finish. Quite long huh? And it looks nothing like the Promod bag that inspired me (from the Preview editorial), but I’m satisfied with how it turned out! :) What do you think?
For my next post, I’ll be showing you my first look with this folksy baby. Stay tuned! :)