DIY Vest

Have you ever walked into a shop and thought I could make that myself? Well I have plenty of times, I love vest tops in all shape and sizes, I am the Queen of casual wear. I particularly love the dropped armhole variety of vest top with the high round neck, but I don’t really want to pay £20 quid for one. So here is my step by step, or, Do.It.Yourself, guide on how to make your own (& save yourself a few quid).

What You Will Need

T-Shirt old or new- make sure its at least 2 sizes bigger than you would normal wear.
Scissors
Pencil
5 minutes

1.

If you have a bodice then put the T-Shirt on it and cut two small holes, one on the shoulder so the vest covers the majority of the shoulder; and the second about 4 inches down from the armpit.

2.

Fold your T-shirt in half making sure that the seams on the side and shoulders meet. Then draw on a line that is slightly curved from one cut to the other and then cut along the line.

3.

Its is then up to you if you want to hem the drop armhole. I think it looks great left unfinished especially if you have use an old rock and roll T-shirt!

So what do you think? Are you happy you gave it ago and has anyone asked you yet where you go your top from?



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How To….. Customise Shorts

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So in the spirit of DIY fashion I have decided to show you how you can customise pieces of clothing you know longer wear, over the next coming week. Thus saving you money and having some fun.

Today I am going to show you how to make some old jeans into cool shorts!
1. Get some jeans if you don’t have any that you want to cut up you can usually pick up a pair of old jeans from your local charity shop for a couple of quid, or even a supermarket as they sell jeans really cheap. Bear in mind what sort of shorts you want to make, obviously if you buy high waisted jeans, they will be high waisted shorts. There is to much work involved in removing zips and waist bands.
2. Measuring and Cutting.
I like to use a pair of shorts that I already own as a rough guide to wear I should cut, make sure you line up the crotch on the shorts and the jeans to get the correct cut. If you don’t have a pair of shorts then you can simply just try them on and mark where you feel you should cut, remember that you can always take more off but you can’t add more back on.
3. After the first cut I then try on the shorts to see how they fit and mark any more that needs to be cut off.
If you want a polished finish to your jeans use pinking shears to cut the ends and it will help to stop them from fraying as much. You can then simply add a small 1 inch hem on each leg hole.
I am a scuff bag at heart so like my shorts with a frayed edge and optional role up to make them short shorts=)
4. Decoration, I love studs and hand an old handbag that was covered in them which was looking a bit to tatty to be used anymore. I simply prised off all the different studs and randomly attached them to down the side of each leg. if you want to add studs to your shorts as well then you can buy them quite cheaply on-line or in any large craft store. I love my new shorts and they cost me nothing to make apart from an hour of my time. Bargain! 

The Return Of DIY Fashion

Punk fashion is the clothing, hairstyles, jewellery and body modifications of the Punk subculture. A subculture is defined as a small group of people who live in the larger community who go about the lives is different way. Punk fashion’s most famous designer is Vivienne Westwood who dressed the Sex Pistols and The Exploited, Punk fashion has been extremely commercialised at various times and many various fashion designers- Westwood, John Paul Gautier and even Versace showed elements of Punk fashion in their designs.

Glam Rock, Skinheads and Mods have all influenced Punk fashion as has Punk fashion influenced them, the underlying theme with subcultures are that they use their clothing as a way to make a statement.

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Punk clothing which was initially handmade, using whatever cheap thrown out materials they could find, it then became mass produced and was sold in record shops and smaller speciality clothing stores in the 1980’s.

Punk was an intentional rebuttal of the perceived excess and pretencions found in mainstream music and culture as a whole. Early Punk fashion was anti-materialistic- Generally unkempt, short hair styles famously the spiked multi-colour Mohawk, simple clothes from T-shirts, Jeans and Leather jackets: customised blazers and smart formal shirts randomly covered in slogans such as- “Only Anarchists are pretty”, blood patches and controversial images were also extremely popular.

Safety pins were massively popular in with Punks and were used everywhere from on clothing, as piercings and accessories. Many female Punks rebelled against stereotyping of women and often combined delicate or pretty clothes with masculine pieces such as a tutu with big chunky boots.

Punks also love DIY fashion, that’s where its roots were, and incorporated everyday objects for aesthetic effect. Purposely ripped clothes were held together by safety pins or wrapped with tape, black bin liners became dresses, shirts and skirts. Other items added to clothing or worn as jewellery included razor blades, chains and in some extreme cases sanitary products.

What I love about Punk fashion is how they used everything and anything to make themselves look different without spending a fortune. They had so much power and influence on how we dress, even still today, that they influenced well know designer YSL when they designed the infamous Liz Hurley dress. Punks weren’t all about fashion, I’m sure if you were to ask them they would say that they didn’t care about fashion, they dressed in way to show there dissatisfaction with the economy and as they saw it limited job options (sounding similar to anyone). In my eyes Punks were the true originators of DIY fashion and I can that we are starting to go down that path again. With the rise of fashion bloggers showing you how to make/customise your own pieces, to websites specifically showing you how to make anything from hoodies to full ensembles and lets not forget the various Youtube channels and uploads dedicated to DIY fashion.
Modern London Punks Carnaby Street
So what do you think? Can you see a return in DIY fashion?

The Slogan T-shirt Tribe….

So the second Elizabethan age has not been without its fashion moments. The 50’s saw the 1st rebellion of teenagers who for the first time wore clothes that weren’t the same as thier parents, the freedom that we have now was unheard of.  The 1st fashion revolution began with the Teddy Boys and has never stopped growing, Every subculture began with the need of self expression.

The swinging 60’s saw the teenage dominance of fashion grow again with the mini skirt, with Mary Quant & Twiggy leading the way. The 70’s were Hippie Chic and a all love, peace and flower power and in stark contract Punk with DIY fashion and safety pins there design choice. 80’s saw women taking to the business world with Power Dressing. The 90’s was all Herion chic and saw a rise in body piercing and Tattoo’s. The noughties saw the influence of celebrities and throw away fashion influence our shopping habbits. 
From Biba to Ossie Clarke, Vivienne Westwood to Alexander McQueen, the most groundbreaking inspiring designers have emerged from the British Fashion Scene, I am not the only one in agreement, in the top French, Italian and American fashion house British designers are influencing fashion around the world .

From Carnaby Street in the 1960s to Glastonbury in the 2000s, the Queen’s country has led the world in street fashion. The slogan t-shirt has been around for literally decades, with the 1st being sold in London’s Kings Road by Mr Freedom. The designs have changed from Disney characters to shock political slogans such as “Destroy” designed by Vivienne Westwood and partner Malcolm McLaren, which they referred to as the ultimate punk-rock T-shirt. It was the 80’s that the slogan T-shirt reached saturation point because of Katharine Hamnett, dressed in a “58% Don’t Want Pershing” T-shirt, she was photographed shaking hands with the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher at a Downing Street reception for London fashion week designers in 1984. Her designs were copied world wide with megastars such as Wham wearing slogan T-shirts such as “Number One” and “Choose Life”, to “Frankie Says Relax”, “Just Do It” to J’Adore Dior. Sixty years ago, the slogan  T-shirt simply didn’t exist; now, there is one in most wardrobes. (Before you exclude yourself: what about that FCUK T-shirt you wear to do the gardening?)
Fashion has always been about communication, and the slogan T-shirt shows how communication has changed, wearing a slogan T-shirt is a modern form of tribal branding. We are less interested in listening to received wisdom (whether these be dress codes or expert analysis of the world around us) and more interested in telling the world what we think (by wearing a slogan T-shirt or by posting our views on social media).

In the last decade, as fashion has taken an ever more central position in pop culture, slogans have become increasingly self-referential: think of Carrie Bradshaw wearing a J’Adore Dior T-shirt in Sex and the City, and the designer name-dropping T-shirts with which Henry Holland made his name at London fashion week.

With the reasuregance in DIY fashion I think that slogan T-shirts will be around for decades to come, the sad thing is that the slogans of the 80’s would still be relevant today. These problems- Nuclear Weapons, World Hunger and Faminie are still around. I would wear a Katharine Hamnett design with pride.

New shoot….

Watch out for our new shoot guys….it involves…

SMOKE BOMBS….
Fashion is Glamorous! 
SPARKLERS….
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and some crazy stories!!!!

One of our team members who is the hairstylist has already started building big buns and long ponytails…

It will be full of colour and mystery we are outdoors to so look out for big clouds of coloured smoke and that will be us!

Haloween inspiration

Happy haloween this year thetes no more wearing black bin bags and a £1 witches hat, haloween has gone designer. AW 11 catwalk collections are full of decadant haloween esq outfits I have attached some of the best, for the rest of us who can’t afford a swan head dress straight off the catwalk then its the black bags again.

I like this hair do anyway, 
Up Class Zombie  Yohji Yamamoto
Cousin It inspired look- Charlie Mindu Cousin