DIY J. Crew Flowered Neckpiece

I don’t think I ever posted the step-by-step tutorial for this.  Woops!

Inspired by this neckpiece (actually a belt)…from the J. Crew Fall 2009 catalog.

A very simple, but effectively pretty, DIY.  Seen in this outfit last…last year here.

You Need:
*8″ Pearl-edged Lace Ribbon
*36″ Cream Satin Ribbon
*15″ x 3″ wide cream-colored Scrap Fabric
*8 Assorted Shades of Silk Flowers
*1 Large Pom Pom
*1 Small fabric Rose
*18″ x 6″ wide Peach Satin Fabric

And…
*Sewing Machine
*Needle & Thread
*Hot Glue Gun
*Fray Stop

1. Create the backing for your piece. I used an 18″ x 6″ piece of peach satin voile – and turned the edges under, hemming so as to conceal the raw edges.

2. Cut your satin ribbon in half; stitch the end of each to each side of your fabric backing. Apply Fray-Stop or burn ribbon ends to keep from fraying.

3. Add design elements with a hot glue gun onto your fabric backing. I added the flowers first, then squashed the pompon and small fabric rose (premade) in-between.

4. Create large fabric rose by rolling a piece of cream-colored scrap fabric, securing with hand-stitching. Glue onto backing.

5. Tie pearl-edged ribbon in a bow, and glue onto collar.

You’re done! You can wear it as a collar/necklace, as shown – or even wear it as a belt – which I love!

Happy DIY’ing!
xoxo
Carly

 

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DIY in 5: Acrylic Bib Necklace

Yesterday I coveted it, so today I’m going to show you how to make it. It’s DIY in 5minutes, that is. The easiest, quickest ways to take a piece from blah to fab and update it to current trends.

From left to right: Giambattista Valli, Alexis Bittar, Giorgio Armani, VPL Victoria Bartlett.
photo credits: Style.com, Wireimage.com; photo array by me.

With the coming of Spring, jewelry tends to go lighter, translucent, and more plastic-y…and the bib necklace is no exception.  But finding just the right clear acrylic piece for a necklace is pretty tough; jewelry supply stores usually don’t sell large bib-style acrylic pieces, for one thing.  You could always design it yourself and have it cut by Ponoko.com – but there’s a steep learning curve for the design software, usually multiple prototypes are necessary before you reach your final design, the service is pretty expensive for just once, and hiring out lasercutting seems a bit over-the-top for just a single piece for yourself.  No, fast, cheap, and easy is the name of the game, so when I spied a set of acrylic purse handles at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts store, I figured one would be perfect for a necklace.

Project Difficulty: (Easy/Beginner)

You Need:

*1 acrylic purse-handle

*2 silvertone rectangle rings or D-rings (also found in purse-making section)

*1/2″ wide satin ribbon

*2 silvertone scrapbooking brads (not pictured)

And…

*pliers (optional: wirecutting pliers)

*scissors

*awl

*lighter/flame

How-To:

I love how it looks like the purse handle is smiling at you.  Happy Handle!:-D

1. Use the pliers to remove the top rings from the handle – usually I find these rings, being sized for purses, are too big and bulky in relation to the size of the handle to use as-is for a necklace.  (It literally looks like you’ve slung a purse handle around your neck…something I don’t want to be too obvious in the finished piece.)

2. Attach the rectangles or D-rings that you got separately to the ends of the handle with the pliers – twisting apart and then re-closing like a jump ring with 2 sets of pliers.  (If you couldn’t find any rings or don’t like that look, you can always skip this step and just thread the ribbon ends through the holes in the ends of the handle instead.)

3. Cut two long pieces of ribbon and thread each through the rectangles/D-rings.  (Make sure each ribbon piece when doubled-over, is still long enough to tie behind your neck.)

Cut the ends at an angle and heat-seal them with a lighter or open flame.

4. Use an awl or the scissors to poke a hole through the ribbon center near the rectangle/D-rings.  Attach a scrapbooking brad through the hole and fold over the brad legs.  (You can also trim them if they stick out beyond the width of the ribbon by using wirecutting pliers.)

The doubled ribbon ends you then tie behind your neck in a knot or a bow depending on your preference.

Wear paired with brighter-than-bright colors for a Spring 2011 feel, or over bare skin for a more upscale vibe.

Happy DIY’ing!

xoxox

Carly

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Lookalikes! House of Harlow and Fiona Paxton Necklaces

Alright, so shoot me…I love Forever21. Sure, their clothing and jewelry is cheaply constructed and will fall apart quickly, but when it comes to staying on top of the trends (and producing low-priced knockoffs) they’re the US’s answer to the UK’s ASOS. (ASOS is better-designed and a little more fashion-forward, IMHO, but F21 is the closest we’ve got stateside.) Is it just me, or does the necklace above remind you a teensy little bit of that House of Harlow black geometric necklace? (below)

(Edit 4/19/11: Actually, the Forever 21 necklace is a knockoff inspired by a necklace by Amrita Singh.  Touche.)

And Girlprops.com…another cheap affordable accessories destination…with their version of that Fiona Paxton beaded chained elastic thingy necklace as seen on Hilary Duff (and if you already saw this in May 2009 issue of Cosmopolitan, I’m so sorry – it just took me awhile to get on the bandwagon).

[I’m going to DIY mine and add on a whole bunch of spangles and mirrored bugle beads so it looks more like the original version and not just a strip of elastic.]

What do you all think? Original Necklaces vs. Knockoffs: Chic or Cheap?

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