Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIY: How to make a leather bag in 10 minutes!! The easiest bag EVER!!!


Hello my dear DIYers!

Last weekend I had the chance of travelling to Madrid to hold two conferences about my experience as a DIY fashion blogger. I ended my speech with a DIY in live so the assistants could see how I make my projects in person. As I didn't have much time, I had to do something quick yet stunning. I obviously had to refuse using any staining materials such as glue, paint etc. So this is what I came up with! A bag you can easily make in 10 minutes that doesn't need much sewing!

The pattern of this bag is just a rectangle, I folded it in half and sewed the sides. To hold the pleats on the center I used four pyramid screw studs. And to place the strap I put 4 manual eyelets, they work like regular studs, no riveting machine required. All these supplies make everything much easier... Even if you don't have a sewing machine, you could still hand-sew the sides of the bag. 

Hope you guys enjoy the video! As you know it's in Spanish, but I'm seriously thinking of starting a new channel in English. Let me know if you guys are interested!! Meanwhile, if there's anything you don't understand or you don't see clearly on the images, just ask and I'll be pleased to answer!!


The best part of this DIY is that, despite I'm using high quality materials, such as genuine leather, it's really inexpensive. I got the yellow leather piece for 10 euros (it was on sale) and all the hardware for 9 euros more. In the end it was 19 €!! However, having a bag you really like, made by you, is really priceless. 

SUPPLIES
Leather: As we don't have to sew so much, and we are not going to sew several layers of leather, I recommend using thick leather. Your bag will look much better. If you go for a thin leather, you can add some fusing to harden it a little bit. If you do that, you'll also have to add a facing and a lining. 

Manual Eyelets: They provide a professional look, they're super easy to use and don't require any expensive riveting machine.

Screw Studs: They're so useful because they let us make strong joints really easily. They're available in a wide range of shapes and colors.

Carabiners

Faux leather strap: I'm using a faux leather strap because its much easier to sew. Real leather straps for bags are so thick they usually require a professional riveting machine.

Chain: Make sure your chain isn't so big for the eyelets. You can also dress the chain up with some ribbon, here's an example.


What do you guys think? Do you dare to make this DIY?
xxx

Sylvia

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DIY Decor: Office Makeover

Hi everyone!!
Last Sunday some of you guys saw me on Instagram drawing on a wall. Yes I know that sounds weird ;) I couldn't wait to show you the final result!!

So here's how this crazy project started: A few weeks ago, the guys from Crows & Dogs asked to give them a hand in their office decoration. They're a young (and amazingly talented) group of entrepreneurs who created their own creative digital agency a year ago in Barcelona. Since then, they've launched super cool projects such as Topic, a social network in which you can follow the subjects you like instead of following people. 

They are struggling to raise their company, so everything had to be DIY and low cost. We had to use our inventiveness! You don't have everyday the chance of doing something different and creative (nor you have a blank wall to paint whatever you like). So I instantly said yes!! The process was exhausting, but I had so much fun. ¡Hope you guys enjoy the video!


Previous draft of our virtual kitchen =D
For the meeting room we decided to wallpaper the main wall (the one you see from the door, that makes the first impression) with international newspaper sheets. We used wallpapering glue and applied a few layers of paper. As we combined different sizes, languages and directions, we got a very interesting effect. On the next wall we painted some fake frames to keep up with the idea of the trompe l'oeil we did in the kitchen. However, the frames are still in process. We'd like to fill them up to get something similar to this. But it will take time...
What do you guys think? What's your favorite part of this Office Makeover?


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY: Chain embellished blazer (Rachel Roy inspired)


Hi everyone!
I'm sure this DIY will seem familiar for some of you guys. I finally made my own Rachel Roy inspired embellished blazer!! I came across this perfect blazer at Zara a few weeks ago, when I went shopping sales. The moment I saw this jacket on the rack, I instantly envisioned the result of this project. I loved the color and the lapels, it was exactly what I was looking for.

However, the process hasn't been a bed of roses... To be honest, it took much longer than I expected and my fingertips are aching a little bit now. But once I started, I simply had to finish... If I had to start over now, I'd probably apply the chains on a smaller surfaces. Anyway, I think it's worth it. I looove the way my blazer looks now. What do you guys think?



Blazer: Zara

How would you guys customize a blazer? On which kind of garments would you apply chains? Hope you guys liked it!!

Kisses!! <3 <3 
Sylvia

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dare to wear: customized jeans

After a hurricane comes a rainbow...  Definitely, Katy Perry's lyrics are an immeasurable source of wisdom. There's no doubt about it.

Yesterday morning, after a week of depressing rain, the sun came back to Barcelona. It might sound whimsical or weird, but the weather totally changes my mood. For me, the worst thing about those grey days is that it is impossible to record new DIY videos. They look so dull and sad, and I don't like the effect of artificial lightning on the camera. So when I saw that beautiful day, I went out to take pictures of this outfit, featuring two of my latest DIYs. I wore my customized jeans with a sweatshirt from Maje, a shirt from Asos and high heels. What do you guys think?

Sweatshirt: Maje / Shirt: Asos / Jeans: Customized Levis Curve ID / Football ball bag: DIY / Shoes: Calvin Klein

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

International giveaway!! win a custom made skirt

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Hi everyone!

It's been so long since the last time I updated my English blog. I haven't had much time to translate my posts and my videos, sorry about that! I'll try to translate all those posts ASAP. In the future I'll also try to publish the English translations at the same time as my Spanish posts.

And now, let's go to the good news!! A few days ago, my Youtube channel reached the amazing figure of 10.000 subscribers. Isn't that amazing? I'm so excited about this and I want to thank you guys for your endless support and encouragement. Otherwise my blog wouldn't be what it is today. So... to celebrate this incredible achievement, I'm going to give away one of my favorite DIYs: my newspaper print skirt. The winner will get a made-to-measure skirt. What do you guys think?

What I'm saying in the video is that if you want to participate in this giveaway, you have to follow three simple steps:

1. Like my Facebook Fan Page
2. Click on Subscribe on my Youtube channel
3. Write an e-mail to sorteo@daretodiy.com and tell me your nicknames on FB and Twitter. The deadline is December 5th 2013.
4. You're done!!

Hope you guys like this!! I would love to see you guys wearing my DIY clothes :)



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Monday, October 21, 2013

Customize your denim shirt: change the collar!


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Hello my dear DIYers!!

A few days ago, when I published an inspirational post about shirts with contrasting collars, opinions were very diverse. Some of you guys thought it was a little bit too much, or didn't like to wear shirts, and some of you guys loved it. Therefore I tried to bring these opinions closer together by using a denim shirt on this DIY. Why? A denim shirt is one of those garments that everyone should have. They look great on any outfit and they're so easy to wear, as they can fit any style.

To achieve a professional result on this project, the best option would be to create a new collar. But you need to have good patternmaking skills to do that... I decided to make it as simple as possible, even though I didn't want to give up a good result. In the end, I think this project works really well and it's quite accessible, even for beginners. And I love the way it came out! I encourage you to try it, because it's much easier than it seems. Hope you like the video!!





What do you think? Would you dare to do this yourself?  How would you wear this kind of shirt? What kind of print would you chose? 

xxx

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Denim & leather patchwork: customize your jeans

Hello my dear DIYers!!

Today's DIY is a little bit risky, I'm aware of that fact. I know you guys might love it, or might hate it... Who knows? I personally love the way it turned out, it's been a useful DIY for me to renovate my favorite jeans. I loved the way they fit but they were a little bit worn out, so I decided to use them in this fashion experiment. Thus I made my first project with jeans, can you guys believe it? I've DIYed almost every type of garment, but this is my first time with jeans... Hope you guys like it!

If you've ever used a sewing machine, it won't be difficult for you to follow up this tutorial. However, this DIY takes a little time, so I advise you to use a pair of jeans you really like on you. Otherwise you won't make the most of your new-old jeans. On the other hand, I advise you to use good quality materials, because the result depends on that. I used real leather and thick denim.

When it comes to the design, I wanted to make asymmetric and random shapes, different on each leg. This is a very useful tip if you are not an experimented seamstress: it's always better to do something intentionally irregular, than trying to make it symmetrical, because flaws will be more evident. Would you like to know how to make this jeans? Just play the video!

As you know my videos are in Spanish, although I think the process can be seen very clear in the video and it doesn't really need an explanation. If there's anything you don't understand, just ask! I'll be pleased to answer all of your doubts. By the way, I'm seriously thinking of starting an English Youtube channel, would you guys be interested on watching my videos in English?

Original jeans: Levi's Curve ID
What do you guys think? Would you dare to make this DIY? How would you adapt it to your style?

xxx

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Monday, October 7, 2013

IGers who Dare to DIY: 50 ideas to get inspired

I can't imagine a better way to start a week than with a little bit of inspiration made in Instagram. So, after a few days collecting #DIY pictures from the most creative social network, here's my selection of 50 instagramic ideas. Hope you guys enjoy, See you soon with a big DIY project.
La lámpara de pajitas es de The 3 R's Blog y podéis ver el tutorial aquí.

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