Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY pearls eyewear chain

turn a necessity into style! 

Ever since I started to use reading glasses I have a pair in each room, in my car, in my purse... yet, still when I need them (often), somehow, they seems to vanish and disappear.

I'm now wearing them around my neck, but wanted something pretty, incorporating them into my outfits, also adding a bit of sparkle...

my two new eyewear chains displayed with the Laura reading glasses
(my new favorites) from Readers.com  {gifted}


left: Nordstrom.com - collage by moi



Make pretty rope & pearls eyewear chains: the supplies



Tools:
Beadalon Bead Crimp Tool
Round Nose Jeweller pliers
E6000 glue
Artistic Wire, 22 Gauge non tarnish silver

Black rope chain:
Ande Monofilament Line (Clear, 40 -Pounds test, 1/4# spool)
- satin twisted rope 10 mm  black - 11"
- 44  - 8 mm pearl beads
- 42  - 8mm Swarovski crystal silver rondelle spacer white
- 4 - 2 x 2 mm silver crimp tube bead
Silver Plated Black Opaque Adjustable Coil Eyeglass Findings
- 2  - Cord Tips Silver-plated Brass, 8x8mm Outside Diameter

Ivory rope chain:
Ande Monofilament Line (Clear, 40 -Pounds test, 1/4# spool)
- satin twisted rope 10mm  ivory - 11"
- nylon thread chain ivory 20"(I bought it locally, only found the exact same chain on Alibaba here)
- 8 -  8 mm pearl beads
- 8 -  8mm Swarovski crystal silver rondelle spacer white
- 8 - 2 x 2 mm silver crimp tube bead
Silver Plated Nylon Adjustable Coil Eyeglass Findings
- 2  - Cord Tips Silver-plated Brass, 8x8mm Outside Diameter 

Rope & pearls eyewear chains: the tutorial // how-to:

cut about 2 x 11" of nylon line.
place a crimp tube onto the nylon line, wrap it around one end of the coiled eyeglass findings,
and pass it again into the crimp tube.

Do that on both parts, and use your crimp pliers to close the crimp tube around the nylon line. 
Thread on the nylon line a pearl and a spacer alternating:
22 pearls and 21 spacers on each nylon line.
Cut two piece of wire of about 2-1/2".
Wrap the wire twice around the round nose pliers, and then make a loop inside the coil. 
insert the knot inside the end cap and make an eye and wrap it around twice
... voila' 

your end caps with eye are ready
wrap the ends of the rope tight with tape, and cut it leaving about 1/4" of the taped part.
You need 11" of rope.
Place E6000 glue around the taped ends, and force the rope inside the end caps.
(use a toothpick and twist the rope while inserting the cap, goes on easier) 
place a crimp tube into the nylon line and pass it around the eye of the end cap,
then pass it again into the crimp tube
Pass the short end of the nylon line into one or two beads, pull it tight and cut the  excess line.
release some of the tension of the line and use the crimp pliers to close the crimp tube around the nylon line.

For the ivory chain, I did pretty much the same steps, except that the nylon line is in 4 smaller parts alternated with the nylon thread chain.
I used the 4 bigger size pearls, alternating the Swarovski spacers and two smaller pearls on each side.


xox, d.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

DIY Michael Kors colorblock pants

Royal Blue & Black is the hottest combo of the fall.

You don't have to go broke to get a pair of trendy trousers: BOOHOO has a huge selection of affordable clothing that can be easily modified into something with a rock-high price-tag.

left pic: SaksFifthAvenue.com - collage by moi

These colorblock trousers are made with two pair of pants that have the exact front zipper and diagonal side pockets, plus: the seam on the front crease that will keep the sharp look all day long!
(and with the leftover parts make another pair for your BFF!)

my board on Polyvore

Need more Royal Blue & Black? 
make a pair of colorblock loafers or a quilted sweatshirt !
   

DIY colorblock Royal Blue + Black pants // supplies:



- Boohoo - Jenna 7/8 tapered trousers: 1 pair in black and 1 pair in royal blue {gifted}
Seam Ripper
pins
- black thread and sewing machine

DIY colorblock Royal Blue + Black pants the how-to // tutorial:


Pin down (on both pair of pants) the pockets.
un-pick the hems (on both pants)
Un-do the seams on both side of the legs (on both pants)
Remove the belt on the front of the blue pants and
leave the belt on the black pants:
the back part of the belt will be still sewn on,
while the seams on the front part of the black pants will be un-sewn
and still attached only by the sides.
Put the two parts of the pants together - right sides in -
pin (or bast) and sew a straight stitch where the original seam was originally.
After the two legs are sewn together,
finish the edges with a zig-zag stitch.
Sew down the black belt on the blue front:
first by sewing down the outside part (right sides in).
Then, pin down the inner side.
And sew a straight stitch on the right side of the pants,
right in the center where the black belt and the blue front are meeting.

At this point, I decided to add the button on the front, rather than leaving the inside button... just because I like it better :) 
Use the buttonhole foot on your sewing machine to create a buttonhole on the front flap of the belt.
Sew a black button on the inner flap of the belt
and your most fashionable pants for the fall are finished!
xox, d.

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