среда, 8 февраля 2012 г.

Авиаторы DIY

Here's the aviator sunglasses tutorial. I hope you'll like it!
Ecco a voi il tutorial su come realizzare gli occhiali, spero vi piaccia! 

Let's start with the supply needed:
  • a pair of aviators
  • white leather (surprisely I found the right leather in a belt! I know it may sound cruel but I had to cut it out! )
  • metallic wire
  • glue
Cosa ci serve?
  • un paio di occhiali
  • della pelle bianca (io l'ho ricavata da una cinta!)
  • filo metallico
  • colla

Let's make the pattern. Take a piece of paper and press it along the edge of your glasses, you'll obtain an imprint of their shape.

Per fare il modello: prendete un foglio di carta e premetelo lungo il profilo laterale degli occhiali, noterete che la curvatura degli occhiali rimarrà impressa.

This is the right curvature, it will ensure a good fit around the glasses. Trace it and close the shape(it looks like a sail) you can use the shape I drew for reference. 
Pin the pattern over the leather and cut it out a little bigger than your pattern.
Hem it.
I have handquilted my shape (unfortunately my sewing machine can't sew leather!)but this step is optional.

La giusta curvatura vi garantirà una corretta adesione all'occhiale. Ricalcate con una penna la parte curva e chiudete la forma, usate il mio modello come riferimento. Appuntate il modello sulla pelle e ritagliatela, appena più grande della forma di carta e fategli l'orlo.
Io ho decorato la forma con una trapuntatura a mano ma questo step può essere tranquillamente saltato.

Now the big question: how can we keep in shape the sail? And the answer takes us to the fun part. Take a metallic wire and insert it into the hem of your shape. Now shape the piece of leather around the glasses.

Ora la domanda è: come far mantenere la forma al pezzo in pelle? La risposta ci porta alla parte divertente del tutorial. Prendete un filo metallico e infilatelo nell'orlo appena fatto. Ora potete dare la corretta forma alla "vela". 
Now the project is almost over. Take your shaped sails and glue them onto the sidepart of the sunglasses in one point. In order to cover the glue, cut a small piece of leather (it can be any shape, I chose the first letter of my name to make it more customized but you can choose to glue a nice button too)  and glue it where the glue is showing and you've done!



After stumbling across this photo, I knew I wanted to take what looks like a rolled up newspaper, and turn into a clutch. Perfect to pair with a classic outfit, I love how this becomes a newsworthy statement piece. A flat clutch works best for this project, and after spotting one at H&M for under $20, I raced home, grabbed my ModPodge and the latest headlines to create the look. 
Supplies: Newspapers, Paintbrush, Clutch from H&M,  ModPodge from BlickArt
There are a couple ways to do this DIY: 
You can measure out each side of your bag and cut out the correct size pieces to attached to the clutch. 
OR my technique: free hand cutting and patch together pieces to cover each surface.
Steps after the break...

After you cut your pieces of newspaper,  paint the ModPodge on the surface of your clutch, work in sections so the glue does not dry too quickly. 

Lay down the piece, then paint over it with ModPodge.

Cover the entire bag by layering peices of newspaper, make sure to paint the ModPodge under and on top of each piece. Cover one side and let it dry for a couple hours, then flip and cover the opposite side and let dry