DIY: Le petite guirlande

2nd July 2012

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Now this wretched non-existent summer, the blog will be filled with explosive DIY projects, I haven’t bought any summer clothing thanks to the rain.  I adore the idea of wearing a wild garden party on my head but seems unlikely for my flat-child-size head, it simply will not hold or balance it well, shame.  This blogger, me, I was eager to jump on the bandwagon and follow suit, I’ve made a subtler piece sewn by hand; a headpiece and belt tie in two.

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You will need:  x2 or x3 rolls of organza ribbons, a bag of small satin roses, matching coloured thread, sewing needle and a pair of small sharp scissors.

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I used a 2 way braid, intertwining with 2 long (uncut from the rolls) of organza ribbons to create a band/belt tie, the braid has the same technique as casting off in knitting.  I would advise to use the standard 3 way braid which would make the braiding job easier than my Chinese knotting technique.

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Depending the length that suits you, the circumference of your head (braid wrapped twice) and belt tie, 50cm-60cm seems suitable.  Here comes the sweatshop part, sew individual satin rose onto the braid from beginning to end, if you were to use adhesive I will have to slap you.  Tiny glass beads were also sewn in to give the dew drops effect….hardcore.

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Oooo la la, oooo la la.  You can also check out my first DIY garland headpiece featured on Shini’s Sun & Summer post, I believe she hasn’t given it back to me….yet.

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My outfit: Breton top – UNIQLO, Mesh dress – c/o NAVY LONDON, knitted cardigan – ZARA, bag – MIU MIU, Watch – CASIO @ ASOS.COM, DIY pink sheer socks – TOPSHOP, grey polka dot socks – TABIO, floral print cut out brogues – DR.MARTENS.  Thanks SHINI for the outdoor snaps.

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  • Reply The Douuk 2nd July 2012 at 01:17

    The photographs of your diy are gggggggoooooorrrrrggggeous!

  • Reply Lulu 2nd July 2012 at 01:18

    Beautiful 😀

  • Reply Mel Green 2nd July 2012 at 01:21

    LOL no gluing, I can’t stand this kind of method, stick the needle and thread.

  • Reply Ana Maria 2nd July 2012 at 02:01

    A big fan of your diy posts.

  • Reply Winifred 2nd July 2012 at 02:03

    Your so talented Kit, this is beautiful and your such a hardcore diyer.

  • Reply Zeny 2nd July 2012 at 02:12

    I like the small headpiece on you, it has the balance, subtle and nice.

  • Reply Celeste Chic 2nd July 2012 at 02:18

    So funny to see you are one of the ‘jump on the bandwagon’ types, I agree on the no adhesive part it would look so tacky, glue is for Nursery rhymes (basic ABC diy if you know what i mean).

  • Reply Sue 2nd July 2012 at 02:20

    Looks like a tough DIY process because of the sewing o.o how long does it take you sew all this flowers and beads together?

  • Reply Flying 菲 2nd July 2012 at 02:23


  • Reply Jade 2nd July 2012 at 03:21

    I was planning to make one myself (a big one), braiding huh? Such a good idea!!!!!!

  • Reply EunSu 2nd July 2012 at 03:22

    좋아 좋아

  • Reply louisa wong 2nd July 2012 at 03:28

    你的 DIY 超級精彩, 我想像你一樣, 加油!

  • Reply denise 2nd July 2012 at 05:10

    wahhh kit can you make me one?????

  • Reply Shini 2nd July 2012 at 10:08

    This is indeed explosive.

  • Reply Pearlene 2nd July 2012 at 10:14

    Wonderful step by step process, please make me one.

  • Reply Beeby 2nd July 2012 at 11:17

    Beautiful photography, thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Kayleigh Jones 2nd July 2012 at 14:39


  • Reply Harish 2nd July 2012 at 22:30

    Love the lighting in the photos.

  • Reply Rainermaid 2nd July 2012 at 22:41

    Oh you’re so talented, what can’t you make besides making clothes?

  • Reply Karen 2nd July 2012 at 23:18


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  • Reply Dillion 3rd July 2012 at 03:16

    Your lovely rose piece reminds me of Margaret Macdonald’s figure and rose paintings.

  • Reply Lola 3rd July 2012 at 16:40

    This is beautiful Kit, I’m definitely gonna have a go xx

  • Reply Rachel 4th July 2012 at 09:44

    This is such a great DIY – I love your photos!

  • Reply the style crusader 4th July 2012 at 17:47

    Kit. Your blog is SO BEAUTIFUL. What is going on woman. Every post is like this incredibly beautiful wonderful thing… you are setting the bar high woman. *Curse you*

    I love you and your flower love. xx

  • Reply winnie 4th July 2012 at 22:08

    Too freaking beautiful Kit. I love the floral garland along with your new docs!

  • Reply Michelle Lee 5th July 2012 at 08:56

    lovely 🙂

  • Reply Beatrice 5th July 2012 at 12:48


  • Reply Alex Zvi 6th July 2012 at 00:50

    I agree – Talented creative, beautiful lighting and very pretty idea. I can see it used for bridesmaids:)

  • Reply Duck 6th July 2012 at 09:44

    When did you find a break in the rain to shoot this? I’m resorting to taking all photos in my basement… Unfortunately I *did* buy summer clothes – and they look so pretty all hung up in my wardrobe 🙁

  • Reply fashion-hot 7th July 2012 at 05:18

    Once again unbeliable!! Great looks and nice pictures! Perfect!! 🙂

  • Reply Sam 7th July 2012 at 05:56

    Gah I really love that photo of your scrapbook inspiration. I just keep staring at it.

    When I was sprinkling roses around my red velvet cupcakes I thought of you and your recent blog posts. 😛 Oh I don’t eat the big roses but the petals are ok. I’m still alive…

  • Reply Kim West 8th July 2012 at 14:06

    You are a goddess to this kind. It;s so adorable and you can just wear it in whatever style you would like to do. I wish I have that talent too!

  • Reply Fashion Region 20th July 2012 at 08:34

    Amazing !!! I want to make it….

  • Reply West 21st July 2012 at 07:20

    Gorgeous outfit! You look so amazing in feminine colors!

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