30 Days of Outfits Challenge: Day 19

In DIY, Outfits on November 22, 2010 by Naoko Takano

Square Nailhead-Embellished Cardigan: DIY.  Lacy Dress (worn as vest): DIY.  Tiffany-Style Silver Bean Pendant: handmade by me.  V-Neck T-shirt: Roxy.  Legwarmer leggings: My Honey Bee [Japan].  Pointy-Toe Pumps: Colin Stuart [Victoria’s Secret].  Silver Shoe Elastics: DIY.  Silver Pyramid Ring: unknown [Macy’s].  Brushed Silver Angular Ring: unknown [Pineapple County, Honolulu].

Day 19 in my 30 Days of Outfits Challenge: November 19.

Falling behind again!
Today I was at home, finishing up the graphics, posters, and props for the shoot on Saturday.  I wanted to be comfortable but warm, considering the temperature is dropping fast around here.;-)

I love the Elsa Peretti-designed Bean Necklace for Tiffany’s…but I am, above all, a cheapskate, so I made my own version.  Using Art Clay Silver was really fun and I was amazed at the versatility of it, though it was definitely a learning experience!  Real silver pieces that you first mold like clay…then fire with an open flame?  It sounds bizarre but once you try, you’ll be hooked!  (And if you’re a PolyClay junkie, you’ll probably love ACS too!)

I love layering lacy pieces under cardigans, sweaters, and jackets.  It adds a surprising level of warmth, and a dose of femininity.  This piece is actually a dress I found in Harajuku, and added a flounce of lace trim from Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I hand-gathered it first with basting, and the machine-stitched it around the front opening of the dress.  You really can’t tell that the lace was not a part of the original!  (Which is the intention of DIY in a nutshell:-)

The cardigan I embellished with heat-set square nailheads from The how-to is here.

I adore my legwarmer leggings!  I have never found any here in the US; I always have to go to Japan to find them.  This pair I have practically worn to pieces (which is what I did with my last pair).  They are so warm, and the legwarmer part at the calves really balances out my legs visually.  Love does not even begin to describe how I feel about these leggings!

I added some silver shoe elastics to play off the silver in the necklace, rings, and cardigan embellishment.  My DIY Shoe Elastics tutorial is here.

I’m feeling like Peppermint Patty with this hair.  Grow hair, GROW!

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend!


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5 Responses to “30 Days of Outfits Challenge: Day 19”

  1. You've almost made it through the challenge!

    That clay is very intriguing…do you fire it with a blow-torch? I'm thinking it's about to go on my Christmas wish list.

  2. so far my favourite

  3. Loving the lace details!!!
    Office Outfit – 20

  4. @SaraYes – I use a butane torch that I got from Amazon that technically you're supposed to use to caramelize creme brulee. Or something;-) You can fire pieces up to 25g in unfired weight, or work smaller than a half-dollar in size. Though it is a bit of an investment, ACS is so fun because you can make EXACTLY what you want without having to go through the tedious casting process! It's a bit stickier than clay, though-it'll stick to anything, and you have to make sure that you work it *minimally* so that there aren't fingerprints or mess on it prior to firing it, because all that takes forever to buff out…
    As I learned with my bean pendant…

  5. @GingeraleThanks Gingerale!:-D

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