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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Wardrobe Feature: DIY Spiderweb Leggings

I haven't even had a chance to edit my photos, as my internet is at rural speeds. Updated versions forthcoming.

First things first - apologies for not having this post up quite on time. I spent the weekend helping a friend move into their new flat, and had neither the Wi-Fi nor time nor energy to get it up sharp. On the plus side, I had a very pleasant few days, and discovered that Dundee charity shops produce far better finds when not being picked clean by students (haul post potentially forthcoming).

Several of you mentioned wanting to see more of my finished DIYs for my craft challenge, which I'm quite happy to acquiesce to - hopefully it will keep me motivated to continue finishing them! If you want real time updates on my progress, I regularly post projects on instagram and facebook as I complete them.


There is always one craft which outstays its welcome, and these leggings were it. I started these in first year of university, only finishing them at the start of this summer. This was mainly due to the pointillist style (though I'll admit there was an element of laziness there too); finish a line, let it dry. Repeat. There were still a lot of accidental smudges.

Included - everyday outfit for myself. 

I originally saw leggings like these in topshop, but couldn't afford the £30 price tag at the time. They're a good example of why you shouldn't always DIY everything - though they were theoretically easy, the time put into them probably negated that. Similarly, I've been bankrupting myself buying fabric for other future wardrobe additions, so whilst it's easy to say, 'I could make that', you may be forced to eat those words. On the other hand, I decided that the design stood out more when it only covered one leg, so DIY does have its advantages.

Is anyone else undertaking craft projects this summer? When do you DIY over buying?




Fee


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12 comments:

  1. So cool. Looks awesome! What did you use to add the dots..fabric paint?

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    1. Thanks! It was fabric paint in a squeezy bottle with a pipette tip.

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  2. Nice design, I wonder if your spiderwebs are silver or white? I sew a lot, even in summer, but I tend to prefer lighter fabrics and less fabric on my lap. Like shirts and summer dresses instead of huge Victorian robes or velvet skirts...

    I prefer DIY most of the time because the quality and durability is much better usually. But I also support small businesses which still work by hand or stuff my friends make.

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    1. They're silver fabric paint, though a spiderweb pattern embroidered would be lovely too. Not really being a wearer of Victorian style, I tend to sew lighter clothes anyway.

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  3. It looks so cute! I like that it's only on one leg, it makes it stand out more. I've had a few DIY projects that probably cost more to make than the inspired piece. If I sew it myself I don't feel so horrible about it because I have control over the quality and customization of the garment, which often is better than what's available in stores. However, if it's embellishment or crafting it doesn't always work out. For example, I thought for a long time about DIY-ing a lamp and after learning how much it would cost to rewire it, paint it and get it a new lampshade it ended up being more than what it would cost in store. People on Pinterest make it look soooo cheap and easy, but it isn't.

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    1. Cheers! I thought the same, though I wasn't sure if it was just my laziness talking. I do like that you know the quality of the end result with crafts, but as you point out it isn't always worth it. Pinterest Fails is my entire life.

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  4. It looks really cute :3 I would love to be able to craft some things, but I'm really horrible with those kinds of things. I'm a master at getting glue everywhere XD

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    1. Thanks! I won't pretend to be above making a mess; putting newspaper down has saved me more times than I'm willing to admit.

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  5. I have fooled myself lots of times by thinking that some things are great diy objects. But lack of time and the right supplies always make me fail. Those leggings are great.

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    1. Thanks! I think everyone has done it at some point.

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