Friday, 23 September 2011

DIY How to be a cat!

I love cats (although I'm allergic) and this is and impossible goal, I can't show you to actually be a cat but I can show you how to resemble one.
In case you haven't noticed this DIY post is how to make cat ears, there super cute and very comfortable. These cat ears will be great for Halloween, costume party's and anime conventions.
  • Get your self some faux fur from your local fabric shop, remember faux fur can be quite expensive so if you only plan on making one or two pairs then get no more than half a meter.  
  • You will also need some lining fabric, any colour of your choice.
  • (optional) Decorations of your choice (bows, ribbons, beads etc.)
  • fabric scissors (normal scissors will get blunt if used on fabric too often)
  • Needle and matching thread to the FUR
  • Super glue/hot glue gun
  • Head band or hair clips
  • Thick paper or thin card
If you want your ears to look more realistic then get fur that matches your hair colour and a peachy pink lining fabric. This may seem very long winded, they are very easy to make there just hard to explain.

Help - In case you get confused later on you can refer back to this:
  • there are two sides to the ears Front(the side with the lining) Back(the side with the fur) 
  • the top of the ears are the tips
  • the bottom, the same end with the seam in step 6

Step 1

Get your card or paper and draw out a rounded triangle shape for the cat ear similar to the picture below, remember to make this a little bigger than you want your ear so that you have enough seam allowance, this will be your pattern.
I would advise labeling the top for later on. Make as many as you want i made 4 for each piece of fabric.

Step 2

This part is hard to describe so read carefully and pay attention to the picture. Just like a cats ear the fur should be moving to tip, see which direction your fur is going and place the fabric fur side down on your surface with the fur in the direction of the big red arrow. Then place the pattern on the top and pin them together.

So the top of the pattern should be in the same direction of the fur.
Do exactly the same for the lining fabric
Step 3

Next cut out the fur and lining around the pattern, you will need 2 of these for each pair of ears. They don't have to be perfect.

 Step 4

Place the fur and the lining fabric rite sides together, pin and sew along the edges, you only need to do a simple stitch and you can go round twice if you want your ear to be extra secure.

Step 5

Turn the ears inside out and gently pull the loose fur one the edges out of the seam, you need to do this because when you turn your ear inside out the fur will be tucked in the seam and it wont look like a real cat ear. 
Once you've done this the fur should come out past the seam. 

Step 6

Fold the ear in half and then sew along the bottom (along the res line), make sure u sew both the materials other wise the lining will be loose and move about, and that you leave some material below the stitch so it will be easier to glue to headbands etc.
when you have sewed them then open the ear out into a ear shape,  you can glue the sides together if you want it to keep its shape permanently (you will know what I mean when you get to this point)

Step 7

Next you can glue the ears to a head band or hair clips, if you can think of anything else you would rather put these on then please do so.
If your putting these on a head band then you can do this how ever you want, to do it my way then leave a thumbs distance at the end of the band and glue up to the length of the ear and place in any direction you wish.

To put these on clips just glue around the top of the clip and stick it to the bottom of the ear, make sure you put the ears on you head first and figure out how you want them to look. I wanted mine facing down so I put my clip on my ear facing left to right and the opposite for the other ear.

 Step 8

This step is optional, to make your ears look cuter them you can tie some bows together and glue them to the bottom of the ear (as on the pictures below) this way when you wear them they look super cute like a little kitty.

I tried tying the ribbon around the ear but that didn't turn out so well so I just decided to glue the ribbons to the bottom of the ear.

Step 9
Finally were at the end the last step is to ENJOY!! wear these at a party, to a festival or convention, at home, maybe not to town or going shopping.
Put them on, take photo's and add special effects , draw on a nose and whiskers(I forgot), show off to your friends that you have awesome cat ears and they don't. Do what ever you like with these! Sorry about the pictures I took them at night and I had to use flash.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you tried this then do let me know how it goes, if you need any tips or help then feel free to ask.

Jenny xxx

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Crackle, Crackle

Barry M Nail Paint 316 Instant Nail Effects WhiteMy friend just recently bought some Barry M instant nail effects in white, I've been dying to try this nail polish for a long time and I've finally had the chance, I was hoping to try the black one but one colour is just as good as the next.

It takes a few seconds to take effect after you put it on, its so cool I started freaking out when it started separating.  

Underneath I used Barry M in fuchsia or bright purple as it says on the bottle, I don't know if its just me but they look kind of creepy because of the contrast especially in the dark.

 Thanks for reading this post, I hope you like my nails. Please leave a comment below.

Jenny xxx



Friday, 9 September 2011

London Fashion week!

My fashion course is pretty big on us knowing about the London fashion week, I don't usually pay much attention to fashion weeks but I'm here to learn. London fashion week is between Friday the 16th and Wednesday the 21st of September.

One fashion designer that I quite like is Mulberry, the designer is called Emma Hill.

I particularly liked her spring/summer 2010 collection. Very much my style. Mulberry's show in on Sunday the 18th of September at 10am and 11:30am

Another designer that i have decided to report about is Fashion East, I have never heard of Fashion east before so it will be interesting to see their new work.
Fashion East are a non-profit organisation set up by The Old Truman Brewery in 2000. Each season they give young designers a bursary, catwalk show-production.
Here's some of there latest work from their autumn/winter 2011 collection. Their show is on Sunday the 18th of September at 12pm straight after Mulberry's second show.

Their website is
thanks for reading this post I hope you liked it. what do you think about the designers I have chosen??

Jenny xxx

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

"To me, simplicity is the death of the soul"

Norman Hartnell
This quote is from Norman Hartnell, 1901 - 1975. I started college in my fashion course this week, for holiday homework we had  to research 8 designers and to draw from their work and annotate our work in an A4 sketch book. 
The designers we were given were:
Mariano Fortuny
Norman Hartnell
Elsa Schiaparelli
Coco Chanel
Bill Gibb
Rudi Gernreich
Martin Margiela
Gareth Pugh

The reason that I'm not posting about any of the other designers is that, you hear about Chanel and other designers on pretty much a daily basis from adverts and magazines, I chose Norman Hartnell because his garments are so different and beautiful, compared to many other designers his work was very classical and very feminine. He created dresses for princess Elizabeth and Margret and he's most famous for the coronation dress of Queen Elizabeth ||.
The picture on the left is from his website          htt://

 Normans dresses are simple in the design how ever their detail is very complex which is what makes his garments so unique and individual. As most of his garments were for the royal family and celebrities they had to be elegant and glamorous. 

You can take a close up look on may of the dresses and jewellery that the Queen wore made by Norman Hartnell and many other designers at 
the website tells you when and were she wore the garments and who they were designed by. 
If you take a close up look then you ca truly see how much detail is in these dresses and you can see pretty much each individual embellishment.

This is a sketch of Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress by Norman Harnell, this is just a sketch but you can see how much effort and time he must have put in to this sketch, I wish I could draw like this!

I hope you liked this post thanks for reading, feel free to leave a comment

Jenny xxx 

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