A look from the Sonia Rykiel Fall 2010 runway, but with the right tools, you could make this on your own. Photo: Viktor Boyko/ Getty Images
You know the adage, the one about how accessories
are always the right size. I tend to agree. And the great thing about creating your own adornments is that they are much faster to make than a regular garment
, however it's all too easy to make accessories amateurish. Here's how to create some great pieces for fall without fail:
- Wrap it Up: While scarves may appear easy to make, there are a couple of tricks that will give them that designer edge. Focus on fabric first, as it will ring of excellent quality. Banksville Fabric is one of my favorite resources where you can also order swatches. In terms of stitching, try a hand-rolled hem. The trusty needle and thread approach, along with a few simple slip stitches, will give your scarf a couture-like edge.
- It's in the Bag: It may never have occurred to you to sew a purse, but I highly recommend it, if only for the I-made-it-myself satisfaction. To get the professional touch, it's all about the hardware, so go for the best buckles on the market. For fabrics, you can find gorgeous and durable selections in decorator fabrics and synthetic leathers, but don't rule out real leather, as it's actually not that difficult to sew, even by hand. To give your bag some body, you'll also want stiff interfacing fabric for support and a good bag bottom. For favorite purse patterns, I love this classic tote, chic backpack and sweet hobo bag.
- Belt it Out: You can make a belt that you'll be proud to sport. Take the time to find a spectacular buckle, especially a vintage one for a completely unique look. A quick eBay or Etsy search pops up vintage belt-making kits which includes everything from buckles to eyelets.
For more DIY Design columns, click here. Next week, go over the top with embellishments you can add to your ready-to-wear garments.