This is where all the magic happens and Couture steps right into your wardrobe! This is where You Can Do the really amazing things you’ve seen in a fashion show!
Now after this short pep talk you might be tempted to believe that you can actually replicate most of the things you see on the runway. I would love that! But we’re taking baby steps and today we’re doing the Chanel Knit Cap as seen in the Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015 collection shown this month in Paris. Thank you, Karl Lagerfeld, for the inspiration!
For this couture beauty you need really simple supplies you may already have: a knit cap, scraps of fabric, sequins (optional) and birdcage black veil. You can actually opt for a different knit cap color – I chose the beige buttery one, but Lagerfeld sent more on the catwalk: black, grey, soft pink, soft lavender – depending on the color of the beanie of your choice, you may need different accessories to replicate the exact same one from Chanel Couture.
Enough talking, let’s get the Couture stuff done now! Round up your supplies, prep your scissors, plug in your glue gun and on with the tulle flowers! I used different leftover scraps I had in my craft drawer – white tulle, ribbons, lace, tiny fabric flowers. It doesn’t even matter how you cut them – surely not a regular round shape! – layer two-three shapes, glue them together, finish with a sequin in the middle and that’s all there is! I have done about 30 flowers of all sizes.
See also: DIY Chanel Couture Sandals for less!
If you want to go with the flow now it’s the actual placement time. If you’re more of a planner, you can first try different positions for the flowers and then proceed with the actual glueing (I did that – contrary to my usual impulse crafting routine, I only had one beanie and I really didn’t want to mess things up for you – ear –to-ear-grin). So if you don’t want to end up gluing through your beanie, you need to place a piece of cardboard inside the beanie so the glue doesn’t go through the wool on the other side.
After you glued all the flowers, take the sequins and splatter them around! Have fun, don’t plan this out! Let it rain with sequins and flowers! The worse that can happen is you finish the supplies before finishing adorning the beanie. But that’s ok too – find more scraps and make more flowers! See those tiny, tiny blue fabric flowers? I didn’t plan for those but I had finish my thirty-something flowers and I had plenty of empty space on my beanie. So I improvised!
Good! Let it cool completely, prepare your black birdcage black veil and excuse me while I go pretty myself up with some really red rouge! Oh-la-la! I feel so Chanel right now, Coco would go ‘who’s that girl? She wears something I would’ve designed!’ ha! Do It Yourself Couture! I’m smitten about it!
Bonus a bridal straw hat – for DIY connaiseurs – ivory tulle wrapped around an ordinary straw hat! I’m on a do-it-yourself fashion rampage! Somebody stop me! (Chanel fashion show & backstage pictures courtesy style.com; all the other pictures were taken by yours truly save for the ‘finished diy product’ photos for which I commissioned my favorite photographer in the entire world: my Adored Husband!)