Fringe Skirt–a DIY Tutorial

I actually did this DIY Fringe Skirt a little while back but kept forgetting to post it. I started seeing these fringed skirts online everywhere and decided to do a DIY. I love mine, I’ve worn it numerous times and plan on doing it to a grey maxi dress I get very little wear out of.

This will work best on a jersey material skirt as it stretches and rarely frays or splits. We are in our winter at the moment and although this really is more of a summer festival type item but this fringe skirt would look great on a long leather/pleather skirt too. (more…)

Studded Beanie DIY–a tutorial

Finally back with a tutorial perfect for our impending winter. Really easy this studded beanie may take a little time but is the perfect accessory for the cooler months.

As you can see I decided to stud in the word whatever, that was more than likely influenced by my recent 90’s teen flick kick I’ve been on lately but you can do whatever you like!


distressed rib cage maxi a DIY tutorial

distressed rib cage dress completeBefore I moved I promised a look at the maxi dress I altered a while ago. This is pretty much as basic as an alteration can get. I got the maxi originally from an opshop for $1 and the rest of the materials where (as usual) stuff that I have lying around the house.


So lets get started, shall we!

What I used:

Grey Maxi Dress



Fabric paint (of your choice I actually used od nail polish, something I’ve done before because I like the way it wears I didn’t want it to look perfect which is great because I cant really paint!)

Thread picker ( not entirely sure that’s what they are called?)

Needle and thread


I painted a rib cage onto the dress first, as you can see its not fantastic but I don’t mind how it turned out. You will need to leave this to dry before you go any further.

1 PLAIN DRESSrib cage painted

Step 2:

The next thing I did was cut off the hems on the sleeves, bottom of the dress and around the collar. I also scooped the back down further.

cut hem and stretched to roll

Step 3:

The next thing I did was ‘distress the dress’, just by running the thread/seam picker over the material. Along the hems and some random parts of the dress.

one section shredded

shredded sleeves and bottom of dressbotttom hem complete

Step 4:

I added some chains to the back just like I did in my last tutorial here. (You can see how I scooped the back)

added chains to back of dress


and finished!

dress completeback of dress


Like I said this is pretty much as basic as it gets, the only sewing is to attach the chains. The painting part can easily be skipped or you can put anything you like there!

Madame B Fatale


Nothing to disclose.

embellished cropped top a DIY tutorial

Today I have a pretty easy cut and sew embellished crop top I made. All the materials are listed below, but you could easily change up the shoulders a bit.

What you will need:supplies


I cut out the neck and scooped it down the back. I also ‘cropped’ the top and made a scoop up the front.

2 front scoop neck and bottom, half sleeves

2 back


With leftover fabric cut thin strips (various lengths but make sure there are enough for both sides so they are even)

I also made shorter lengths of chain for the shoulder pads and three for the back detail. The three chains for the back so be slightly longer than the last so that the top chain is somewhat tight and the other two ‘drape’.

3 cut strips out of leftover fabric, make lengths of chain make sure there are two of each 1 for left 1 for right


Sew chains onto back of shirt.

make three lengths of chain the shortest should be under the length between your shoulders the next two should be each longer than the last

attatch to the back of the shirt because this will sit so close to the shoulders this will be both decoractive but also helpfull on keeping the shirt on


Then with the rest of the fabric I cut out two ‘shoulder pads’ these will be used to ‘decorate’. I placed the strips of fabric on top and arranged them the way I wanted. Make sure both sides are even. (well as even as possible you can always cut the strips to match.

 cut two shoulder pad shapes

arrange strips of stretched fabric on shoulder pads arrange them the same on each pad

Sew them in place on the ‘shoulder pad’. Then position them on the shirt to see if you like the lengths (don’t sew to shirt yet)

sit the pads on each shoulder to see how they sit if you are happy sew strips on the pad


I attached spikes to both sides of the chains. Doubled them over and attached them onto the shoulder pads.

attatch spikes onto each end of the chain

fold chains over not in half and sew around edges of pads

I then got the studs and placed them around the shoulder pads. You can put them on in any pattern you like.

shoulder pads complete


I then attached the shoulder pads to the top. This is the finished top.

chain stud and spike embellished top

finished front chain stud and spike embellished top

I really like it, its pretty easy to do and doesn’t take long. Figuring out where you want everything placed will be the most time consuming part.

All the materials I (again) had lying around the house (what can I say, I’m a hoarder). The spikes are a rose gold colour but I know that they will tarnish after a few washes so the colour difference doesn’t bother me.

I plan on wearing it over a tank style maxi dress as this is cropped and there is no way in hell my midriff is going to be seen!

Next up will be a really simple maxi dress alteration.


Madame B Fatale


Headband a DIY tutorial

Finally back with another DIY tutorial. I saw headbands/ turban style headbands on the Sportsgirl website a while back and they retailed for about $10.00 (cheap to begin with but whatevs), all the materials I used I had lying around so it was pretty much free for me to make.

What you will need:

A length of fabric (that will fit around your head with 2 inches or so spare, but you can have it as wide as you like)


Needle and thread

a ‘ring’ and a smaller piece of fabric / an embellishment you want to use

Step 1

Fold fabric in half lengthways with the print ‘inside’. Sew along the length of the fabric bunch up a little until its a little longer that the circumference of your head.

easy diy headband

easy diy headband

Step 2

Turn fabric the right way.

easy diy headband leopard print

Step 3

Get the ring you are going to use in the middle to connect the two sides. (btw i think this is from a curtain)

simple diy headband leopard print

Cover in fabric, its ok if you can see the sewing on one side as this will be the side it side on your forehead.

simple directions headband leopard print

Step 4

Fold the end of one side over (tuck in the ends) and sew the ring into the ‘loop’.

hand sewn headband leopard print

Do the same to the other side

hand sewn headband leopard print

Finished! This is as basic as it gets! Really simple to do in pretty much no time at all. You can always use a sewing machine but I’m keeping these as easy as possible, plus I like watching TV when I do crafts so using a machine would be too noisy!

Helpful hint, use a stretchy material and thread.

diy headband leopard print finished

diy headband leopard print finished

Below are variations, just using a wider piece of fabric. I replaced the fabric covered ring with a knot of fabric. This is the perfect place to add an embellishment.

diy turban style headband leoparddiy turban style headband checkdiy turban style headband heart print

Next up will be a shoulder embellished cut up top.

Madame B Fatale


Turban a DIY Tutorial

diy turban finishedThis will be the first of two ‘turban’ tutorials, the second will be coming up and will be a turban style headband. But first up (below) I’ll be showing you how to make a ‘hat’ style turban.

I lightened the pictures as using back material for a DIY wasn’t exactly one of my better idea’s, I really should have used one of the many coloured jersey materials I have lying around or at least a different coloured thread so the steps were clearer. But like I said in my previous DIY a lot of the time I just get a thought of making something and that’s that!

So anyways onto the tutorial.

What you need-

a piece of Material, or an old Tank Top (which is what I used)

(I didn’t measure so basically when the material is folded over it just has to be too big to go around your head)

Cotton & Thread (although I used black fishing line)

Scissors (more…)

Galaxy Shoes a DIY Tutorial

I love crafts, and I always had the intention of including easy DIY projects into the blog but it was never something I thought about before making something. So this is my first, (hopefully I’ll think it through a bit more next time and get better pictures!).

Originally I was going to completely cover these high heels in studs but last night I changed my mind and decided to ‘paint’ them instead.

This is a great way of using up those old bottles of nail polish, (if you are anything like me you probably have plenty!)


Gather your materials

Old gluggy nail polish in your chosen shades

(you can use fabric paints but these polishes are getting to the point of being un-useable and I thought it was a great way of finishing them off)

Paint Brush

Sponges (optional)


Glitter Glue

A Bair of Fabric Shoes

(the fabric will kind of absorb the paint and is less likely to chip than if the were patent leather)

what you need

STEP 2: (more…)

Pink Hair

and why I should powder my face before taking photo’s……

I came across this article from Kevin Murphy, and thought I might as well give pigments as temporary hair dye a go (finally, I mean that picture in the article from Vogue last year was actually what made me really feel the need to dip dye my ends in the first place!).

After watching the video I had a strange urge to try it immediately as I’ve been wanting to fade pink into my blue ends for a while now but was slightly hesitant because I wasn’t sure how it’d look. This was the perfect way to test it out.

pink hair with blue dip dyed ends

So what did I use you might wonder, (more…)