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Embellished denim skirt

Tall girl's fashion, NoaNoa, HM, DIY, denim skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo
 
This DIY came about as I was hanging up my skirts in my new flat in Oslo, at the same time weeding out those skirts that I no longer wanted to wear. I came across a long denim skirt that has been in my wardrobe for years without getting any wear, as I’m not too keen on its length. I thought I could do something with it to make it more suitable for me, and went online to see if I could get some inspiration. I ended up with these two skirts which, if merged together, were exactly the skirt I envisioned – midi length, front split with embellishment:
 
Tall girl's fashion, NoaNoa, HM, DIY, denim skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo
Here is what I did:
Supplies:
Long(ish) denim skirt
Sew-on jewels – mine came off a pair of Sonia Rykiel for HM leggings
(Unraveller – for the jewels, if needed)
Fabric scissors
Tape measure
Fabric marker
Tall girl's fashion, NoaNoa, HM, DIY, denim skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo
I used the unraveller to remove all the crystals from the leggings. Maybe you have a top or a scarf lying around that you don’t use, that you can remove the crystals from?
 
Here is the Noa Noa skirt I was starting out with – I was happy with its shape, but not its odd length:
 
Tall girl's fashion, NoaNoa, HM, DIY, denim skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo
Before you cut the skirt, mark off the length you want all the way around the skirt with a fabric marker. I used a skirt that I already love the length of as a template, to be sure I got the correct length:
Tall girl's fashion, NoaNoa, HM, DIY, denim skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo
Cut following the line all the way around. I deliberately left my hem unsewn, as I want the bottom to unravel with wear and in the wash. If you would like a more tidy look, you should hem the skirt: Be sure to add about 2 cm for seam allowance before you cut the fabric. Double fold the hem, pin in place and sew the seam with a sewing machine before you move to the next step.
Tall girl's fashion, NoaNoa, HM, DIY, denim skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo
Time to place those crystals randomly all over the front of the skirt. When you are happy with their placement, mark the placement of each individual crystal with a pen as you remove them:
 
Tall girl's fashion, NoaNoa, HM, DIY, denim skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo
Now starts the time-consuming step – sewing on a crystal on each mark with needle and thread. I chose to use double white cotton thread, to ensure that the crystals would stay on during wear and in the washing machine:
Tall girl's fashion, NoaNoa, HM, DIY, denim skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo
And voila, after a couple of nights of sewing in front of the telly, here is the finished result!:
Tall girl's fashion, NoaNoa, HM, DIY, denim skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo
HM plaid shirt // NoaNoa DIY’ed denim skirt
Salvatore Ferragamo animal print shoes
You will get to check out the skirt more closely in this afternoon’s outfit post.

And lucky me, I still have a handfull of crystals left for another DIY project!
Tall girl's fashion, NoaNoa, HM, DIY, denim skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo

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