How To Make It In The Real World


It’s becoming increasingly easier for us to make up our own clothes, homeware, jewellery and even makeup, inspired by fashions that are coming into style. Creating your own bits of trend isn’t as hard as you may think, and more of us are investing our time into it than ever due to the availability of all of the products needed to go with it.


There are patterns available for you to download online to create something simple yet stylish like a shift dress. It doesn’t take a lot to get started: a sewing machine, materials, scissors and thread and a pattern are pretty much the basics. Have a scout around for a machine that will do the job for you but is in your price range; the Brother PE770 sewing machine is affordable and highly rated for example, but reading reviews is always the safest bet of knowing whether it is a good investment for your needs. If you haven’t ever dabbled in textiles, there are online courses available to help you on your way to knowing what to do – a quick google will send you straight there.


There has been a sudden boom over the past few years in handmade jewellery, with people even setting up their own home studios to cater for demand after selling their wares on craft sites such as Etsy. What can appear to be quite intricate designs may not be all that they are cracked up to be; forums and communities online are great for getting tips, hints and ideas towards your next creation. Materials can easily be sourced online too, so you don’t even have to leave your house to get yourself started up.


It’s quite a new deal to start making your own makeup, and unless you are an expert at mixing and matching different chemicals or natural sources then chances are you’ll just be sticking with putting together what you’ve got. This typically involves placing less-used or never touched makeup into a compound to make something bigger and better – for instance, rainbow highlighter. This has taken the internet by storm recently and is showing no signs of slowing down.


The upcycling days are still going strong and aren’t showing many signs of slowing down. There are so many things that you can create for your home, even if it’s just adding to something that was bare to begin with. Taking furniture and painting it up with chalk paint is the obvious thing to do when upcycling and keeping in line with the shabby chic trend, but there are other things that you can do to add to it. Making your own flower pots of terrariums, decorating lampshades and sewing your own bunting are just a few ideas to get your started. Think of what you can do to add decoration to each room and let your creativity take control of what you need to do. The more you can add that’s come from your own imagination, the more personal the touches will be.

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