Today's DIY Fashionista is our very own Cat Morley, who's been taking part in the Pick Your DIY collaboration with Charley from Chic Cheat, Auna from La Vie En Rose, Carly from Chic Steals, Alessia from Matter of Style, Sylvia from Dare to DIY, Donatella from Inspiration & Realisation. The seven bloggers used Pinterest to find Spring/Summer 2013 inspired looks to turn in to their own DIY projects. Cat was inspired by a bow clutch from Ruche and you can see how she made it below:



Outfit details:

  • Dress - New Look
  • 50p Necklace - Hairy Growler Jewellery
  • Bow Belt - ASOS
  • Clutch - DIY (see below)
  • Watch - Mondaine
  • Bracelet - Vivienne Westwood
  • Ring - Tiffany
  • Shoes - Irregular Choice

DIY Bow Clutch

Recreate the look with Cat's Bow Clutch tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

Little old lady meets cat lover with a touch of British eccentricity. I love anything with a Peter Pan collar, tartan, tweed or adorable animal print, especially if it has cats on. Anything with added functionality also gets my ticket, such as my 3D glasses necklace by Tatty Devine which I'm sure will come in super handy when I step back in time and go to a retro cinema one day.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My Burberry trench. I'd wanted one for such a long time and finally found a mac I loved and could afford during the Christmas sales. I also love my crystal cat ear headband, though there are far too few occasions to wear it throughout the year.

Who are your style icons?

Superheroes and supervillains always have the coolest outfits and accessories. I wish it was okay to dress like Catwoman and wear animal ears everyday but instead, I'll settle for my homemade Harley Quinn pyjamas that I get to wear to bed. I'd also love to raid Jess from the New Girl's wardrobe. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

Vivienne Westwood has been my favourite designer since high school. She can add a twist to absolutely anything and make it beautiful. I have a terrible habit of never buying clothes because I feel I could make them at home but I never have that problem with her intricate and technical designs. There's also an amazing designer in Edinburgh called Joey D who recycles old military wear in to fantastic jackets and accessories. I have several of his bags including one with bullets in the strap and another made from neckties.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

Shopping on the high street terrifies me, so I avoid the crowds and tiny changing rooms by going online to places like Modcloth, ASOS and Dorothy Perkins. I bookmark items I love throughout the year and check back on them during the sales, to see if the price is right.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I make a lot of jewellery and accessories but one day I'd love to have a wardrobe entirely filled with clothes I've made. It's actually my new year's resolution to learn how to sew clothes properly with the ambition of sewing my own wedding dress.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?

If you're new to crafting, creating your own piece of jewellery or hair accessory is a great project to start with. Also, there's nothing better than being complimented on an item you've made and asked where you bought it.

Check out Cat's blog at CatMorley.com »




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