The struggle to DIY sans sewing machine and time rages on, complicated by the fact that a possible iMac landing in the house might mean there isn’t the sufficient space for a sewing machine.  Therefore I can only prop this section of the blog up with easy DIYs that a monkey could do. Monkeys would certainly have a riot with these buttons which I’ve been holding onto since Paris.


They’re actually the buttons that have been used on the Acne x Lanvin collaboration that is still yet to drop in stores and online.  I’ve signed up to the waiting list for no particular reason other than curiosity as I have zilch intention of buying seeing as prices are something like $500-$1000 (and I can’t even have the pleasure of halving that figure to convert to GBP…damn you weak pound!).  Through a friend, I procured the buttons that are on the collection’s trenches and jackets and they have been sitting on my shelf since Paris Fashion Week, staring back at me taunting me as if to say ‘You’re a talentless lemon with fat fingers’. 

This lemon decided to play a little with the idea of the button’s provenance and tried in vain to find a suitable denim garment to make over.  Sadly, the high street is not feeling denim dresses/jackets/coats at the moment and vintage options were out due to lack of time.  In the end, I went for a one-shouldered black denim Topshop dress that has a slightly Lanvin-ish shape to it anyway with the ruffled shoulder. Smashed up cheap jewellery/belts from Primark provided extra decoration…

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Some stitches and glue later and see?  Monkeys AND lemons could do this…




(Vintage grey t-shirt, tights from Urban Outfitters, Lanvin shoes)

Comments (55)

  1. roxanne says:

    “they have been sitting on my shelf since Paris Fashion Weekstaring back at me taunting me as if to say ‘You’re a talentless lemon with fat fingers’.”
    hilarious. the DIY turned out splendidly!

  2. Good conversion!! I’d never dare with a topshop dress as they’re so expensive, but you’ve made it look better. Oh Lanvin, so so beautiful.

  3. Amazing job! It looks wonderful!

  4. sugarxnspice says:

    So talented, and too adorable, Susie!

  5. Now, I’m getting more motivated to embark on DIY projects of my own. haha

  6. KatGeorge says:

    Susie you’ve insipred me to get of my ass and stop whining about lack of sewing machine.
    Right before I left Melbourne for London my mum bought be a brand new Brother machine for Christmas. The thing talks to you! Everything is electronic so chosing stitches etc was a dream… He was may baby and I miss him.
    Before that I had an old hand me down machine I inherited from my yaya (grandma) so I never realised how much more difficult shopping is without a machine to come home to! I don’t really have the budget to take everything to a tailor, so shopping has really become limited for me.

  7. Hannah. says:

    But could a monkey/ lemon make it look as good?

  8. jennine says:

    wow! you look so lovely in that light! and the bedazzlement! it’s amazing. well done.

  9. juliet says:

    That dress don’t look like this lemon could do it, looks gorgeous!
    juliet xxx

  10. selina says:

    ooo lovely, i love the mish mash, plus the huge ruffle, the dress is great!

  11. sara says:

    Wow, Susie! This looks fantastic!

  12. Catalina says:

    I love it!
    Damn, woman, I’m scared to see what you can create WITH a sewing machine.

  13. Bella says:

    This is amazing!

  14. lisa says:

    It looks fantastic! I don’t think a monkey could’ve done what you did with such a great aesthetic eye.

  15. jeanie says:

    thats so cute i wish i could diy properly my feeble attempts aren’t nearly as good as yours x

  16. KD says:

    Talentless? Pshaw! That is one cool DIY right there!

  17. winnie says:

    Honestly, you could put your hands to anything and it will turn out amazing. I really love it!

  18. KD says:

    P.S. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I have a random question for you: what do you think of these?
    I love them for travel, lounging, etc. but I just wanted to hear the Great One’s opinion.

  19. KD says:

    Gah!!! Sorry, I didn’t mean the heels, I meant these pants:
    Haha, can you imagine “lounging” in those heels? Sorry for comment spam.

  20. susie_bubble says:

    KD: LOVE the Chronicles of Never pants
    LOVE LOVE the Pierre Hardy cube shoes…
    LOVE LOVE LOVE them both together!

  21. susie_bubble says:

    I like lemons…and being one too…
    Thanks for the comments guys…apologies for the sleepy expression in the last pic… I did mean to keep the peepers open…

  22. Carrie (T.D.)from Paris;) says:

    recession make creative ppl !

  23. lopi says:

    Wow! I hadn’t realised how big those buttons were when I saw that first picture, but damn! Those are some HUGE buttons! Congratulations on using them too. I’d be to scared to do anything with something baring the name of Lanvin!

  24. Paloma says:

    gorgeous! How the hell to you have time to do so many things. Are you only one person? Do you ever sleep?

  25. Brigadeiro says:

    Absolutely gorgeous & inspirational! And I love the last shot!

  26. Laia says:

    I love everything about this!!!

  27. alixrose says:

    Wonderful job Susie. I love the dress to begin with but the addition of the baubles makes it a must have… awesome!

  28. Anonymous says:

    you are so cute!!!!

  29. great diy, i love what you did.

  30. WendyB says:

    Great work. Love it.

  31. enc says:

    Well done, Susie!

  32. Girl Harry says:

    Inspiring, and the result is very you,
    ever wondered what that dress would look like, with a shoulder one shoulder strap Tee under it, that climbs the other shoulder ?

  33. Janavi says:

    You did a fabulous job on the dress!!! You don’t give youself enough credit!!!!!!!!

  34. says:

    It looks so good..professional!
    And your face in the second pic is so angelic, with the sun coming across your face
    laura xx

  35. ash says:

    the buttons are gorgeous. nice score. and the end product is fantastic.

  36. Love it! You did an amazing job.

  37. Daphne says:

    Wow! You did a terrific job. I am going to have to try this….

  38. fiona says:

    Such a pretty result!
    By the way, would you mind doing a sort of outfit breakdown for this post?
    Your tights and shoes go fantastically with the revamped dress.

  39. Sunset says:

    WONDERFUL job! That piece is amazing. And holy crap, those buttons look like ornaments.

  40. Sister Wolf says:

    are you actually getting younger??

  41. DIXY says:

    I LOVE YOU!!!

  42. Songy says:

    That is a perfect amount of bling. Wish we had a shop like primark.

  43. Linda says:

    hey susie,
    This model from crazy vintage look like you!!!I thought it was you at first 😛 u guys got the same pose!

  44. nabila says:

    and you’re so cute…

  45. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get the shoes that you wearing with the DIY adorned denim ruffle dress?

  46. susie_bubble says:

    Just edited the post to include clothing credits….the shoes are from Lanvin…bought them at a sample sale…

  47. Fajr says:

    A great DIY! It adds a much need sparkle to the dress, which I love by the way!

  48. J says:

    It appears you have lost weight…

  49. Nicole Then says:

    I absolutely love that. Thank you susie for sharing!! Now I wana try…

  50. Chic Looks says:

    This is fantastic!! I cant get over the image of a “lemon with fat fingers” haha!!!

  51. Rosy says:

    Love what you’ve done with that dress so much. That outfit is so perfect x

  52. Imelda M says:

    Between your lemon fingers and my cucumber fingers we’re on our way to making a zesty salad…loves what you did with those buttons.

  53. Aysha says:

    love it! u just inspired me to gem up!
    check my blog..

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