I suspect that we will see a lot of MJ impersonators this Halloween, so I’d like to help those who are interested in celebrating the King of Pop’s iconic style do it right. The late pop star’s style was always evolving and maturing from his bell bottoms and afro in the early 1960’s to tailored and refined yet glitzy looks of late. While the white glitter glove became the corner stone of MJ’s on stage uniform, military inspired jacket’s endowed with cording, crests, and rich shoulder embellishment will forever remain inscribed in my mind as his most important contribution to fashion. Creating the jacket is easy and paired with the right accessories will make a great Halloween costume or an awesome addition to your closet this Fall.
- Remove the buttons from your jacket.
- Cut 8 pieces of metallic cord to 8” long.
- Curve the cord around so that the two sides are parallel to each other and the ends are even.
- For ease of workability I stitched the parallel sides together
- Remove the closure loop and knob of your frogs, you just need the design loops.
- Glue the rhinestone appliqués to the shoulders of the jacket. If this piece is for more than costume, I recommend stitching the appliqués on.
- Attach your patches or crest to the left arm. In case you wanted to get really authentic you could attach a band of ribbon or leather around the right arm.
- Glue or stitch (recommended) the metallic cord pieces to the front of the jacket in place of the buttons and covering the button holes.
- Attach the ornament portion of the frogs over the unfinished ends of the cords
- Measure 1 ½” from the end of the sleeve and mark. Following these marks sew or glue the remaining metallic cord around the sleeve. Depending on how much is remaining you could do a second row.
- If you used glue let dry for 24 hours before wearing out.
- Happy dressing up!
Have you picked up the latest issue of Teen Vogue? If you haven’t, then pick up the August issue at your local book store. M&J Trimming is featured on page 131 of the, “Reality Check” section. The issue focus on embellishing simple garments and accessories into high fashion styles.
Father’s day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to start thinking about a creative Father’s day gift. If you haven’t decided what you want to give your Dad yet, then this post is for you.
You can easily customize something especially for him. There’s no one else out there like your Dad and there’s definitely only one of him. So why not customize something unique that’s just for him?
It’ll definitely bring you back to those elementary days when you use to handcraft a gift for him at school. Create something useful for him like a belt. They’re easy to make with leather trims and your choice of buckles.
Another good idea is to add a bullion crest onto a baseball cap for him. He’ll need one in this hot summer weather. Good luck and keep checking back for some more fun ideas for Father’s day.
This summer nautical fashion makes a come back and has been incorporated in many ways into urban wardrobe. Some of the details that are visible in runways and street fashion are: white and blue stripes, anchor buttons, bullion crests with sailing-inspired details, like the ones from Arena Home, spring/summer 2009. Other collections inspired by the nautical lifestyle are Dolce and Gabbana spring/summer 2009 and Chanel¹s Resort 2010, which was inspired in Coco Chanel’s first visit to Venice. I made this striped grosgrain and anchor buttons belt, it’s easy to make and perfect to get the nautical look.
- 2 yards striped grosgrain ribbon in navy
- 2 1”D rings
- 1 24mm and 2 15mm anchor buttons (42387)
- 1 15mm snap (11425)
- 1 tube of Unique Stitch Glue
- Needle and thread
- Measure your waist.
- Add 6”to this measurement and cut ribbon this length.
- At one end create a finished edge by folding the edge over ¼”and securing it with a drop of Unique Stitch Glue.
- Thread the same end through both D rings at ¾”fold and secure with glue
- At the other end of the ribbon create another finished edge by folding the edge over twice in ¼”sections. Be sure to create the fold in the opposite direction as the first.
- On the non face side of the end you just finished sew 1 part of the snap ¾”away from the edge.
- Measure 10 ½”and sew the other part of the snap
- From the second part of the snap measure ½”and sew 1 of the 15mm buttons.
- On the face side sew the 24mm button ¾”away from the edge, this will hide the stitches holding the snap in place.
- Sew the other 15mm buttons ½”from the 24mm button.
- Wear, enjoy!
Transform a plain baseball cap to something a little bolder with the addition of a bullion crest. The crest can transform a simple cap to something that carries a sense of bold maturity. Crests come in such a broad range of themes; it¹s easy to find one that suits you or your loved one best.
- Apply some Unique Stitch fabric glue to the center of the crest, then center the crest onto the front of the hat.
- Pin the edges of the crest down with straight-pins and set the hat aside to dry for about 30-45 minutes.
- Thread your needle sew from the inside of the hat so that the knot at the end of your thread is hidden.
- Stitch around the edge of the crest, removing the pins as you go. Remember to be careful of the inner lining sweatband that most baseball hats have. You don¹t want to sew that down.
- Finish off your stitches on the inside of the hat and you are done!
If you didn’t already know, then you know now that with every changing season there is a new trend. Besides the classic black dress, there’s another trend that never seems to go away. Of course it can’t be none other than the preppy style. For over 15 years now, this classic trend came and never left.
This week, M&J Trimming wants to give the classic preppy trend the proper recognition it deserves. Therefore, starting today June 18th through July 1st, we are taking 15% OFF all purchase of bullion crests. So what are you waiting for? This sale is only available online at MJTRIM.com.
The bullion crests aren’t limited to just garments. You can also use them to enhance the appearance on your bags. They can be used on both men and women’s accessories and garments.
Take 15% Off All Purchase of Bullion Crests!
Sales ends July 1st, 2008
Bills, bills and more bills! They just seem to keep coming, one right after the other. Sometimes organizing them or just simply remembering where you placed them can get difficult.
For example, I have a habit of opening them after I get home and throwing them on whichever table or draw is closes to me. I guess it’s not the best habit when I have to pay the bills on time.
I finally came to the conclusion that I need some help. So for this week’s project, I’ve decided to make a mail holder. I wanted to buy one from the store, but it’s a lot more fun to make it myself. Plus the one’s at the store are so dull.
- White on white poster foam core board (Two posters glued together with a thin layer of foam in between the posters)
Above: Poster foam core board
mail_box_sizes1 <— Here’s a pdf of the measures for the mail holder that you can print and trace.
- Measure and trace two 2″ x 8″ on the poster foam board. This will be for the side of the mail holder.
- Measure and trace 4.5″ x 10″ on the poster foam board. This will be for the back of the mail holder.
- Measure and trace 4.5″ x 6″ on the poster foam board. This will be for the front of the mail holder.
- Using a box cutter carefully cut the pieces off the poster foam board.
- Using sobo glue, glue the edge of the 2″ x 8″ onto the edge of the 10″ piece. Repeat this on the other side as well.
- Then glue the 6″ edge onto both of the 2″ x 8″ piece.
- Let it dry for about five minutes.
- Then after it dries, the mail holder should be sitting up right. Place it on top of the rest of the foam board and trace the bottom. This will be the support for you mail holder.
- Using a box cutter, cut of the piece, and then glue it onto the bottom of the mail holder.
- Now you can spray paint the mail holder any color you like. Remember not to put too much paint because it will dissolve the foam.
- Let it dry for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- After it dries, you can now decorate it using the velvet ribbon to hide the edges. Use glue to add this on.
- You can then also use glue to add on the bullion crest.
- Finally, add some nailheads to the top of the mail holder.
- Leave it dry for about 15 minutes and then add the velcro on the back so you can add it onto your wall.
- Now your mail holder is all done and ready for work. Enjoy!