Spring Embellishment Inspiration

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If you’re going to embrace one trend this season, please let it be embellishments. Embellishments can add dimension and fun to any piece, and they are so hot for spring! You can wear them head to toe on a dress, or opt for an embellished accessory. A little embellishment can make a basic piece a total statement item!

Vogue Marni RTW Spring 2014

These beautiful dresses from Marni are perfect for spring! Florals are always a great embellishment because they can look so natural and add playfulness to your outfit. If you’re really into embellishments, take a look at that gorgeous clutch too!

Miu Miu Spring 2014 RTW

Miu Miu’s Spring 2014 line was all about embellishments! The sequins, pailletes, and strung beads added a lot of movement to the items.

Emilio Pucci Spring 2014

Pucci is no stranger to pattern, color or shape, so of course embellishments were a HUGE part of their Spring 2014 line. Intricately beaded dresses and jackets were central to their show.

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This Christopher Kane sweatshirt is just about the best thing we’ve seen all year. Props for making botany cooler than ever!

Louis Vuitton

The looks at Louis Vuitton were embellished to the max! The fact that most of the embellishments are black keep the looks from being TOO loud.

Which look would you rock, and are you seeing embellishments on your fashion radar for spring?

M&J Embellishment Set

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With the upcoming holidays, there are tons of loved ones to buy gifts for.  Our Premium Embellishment Set can solve your shopping problems easily!  You can buy plain hats, gloves, tees, canvas bags, flats and embellish them as unique gifts for all of your friends or you can buy the kit for that crafty friend of yours!

To make this gifting idea even sweeter, we are offering $10 off this set when you use the code CRAFTY at checkout.  See further details here and hurry –  the deal ends tomorrow, Sunday December 2, 2012!

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DIY H&M Embellished Jeans by taylor & DEMOLISH

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We’re back with another original DIY, this time brought to us by the awesome Candy of taylor & DEMOLISH. Keep reading to find out how to make these embellished cuffed jeans, and stop by taylor & DEMOLISH for more of Candy’s DIYs!Images via Around Lucia, Style ScrapbookTumblr, Sania Claus, Caroline’s Mode

I have been cuffing my jeans ever since the weather began to warm up in Manhattan and when I spotted these jeans from H&M’s upcoming Fall 2012 collection, I knew they would make the perfect DIY to add to my collection!

Supplies:

Medium blue skinny jeans

Ruler

E6000 glue

Scissors

Needle & Thread

Rhinestones (SS30 (6mm) Crystal)

Sew-on octagon jewels

Sew-on pearls

Seed beads (Mine are the cry luster colored beads from M&J Trimming)

1. Put jeans on and fold the cuff so it’s about 1.5 inches above your ankle.  The cuff itself should be 2-3 inches long.

2. Using a couple stitches around the jeans, stitch the cuff to the jeans so it doesn’t unfold.

3. Split the number of large jewels that you have in half.  Sew half individually onto the left cuff and half on the right.  Make sure to space them evenly around the entire jean cuff.

4. Glue about 10-15 rhinestones to each cuff with the E6000 glue.  Let rhinestones dry for about 30 minutes.

5. Fill in open gaps by sewing in the pearls.  I used about 30 on each jean cuff.

6. Fill in any other open gaps you may find with your seed beads.  I created loops of 5 beads each.

And there you have it!  Cuff your jeans and expose this beautiful hidden treasure!

Fringe Conspiracy: DIY Fringe Vest and T-Shirt in One

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By: Roseann

I recently came across a brief interview in Indie Magazine with Berlin Designer Paula Immich.   The interview was regarding a recent collection called “Mit Haut und Haar” (i.e. “with skin and hair”).  In this collection Immich used flocks of hair in seams and collars.  Sounds Bizarre right, however the effect is quite whimsical.  Her collection got me thinking about material and how so often we are used to seeing them manipulated and used in only one or two different ways.  Take chainette fringe, it has been used in such a costumie way, I always think flapper or Vegas every time I lay my eyes on it.  So I decided to do a DIY Paula Immich using chainette fringe, although I live in NYC I still don’t know if I can pull of wearing synthetic hair around my shoulders.  Boring, I know.

Materials:

Directions

  1. Fist locate where the bust point would exist on the T-shirt and mark from the inside with a pencil.
  2. Find the center point of your shoulder seam and mark a straight line from the bust point to the center marking of the shoulder.
  3. Measure how long this line is and subtract that measurement from 20.
  4. Using the measurement found above, find center back of the neckline and measure down mark with a pin.  Now measure from the pin 3” to each side and draw a line from that mark to shoulder center.
  5. Cut along this line.
  6. Cut the 1 yard of fringe in half, careful not to let it fray and pull apart. It helps if you tape the edges.
  7. Starting 1” from the beginning of the cut pin the fringe between the two pieces.  The fringe should be short 1” on each side.
  8. Now stitch together. Basically here we are creating a bust and back dart in one, so you want to start and end with a slight diagonal so that the intake transitions smoothly with the rest of the t.
  9. Wear and enjoy.

Embellish Your Clothes Using Rhinestones

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By Goldie

There are many simple ways to add some fun and color to your clothes. Whether being something you already own or a new purchase you want to spruce up. I would like to share with you a quick way too embellish your clothing using rhinestones and a rhinestone setting. I choose to embellish a small portion of the pocket of these jeans.

I used:

Directions:

  1. Choose the rhinestones you would like to work with and accompanying setting.     
  2. Using a fabric marker or chalk draw your rhinestone design.  It works best to do this on the back of the fabric since you will position your fabric face down in the setter.
  3. Place your rhinestone on the bottom part of the rhinestone setter and place the nose at the top of the setter through the rhinestone setting.
  4. Place your fabric in between the two face down and press firmly .

 

 

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Dear Blog Readers,

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Happy Monday!,  Blerona

Add a Little Shine to Your Winter Cover

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By Roseann

 

With winter in full swing we are all bundled up.  I happen to be a big fan of the layered look, but sometimes our layers need a bit of pizzazz.   Fortunately M&J offers enough bling at the right cost, so you can bedazzle any of your outerwear.  Some ideas may include adding Swarovski rhinestones to fingerless gloves a knit cap or a scarf.  Take advantage of Old Man Winter’s hostility and wear some fun accessories.

M&J Trimming offers two types of Swarovski rhinestones, hot fix and flat back

Hot fix rhinestones are applied to garments using heat, the adhesive is already fixed to the back of the stone.  To apply hot fix rhinestones you may use an iron or the preferred method by using a rhinestone hot-fix setter.  To learn more about using hot-fix setters please watch our video.

Flat back rhinestones are applied to garments using glue.  There are two types of glue we recommend for this type of application.  Depending on what type of project you are working on we recommend either E 6000 craft adhesive or Gem Tac permanent adhesive.  E 6000 is an industrial strength adhesive and works great on projects that require a stronger bond, such as outdoor plant potters.  E 6000 is also gentle enough to be used on clothing and is washer and dryers safe, however the curing time takes about 24 to 72 hours.  Gem Tac is also a permanent adhesive that is safe for clothing, washer and dryer safe, and dries clear in about 10-20 minutes.

Fabricate Your Own Leather and Spike Cuff

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by Goldie

I would like to share with you a quick and simple way to create your own edgy cuff. I used two of my favorite items to create this cuff, leather and nail heads.

I used:

  • ¼  yard of 81503 Gun Metal/ Ivory (to order please call 1-800-9-mjtrim)
  • one package of Spike Nailheads
  • Sew on Snaps (439320) (to order please call 1-800-9MJTRIM

Directions:

  1. Start by measuring your wris
  2. Take that measurement and add one inch
  3. On the back of the leather sew on one side of the snap ¼” from the edge.  On the face side of the leather at the opposite end sew the other sides of your snaps ¼” from the edge.
  4. Apply your nail heads to the leather.  Mark points to the back of the leather where you would like your nail heads to lie. Since the leather is thick you will need to use a Brisk-set Rhinestone Setter with nail head adapter to apply your nail heads. Be sure to use the correct adapter for the size nail head you use.

DIY Video Week Six: New Years Embellished T-Shirt

Dear Fashion Lovers,

Our last Holiday DIY Video is here, and I’m showing you how to make this glamorous t-shirt, the perfect statement piece for your New Years Celebration. Be sure to get creative when making this DIY.

 Click here for the list of materials used.

            Happy New Years, Blerona