We love looking at bloggers for inspiration. We’re often in awe by the amount of talent and dedication of the DIY Blogger community. Many DIY Bloggers are influenced by runway trends, street style looks or materials at local stores. Using these ideas, they create pieces that replicate store bought items. Rather than keeping these gems to themselves, they generate an audience by sharing their crafts and welcoming others to tackle their projects as well. Following step by step guides each blogger demonstrates how to achieve the desired demonstration. Even though we have tons of ideas about how to use our trims we’re often amazed by the creations we come across. Feel free to tweet, or Facebook us some of you own DIY projects. We’d love to see what you’ve created!
Here are some of our favorite DIYs that are perfect for spring.
Lace Cut Off Shorts
The Average Girl’s Guide featuring Erin from Thanks I Made It
Not only did the 2013 Met Gala bring art enthusiasts and fashion designers together, it brought our city together. Each year that the Met Gala takes place the city becomes a bit more vibrant. The punk theme truly brought nostalgia to the city and encouraged everyone to dress the part. We loved how each starlet had fun with their looks and we’re dying to DIY our own punk project.
FEATHERSSarah Jessica Parker rocked a Giles gown with a custom Philip Treacy headpiece and plaid Louboutins
Kristen Dunst wore a Louis Vuitton feathered frock
Amar’e Stoudemire’s pregnant wife Alexis Stoudemire wore a feather enhanced Giambattista Valli couture gown.
Jennifer Morrison stunned in a black lace Donna Karan number.
Kristen Stewart opted for a lace embellished Stella McCartney pantsuit.
Rooney Mara, the co-host of the evening selected an ivory lace Givenchy gown with zipper accents.
Donatella Versace wore her own spike enhanced gown.
Cameron Diaz donned a sleek blue Stella McCartney dress.
Sienna Miller was very punk in her Burberry ensemble.
Coachella is quickly approaching and many other festivals are not far along. Even though most people attend these festivals for the music and entertainment factor there is an abundance of style not to be missed. Whether you’re in a neon suit, bikini top or rocking a floral headband you won’t go unnoticed. These festivals bring some of the most stylish people together. While packing for these trips take note that your fashion choices are endless as well as your DIY opportunities. Here are some of our favorite music festival DIYs. We’re loving all of these looks and can’t wait to try them out!
Matter of Style
A Pair and a Spare
Say yes to Hoboken
For more DIY inspiration check out our DIY Coachella Inspired Headpiece Post from 2012
Floral Prints have been a key feature on the runway. The nature infused trend has been revamped in a major way. Designers have been using various mediums such as fur, lace, beads, fabric and appliques to incorporate these patterns. Below are some of our favorite floral runway pieces that give us the urge to create some of our very own pieces.
In years past, Fashion Week was solely intended to showcase a designer’s collection. Now it has become a who’s who, and who’s wearing what in the fashion world. With the rise of social media outlets fashion week revolves around much more than the designers. Those attending shows now dress to impress ( fashion photographers that is) We at M&J can not handle how great some of the fashion selections have been. The D.I.Y options are endless; we’re already stocking up on fur, feathers, rhinestones and studs. Here is a recap of our favorite emerald green street style recaps from New York, Paris, and Milan Fashion Week.
Lace Belt D.I.Y
With Paris Fashion Week rounding up, we are beyond obsessed with anything and everything black and white. The major trend highlighted at every show inspired us to create this lace belt. This Chanel inspired D.I.Y will spruce up a plain white tee or a fab gown ready to be taken out on the town. Check out our selection of elegant lace and beaded trims on our site.
Beacon Magna-Tas 809 Glue
3″ Rigid Lace from M&J Trimming
Grossgrain Bow from M&J Trimming
Mundial 8.5″ Dressmaker Shears Scissor
1. Cut lace in half based on the floral design(One side will be larger than the other depending on which lace was selected)
2. Fold the thinner piece in half3. Glue both halves together creating a thicker piece (You can match the lace or mismatch for a more romantic touch…)
4. Pick up the leftover piece of lace and lay this piece under the now thicker band making sure it is centered.
5. Using your Beacon Magna-Tac 809, now glue down this piece for an additional layered look
6. Be creative! We glued on a bow, but feel free to add brooches, rhinestones, chains or studs! Make this lace belt your own canvas
7. Ta Da!
Want to try your hand at making a stylish evening accessory? See our selection of elegant trims on our site and don’t forget to posts photos of your DIYs on Instagram (#MJtrimmingDIY) and Pinterest (@MJtrim) so we can see!
With NYFW well under way, we’ve been grabbing major inspiration from some of the biggest collections to grace the runways. BCBG continued to use lace cutouts in their FW 2013 collection on silk and leather. This inspired us to use our extensive lace and leather collections to create a headband!
1/2 yd leather trim
1 yd lace trim
headband (in store)
1. Cut the amount of leather trim you will need to cover the entire headband.
2. Glue the leather onto the headband. Make sure to smooth out any ripples the glue may cause.
3. Cut the amount of lace trim you will need to cover the headband. Our lace trim was thin so we cut out 2 pieces to place onto the headband.
4. Add a tiny line of glue along the leather and place your lace trim onto it. The glue will leak through the top of the lace trim but it will dry clear.
5. Let dry for 2 hours and you will have a chic and edgy headband!
Grace of Stripes & Sequins makes the prettiest DIY jewelry and this DIY Tulle Tendril Bib is no exception. It is the perfect statement piece to wear with a dress or blouse on Valentine’s Day next week! Made with our rhinestones, the necklace is bold and beautiful. Make sure to, also, check out our selections of organza, lace, and grosgrain ribbons, if you want to make your own version!
This August 2012 editorial in Elele Turkey is definitely sending our crafty minds into overdrive. Not only do we want to recreate the lace dresses but we are, also, in love with all of the lace and sheer pillows, throws, and curtains. These would make for some beautiful DIYs!
images via Fashion Gone Rogue
The ‘Dance Baby Dance’ editorial in Vogue Turkey’s December 2012 issue is so inspiring. While searching for New Years party outfits, this editorial definitely makes us want to DIY instead of buy! Chunky chains, sequin pants, sequin tops, baroque lace and feather dresses … we are going back into our DIY archives for ideas because we want this New Years to truly be one of a kind!