Upgrade Your LBD

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The little black dress, or LBD as it is affectionately referred to, is a staple in almost every woman’s closet. It’s versatile, classic, and you can wear it over and over again! Sometimes though, your LBD needs a little TLC in the form of an upgrade. Check out these super simple ideas to turn your LBD into a SATULBD, or Super Amazing Totally Unforgettable Little Black Dress.

Flared Dress with Beaded Trim Collar

Alice and Olivia Dress4″ Embroidered Beaded Floral Lace2″ Embroidered Pearl  Beaded Trim

This dress has a very classic shape, and will look great for any occasion. The flared skirt gives the bottom interest, but what about adding a little something to the top? Glue beaded trim to the collar of the dress for some sparkle. We love the subtlety of black trim, but a contrasting color would look great too!

Cutout Dress with Lace

Topshop Black Dress, 6″ Chantilly Floral Lace

Remember when cutout dresses were having a total moment last summer, and everyone was walking around with missing sleeves and backs and sides? If you’ve suddenly realized that your cutout dress from last season isn’t going to make the cut this time around, DIY a more modest option! Just sew lace into the inside of the dress where the cutouts are! Your dress will leave more to the imagination, while still looking super flirty!

High Collar Slim Fit Dress with Buttons

Newlook Black Dress, Metal Mask Button, Metal Fashion Button, Two Hole Metal Concave Button

This slim-fitting dress is already beautiful, but it’s pretty basic! We think the way to go is buttons. Give the dress a military vibe by putting two rows of small buttons down the front. You can also have a single line of buttons on the back of the dress for an eye-catching feature that is more discrete. As they always say, business in the front, button party in the back.

What does YOUR little black dress look like, and how do you style it to keep it fresh?

DIY: Beautiful Bookmarks

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From sleeves to screens, it seems like tablets are getting the most stylish accessories nowadays! Well what about books?! Dress up your books with these pretty fabric bookmarks, and make your techie friends jealous. They’re also the perfect present for the bookworm in your life!

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark MaterialsWhat You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Bluebird 1.5” Grosgrain Ribbon #00307

1 Yard of Pink 3/8” Pom Pom Fringe #31664

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or ruler

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Cutting

1. Cut 1′ of grosgrain ribbon, and paint a small amount of glue onto the edge of the ribbon. NOTE: Every time you cut a piece of ribbon, you should seal the edge with some glue to prevent fraying.

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Measuring Pom Pom Trim

2. Line the pom poms against the width of the ribbon, and cut. Each piece should have four pom poms.

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Gluing Pom Pom Trim

3. Glue the pom pom trim to the top of the ribbon. Repeat the process on the other side.Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Cutting Edge

4. Using your scissors, fold the end and cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the other side. The cut should make a V shape with the negative space.

Coral Velvet Bookmark

Coral Velvet Bookmark Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Light Coral 36mm Imported Velvet Ribbon #02436

1 Yard of Sage 5mm Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe #58606

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or rulerCoral Velvet Bookmark Cutting Velvet Ribbon

1. Measure 1′ of your velvet ribbon. Cut to measure, and glue the edge.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Measuring Pom Pom Trim

2. Line the pom poms against the width of the ribbon, and cut. Each side should have three pom poms.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Gluing Pom Pom Trim

3. Paint a strip of glue, and adhere the pom poms to the edge of the velvet. Repeat on the other side.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Cutting Edge

4. Using your scissors, fold the end and cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the other side.

Coral Lace Bookmark

Coral Lace Bookmark Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Coral 5 1/4” Floral Pattern Chantilly Lace

1 Yard of Ivory 1.5” Single-Face Satin Ribbon

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or ruler

Coral Lace Bookmark Gluing Satin

1. Cut  1′ of your satin ribbon, and glue the edge.

Coral Lace Bookmark Gluing Satin and Lace

2. Paint one side of the satin ribbon with glue. Coral Lace Bookmark Laying Lace

3. Quickly place the lace on the satin ribbon before the glue dries.

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4. Once dry, cut off the excess lace on each side.

Coral Lace Bookmark Cutting Lace Angle

5. Cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the opposite side. Apply some glue to the freshly cut piece so it does not fray.

Coral Lace Bookmark Cutting Lace Angle

6. Repeat step 5, but cut going the opposite way from one side to the corner. Apply some glue to the freshly cut piece so it does not fray.

Ribbon Bookmarks Finished DIYs

Now your books look stylish, and can compete with any trendy accessory!

M&J Trimming Resource Guides

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We don’t like to brag, but we’re kind of experts when it comes to ribbon, buttons and all sorts of trimming. (We should be, we’ve been in the business for over 70 years!) We try to provide our customers with the best, most unique trim and findings; but we ALSO want to help you learn what to look for and how to use it. We’ve created some great guides, videos and tutorials for some of our most-asked questions. Here are a few of our favorite resources!Purple Buttons from M&J Trimming

If you’re looking for some information on buttons, check out our Button Basics blog post! If you’re ready to purchase but the measurements are confusing, take a look at our Button Size Chart. It will show you the conversions for popular-sized buttons.

Store Photo | M&J Trimming

If you don’t know the difference between E6000 and Gem-Tac, our Glue Guide might be just the ticket to get your DIYs to a good (and mess-free) start!

Pink Swarovski Crystals from M&J Trimming

One of our most popular items is our collection of Swarovski crystals. Learn the AB & Cs of Crystals, check out our Rhinestone Size Chart, or  find out what crystals are REALLY made of.

Rainbow Ribbon Wall from M&J Trimming

Do you know what you’re looking for, but have zero idea what it’s called? Take a look at our Product Glossary for terms and definitions of popular products.

If you’re obsessed with lace like we are, take a look at our Lesson in Lace!

We have a lot of great resources for DIYers new and advanced, and we’re always going to strive to bring you the latest news and resources. The question remains: what would YOU like to know more about?

Project DIY: Baroque n’ Roll Materials

This month we’re rolling out a Project DIY collection that is sure to turn a few heads. (Probably because it’s packed with sparkle!) Our Baroque n’ Roll collection is lavish, elegant and luxe; perfect for the holiday season. While we aren’t revealing what the projects are just yet, we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what materials you’ll be introduced to in this collection.Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Lace

This is our first Project DIY collection to feature a big band of trim, and beautiful lace trim at that! If you’re wondering what you’ll be making, we aren’t spilling the beans yet, but you will need to use a needle and thread to create it.

Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Gold Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Gold

It wouldn’t be a Baroque n’ Roll collection without a little bit of bling! From pearls to rhinestones, we picked materials that were incredibly glamorous and elegant. You’ll also be using rich gold pieces that invoke Baroque with their scrolling filigree details.

Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Cameo

Since this collection is so elegant and feminine, we wanted to include one of the most elegant and feminine items we know, a cameo embellishment. It’s delicate, charming and a perfect addition to one of our projects.

Any guesses about what projects are in the latest Project DIY collection? Leave them down below!

 

DIY: Glamorous Holiday Gift Wrap

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We’ve been going on and on about butcher paper being used as holiday wrapping the past few days because it’s so versatile. Despite its less-than-appealing name, this stuff can be a canvas for some of the most amazing present wrapping ever! If you’re still not convinced you can make a gorgeous gift with it, prepare to be amazed by our totally glamorous holiday gift wrap!

Large Package

Glamorous Large Package DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need: 

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56468

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56466

Beaded Trim with Fur Edge (Black) #57507

5mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02405

22mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02422

Glue

Tape

Scissors

Glamorous Large Package DIY Gold Ladder Ribbon | M&J Trimming

1. Once you have your present wrapped, start by taking your gold ladder shaped ribbon and wrapping it across vertically. Tape the first ribbon down.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Velvet Weave | M&J Trimming

2. For your horizontal piece, weave in your 22mm velvet ribbon. Weave under and over one bar, skip 4 spaces, then weave up and over one. Keep repeating until you have enough ribbon to wrap around the box. Tape ribbon down onto the bottom of the package.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Wrapped Ribbon | M&J Trimming

3. Tape ribbon down onto the bottom of the package.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Fur Decal | M&J Trimming

4. Cut 3 inches of your fur trim. Fold one side on top of the other to create an appliqué. Glue down.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Metallice Lace | M&J Trimming

5. Take your circle patterned lace, and cut out 3 connecting circles. Make sure each circle connects to form a triangle. Then glue onto the present.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Ribbon Tag | M&J Trimming

6. Add a tag of your choice with the 5mm Reef Gold velvet ribbon.

Glamorous Large Package DIY | M&J Trimming

Small Package 1

Glamorous Small Package DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need: 

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56477

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56482

16 mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Bordeaux) #02416

5mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02405

Glue

Tape

Scissors

Glamorous Small Package DIY Weaving | M&J Trimming

1. Take your 16mm Bordeaux velvet ribbon and weave it in and out of the gold lace. You will need enough ribbon to cover the front vertically. When it is the desired length, tape down the ribbon with the ends on the bottom.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Metallic Lace Circles | M&J Trimming

2. Take your gold lace, and cut out three connecting circle to form a triangle.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Glued Lace | M&J Trimming

3. Put your lace triangle circles on each side of the velvet and lace combination.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Tag | M&J Trimming

4. Hang a tag with the 5mm Reef Gold velvet ribbon.

Glamorous Small Package DIY | M&J Trimming

Small Package 2

Glamorous Small Package DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need: 

Oval Detailed Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56473

27mm Butterfly Pleat Taffeta (Black) #40566

5mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02405

Glue

Tape

Scissors

Glamorous Small Package DIY Weaving | M&J Trimming

1. Take your pleat taffeta and weave it in and out of the large circle openings in the gold lace.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Placement | M&J Trimming

2. Place the ribbon across the package, and tape the ends to the bottom.

Glamorous Small Package DIY | M&J Trimming

3. Add a tag with the 5mm velvet ribbon.Finished Luxe Holiday Wrapping | M&J Trimming

With a little M&J Trimming ANYTHING can go from ordinary to extraordinary, even presents wrapped in plain old paper!

DIY: Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards

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When it comes to decorating for the holidays, there seem to be two popular schools of thought: embracing rustic roots or going glamorous. Rustic holiday decor uses warm colors, natural textures like burlap, and brown butcher paper wrapping. On the other hand we have the glam holiday decor which is all about sparkle and shine, metallics, and grandeur!

This holiday season the twain shall meet in our holiday DIY segment! First up we have a set of Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards. The natural-colored card stock offers a nice contrast to the metallic lace and rhinestones. It’s the perfect mix of styles!

Wreath Card

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

Materials:

Natural Card Stock

Lt. Siam SS20

Emerald SS20

Lt. Colorado Topaz SS30

Fine Metallic Lace #56465

Silver 3mm Cord #00329

Glue

Rhinestone glue syringe

Scissors

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

1. Cut the lace into individual teardrop shapes. You’ll need 12 teardrops.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

2. Lay out the shapes to form a circle, and glue them down.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

3. Glue the Lt. Colorado SS30 at the widest end of each tear. Repeat this step with the other two colors.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

4. Take your cord and create a bow for your wreath. Glue it down in the middle-lower part of the wreath.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

Christmas Tree Card

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

Materials:

Natural Card Stock

Emerald SS20

Lt. Siam SS16 and SS20

Siam SS34

Capri Blue SS20 and SS34

Peridot SS20

Citrine SS16 and SS20

Topaz SS34

Fuchsia SS34

Tanzanite SS20

Purple Velvet SS34

Lt. Sapphire SS16

Jonquil SS16

Fine Metallic Lace #56465

Glue

Rhinestone glue syringe

Scissors

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

1. Cut the lace into individual teardrop shapes. You’ll need 23 teardrops.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

2. Lay out each piece to form a tree shape, and glue them down.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

3. Use the Jonquil and Citrine rhinestones to create a star on top.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

4. Embellish your tree with the rest of your rhinestones.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

You don’t just have to make the tree or wreath either! Make stars, snowflakes, gingerbread men, and menorahs. The only limit is your imagination!

New in November

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At M&J Trimming we’re constantly getting new trims, notions and findings to dazzle and delight! Every month we bring in the most beautiful and unique trims from all over the world because we know our customers want the best and finest. If you happen to live outside of the city and can’t see our fabulous selection of trims in person, we have good news. All of the new arrivals below are available online!

Lace | M&J Trimming

We absolutely adore lace at M&J Trimming. It’s a borderline obsession, really. This month we’ve received a lot of beautiful eyelet lace like the Ruffled Eyelet Lace, the Scallop Lace Edging, and the Scallop Eyelet Lace above! This lace is durable and perfect for trimming a dress or a shirt! Many of these beautiful eyelet trims are made in Spain, and they’re also 100% cotton!

Thread | M&J Trimming

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of thread. This button thread we’ve recently started stocking is perfect for those pesky loose buttons! It’s strong and sturdy, and will keep the buttons on your winter coat right where you left them!

Dark Green Moss Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Crystal Lilac Shadow Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Aside from ribbons and trims, we also love anything that sparkles! We have a huge selection of Swarovski crystals that are ideal for adding a little bit of bling to your outfit. We’re happy to introduce two captivating new colors: Dark Moss Green and Crystal Lilac Shadow. If you like to DIY with a little sparkle check out our Rhinestone Clutch, Rhinestone Beanie, and Rhinestone Clear Minauderie posts!

Are you a lover of lace? A Swarovski savant? A fan of threads? What new products do YOU love seeing at M&J Trimming?

DIY: Medieval Renaissance Choker Necklace

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At M&J Trimming we have no qualms about our love of lace. This Renaissance-inspired DIY is perfect for those ladies who share our love of the dainty look of white lace.

Supplies for Lace Cameo Necklace

What You’ll Need:

Stretch Lace #57291

Oval Woman Head Cameo #41584

E-6000 Glue

Snaps

Scissors

 
Measuring Neck Width with Lace

1. Take your lace trim, and wrap it around your neck to measure how much you will need. Leave a little overlap so you have room to place the snap closures.

Adding Snap Closure to Lace Band

2. Open your snap, and glue the stud to one end of the lace trim.

Lace Trim with Snap Closures Drying

3.  Take the other half of your snap, the socket, and place it on the opposite side of the other end. You’re trying to create a closure so that you can wrap the lace around your neck.Gluing Cameo Piece 4. Place your cameo button in the center of the choker, and glue it down. Let the project dry at least 3 hours!

Cameo Button on Lace Choker Necklace

There you have it Madame! Wear your choker to your next grand ball, or just out for the night when you’re feeling extra feminine. Love our lace? Take a look at some of the other lace styles we have in stock! Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Medieval Renaissance Inspiration page for trim and notions that are fit for a queen!

A Lesson in Lace

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At M&J we have a serious love of lace. You might call it an obsession really. We have walls of the stuff at our store! Of course not all lace is the same, and we’re not talking about just patterns either. There are many unique styles of lace from all over the world! Some are made by hand, others are strictly manufactured by machine.  Some are created with using the needle method, others use bobbins. Each method and material used creates a different, but equally beautiful, style. Here are a few of our favorites styles, and a little history behind each!

Alencon Lace

Alençon – One of the most popular types of lace for wedding dresses, Alençon is a French-style lace. It is also one of the most difficult, and thus most expensive, types of lace to make. This style is characterized by floral or leaf motifs on a mesh background. Fun fact: The process of creating this lace by hand has been preserved over the years by Carmelite nuns in Alençon.

Battenburg Lace

Battenburg – Popular in the 1930s and 1940s, Battenburg is a needle lace. You can find it mostly on tablecloths and linens. It is an easy-to-make lace, and much less labor intensive than other embroidered varieties.

Cluny Lace

Cluny – A bobbin-style lace, cluny often features small flowers and loops. This lace is sturdy, and more durable than most. Its name is derived from the Abbey of Cluny in Cluny, France, where it was used by monks.

Schiffli Lace

Schiffli – This is the lace of the new age. Strictly made using modern machines, Schiffli is created by embroidering both the front and the back of a piece of light fabric, usually tulle.

Venise Lace

Venise - This needle lace was once more coveted than jewels. Originating in Venice, Italy, using this lace as an adornment proved you were very wealthy indeed. Thankfully it is now more affordable, and easy to obtain! Its design features no netting, with motifs held together by braids or threads. This makes it perfect for using as a dramatic trim!

These are just SOME of the many styles of lace available at our store. Which look or style do YOU prefer?

DIY Roundup: We Love Lace

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Lace has this fantastic way of making anything it touches instantly lovely and feminine. Lace is often used in the DIY world because of its versatility and ease of use. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use this delicate trim in both fashion and home decor!

Cut Short

Lace Shorts DIY from Sincerely Kinsey

Save this DIY for summer because, while shorts season is a long time from now, we guarantee you’ll want to be wearing these DIY lace shorts from Sincerely, Kinsey.

Lace Lounge

Martha Stewart Lace Decor

Why leave lace to just the fashion world? Martha Stewart shows us some great ways to use lace in the home, from throw pillows to coffee cups!

Pretty Princess

Lace Crowns from the Girl Inspired

Oh hey guys. No big deal, but we think we just found the most awesome thing on the internet. These princess crowns made of lace are perfect for your daughter’s next tea party, or just a night of watching Netflix. Make one for yourself, and be a princess whenever you want. We won’t judge you.

Tangerine Dream

Lace Dress from Life Is Beautiful

This tangerine dress was a mere shell of its current self before the addition of lace. Whip out your sewing machines because this is one DIY you DON’T want to skip. It’s relatively easy to replicate using any type of lace. We recommend a Venise!

Kicked Up

M&J Trimming Lace and Neon Oxfords

Oxfords are usually a very neutral and plain affair, but we are never satisfied with plain at M&J Trimming! Check out our oxford DIY, and take your oxfords to new territory by adding two of our favorite things: lace and neon.

Do you love lace as much as we do? Do you prefer it in home decor, fashion, or relegate it to the “unmentionables” drawer? Let us know in the comments!