Each season we love seeing what designers put on the runway. Even though the garments take priority, the styling is essential. The wrong hairstyle, makeup or accessories can compromise even the best outfits. We were so inspired by the way Donna Karan accessorized each of her pieces. Her clothes are spectacular on their own so it left us in anticipation waiting to see how they would be styled. The chic accessories included natural and dark leather trim, gold buckles and metal accents that tied each look together.
Today embellishing is seen everywhere, from necklines to ankles. It’s a great way to add color and a little flash to an everyday piece. I was really inspired by John Hardy’s new bamboo and sterling silver cuffs. Since I am not an expert jewelry crafter, I figured a leather cuff would be a great way to get the look.
- ½ yard of leather. Style #41165-2 Amber (1-800-9MJ-TRIM)
- Rectangular sew on jewels. Style #39982-Antique Brass (1-800-9MJ-TRIM)
- Square sew on jewels. Style #39983-Antique Brass (1-800-9MJ-TRIM)
- Square leather sew on jewels. Style# 41332 Gold/Silver
- Oval glass beads. Style# 38711 White/Antique Brass
You will also need:
- Gem Tac glue
- 2 18mm snaps (1-800-9MJ-TRIM)
- Leather needle
- Measure wrist
- Cut Leather 2″ longer than wrist measurement.
- Create your design
- Using Gem Tac lightly glue down your design to the leather. Be sure to measure and center. I like to wait about 4 hours to allow the glue to set. Once you feel that your jewels are adequately attached you may sew the jewels on to the leather. I like to glue the jewels down first, I think it makes this step easier. If you’re comfortable with sewing them without glue feel free.
- Measure in 1″ from sides. Center snaps in center of 1″ edge. Sew them down in a vertical position from one another. The female piece should be sewn on the outside of the cuff and the male piece on the inside. This will make the cuff easiest to get on and off.
- Wear, enjoy!