DIY: Men’s Winter Vest Upgrade

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With winter well on its way we thought it would be appropriate to DIY a winter accessory, and even more fun to DIY a male accessory. We asked one of our male coworkers to help us out with this project, and decided to DIY his go-to winter vest. The end result is pretty awesome, and made for an easy and fun DIY.

Materials needed:

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Step 1: attach nail head trim (6-Row Plastic Square Trim style# 44401 – black) to lower vest.

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First, apply the multi-grip glue to the first 2 or 3 inches of the trim. When the glue is evenly added to the trim, place the trim on the lower part of the vest and wait two minutes. Then begin to the sew the trim onto vest.

*Notes* We decided that we would glue and sew the trim onto the vest for a strong hold, but you can glue or sew only if you feel confident that will hold. We will also be adding the trim onto the vest in stages so it will look even.

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If you are going to glue and sew,  you should space out the distance between where you put glue on your trim, space out your glue so that you only have 2 or 3 small portions glued for support and then sew over the rest (this particular trim has a nice spacing in between the rows of nail head, it’s a very good trim for even a beginner to start sewing on).

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Step 2: Nailhead front pocket flap -

For this step we decided to embellish the flap of the front pocket but you can embellish any part of the vest or coat.

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Take your 7MM x 25MM curved spikes with screws, and something sharp to use for assistance, we used a screw driver. Ideally, you would want to use M&Js revolving hole puncher, (style # 55246) but anything sharp is fine.

First,  punch a hole through the flap. After the hole is made, make sure u keep your finger on the whole to keep its place, if you’re using a thicker fabric for a vest the hole can literally just drop out of sight on you.  Then you take the screw to the back of the nailhead, push it through the back of the whole and then screw it into its spike from the front. We also used a flathead screw driver to further tighten the screw and spike together.

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And that’s all it takes to completely transform an ordinary vest into your own creation.

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Top 5 Menswear Inspired DIYs

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The great thing about menswear accessories these days is that they look very chic when worn on a woman!  These five DIYs are not only very simple to do but will look awesome on that special man in your life and on you!

DIY Button Cufflinks via Creme de la Craft

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DIY Pocket Squares via Mad In Crafts

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DIY Bow Tie via Honestly WTF

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DIY Skinny Tie via Design Mom

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DIY Baroque Baseball Cap via Missta x Cocorosa

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DIY Inspiration: Menswear

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This winter, menswear has definitely been somewhere that we are pulling inspiration from.   Men in layered suits with cool accessories and a well tailored coat always catches our eyes.  We, also, love seeing women incorporate classic menswear pieces into their own daily style which is why we are inspired to DIY some of these pieces for ourselves!

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DIY Greek Key Suspenders

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After spending the weekend falling in love with our greek key trims, we decided to put our DIY skills to use!  Modern day womenswear is receiving a lot of its inspiration from menswear so it was about time that we created a unisex DIY!  These suspenders look great on anyone!

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Supplies:

3 yards of Greek Key jacquard trim

2 packs of Suspender clips

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Matching thread

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Sewing pins

1.  Measure the amount of trim it will take to take the go from the top left corner of your pants, over your left shoulder, and across your back to the top right corner of your pants.  Cut a strip of your trim measuring this amount.

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2.  Push both ends of the trim through 2 suspender clips and sew the ends, as shown.

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3.  Repeat steps 1 & 2 with another strip of trim.

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4.  Clip the strips onto your pants so that they criss-cross on your back.  Pin where they cross at your back and take it off.

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5.  Sew the two strips together at the pinned point and you now have a pair of cool greek key suspenders.  Wear them with a chic suit, some baggy boyfriend jeans, or with whatever your heart desires!

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Highlights from Spring 2012 Menswear

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With Menswear Spring 2012 at an end and Fall 2011 Couture already starting. I pulled together some of my favorite collections for menswear. And of course all of these designers are a favorite of mines for women’s fashion as well. 3.1 Phillip Lim collection had interesting pieces, but the tie-dye pieces were  most interesting of all. Burberry Prorsum’s collection had bright colors and ikat patterns great look for men in the Spring. Salvatore Ferragamo did an excllent job of capturing the casual beach look but with so much class. Netting defined the collection for Dolce & Gabbana. But my all time favorite for Menswear Spring 2012 was Hermes collection, every piece had a causual luxury feel.

 

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