DIY: Embellished Breastplate Necklace

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By Roseann

I recently became quite excited about this multi chain and chainmail combo and decided to incorporate it into this week’s project.  Inspired by Fiona Paxton’s jewelry this project is a bit more involved than some of my earlier posts, but with a little patience the result is stunning.  A lot of hand work is involved, but don’t let this intimidate you.  If you are really not interested in taking that plunge a similar look can be achieved by sewing together some embellished appliqués to mimic the breastplate.

Materials:

  • 1 to1 ¼ yards multi chain, to purchase call 1-800-9-mjtrim
  • Metal sequins
  • Glass sew on jewels
  • Piallettes
  • Beading thread
  • Tulle, preferably a heavy one such as crinoline net
  • Scissors, hand needle, and needle nose pliers
  • Multi strand jewelry clasp
  • Jump rings, amount needed depends on your jewelry clasp

Directions:

    1. Cut a piece of tulle 9”x 7”.
    1. Fold the tulle in thirds so that your piece now measures 3”x 7”.  If you are using cotton tulle you can use an iron to create firm creases, if you are working with nylon spray starch is best.
    2. Begin to embellish. I started with the glass sew on jewels and sort of placed them randomly.  Be sure you leave a ¼” around the sides of your soon to be breastplate.  I made the mistake of not doing so and attaching the chain was a little messy.
    3. I next added the large piallettes and then used the metal sequins to fill in.
    4. Decide where you would like the plate to sit.  Take a measurement around the neck and add 26” to accommodate the additional length of the breastplate and hanging ends.
    5. Divide this measurement in half and cut two pieces of the multi chain.
    6. Attach one side of the plate to the chain beginning 6” from the bottom.  I attached the chain by stitching it to the tulle through the chainmail pieces only.
    7. Attach your multi strand jewelry clasp to the chain using jump rings.
    8. Wear and enjoy

Going Tribal: DIY Mix Media Fringe Necklace

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By: Roseann

I am excited to see the tribal trend taking off this summer.  The look is comprised of bold graphic prints paired with warm tones and natural accents.  This can be a tricky look to pull off, so couple of tips.  When mixing patterns and textures, be sure each piece has one or two colors in common.  Oversized patterns can easily be over whelming, so these dresses and skirts should be short and simple in shape.  When in doubt go for mini, that’s always my motto.  When turning the volume on your outfit up, with bright colors such as orange and fuchsia, turn your makeup down.  Wear a natural eye or lip.  And finally pile on the great accessories.  Load your arm up with wooden bangles or add a mix media necklace over a daring graphic tee.

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Decide on a comfortable length for your necklace to be.  I chose 12 inches.
  2. Cut your 17mm chain to the measurement you’ve decided.
  3. cut your leathers down into 24 inch pieces
  4. Using pieces of tape or string mark the center 6 inches of your 17mm chain.  You want to work with in this space only.
  5. Starting with the wider pieces of leather you are going to begin attaching them to your necklace.  Fold leather in half then push the folded center through a link of chain and pull the tail ends of the leather through the loop.  Pull tight to secure.
  6. Repeat step 5 with the 1mm cord, but attach two pieces together.
  7. Cut 9mm chain into four 9 inch pieces.  Attach to necklace using the jump rings.

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DIY Lace and Chain Accessory

By Dara

It has been quite a while since my last post, so I think I’m due for another DIY. 

The weather in NYC has been a lot warmer lately, in the mid 50s.  I assume it is also starting to get warmer everywhere else as well.  If you are tired of hibernating for the winter like me, then you’re probably looking forward to spring and the fashionable outfits that comes along with the weather.  So it’s time to shed off that thick coat and start dressing a little more fashionable and creative. 

As the season changes, I’m always in need of something new, but the my wallet won’t always allow me to do so.  Therefore, for this spring, I’m dressing up my outfits from last year with a little bit embellishments. 

This week, I made a shoulder accessory; which you’ll see more of in magazines and clothing stores this season. 

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Add a line of glue along the center of the suede fabric.
  2. Pick up the suede fabric with the glue side up and place along the center of the lace. 
  3. Take one end of the lace and place it over the glue.
  4. Add glue to the center of the fabric again.  Then take the other end of the lace and place that over the glue.  The suede fabric should be completely covered with the lace.
  5. With your finger, pinch the center of the fabric, then using a needle and thread, sew the center in place.
  6. Once the center is more table, wrap the center with your chains.  Leave a few inches off so it can dangle. 
  7. Now stitch on the pin back in the center of the fabric on the back side where there is glue.

Now you’re all done and ready to add this to the shoulder of  your tank top, t-shirt or dress.  You can also add it onto your clutch or put a clip instead of a pin back and use it as hair accessory.  For a little more glam, you can also add sequins over the lace with glue.

 

What Are You Wearing This Spring?

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What are you wearing this spring?  Yes, it is still winter.  However, spring is not that far away; especially with January already coming close to an end.  NYC’s fashion week is also coming up soon.  So to give you a little inspiration, we are posting some amazing outfits for Spring 2010 from some of the world’s top designers.  Be sure to check back often as we update you on the latest runway shows from NYC’s fashion week.

Ralph Lauren

Erdem

Bottega Veneta

Versace

 

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Halloween Recap

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 By Roseann

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Over the past month I have been posting ideas and instructions for creating your Halloween costumes.  It has been a very busy month and I was unfortunately unable to post everything that I would have liked to, so I’ve decided to do a little recap of the events held here at  M&J and share a couple of last minute ideas from a basic garment that everyone has in their closet that maybe useful next year.

The Halloween DIY bar went over very successfully.  People brought in all kinds of things to embellish and take to the next level.  My favorite was a bustier that was part of a mail order bride costume. We embellished it to the max using everything from feathers, chains, sequin, beading, and nailheads.   Masquerade masks were created, an Elvis costume adorned, and cat woman accessories made saucier.  The event took place Fri evening in the store; it was the first of what I hope will become an annual event here at M&J.

One of the things I wanted to show people this year for Halloween was that costumes can easily be created from pieces already in your closet.  I made a couple of simple pieces from men’s white button down shirts.  The process in seven steps was easy and fun to do. 

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Straight Jacket:

  • First you will need a white button down shirt, this can be oversized. 
  • 10 D rings
  • 5 yards of 1 ¼” webbing style: 42216-0 (1-800-9-mjtrim) and 2 yards 1/14” twill tape.  You could use twill tape for the entire project if you prefer. 

1. Remove the top portion of the collar as well as the sleeve cuffs, front pocket, and buttons.

2. Cut the webbing into

      Four 10” pieces finish 1 end by folding 1” over and secure

      Four 16” pieces finish both ends

      Two 25” pieces finish 1 end on one and both ends on the other

3. Finish around the sleeves and the bottom with twill tape.  If the bottom of the shirt is not straight you will need to cut it even.

4. Attach 10” pieces equally apart on the left side of the center front of the shirt.  Leave 1 ½” extra, slip 2 d rings through this and secure to inside of the shirt.

5. Attach the 16” pieces to the right side at same intervals leaving 8” free.

6. Attach about 4” of the 25” pieces to sleeves and then attach 2 d rings to the left.

7. Attach strip of webbing down center back starting 4” below neck line.  Attach 5” of webbing at top stop and attach 9” at bottom.  Same piece, you want a gap so that the arms can be thread through.

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Ukrainian Folk Costume Inspired Shirt

1. Measure 2” from neckline and mark all the way around, cut.

2.  Remove sleeve cuffs and pockets.

3.  Measure down center front of shirt; add 2 inches to that measurement. Cut two pieces of the 62 mm jacquard equal to the measurement from before and apply to front of the shirt; finish ends by folding over.

4. Cut another piece of the 62mm jacquard and apply to front of neck by tacking the front down push up a wave and tack. Continue around entire neckline.

5. Add tassels and cording to the back of the shirt at the center front neck line.

6. Cut cluny lace in half; apply to the sleeve 4” down from shoulder seam finish ends.

7. Apply 12mm jacquard around sleeve opening, use what’s left and apply at the edge of cluny lace at the top of the sleeve.

The belt is simply a jacquard ribbon 1 1/2 yard long wrapped and pinned.

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