Lately we’ve been spotting an awesome new trend: the embellished sweatshirt. We’re loving this trend, because we can wear our coziest sweatshirts while still staying stylish. All of these embellished sweatshirts are totally DIYable, too! Just add sequins, gems, lace, or an applique to jazz up your sweatshirt and make it instantly chic. Check out some of our inspiration below.
Ever since we saw Gwyneth’s sequin pocket dress at the Met Gala, we’ve been inspired to use sequins in a chic and classy way. Clutches, pillows, bras – you can add sequins to basically anything to jazz it up. We have a ton of sequin trims in our store right now, and we can’t wait to start crafting!
Our New Favorite blogger for December is Grace from Stripes & Sequins!
Hi everyone! I’m Grace from Stripes & Sequins. Ever since moving to New York City six years ago, M&J Trimming has been one of my favorite places in the city… a virtual candy store for us crafty folks! I’m honored to be M&J’s blogger of the month. If I had to describe my style in two words, it would be human magpie. I love all things shiny and sparkly.. By day, I work for BaubleBar, where I run their social media. I’ve been blogging for about two years and love DIY – it forces me to be creative and helps me temper my expensive taste. My blog has been featured on Guest of a Guest, the Wall Street Journal, and Dismount Creative as a Top DIY blog. I’ve also DIY’d with The Glitter Guide, which is, very fittingly, one of my favorite online publications!
Stripes & Sequins DIY’s
Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, December 13th 2011 to see what she made!
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.
- 1 to1 ¼ yards multi chain, to purchase call 1-800-9-mjtrim
- Metal sequins
- Glass sew on jewels
- 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
- Cut a piece of tulle 9”x 7”.
- 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.
- 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.
- I next added the large piallettes and then used the metal sequins to fill in.
- 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.
- Divide this measurement in half and cut two pieces of the multi chain.
- 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.
- Attach your multi strand jewelry clasp to the chain using jump rings.
- Wear and enjoy
Sometimes design is just that, design. It is not there to represent anything, say anything, mean anything. We are pulled in and attracted to it simply for aesthetic reasons. Inspired solely by organic form these earrings are simple and quick to create.
- 2 4” hat pins
- Metal sequins
- Crimp beads
- 2 looped earring posts
- A pencil
- Needle nose pliers
- Tightly wrap hat pin around the pencil.
- Pull your hat pin free from the pencil and elongate creating desired shape.
- Slide three metal sequins onto the hat pin.
- Add one crimp bead and secure using pliers roughly ¼” above the first group on metal sequins.
- Add three more and repeat until you’ve reached the top.
- Using needle nose pliers create a small loop at the top of the hat pin and add looped earring post.
- Wear and enjoy.
M&J is constantly getting in new items and I have fallen in love with this new sequin trim. It’s a gorgeous scalloped edge trim on a netting. There are so many uses for this trim and a headband is an easy one. One of the girls who work on the floor took the gold version of this trim and made a simple flower from it for her hair. I was instantly inspired to make my own version.
I’m a huge fan of headbands, hairclips, and hair ties to hold back and adorn my long hair. Working at M&J has allowed me to expand my collection and have a different look everyday. I’ll show you how to make a sequined flower that can then be glued to a headband or hair clip, or even sew a pin on the back for other uses. It only takes a few minutes to make, so it’s also a great last minute gift idea.
#44434 – ½ Yard Gunmetal Scalloped Sequin Trim
#42955 – 23mm Silver Sequin Look Button
#43659 – Black Plastic Headband
*Call 1-800-9MJTRIM, ext:377 to order any of the products not listed online.
1.) Thread your needle and knot the end. Weave the needle through the sheer side of the trim about 1” away from the edge. Weave it in and out every ½” or so to create a gathering stitch. When you get to the end, pull the trim down this thread to gather it up. Gather it to about 3-4” long and knot the end securely to keep it gathered.
2.) Sew one gathered end to the other. You should now have a circle that is ruffled, this will be your flower. You can now either sew on or glue the button to the middle to cover the hole. If you glued it, once it is dry you can move to the next step.
3.) Now you can choose to glue this to a headband, a hair clip, or a pin back and you are set!
Dear Blog Readers,
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Happy Monday!, Blerona
Dear Fashion Lovers,
Our last Holiday DIY Video is here, and I’m showing you how to make this glamorous t-shirt, the perfect statement piece for your New Years Celebration. Be sure to get creative when making this DIY.
Happy New Years, Blerona
The thought of having to design Holiday decorations was a bit scary for me, I have to admit. I wanted to design a décor that is not the same old boring red and green you see year after year, yet it should some how be traditional. I was perplexed, so I began to rummage through decorations of the past. I found a box of traditional Christmas bulbs used for decorating trees and garland and began playing with some of my favorite trims. The trims I found work best include; all sorts of fringe from glass to leather, sequins, pleated ribbons, and cording. The results are well, interesting. I think the looks are funky and fun and with our Black Friday Sale on November 27th at www.MJTRM.com, I hope they inspire you to try something different.