The Fab 40s in DIY

There are times when I feel like I should change the niche of my blog. For example, maybe I should become the denim DIY blogger. Then there are other times when I feel like I should be the “Be stylish in tennis shoes” blogger. Oh hey! Look at that, I wore sandals in this post!! Back to this month’s Fab 40s theme: DIY. I had a little cheer, a loud “YES,” a oh-ya-baby-I-can-do-this moment. My last embellished jean jacket was created over a year ago. While I still do like it, I’ve had the makings of one on my mind. When Diane called this theme, let’s just say I was pleased to share my newest DIY creation! I took the lips from this tee when the Fab 40s styled Pop Art. From another tee I cut out the “I <3 KK" which actually stands for Kota Kinabalu but in my mind it could be the two K's in Kremb de la Kremb. For the collar and cuffs I used a bandana, and for a little extra embellishment I used some denim white trim. Voila, my new customized K de la K jean jacket a la DIY.
Let’s see how the others Fab 40s faired shall we….keep scrolling!

In addition to the jacket, I also made my waist bag. I simply cut to slits in the back of the silver clutch, and then passed my silver and gold skinny belt through. Also, of course, I cut off the white jeans–that’s a given!

Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor

Diane! Acid wash is my next project!! I’m so glad you offered directions. My niece and I just picked up jackets yesterday at my favorite local thrif shop, Value Village. Last summer we DIY painted denim jeans which is so fun, but this year we are ready to get friendly with the bleach. I was happy you offered directions with this jacket. I turned out SUPERB! There are two other things I totally ADORE about this styling of yours: 1) crop top! Yes!! And 2)cut offs–a summer must!! You’re a total inspiration Diane!

Tracy from The Naughty Forty Diaries

Diane invited Tracy from The Naugthy Forty Diaries. I’ve included two pictures of Tracy, just so you can become mesmerized by here eyes. She has the prettiest eyes on the Internet! I love her DIY! It’s such a simple way to add a personal touch to a tee: patches. Tracy I’ve gone overboard with patches on my own denim shirt. I love how your three say take me on vacation!

Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots

Our very classy Fab 40 named Jennie made this beautiful top: yes, she sewed it!! I am so impressed Jennie. It turned out perfectly. As always you are the effortlessly classy lady–even in a pair of cut-off hem denim jeans. You are our modern day Audrey of the group for sure!!

Mary from Curyly Byrdie Chirps

Oh, Mary, I want your jeans so bad! I’ve already referred to these jeans before, but when I was in high school I had the coolest pair of patched jeans. Instead of denim however my patches were red fabric. Oh, they were so cool. They even made it into my senior portrait pictures. I think you’ve given me yet another denim DIY idea here, so thank you. And of course, one can never go wrong with a Canadian tuxedo–especially one that includes denim heels!!

Veronica, I love what you did to your tee here. I too have done this choker style to my Guns n Roses tee. Isn’t it the easiest! Your camo tee turned out so cool. Now what I haven’t done is the ties on the sleeve–what an extra element of surprise DIY. I really like it. Was it hard?

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

We cover all sorts of themes over here with The Fab 40s…are there any you’d like to see?!

DIY Embellished Jean Jacket

Embellish Jacket DIY 5I’ve been eyeing embellished jean jackets for a while now. Also, I have this bleached out jean jacket that doesn’t get much wear. (The bleach job was another DIY project from when I first started the London College of Style program. I bleached it out on the beach rocks of Couer d’Alene at my sister’s lake home.) There’s no denying that I gravitate toward a boho vibe. It’s part of my hippy chick style, and I think it’s to be expected after all the places I’ve spend most of my adult life. Rather than purchase an embellished jacket, I decided to make my own. I got it started, and the tailored did the rest. I may miss having a plain white, bleached out jean jacket, but I think I’ll get more wear out of this colorful, funky take on a jacket staple.

Keep reading to see how I made an embellished jean jacket….

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DIY Embellished Jean Jacket

1. Choose a Jean Jacket.

There are a couple of stories behind the jean jacket I chose. I already mentioned I bleached it. One of my early assignments for achieving my styling certification was to alter clothing in three ways: dying, bleaching, and embellishment. This jacket was my bleaching attempt. The original jacket was picked up at one of my sister’s Thursday Night Girl’s Night. Imagine my delight of about 12 very fashionable women dumping a garbage bag of their belongings to be traded around. The party was at Jill’s house and I scored more than a few items from Joelle. Oh, what a night! I pine to attend more of those Thursday night get togethers.

I was lucky to have a jean jacket. If you need to buy one, first I suggest your local thrift shop. If that doesn’t work, I’d say head to the Gap. Both my jean jackets (this one and my denim one) are from the Gap. You can’t really go wrong with their selection.

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2. Rummage for the embellishments.

Next up, I searched around for the embellishments that I would add to the jacket. I found a little embroidered purse in one of Hong Kong’s lady markets. I also found different trimmings plus some tassels. I shopped all my necklaces and chose a few that I thought might match. I actually wasn’t quite sure what I would use and if even all of it, but I wanted options as I pinned items on.

3. Pin the embellishments on.

After I cut the purse apart and had created patches of sorts I started placing the embroidered patches onto the jacket in various assortments. Once I was happy with an arrangement, I pinned it on. Then, out of my trimmings I found that the black and gold looked best. The jacket is pretty colorful, so I stopped there and did not add any jewellery or tassels. (This isn’t to say with a couple of more wears that I might want to add some more to the jacket.)

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4. Glue and stitch on the embellishments. Or better yet, cheat!

Once I’d arranged the embellishments, I had planned on gluing everything on and then hand stitching each embellishment to the jacket. But then, since I was DIYing in Thailand, I thought to myself, “Wait. There are some really good–not to mention very inexpensive–tailors here in Thailand. Use one!” So that’s what I did. Well actually the hotel helped me out: I asked the front desk if they could take it in to a tailor and the next day, I owed US$10 for a beautiful job done. I thought it was well worth the money–especially after how difficult this stitch job was!

*Be forewarned!

However if you cheat like I did and send your garment off without speaking directly to your tailor, you might end up with sewn shut pockets! Here I am realizing that this jacket is now pocketless. Funny right?

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Would you like an Embellished Jean Jacket?

I really enjoyed making this jacket–despite the fact that part of it was sourced. Would you like one? Similar to this fun ostrich clutch that I’ve offered in my Shop, I’d love to make an embellished jacket for you too. All you have to do is enquire….

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