Saturday, September 15, 2012

DIY: Embellishment on Shiny Material

So one of the big trends that I'm obsessed with is embellishment on shiny textured material. As you can see from above, Dior, Lanvin, and Dolce & Gabbana, all utilized this trend to spicy up a solid shiny piece of clothing. Just imagine how these three looks would be like if they didn't have the pretty jewels and gold embellishments. In my opinion, I feel like these pieces would look very ordinary and plain. Therefore, adding a bit of "pazazz" in the form of sparkly jewels and shiny gold and silver gems really will take a good textured piece into an amazing textured piece! 

Here I took my plain black shiny bow shirt and added some studded embellishments and a cute silver button in the center of the bow. See how much "pazazz" the studs and button added to this top? This is a great way to spice up a plain shirt and be on trend for the fall season! Hope you enjoy my first DIY project and get some ideas and inspiration to transform your own pieces into fashionable runway inspired looks :)
Tip: Instead of buying a pack of studs, you can go to a thrift store or yard sale and hope to find a studded belt and then just remove the studs at home with a butter knife. That is what I did to get my studs. Also for buttons, you can always find some cool unique ones on clothes at the thrift store and then salvage the fabric for another project :)

Tip: Try to look for cute details like this bow or like the pearl buttons on the cuffs of this shirt. If you can't find any cute details, don't worry. You can always add them yourself! You can make a bow and add it to the center of your shirt like the top I have. (DIY: Bow) Or you can take a hot glue gun and glue some fake pearls on the cuffs or anywhere else as decoration. 


Tip: If you're going for a more complex design (so anything other than a straight line down the center) make sure you keep it symmetrical! One way to make something look more complex is to take a simple spaced out design and start filling in the gaps like I have done with the bottom cluster design.
*If you have a smart phone, use it to take a quick picture of your design so you can reference it while you're embellishing your top. (Chances are if you're not doing a simple line design, you might not remember what your creation looked like.) If you don't have a smart phone use a camera. And if you don't have either of those, go with the old fashion paper and pencil :)
  1. For the studs, I had to first take my scissor and bend the two prongs upward because mine are from a studded belt which means they already have a bent form to them. The studs that you buy in a pack will be straight so you won't have to do this.
  2. After you unfold them they should look somewhat straight like this.
  3. Now you just puncture through the fabric on where you want the stud to go.
  4. Make sure the prong goes through all the way.
  5. Now take your scissors and use them to bend the prongs downwards till they are flat against the fabric.
  6. Do this to both sides to secure the stud in place.

  1. To sew on the button, start by making a knot at the end of the thread once it has been threaded through the needle.
  2. Start from the back of the bow and poke the needle through the fabric.
  3. Now pull the thread all the way through till you're stopped by the knot.
  4. Thread through the button and secure the button on the desired spot.
  5. Poke the needle through where you secured the knot this time from front to back.
  6. Repeat step two and pull the thread all the way through, avoiding the hole from the button at first and then string the needle through the button afterwards. Repeat at least three times and end with the needle at the back of the bow, make a final knot and you're done!

Hope this was helpful and please send me a picture of your creation if you decide to do this DIY!

31 comments:

  1. oh this is soo cool! Great inspo and great DIY!

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  2. Your blog is ultimately chic! And I adore the post, beautiful!
    Sending love! Maybe we can follow each other?

    xx,
    Lucija
    WLL

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    1. Thank you so much Lucija! I'm glad you like the post! And yes let's definitely keep and touch and follow each other :)

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  3. I'm really greatful for your thoughtful comment (and nice to meet you, Jenny!). And this is a really great post. It's on trend yet also using the skills and the things we already have. Nice!

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    1. Thanks for the visit Putri! I really appreciate your comments and I love the content on your blog (Yay for the giveaway!) Definitely following :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I love your style and your blog is really inspirational :)

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  5. I love the simple and fun effect that studs can give you! This look is fabulous :)
    xo TJ

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    1. Thanks TJ! I really enjoy your blog as well :)

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  6. Love this! I love when people can DIY anything, I pretty much suck at it save for putting studs on things, haha.

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    1. Thanks for looking at this post Arushi! DIY is one of my favorite things to do and there's more to come so stay tuned :)

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  7. This is great! I've done this once, but on jeans :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Francesca! I'd love to see your studded DIY on jeans :)

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  8. thanks for your amazing comment <3 you're so nice :)
    that's pretty cool diy !:) I love the shirt :)
    you've got lovely smile<3

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    1. Thanks Joanna! Follow me for more fall DIYs and trend reports :)

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  9. Lovely blog.
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com.au

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  10. this is really cool idea! :)

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    1. Hey Calita! Thanks for stopping by. I'll have another Fall Fashion Inspired DIY coming up sometime before Friday!!!

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  11. this is genius, i'm tweeting this right this moment, so happy we found one another <3

    xx
    D

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    1. Thank you Deanne! I'm really excited to keep in touch with you and thank you so much for the support!!! :D

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  12. Love the DIY, simple and sweet! I love the use of studs and I like how you've used items that are easily accessible. I'd love for you to stop by my blog and get some feedback on some of the DIYs I've done.

    Cheers,
    Charlie

    www.cheerscharlie.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Charlie! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really appreciate the feedback! Come back for more Fall Runway Inspired DIY coming this week! :)

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  13. such a great diy!
    i'llfollow you,
    please check my blog too.
    www.outof-afra.blogspot.com
    xoxo Afra

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Afra! And yes I will check you out :)

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  14. Thanks Zackary! Really appreciate the encouragement :D

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