A stylish jean jacket is a must have for every woman’s closet! If you’re like me though, you may have a few. Some old, some ugly, some that are a little too snug. If that’s the case, stress not my ladies… let’s revamp it!
What you’ll need:
1) Jean Jacket
Perferably this will jacket will fall under the guidelines of old, cheap, too small or too ugly. Mine was free from a friend and as I’ve grown over the years, well… the jacket hasn’t.
2) Gems, Jewels & Lace
The accents you choose to use are endless! I used clear rhinestones and black lace. I was going for something simple and chic. Other options dependant on your taste can include; chains (use an old necklace!), glitter, colored gems, fringe, leather, colored lace. Try to work with old and unused materials around the house- this is called upcycling.
3) Scissors, Seam Cutter and Tweezers
In truth, you can get by with scissors and tweezers. Seam Cutters help in seperating the threads while fraying- but ignore this portion for now. It will add unneeded confusion.
4) Fabric Glue
I love my fabric glue. Talk about s–i–m–p–l–e DIY. *Note, I discourage hot glue-guns as they don’t seem to adhere to the fabric quite as well.
…and that’s all you need to get the ball rolling! Now, let’s get down to business!
Before we start cutting, pulling and glueing- make sure to have your tools organized. A little background music wouldn’t hurt either. And, we’re offfff…
Step 1) Tear it apart.
Begin by cutting the sleeves off. Make sure to cut one ply of fabric at a time- by cutting the top portion of the sleeve, then wrapping the scissors around and continuring to cut the bottom half- this leaves room for percision and less mistakes.
If you want to cut off that ugly pocket, or that unnessary collar- do it! This is your creation, baby! I opted to cut off those ugly brass-like buttons.
This is what mine looked like post-cutting…
Step 2) Fray it, Baby!
Maybe you’re not into the used and abused look? Well, I am! Use your scissors and cut a horizontal line through one-ply of the jean fabric in any spot you desire. Follow with a second horizontal cut a few inches below the top line.
Now, using your tweezers, begin pulling the blue fibers out vertically.
*If you’re unfamiliar with how fabric is woven- the fibers are crossed horizontally and vertically. We will cut a horizontal TOP line and a horizontal BOTTOM line. The, we will pull the BLUE threads out vertically. Still confused? Get your hands dirty and start cutting & pulling- it’ll start to make sense.
Step 3) Lace
For this step I used an old dress that was stained and again, too small. Damn my lucious body!
I find it easiest to lay the lace fabric directly on top of the vest area I’d like to cover. Use your scissors to quickly cut the lace fabric to match the vest area in which you will be covering withthe lace. Cutting too large of a piece is no biggie- we will tweak later!
Using a plastic knife (or fork in my case), spread the fabric glue over the area in which the lace will cover. Apply lace. Yes, the glue will seep through a little- that’s okay! It dries clear and offers added support.
This is what my post-lace looked like…
Now, add more lace…
Step 4) Bedazzle the Hell out of it!
For this portion you can purchase jewels that have prongs in which you punch through the jean fabric and secure on the backside. This is what smart and truly crafty people do. Me, I glue that shit!
Step 5) Flaunt it! After all, you worked hard for it…