I finally finished my DIY studded blazer! After I got the proper tools, I had no more stabbing accidents. Hooray!
Needle nose pliers, an icepick, and a flat screwdriver are necessities!
date: 15 December 2009
occasion: Costco, Hobby Lobby, and the post office!
blazer: thrifted (Savers), diy studs
tee: american apparel
horse bracelet: fashionique
Because I (accidentally) added a couple of extra rows of studs, it turns out that I actually like my DIY blazer better than the Silence and Noise one I was emulating. The project was a little harder than I anticipated, as I had to buy an icepick to poke the stud holes since I was trying to attach the studs through some well endowed shoulder pads.
Total spent? $14.00. The blazer cost $5.99 at Savers, the studs were $5.99 for 100 on eBay, and the ice pick was $1.99 at the grocery store. Punctured thumb and all, it was totally worth it.
Quote of the day: "Your jacket is awesome. It's like secretary meets biker. It's unexpected rock and roll." -dude at Costco
UPDATE [16 Dec]: Due to popular requests, here are the exact specifications and instructions:
- Thrifted black blazer (with lining) from Savers: $5.99
- 100 1/2'' pyramid studs from eBay (seller: SpikesandLeather): $5.99 (free shipping)
- Metal ice pick: $1.99 from HEB
- Needle nose pliers
- Large flat screw driver
- Because my jacket was lined, I cut inch and a half holes in the lining at the seam of the sleeve and the shoulders. I chose to do this so the stud backs would be under the lining and therefore less likely to snag my clothing.
- Going from an inspiration picture, I placed the first row of studs along the top shoulder seam. I started with the furthest most stud (placed exactly in the corner of the sleeve and and shoulder seam) and worked my way in. Each stud was uniformly spaced with a 1/2'' space (the same size of the stud) between each stud.
- To place each individual stud, with the metal tabs on the top and the bottom (versus left and right) I pressed the metal tabs into the fabric to score it. I used the ice pick to poke through the material and the shoulder pad and placed the stud in the holes. Using the needle nose pliers, I folded/ bent the metal tabs until they were flush against the stud back. When necessary I used the flat screwdriver to push each tab in further.
- I didn't worry if the fabric looked pulled or if the studs weren't lined up perfectly. I did the corrections after all 68 studs were placed. No fear: the poked mistake holes close back up when the studs are repositioned.
- If you know how to sew, you can sew up the small cuts you made in the lining.