Sunday, September 20, 2009

DIY Fashion Tutorial

I found this photo of a J Crew necklace in Vogue.

It turns out that it is a one of a kind and has sold for a mere $795.

I love it, so this weekend was dedicated to a DIY project.

Here's what I did.

Out came the bin of costume jewelry.
I cut a basic collar shape out of felt and began laying the design out.
The key was one central piece to hold the eye and then fill in with existing pieces.

I stitched what I could for two reasons:
One, I'm a stitchin' kind of gal
Two, I was concerned about too much glue making it rigid.

When it came to old earrings, I had to cut the posts off.

Pieces I could not stitch, I did glue with liquid nails. It worked great!

After all the jewelry was done being fastened down, I cut the felt close to the edge and hand stitched silk onto the back with a tiny blanket stitch.

Two long ties were made from the dupioni silk and hand stitched on.

It turned out awesome!

On my next DIY project weekend,
I'm going to do another with my gold jewelry on a winter white silk background.

And after YOU finish making one, stop over here and find the perfect hand knit alpaca accessory to wear with your new necklace.
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Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

That is so VERY beautiful! This is really something that I want to make to wear at Quilt Market...better get busy!!

Gio said...

It's even more beautiful than the original one!!

Michael St. James said...

WOW...I actually like your version better than the original! You're very talented! Awesome blog!

Tinsell and Whimsy said...

I love this............brillant! But...........some orange with that black would look spiffy know me.........I really do love this. You can do anything you set your mind to. You need to sell your version for $995.00!

mizmollye said...

Well I cannot believe my eyes. I can't think of a good word to describe how funky, glam and just good all over that piece of jewelry makes me feel. xxMollye

Pam Aries said...

OM OMG! heh heh.. Very chic. And just recycled as well as DIY 'd. It is absolutely fabulous!

She'sSewPretty said...

Ohhhh! That did turn out beautiful! I can't wait to see the next one.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Your necklace is gorgeous! And to think every jewel . . . every treasure is hand sewn. That is amazing. And I really, really looooooveeeeeeee the wide black ribbon. I like how it forms into a bow and hang at the back. What a statement piece.


Lorraine said...

I prefer your one it would look great with a v neck long black dress to show it off..clever you

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Wow! That's beautiful! I found you through your hubby's site. So glad I did! Your blog is fabulous!

Lisa :)

Cathy said...

Fabulous necklace! So much better than the J. Crew one. Great DIY project. I'm going hunting through my stash of old jewelry and see if I can come up with a fabulous necklace.
thanks for the inspiration!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh Terisa,
You make this look easy, but you have such an eye for design. I love your creations.


Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi again Terisa! Yes, I'm a fellow Bay Area Gal too! So nice to find local artists like you and your hubby this way. Thanks for popping in!

Lisa :)

Say It In Color said...

What a treasure!!! It is SOOO beautiful....And finding your blog is a treasure too!! Thanks for the comment! I am going to try a similar little girl thingy with our Girl's Club at church.... we are using felt for dolls, pin cushions, hair things, ...etc.... but jewelry?! .... can't wait to run it past them .... and LOVE your refurbished clothes .... we could go to the used clothing place and each pick something to try!!! are a fun though my brain needs more things to try to do ..... but your creations and ideas are terrific!!!! I'll be back!! sherry

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

it's absolutly gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!!

Ulla said...

OH this is really wonderful! How fun that you did a mini tutorial with it too... You are so clever!
Ulla said...

this is gorgeous! I'm always seeing expensive things like that and thinking, "i could make that" YOu actually did it and thanks for the great tutorial!

nikki said...

This is so fantastic!!
absolutely love it, thanks!
I am defiantly going to try this myself.

Mellie said...

It's *beautiful*! I agree - definitely better than the original.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Very cool, glad I stumbled upon your post. I've seen and coveted these bib necklaces and thought I could probably make them ... your tutorial gives me some hope and inspiration.

Jackie said...

I like the idea of a bib necklace...hmm..thinking...
This turned out really well. I am amazed at the glueing on .

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Gorgeous! I am featuring this at Grab my "featured" button.

Meredith said...

This is beautiful! I want one... thanks for posting the tutorial!!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Aren't you clever!!! I like yours much better than VOGUE's. What a neat way to repurpose all that costume jewelry just sitting in the drawer!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Oh my gosh, that is stunning! I definitely agree - much better than the original! I found you via Someday Crafts and will now be following! :)

Grace said...

It's hard to believe that this is homemade!

xx Grace

♔Reyna♔ said...

Love this! such a beautiful diy! Gonna try it:) Also, I decided to pin it! :) If you'd like we could follow each other! Hope to see you around my blog soon! Gonna check out the rest of your blog! :) Oh liked ur fb page too!