DIY Embellished Denim Vest

It’s been a while since I posted a DIY!

My brother bought a vintage denim jacket a few months back and never wore it so he gave it to me. Unfortunately, it was a bit too oversized for my liking so I decided to get a little crafty. I cut off the sleeves and frayed the edges, only to come to the conclusion that I still couldn’t pull it off.


It was just still too big for me to feel like I could wear it without drowning. I like to think that my personal style is a combination of the masculine and feminine aesthetics, like my personality. Like yin and yang, you can’t have too much of one without the other. So for this oversized jacket-turned-vest, I decided to give it some feminine flare with pearl embellishments that would detract away from the large fit.

Everything that I used to make this DIY was already in my possession or bought at a thrift store. I was browsing Goodwill’s jewelry section for cheap pearl necklaces I could unstring and other brassy, bronzy statement embellishments and found a bag of 40 freshwater pearls for $3. Okay, so I don’t know the market value of precious gems, but I figured if it was at Goodwill, it was a steal. Can someone give my a figure on a typical price? I didn’t find any other jewelry pieces that inspired me, but I did have a stash of vintage buttons right in my crafting hoard.

Now here’s a photo montaaaage!

I ran out of white thread so I had to run to the store before finishing, but I couldn’t wait to give it a test run and Instagram last night.


Wow, you can really tell the difference up close that I started using white thread before buying invisible thread. Invisible thread is truly invisible.

I love mismatching textures and patterns! Oh and some jewelry chain just because.

The finished project :D Can you tell I’m obsessed with Instagraming my projects?

IMG_3071I am totally flaunting this vest for the first day of Spring semester on Monday.




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