We pretty much want to put jewels on everything these days, including the ever classic trench thanks to Christopher Bailey. Burberry’s iconic trench coat got a dazzling makeover with jeweled florets – the highlight of his resort collection! Sparkly crystals + our favorite type of outerwear?! This calls for a DIY, of course. This may not be the easiest of tutorials but it’s so worth the time and effort, if you are so inspired.
*** Honestly, the most challenging part of this DIY is picking out the right crystals. I used Swarovski crystals here because if I’m going to spend the time and effort into a rather difficult DIY, I want to use high quality materials. For this project, I roughly sketched out a pattern on a piece of paper with colored pencils. Not only did this help determine the colors to pick, but the shapes as well. The next step is to determine the sizes. This will be based on availability from whomever you are purchasing crystals from – Dreamtime Creations, I’ve found, has the widest assortment. It’s good to have a small ruler on hand for this. Once you have all the crystals picked out in colors, sizes and shapes that are close enough to your design, it’s time to pick out coordinating sew-on settings. Phew! Now that the hardest part is done, you just have to sit and wait for the goods to arrive in the mail to get started!
Set the stones into the metal settings. Use a pair of pliers to close the prongs onto the crystals. Lay out the pattern to make sure it’s to your liking.
Use masking or painter’s tape to mark where the crystals will be attached. Make sure the areas won’t be covered or placed in awkward areas – try the coat on to assess the placements. I put 5 emblems in the front and one in the back.
Squeeze a dollop of E6000 onto a piece of cardboard. Use a toothpick to apply a tiny bit of glue around the metal setting. Be sure not to get the glue on the back of the crystal since you will eventually need to sew through the setting. The glue simply ensures that the crystals stay in place before you begin to sew.
Use pliers and toothpicks to help adjust smaller pieces. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Thread a needle with like-colored thread. Tie a double knot at the end and pull the needle up from the inside of the coat.
Thread it from one hole in the setting to the opposing hole. Work in a criss cross pattern, sewing each crystal in place. This is definitely the most tedious part but just remind yourself it’s the final step! I did it while watching TV.
Add a few leftover crystals to the inside of the collar . . .
. . . for when you wanna pop that collar!
Don’t forget to add that bit of sparkle to the back!
Your Burberry-inspired jeweled trench is done. To clean, simply dry clean.
(all images by HonestlyWTF)