Whenever I wear this jacket, I get a lot of questions about it, so I thought I'd better give you the scoop! 

 

I bought this denim jacket from Lane Bryant about a decade ago, but didn't wear it for ages because I felt it was too plain. So, I eventually decided to bust out my cheap-o sewing kit and make it a punk rock wardrobe staple! 

 

First, I decided on a theme. Feminism? Punk rock music? Broken-hearted babe? Riot grrrl? I ended up settling on a spooky Halloween theme, and began by curating a collection of on-theme patches and pins.

 

Instead of just buying normal patches, which gets expensive quickly, I scoped out the kids' section of Target during Halloween season and bought up a bunch of printed, cute, spooky t-shirts for a few bucks each. I cut them up and sewed the fabric on the jacket! Voilà! The "CREEPY" patch across my back is actually part of a tote bag I found on sale. Most of the Halloween pins, I found on Amazon. 

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TIPS:

 

  • I started out sewing the fabric and patches on the jacket, but, as I have severe arthritis, that got pretty old quickly. I ended up going on Amazon & spending about $5 for this fabric glue to use instead. It works super well! 

 

  • If you're going to go the cutting-up-random-things-to-make-patches route like I did, I recommend investing in a solid pair of fabric shears. Otherwise, you're likely to have frayed edges everywhere before you get a chance to glue/sew the material to the denim!

 

  • When you're buying a base denim jacket, there are way less expensive options than getting them from Lane Bryant (mine set me back about $75). Forever21 offers a bunch of them, and Charlotte Russe has a few jackets I have my eye on that would serve as perfect bases for your DIY project. Shop around!

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I'm not very crafty or good at DIY projects, but this one was super easy and fun. I love this jacket now and wear it all the time! The options are really endless as far as personalizing it goes- you can add studs, glitter, buttons, beads, etc.! Get yourself a sweet denim jacket and go wild! 

 

 

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