What can you do with a bunch of old brooches? Repurpose and reuse!
I’m a sucker for a fun, crafty project. Especially one that is so easy you can finish it in ten minutes.
It all started with this sweet leather skirt. An immaculate midi pencil skirt in butter soft black leather that I thrifted about three weeks ago for…get this…$10!
Here is the back view of the skirt…I’m building up the suspense of the DIY reveal!
When I went to style this skirt I reached for my jean jacket worn as a top. It the reverse of the standard black leather jacket and jeans.
It was okay but there was a little je ne sais quoi missing.
I could have reached for a scarf, or one of my fancy necklaces, but I really wanted to add something to the jacket itself without reaching for my sewing machine or paints, both of which would have been permanent additions.
That’s when my vintage brooch collection called out to me. Styling vintage in a contemporary way is a little pet project of mine. I love showing people that “old” is good.
(Just like me!)
Vintage brooches on a modern jean jacket is thinking outside the box. Or as the insanely creative Melanie would say, “Wait! There’s a box?”
Since this vintage brooch DIY isn’t permanent I can add or remove brooches as I like.
It turns a ho hum jean jacket into a statement and conversation piece. I picked up a few more brooches to add to this today. Ideally I’d like that whole shoulder area covered in vintage brooches.
My vintage brooch collection was a little sparse as I’d already used up a big selection of my stash on this DIY clutch.
I may have been subliminally inspired by by Constantinos pinned jean jacket. The wonderfully creative Mis Papelicos also had a similar idea here. I think Mis Papelicos and I are creatively connected somehow. We often create similar DIYs at the same time even though she lives on the other side of the world.
How To: Vintage Brooch DIY Jean Jacket
- Accumulate a nice little selection of vintage brooches.
- Thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and vintage shops are the best places to find vintage brooches.
- Move them around on the jacket until you find the layout you like best.
- Pin them on and voilà you’re done baby!
It doesn’t get easier than that folks.
Simple and completely unique.
What do you think?
Would you wear this jean jacket?