Craft

Tell me about it…stud.

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 12.42.01So I was having a rather dreamy browse at the net-a-porter site not long ago; this is an exercise of torture I often participate in, drooling at beautifully cut and embellished clothes.

I have recently been trying to concentrate more on my clothes and create a style and colour palate to stick to, instead of the jamboree of pattern/colour/tassels/pleather/kooky/accessories/mulergh I usually prance about in.

This sweater really appealed to me- a classic thick jersey sweatshirt, with a simple detailing.
This type of piece could be worn with jeans, shorts, skirts or over dresses, a useful all rounder that’d be appreciated in my personal jumble sale of ‘unique’ and ‘interesting’ clothes, but £400 seemed a little overpriced.

Studs are such an easy way to customise clothes, you just need the studs, a thimble and a boxset to watch and you’re flying (I chose ‘House of cards’ BTW).

I always get my studs from eBay- there are a number of chinese sellers that offer great prices and often free postage and a massive range to boot.

image_1I bought a cheap charcoal grey crew neck jumper, going into autumn I went for a fine knit instead of a sweatshirt.

The studs will have 4 or 5 little spikes, just push these through your material and then bend these into the middle of the stud, pressing with your thimble.

When using fine knits, be sure to press the spikes in as firmly as you can, otherwise the material can slip out and you’ll be shedding studs all the way down the high street.

I decided to stud round the neckline and down the shoulder seams, the lighter kit would have been dragged down if I attempted the same design as above, so I skimmed it at little.

Lay out your studs and see how many you’ll need to make it round and start in the middle of the neck line and work round towards the back, alternating the side you add the stud to.

If you are studding a garment that will sit directly next to your skin, you might want to add a lining, so the arms of the studs don’t scratch your skin or catch on other garments. I have found silk works best as it’s not bulky and is strong enough to contain even the most pesky stud.

That’s it, easy as that. My other go to stud project are, studded peter pan collars and studded back pockets on levi’s cut offs.

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Now you can join me in studding dreams, mine include a completely studded shift dress in copper, forest green converse with burnished gold pyramids and black gloss stud clutch bag that looks like a space ship.

Cue badly taken stud selfie.

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