DIY: Festival encrusted denim jacket

22nd April 2014


Forever 21 x Style Slicker

Goodness me, when was the last time I posted a proper fashion DIY project on the blog?  Too long, since the completion of Adorn late last year, feeling burnt out from sewing, I’ve been yearning for more blood, sweat and tears. Trawling through old DIY posts to see what I have achieved and failed, I spotted my usual fondness for using broken up pieces of jewellery – pearls, glass beads and floral motifs as embellishment on garments and most of them were hand beaded.  It wasn’t until recently when *Forever 21 got in touch about doing a DIY project based on the theme ‘festival’, festival has never been on my agenda as I don’t do festival-related work or refuse to go to one, but for a DIY project…OH YES!  As a fan of nature and all things floral, I chose Wilderness Festival as the theme for festival, embellishing (as usual of course) a classic denim jacket with a selection of hand picked necklaces – floral motifs, gold discs and pearls, all from Forever 21.  Have a go and enjoy the tutorial!


What you’ll need:




  1. We’re using the jewellery’s floral motifs, gold discs and pearls to embellish the front denim jacket.  First things first, make sure you remove all jump rings and lobster clasps using jewellery pliers, and cut the string (pearl necklace) with sharp scissors.
  2. Place the floral motifs, gold discs and pearls in individual bowls or pots.  If you want, split them into equal amount enough to distribute both sides of the front jacket.
  3. Start from the top of the shoulder seam for dense beading, to the breast pocket for sparse beading, place the motif the floral motif on both sections and estimate how much you’ll need to add pearls and gold discs.
  4. Sew the floral motif with a cotton thread and needle.
  5. Now do the same with the gold discs and pearls.  Make sure the shoulder panel look densely hand-sewn and work your way down on the spare area of the breast pocket, as seen in the picture.
  6. Don’t forget to add some on the front collar!

Estimate time of completion: 20 hours.



My Wilderness festival-inspired outfit: DIY-ed classic denim jacket, retro wonder maxi dress, woven booties (all from Forever 21), floral print sports top (from Topshop), Gyakusou snake skin print running leggings (courtesy of Nike), and felt riding hat from a vintage cycling shop in Bloomsbury.

*A collaborative DIY project with Forever 21, based on the theme of festival of my choice – the Wilderness Festival.  Photography by May, edited by me.

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  • Reply Apple Choi 22nd April 2014 at 02:14


  • Reply Jillyu 22nd April 2014 at 03:08


  • Reply Banu 22nd April 2014 at 03:20

    Can’t believe you hand sew all the beads on the denim jacket, that takes dedication and patience, well done!

  • Reply Ken 22nd April 2014 at 07:06

    Awesome photography! May is getting good

    Nice jacket…It will be nice to see some male DIYs? =D

  • Reply winnie 22nd April 2014 at 09:13

    Kit, you look so amazing!!! What an awesome photo of you too – the one of you with your arms folded. Love the DIY – I dug out an old denim jacket from Izzue that I’ve had at least 10 yrs and tempted to do something similar (though not sure I have the patience!) In other news….must pick up Adorn as soon as it’s my payday! xxx

  • Reply tokyobanhbao 22nd April 2014 at 09:26

    I love this jacket ! So much patience you had ! but it’s worth it ! it’s gorgeous !<3

  • Reply Claire 22nd April 2014 at 13:54

    I love this DIY! I would definitely wear this to a festival. It looks great, and I’m loving your whole outfit. 🙂

  • Reply Baka Nal 22nd April 2014 at 14:07

    This looks amazing, I’m going to try this!

  • Reply Karina 22nd April 2014 at 14:29

    The jacket works really with the whole outfit, a touch of glamour and hippie style, love that dress too.

  • Reply Sarah Lise 22nd April 2014 at 16:12

    You look amazing, Kit.

  • Reply Alice 22nd April 2014 at 16:22

    Absolutely gorgeous post, Kit. I especially love that shot of the jacket and your hands from above. Did you use a tripod to shoot this and what lens did you use?

  • Reply Supreme 22nd April 2014 at 16:24

    Really love the photography, your DIY skill is immense, I’ll be sure to buy your book and learn from you.

  • Reply Apple Choi 22nd April 2014 at 16:25

    Love this!

  • Reply Ingrida van der Hagen 22nd April 2014 at 18:14

    What a neat idea to use jewellery from Forever 21, this could be great to embellish other things like a clutch bag.

  • Reply Jade 22nd April 2014 at 19:03

    Love your hair.

  • Reply Rainmermaid 22nd April 2014 at 19:05

    You did a great job, the jacket look awesome on you and the theme festival.

  • Reply Anila Jain 22nd April 2014 at 19:15


  • Reply Shumi 22nd April 2014 at 19:18

    It looks great! If I saw someone wearing it I would never have thought it came out of 3 necklaces.

  • Reply Luckyseve7 22nd April 2014 at 21:21


  • Reply Jonelle 22nd April 2014 at 21:22

    Great work!

  • Reply Florencia 23rd April 2014 at 02:36

    This is gorgeous and the beading work is exquisite, I want to wear it.

  • Reply Candy Candy 23rd April 2014 at 12:50

    Amazing project.

  • Reply Stacie 23rd April 2014 at 16:33

    Great idea and great DIY.

  • Reply Bianca @itsallbee 24th April 2014 at 12:21

    Oh wow this is a treat? Can you make another one in my size ? 😀

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  • Reply Sophie Sarah 8th October 2018 at 17:50

    How amazing your DIY idea!

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