I have been wanting to make another trim with chain for some time. Last year, I played around with chain quite a lot, but many of the pieces failed to make it to the blog, given the extensive prep or instructions. This time, I decided to simplify an old favourite and give you a stylish epaulet chain. Being from a military family I almost automatically gravitate toward military-inspired pieces with fashion, be it a modern utilitarian cropped jacket or from intricate lapel detailing on 18th Century regimental coats.
Here's the result of my "Chain, Chain, Chain Epaulet Trim," which I will be wearing in the near future. Enjoy!
Loose chain-(running yardage) *Various gauges (1-2) Large, (2-3) Small
Rhinestones -(running yardage)
Grosgrain ribbon- 10-12cm
Satin or felt-cut (1) for stability (cut same width/length of grosgrain)
Beads or other custom trim (optional)
Needle and thread
Fabric/metal heavy duty glue
Brooch pin back (1) Large (2) for Version #1
First, start by measuring and cutting grosgrain ribbon (this is your preferred length and width of the trim). If you aren't certain, take your measuring tape placing it on the shoulder seam of your jacket or top and look in the mirror to see how large you want your trim. Skip to next paragraph for Stud & Glory version #2. *For the cap cover version (the gold/silver version #1) of this trim you will need to cut a half moon pattern, which is the shoulder seam length + approx. 3cm (at center) to 0 at the end. Cut fabric in this shape.
Fold grosgrain ends inward. Hand-stitch around the entire ribbon. Next, use the satin or felt piece that you cut to adhere the grosgrain to it. For version #1, it was best to sew around both fabrics since it's larger and I also used heavier chain.
I created two versions of this trim, wanting both to be large enough to cover the shoulder seam of my jacket, yet small enough to be able to remove and use for other garments ... hassle-free.
Begin attaching chains: first by placing larger chain on your back piece (grosgrain and satin) in three rows. Then, sew the chain onto the fabric. Using pliers, and/or glue, start embellishing the entire piece with rhinestones, beads, attaching other chains, and studs. I made my chain in various lengths and draped them for my design preference. Lastly, cut excess threads and glue pin back on the back piece to finish. For version #1 I used two pin backs to keep it secure. (see images).
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