DIY: Chain, Chain, Chain: Epaulet Trim



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!

Materials:
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
Scissors
Pliers
 

TOP DIY Style Ideas Chain Trim

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.

DIY Style Bloggers chain epaulets 

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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Stay tuned for more fun and style inspiring DIY's on here and Instagram!
 

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50 comments

  1. Amazing DIY, darling!
    Thanks for the tutorial!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  2. OMG ! This is brilliant and precious !
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  3. Dainty Doll30 January, 2013

    I love these things...I was thinking of making some for a jacket a while ago and here is a diy for it now :)) You are brilliant at these :)) I hope your having a wonderful week so far doll!! xx

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  4. That looks awesome...such a fun way to dress up a plain jacket!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  5. This is more than amazing!!!
    wooow you are so creative!!

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  6. Fabulous, very rock chick! Thanks for the tute. xxx

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  7. sartorialsidelines30 January, 2013

    Wow - that is so awesome! I love those sorts of details on blazers.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  8. Ohmigosh this is so awesome! I can tell you now that it is not a DIY I would succeed at, but I adore it!  :)

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  9. The end results are amazing!
    Great job Madison!

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  10. Awesome DIY! Love the creativity in it!
    thanks for dropping by my blog dear, how about following each other on GFC & Bloglovin? 

    http://anmari-ish.blogspot.com

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  11. Eidesign glamour30 January, 2013

    Wow !!!! Really interesting !!!! If you want come into my blog, and tell me what you think about this
    Post
    about the trend exhibited on Macef 2013 !!! Kiss from Italy !


    EIDESIGN
    GLAMOUR

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  12. Very cool! It turned out great. 

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  13. this so cool, i love the military style shoulder chain. great diy.
    rock4less.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Viktoriya Sener30 January, 2013

    I think it's pretty hard to do, but result is great!
    Have a nice day!!

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  15. This is incredible. I would never have the patience to do this!

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  16. Oh to Be a Muse30 January, 2013

    I love the heaviness and the amount of chain that you used for this epaulet trim. Can't wait to see it in an outfit post.

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  17. Lovely DIY!I have a similar epaulet on a t-shirt!

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  18. This is very creative!

    http://www.beautyandthemist.com/

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  19. francesca romana capizzi30 January, 2013

    You did a tremendous Job!!! I love the result!
    Don't Call Me Fashion BloggerFacebookBloglovin'

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  20. Thanks so much Francesca! xx

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  21. Thanks Kim dear, I wanted these to be versatile so glad you like them too. xo

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  22. Thanks Rocquelle! Have a wonderful week!

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  23. prefect way to make an old shirt new again

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  24. Love the way it turned out!

    xo,Angelaheadtotoechicblog.com

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  25. This is a great DIY, although I must admit, way too complex for my limited crafting skills - the results are amazing, though!
    xox,
    Cee

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  26. SACRAMENTO Amate31 January, 2013

    It looks brilliant, but it looks difficult. Just make me one set, LOL.
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  27. Oh my goodness this is SO cool! I totally thought of Michael Jackson, and that makes me excited (I'm a HUGE MJ fan). You are so creative. I know I say that a lot, but I'm serious. The ideas you come up with are amazing. xo

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  28. i saw this on insta and couldn't wait to see it!

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  29. This looks fantastic! I love the result. 

    LUXESSED

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  30. another awesome idea Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  31. Margaret Cruzemark31 January, 2013

    Wow, I love what you have done with these chains. You have upgraded your jacket. Well done girl!
    Best Regards


    Miss
    Margaret Cruzemark


    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  32. Jupe_Cambria31 January, 2013

    This DIY is so fantastic...it looks like something from the runway of fashion week :)
    <3 Cambriajupefashion.blogspot.com

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  33. This is a great idea! I've always wanted a jacket with shoulder details!
    ~Jessica

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  34. compagnion2.blogspot.com31 January, 2013

     Grat blog and nice post! I will be here more often, I'm ur new follower!
    Don't forget to visit my blog too!

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  35. It looks fantastic, Madison!!! I have tons of leftover chains just lying about too!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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  36. Sam Frills &amp; Thrills31 January, 2013

    I need to get all these supplies you mentioned asap and make myself a chain epaulet, I love this, you are a great creative mind!

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  37. I love military-looking epaulets, and your result is superb! I admire your patience, though. I just do not have it in me to DIY. 

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  38. Haha, thanks Kirstin! Oooh, I love MJ too, didn't even think about him.  I love creating so I appreciate the compliment. xx

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  39. Thanks so much Cee, this was the simple version, haha! xo/Madison

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  40. Yes, looking forward to wearing very soon! xo

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  41. Haha, maybe I will! :) xxxoo

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  42. very cute!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

    www.MOSAMUSE.com

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  43. Thanks V! Ha, this was the simpler version, but I totally understand. I actually cannot do a fancy nail DIY to save my life, odd I know, but very true! :)

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  44. These are seriously impressive!  I don't think I could ever make anything like this, but again, I am impressed! :)

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