Friday, 17 June 2011

DIY - an Erdem Inspired Jacket in 20 Minutes

Photo: Dave Dunan- Image credit

When I spotted this beautiful printed blazer in the Erdem pre fall 2011 collection, I really wanted it. Of course my budget won't stretch to Erdem no matter how much I want.

But it suddenly occurred to me that I could create my own version of this jacket using this Reiss blazer that I picked up from a charity shop a while back. I love the fit of the blazer but the plain brown colour just bores me so much I have only managed to wear it once.

So I gave it a try and to my delight it worked out even better than expected. Mr Style Eyes gave me the usual bonkers look when he saw me attacking a perfectly good jacket with a bottle of bleach but even he had to admit it looked pretty good in the end.

It took me only 20 minutes using a bottle of bleach, a washing up bowl and a pair of rubber gloves. I put some bleach into the bottom of the bowl and diluted it a  little. I loosely scrunched up the jacket and rubbed into the diluted bleach then I cut off the string and squirted neat bleach randomly on the jacket and rubbed with my hands (in the rubber gloves), then waited until the fabric started to change colour. Once I could see enough change I rinsed several times and then rinsed and spun in the washing machine. I then hung to dry and pressed.
DIY Erdem inspired jacket

I really loved the effect which worked particularly well as the fabric has a sheen to it. I could have made a smaller scale and more intricate pattern using smaller amounts of neat bleach. Other interesting effects could have been achieved by dabbing the bleach on with a plastic bag or sponge or even using a brush. The effect will differ depending on the type and colour of fabric that you are using. This is a really quick and easy project for upcycling an old suit jacket or blazer which has become a bit tired or got a mark on it. If you haven't got one and want to give it a try, there are loads of tailored jackets in charity shops.

So here are a few outfits that I put together with my new Erdem inspired blazer, I am sure that there are plenty more to come.

Top - Charity shop then upcycled with bleach
Skirt - Swapped on Posh Swaps
Shoes - Dkode
Necklace - Urban Outfitters

Jacket and shoes - as above
Dress - ASOS

Jacket and shoes - as above
Dress - Missguided

So what do you think?

Have a great weekend

With warmest wishes

Ceri X


Pikaia Jewellery said...

Dare I say it? I like yours better! Great colour choice too. Very functional.

Aquí said...

I am extremely impressed! I really like how it didn't completely bleach out the color, I'm not a fan of that look but this looks almost antiqued. It turned out great!

Sherin said...

Ooo, wow. Well done of the diy. Yours came out amazingly. I love how you paired it with all those looks as well. Especially love the last one!

Cat said...

I am totally in love! What a creative soul you are :) I adore your new jacket ... never in a million years would I have thought bleach could work such majic!

♥ Cat brideblu

Danielle Celeste Couture said...

I think you've got the germ of a great idea there. You could even overdye it after you bleach it.

the nyanzi report said...

Oh wow, I love what you've done here. Innovative and smart. Well done!

beingdena said...

I am so impressed by your DYI and I agree yours does look better. Well done!

MyFavouriteThings said...

The jacket looks amazing, you're so creative! Just wanted to thank you for commenting on my blog, and wish you a lovely weekend:)

Cherry Pullinger said...

Great idea!

Couture Carrie said...

Very cool, darling!


Cafe Fashionista said...

Wow! This is one of the best DIY's I have ever seen. I LOVE that jacket on you! :)

MyStyle said...

Hi there-you did a fabulous diy job with the jacket, it really looks very individual and stylish and goes with a lot too!! Have a lovely weekend too my dear xx

Harriet said...

Wow, that looks so cool! I love the effect, one of the best DIYs I've seen in a while!

Hallie said...

Hi lady! I just came across your blog (and this post) through Links a la Mode on IFB this week -- love it, you have so much interesting content.

That jacket came out great; I like it best with the Asos dress.

- Hallie :)

For Those About To Shop said...

Amazing! Looks so chic. This is a project even I can do!!

Terri said...

the jacket is just gorgeous. I'm so surprised by the touches of orange/copper in it Simple beautiful.

Emmett Katherine said...

I like how this DIY turned out, very, very nice. It looks so much cooler in the after photo!

Meream said...

That looks fantastic! :)