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October 19, 2011

DIY: The Lace-trimmed Coat

Occupying one of the precious coat hangers on my leaning clothing rack was a white coat too large and too square to look sharp. It was high time I did a DIY project; and though I’m content wearing nearly all-black nearly everyday, I thought it would be a worthwhile challenge to push myself to resurrect an unworn piece and personalize it with a method never used before: no more paint, no more cutting, and no more studs. So I trimmed it with a material that would be top-of-mind for any normal boy: black Venetian lace.
Here’s what I used: Heat N Bond iron-on no-sew adhesive, textile adhesive in a tube, a yard and a half of black Venetian lace, and a steam iron
This Theory X Barney’s Green coat was gathering dust in my closet. I resisted the urge to paint-splatter it in primary colors and instead spent a little more time and effort and went mildly Oscar de la Renta on it with a band of black lace trim along the hem.
I trimmed the iron-on adhesive to fit the bottom part of the lace, minus the protrusions. I then ironed the adhesive on to the lace, peeled off the paper backing, and positioned it on to the coat, following the line of the hem stitching to keep it aligned.
I then ironed the lace on to the coat, panel by panel. The instructions say “no steam needed,” but I found that with the thickness of the lace, it helped get the heat on to the adhesive and have it bond better.
With the base of the lace trim attached, I carefully glued on the rest of the trim with the textile glue.
As always, I heat-set the trim with a hair dryer, just to make sure everything is dry and bonded.

As a finishing touch, I trimmed off all straggly threads and glued on any pieces that seemed to be gaping open.
Here it is worn:
Illesteva sunglasses, DIY lace-trimmed coat, printed chiffon shirt of my own design, Black Fleece belt, Uniqlo black jeans, Opening Ceremony shoes
close-up of the lace on the coat
Opening Ceremony lace and zip shoes with a lace-trimmed zip-up coat
last three photographs by Michael Shaeffer


  • The Fashion Twice
    October 19th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    WOW i love this DIY … this cat is amazing!
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  • Andrew
    October 19th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    looks surprisingly masculine

    three cheers for manlace

    hip hip


  • Mia B.
    October 19th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    So nice! Make me one, Izzy…

  • Izzy
    October 19th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    thefashiontwice: thanks!

    Andrew: I have to say, I was vaguely inspired by your lace project!

  • Aldrin Paul
    October 19th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    WOW It looks good as new!!


  • Syed
    October 21st, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Woah, that looks pretty damn cool.

  • Milan Boya
    October 23rd, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    WOW! This is awesome!

  • Six Six Sick
    October 26th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    WOW, that came out really nicely. I really need to get back into doing DIYs.

    Hope you're having a lovely time in LA!

  • Sean
    October 26th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    That coat looks awesome and your shoes are great!~

  • William Drummond
    October 30th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Really lovely, the lace adds such an interesting accent to the coat. Great job!


  • Anna
    December 10th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Triple wow. That's a great idea. Might try this one with an old buttondown shirt.

  • Waverly
    March 28th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    You have such a lovely blog!! I’m especially enjoying your d.i.y. projects, so far this coat is one of my favorites :)

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