Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DIY: Leather-Look Black Painted Sleeves & Inspiration

The leather sleeve look is everywhere right now. The trend started last winter and has only grown in popularity. You can find black faux leather-sleeved jackets, t-shirts, and trench coats in nearly every store now. I like it because it's more edgy than my usual style, but it's easy to incorporate into my closet with a pair of jeans and flats.
Inspiration: Leather Sleeves
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Onto my version...
Although I love this look, I'm not willing to shell out the big bucks just yet. So instead, I decided to DIY my own version, and it's super easy to do!
1. Tape off the sleeves carefully. Then put paper or newspaper under the shirt.
2. Using the bigger brush, paint most of the sleeve, and then use the smaller brush to paint the fabric near the tape. The smaller brush will help be more precise. Wait for it to dry, and then paint another thick layer.
3. When it's dry, peel off the tape. I would let it dry overnight to be sure it's completely dry before wearing it.
4. Wear the heck out of it! I'll be pairing this with dark wash jeans and a long necklace.
P.S. -- I think the trick to it looking like leather is just using a lot of fabric paint. Oddly enough, I used a matte fabric paint (Tulip's Soft Fabric Paint in Matte Ebony), but I noticed (when it got all over my hands) that there was a subtle pearlescent undertone to the paint. If you want it to be really shiny like leather, you could try a satin finish fabric paint.
What do you think?

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  1. OMG SARA THAT IS GENIUS. I so want to do this too! That is awesome and it turned out so well, i believe it must look like leather in reall life, I mean, this is seriuosly awesome and great Idea!

    1. Thanks, you're so sweet!! You're making me blush!

  2. great job on the shirt! i've actually never seen this style before haha. sometimes i'm under a rock :-P

  3. wow,good job!

  4. Such a great idea, it really has the same look as leather sleeves...loving this.

    xo erica

  5. That's awesome! Looks easy enough for me... so I might have to try! :)

    Megan from Chasing Davies

  6. Genius! I love your tee selection too...where did you find it?

    1. Thanks so much! Actually it's an old Miley Cyrus x Max Azria shirt from Walmart.

  7. Very neat and super easy!
    Hope you can check out my DIYs. I'm your newest follower.


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