Intro: The Punk Vest.
Ever been to a punk concert and seen people with their cool leather or denim vest or jackets covered in patches and pins? You can make one yourself i made mine under 35 bucks and it looks great.
Make a punk vest with buttons, patches, studs, and spikes! easy to do a bit time consuming. Looks cool, and can be personalized in any way.
(I only know how to work with denim i do not know how leather works)
Step 1: Materials
A denim or black leather vest
1/2 flat pyramid studs from www.angryyoungandpoor.com
spikes of choice from www.angryyoungandpoor.com
1 large back patch form a punk store or www.angryyoungandpoor.com
2-3 smaller patches for a vest 3-4 for a jacket
pins and buttons of choice
tools : needle and thread, screw driver, skrew, scissors.
Step 2: The Patches
time to put on the first patch! lay your vest or jacket out on the ground with the back facing up. Begin to start stitching the boarders of the patch to the vest. i Do not know how this works with leather. I recomend using black thread. once done tie the ends how ever you want and leave it. Take 20 of the studs and apply them by putting 5 on each corner as shown. Applying the studs is just poking the two spikes through the fabric and bending the endson the other side.
Take your other patches and apply them on the front wherever you please.
Step 3: Fraying
Take a knife of any kind and fray the seam of the jacket without going too far. I used scissors by first cutting ia bit then sticking one of the blades in the small hole in the seam and tearing a bit.
Step 4: Add Studs and Spikes
Take your studs and line the edge of the vest where the buttons would be, make sure that they go all the way up and around the collar otherwise you look silly. It is ok to miss a few spots where it is too hard to get a stud in or if there is a button blocking it.
Next take the spikes and line the shoulder parts as shown, be creative do a second row if you want add some bigger spikes in places if you want.. TIP: the spikes are screw backs and are hard to get through, what i did was took a screw the size oh the little screw from the spike and twisted it through the vest and then put the little screw from the spike in and twisted until i needed the srewdriver to tighten.
Step 5: PINS!
add pins to each side of the vest by the collar as i did, make the pins whatever you want, i have some bands a skull and one that says frankenstein (thats my favorite) allow the pins to build up as you find more and more pins that you like.
Step 6: You Are Done!
enjoy your new piece of clothing! I had quite alot of fun making this, i sat in my basement with my skinhead (non racist) for a few hours doing this. have fun.
WARNING: Hugs and snuggling do become a bit painful for others, i have spiked people in the mouth and have girls lie doown put their head on my shoulder and get poked.