Sunday, February 7

DIY battle armor


spotted this harness-idea on rumi in june of last year, and went searching for something similar on the 21 site as thats where she got hers (although she did edit it a bit to make it look like it is now), and never found one. i totally had forgotten about it until just recently when i got an email from refinery29 and the featured trend was these silver chain-link harnesses.

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and ahh.. the cheap way out: DO IT YOURSELF!

heres my version:
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like with anything, you can pretty much do anything as the possibilities and variations of this project are endless. big links, small links, silver, gold.. its irrelevant either way.

the simplest way to even explain this is just to say that i just connected a bunch of chains from a roll of chain link that i bought at the craft store..
1) i first put a large circle of chain around my neck and back to measure the "circle" (like the actualy harness part- not the hanging chains). i then attached the clasps: if you were to lay the chain out on the floor to form a circle, pick a point on the circle and place a clasp here and on the opposite side of the circle, place another clasp. these clasps will fall at the back of your neck and at the small of your back so you can take the harness on and off easily.
2) then, i attached the first and last chain while wearing it just to get an idea of how many chains i would need in between and such.
3) i then cut each chain one to two links longer than the first, but made sure they stayed shorter than the last.
4) i connected each of these chains to the outside "circle" in descending order using needle-nose pliers to make it look like the one rumi is wearing.
**sorry, the directions are a bit confusing, it's just kind of complicated to explain this without using the word "chain" 50 times.. e-mail me or leave a comment if you're having trouble and need me to clear anything up!


email me your results and i'll feature you here!
happy crafting!

images via fashiontoast
(always)alanna

69 comments:

Orphaned Apparel said...

Absolutely love it. Great job!

Eliani said...

great DIY !!!

E is for Eleanor said...

This is seriously amazing! It looks fabulous. I definitely want to try this.

You are so creative, thank you for the idea!

The Fashion Cloud said...

very well done and thought of :)
Love the final result

xx
FashionCloud

all about the style said...

Great job !! Love this DIY

Fashion Court said...

LOVE it! too bad i'm not crafty at all haha :p

Next-Trend said...

great job ^^

Mai said...

thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
this is a nice DIY! and girl, you are gorgeous, are you a model? I think you should go to a model agency.
x

Champagne said...

No I totally understand the basic of making the harness, good DIY, I have give this a try for myself.

Maria G. said...

Hello!! thanks a lot for your visit!! you're looking great!! I love that dress!! great job!!! and you have such a beautiful hair!! kisses!

bspotgurl said...

Hey, this is cool for me.
I love yr blog :0

Lea's Suitcase said...

wish I read this post before 7pm... gives me something to do while everyone is watching Superbowl... craft store is now closed :( Yours looks just LOVELY!

"MaU" said...

hi!!! thanks for the comment... the cranberries was amazing... a dream come true...

i love the fashion blogs you`re in my top list...

sorry for my bad english :P

kisses a lot

liana said...

this turned out as good as rumi's!
nice work.

le pearl said...

You smart girl! What a great idea xox

the girl in grey said...

Whoah girl. It looks identical.
(Thanks for commenting my blog)
XO THE GIRL IN GREY

Fashion Chalet said...

Your entry/comment made me giggle out loud just had to tell you ;)




xx

Pia said...

gorgeous DIY! i want to try this once i get a chance!! love your blog :)

Ugly Cute said...

awesome, love diy, yours looks great!

xoxo
http://itsuglycute.blogspot.com/

Mouthwash said...

beautiful! i adore DIY projects. I'm doing them all the time... I have wanted to this for a while...I think I'll have to re-read your instructions a few times. Contemplate my navel, and then i'll get right on to it! haha. Lovely DIY - and dress too!

Amber
ambersmouthwash

heart charlie said...

Very creative!! I love it, you look to amazing in it, and it is perfect over the black! You are so talented and patient ;) Does it irritate your skin or turn it green at all? That would be my one concern.

Anthea said...

Sooo cool!

Leproust Vintage said...

ohhh I remember seeing this on Rumi....your version turned out perfectly! It looks incredible on you!

little miss Golden Flower said...

This is pretty darn sweeet!
I love it better on you...shhh.
haha.

Love, Paku

Sarah said...

love it!! great idea

Shalafi said...

very creative, I like inventive people like you

the healthy ghost said...

Thanks for your comment. Great DIY.
xx

alex Stoltze said...

stumbled across your blog! love it! love the silver chain, very hot! btw: you are gorgeous and i want your hair! haha
xo

Satoko said...

Lovely blog!
That's so creative:D
love it!!

TheCat said...

what an amazing DIY! I have to try this...
great blog :)

Velire said...

i love rumi's style, i remember seeing her wear that harness too :) it inspired me but never got to make one. great job! :) thanks for sharing. :)

Glamour Bbey. said...

Great idea!

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daisychain said...

wow you did a fabulous job x

Yaelchen said...

following you!
You have a great blog :)
check out mine... and maby ull follow me 2?

Katy Mary said...

Very cool, it came out great and looks great on you!

Emma ... said...

Looks great!
Would never guess you made it your self!
Have a great day!
Emma x

worldinapapercup said...

Wow that is so clever, and it looks amazing! Love your blog too, thank you so much for the sweet comment! I'm adding you to my fashion blogroll! XX Niki

Soooali said...

Wow, this is probably the best DIY harness I have seen yet! It looks fantastic on!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ooh Alanna you are EXTREMELY talented! Once I develop some semblance of DIY skills I will definitely be trying this out myself!! :)

Chelsea said...

oh now THAT is way cool! I love the unique design... it instantly spiced up that dress! way to DIY :)

Adela said...

wow great DIY! that looks so fun and easy! =)

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Sabine said...

Great job! And it looks really cool on you!

Sherin said...

You did a great job on it!! Your version looks fantastic. Thanks for going through it step by step.

MissNeira said...

Thats an awesome dyi, very cool and original!

Emma said...

omg you did amazing! i've been toying with the idea of doing this myself ever since i saw those pics of rumi and now that i see how amazing yours has become i really want to get started!!

thanks for your sweet comment! and i didn't get to make my pie :( been to busy.. but i'm still determent to bake it this week. yumm..

xox

Anna said...

thanks so much for your sweet comment!
i love your blog. you feature great photos and this DIY tutorial is great!
thanks for sharing :)

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pilcuis said...

wow love it amazing job thank you for posting


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dressed to please said...

great pics...i like your blog - sooo swweeet... ;O)

Viva La Fashion said...

that looks so cool! :)

All Things Considered said...

That is so amazing! I love it!

la petite fashionista said...

so glad you came across my blog. i absoultely love yours! you have such fantastic style & the body chain diy is so creative-- will be back!!

Crystal said...

Holy shit! This is freakin awesome. Definitely trying this at some point. Thanks for the inspiration.

Samantha said...

Wow, you're so clever! Good job, it looks fantastic!

Flit About said...

Dude, yours looks amazing!!! You can sell it! I might just try to do this myself!!

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

love, love it!!! so hot. i made a similar gold one for a friends bday a while back, since they sadly look like crap on my oversized chest

duckalicious said...

great job, it looks super cool!

Hannah @ LONDON--ROSE ♥ said...

LOVE THIS! what a great idea! I'll definitley be trying it :)

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xx

...Iww... said...

I love it :D maybe I'll try it too but first I must get the chains

tailorstitch said...

this looks great! i've been meaning to get round to some diy's. thanks for the lovely comment and don't be a stranger :)

bravegrrl said...

omg, that's awesome!

xo
bravegrrl.blogspot.com

mahayanna said...

This is great! you really have a talent with your hands and ideas!

Sweet said...

the necklace looks so nice on the dress
def. does it up =)

thanks again for stopping by my blog
it really means a lot to me

http://www.evadanielle.com/blog

-Sweet

Kaz said...

omg that's amaziiing! i think i'm goign to try that! i love how it looks with a black dress. totally gives it an edge!! x

Laura E. said...

Ow! Looks cute.
congrqts for the DIY. I'm too lazy to do that, unfortunately :) But always a pleasure to see beautiful pieces of others!

Le 21ème said...

This is so rad!

- www.21arrondissement.com

Kiyo said...

Looks amazing!

Diana said...

I love it! What a fantastic DIY!

Lizzifer said...

Fantastic! You make it look so easy! Re-res like myself must admire from afar, b/c even scissors prove to be too difficult to maneuver sometimes. You should totally make an entire chain dress!

Noora said...

Wow! I like a lot your blog, especially the DIY-part! Really interesting I'd say :) I'll definitely be back!