DIY: Studded Camouflage Jacket

I must admit, I have been known to give the odd ‘derisive snort’ when I see articles or collections entitled ‘festival fashion’.  Mainly because they’re usually filled with items of clothing that are just completely not conducive with spending several days in a muddy, beer soaked field, making sporadic trips to filthy portaloos and eating gravy-soaked pies out of cardboard boxes.  However, I am the sort of person that latches onto the idea of buying/taking specific items of clothing for specific events or trips.  You know when you’re going on holiday and you think, ‘I basically cannot go on this holiday unless I am able to take with me a coral maxi dress’ (or whatever) because you have this image of yourself in your head being in that place and wearing it? Or maybe I’m the only person who does that…

Anyway, we are off to End of the Road festival on Thursday and it occurred to me that I don’t really have a lightweight jacket to wear.  Like, one to throw on over a t-shirt when it gets a bit cooler (which will probably be the entire time).  And then it hit me that I needed a camouflage jacket, and probably one with studs in the shoulders.  After some searching, I came across this little beauty on ASOS Marketplace.  The problem is, with postage it’s £42.  And I don’t have £42.  So I tweeted about this desperate situation, and Sarah suggested I could probably do it myself much more cheaply.  So I decided to have a go, and I thought I’d share it here in case anyone else wanted to have a go!

You will need:

Camouflage jacket or shirt – you can buy these from your local Army surplus store, or eBay has loads.  I bought mine here for £9.99.  A lot of the army field shirts are thick enough to be considered a lightweight jacket.

Studs – I bought mine from eBay here for £5.99.  I’d recommend the screw studs as they’re more durable and won’t catch on the clothing you wear underneath.  I used small spikes but larger ones would equally look cool.

Pin or needle, a fairly thick one to make the hole

Screwdriver or metal implement to make the hole big enough for the screw

Felt tip pen

tools for studded camouflage jacket


To do:

1.  First of all you want to think of the arrangement you want for the studs; do you want a line, a circle, a strip etc? Mark out the arrangement you want with a felt tip pen (when you’ve decided!) and if you’re doing a set on each shoulder obviously make sure it’s symmetrical.  If you’re being really exact you may want to use a ruler or measuring tape to make sure they’re all the same distance apart.

2.  On the dot you’ve marked, push the needle or pin through to make a hole.

3.  Then, get whatever implement you’re using to make the hole bigger and push that through.  You need to make sure it’s roughly the same width as the screw of the stud so it doesn’t fall out.  Give it a wiggle until you’ve got a clear hole.

4. Then, push the bottom of the screw through the bottom and screw the spike on top.  Continue until you’ve finished your arrangement.

5. Put it on and feel awesome that you’ve just saved yourself £26.

studded camouflage jacket DIY

PS – I’m at my parents’ this weekend and I don’t really have anything that goes with this jacket but I’ll post a full outfit photo ASAP as these photos don’t really do it justice.

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