DIY embellished t-shirt

April 28, 2010 § 18 Comments

 I’ve been asked numerous times before to do a DIY tutorial but for numerous reasons (mainly laziness) I’ve rejected the idea, but I finally stumbled upon something that’s cute, fast and requires very little real sewing skills. T-shirt decoration, and I’m not talking the usual print screen and cut stuff here! I’m not very good with giving or taking instructions I’m more of a ‘sew-as-you-go’ gal so please bear with my instructions. You’ll need:

- An oversized t-shirt

-Hand sewing needles

-Tailor’s chalk


-Tape measure/ruler


And the following in a contrasting colour to your T (but no green and red combos… just no, please)

-A pair of lace collars ( I’m not 100% about where you can get them but lace cut into the shape of a collar – either peter pan or ainsley will do)

- 5 buttons

- 10 cm of trimming ; I’ve chosen a cute crochet but ruffles, more lace and any eyelet trimming would be fine

- 45cm of  satin or grosgrain ribbon ; any thickness from 0.5-2cms

 Step 1: Pin decorative collar to the neckline of the T and the trim to the top of the pocket (or the general area where it would be if your T doesn’t have a pocket ) and sew!

Step 2: Make a bow with the ribbon and attach onto the centre of the collar, by attach I mean sew.

Step 3: Using the tailor’s chalk mark 5 dots, 2 inches apart starting 3 inches down from the neckline

Step 4: Stitch the buttons onto marked dots, and you’re pretty much done!

Optional: Belt loops + sash

- Thread that matches your t-shirt

- Ribbon measuring your waist + 50 cms

Step 5: Put on your T-shirt and mak a dot where your natural waist is and repeat on other side. Take it off, then mark dots either 2 inches above or below the original dot depending on whether you want a higher or lower belt (but it really doesn’t matter much).

Step 6: Make 4 back and forth long stitches from one dot to another and repeat on the other side. Thread the belt through…

ET VOILA! You’re done!



Very Blair huh? Or Dorota?


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§ 18 Responses to DIY embellished t-shirt

  • suzza says:

    where’s your tshirt from ? i’ve been trying to find a simple one like that in ages :)

  • paul says:

    Gob smacked ! complete transformation of a nearly dead , bit saggy shapeless t shirt into a super stylish and extremely flattering take on the little black dress. Way more interesting though and the proportions show your figure well. Neck detail is ace……what tights, they rule obviously.

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  • callah says:

    awesome! hopefully i can get around to this one day!

  • Elle says:

    ah-mazing very blair ill have to try it one day!

  • nimfore says:

    I really like the both t-shirt both before and after. Great job, I think it’s kind of a Blair meets Dorota look! Where did you get the t-shirt from?

  • Thea says:

    i love this. it’s perfectly timed for a long weekend ativity!

  • Mharie says:

    That is amazing and simple! I love your instructions (I’m not good at following instructions), it’s easy and no fancy terms (which I hate very much) and right on with that little skill requirement.

  • Kylie says:

    Naww… you got tagged … by me!


  • Moniek says:

    aww Angela, you’re so talented! You did an amazing job! i wish i could make that one day! thaaaanks! xox Moniek

  • Coco says:

    haha, love the Dorota reference! It’s cute!

  • Z says:

    Gosh you young creative types scare me! So great that you are so productive at such a young age – keep at it, I have no doubt with your ambition you have a super bright future in fashion. Us older folk ought to watch out!

  • wow, talented work, very beautiful, nice work, looks great on you

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    I absolutely love this!

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