Durin the car ride to Galesburg yesterday, I was reading the newest issue of Seventeen magazine. I came across this shirt in the issue (left). Since the trip was specifically for a day of thrifting, I made sure to buy a cheap blouse that I could reconstruct (shown right)! Do you think I can make a similiar product?! My final product is shown at the end of this post!
The shirt in the magazine look almost identical to several tops have been tempted to buy from Charlotte Russe very recently... buy who needs to buy when you can make your own & have an original, one-of-a-kind product?
I'll show you my instructions to make your own Studded Collar Cold Shoulder Shirt:
What you will need:
- Collared shirt (I used short-sleeve, but feel free to experiment with different sleeve lengths.)
- Seam ripper (or you can use the scissors for this step)
- Sewing needle
- Thread to match the shirt
- Sewing pins
- Items to embellish the collar (I used large gemstones and a Bedazzler, but you can use anything from beads to sequins)
- All-Purpose glue to attach certain embellishments to the collar
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LET'S BEGIN! Start by turning your shirt inside-out, and positioning it so you can work with the seam that attaches the sleeve to the bodice:
Using either the seam ripper or a steady pair of scissors, start ripping the seam. Start at the top of the shoulder, and work your way down the front and back sides. You will want to stop ripping the seam once the sleeve is still attached with about three inches of untouched seam (in the front & back). Remove all the little threads that you cut away. Do this to both sleeves.
Next, we will be 'hemming' each raw edge.
1. Fold the raw edges over at least 1/4'' and iron. 2. You will then fold it over again, hiding the raw edge, and iron. Do this to both sleeves.
Pin the folds down:
To begin the sewing, (below, left) I started about a half an inch down the untouched seam. Since we split the seam, you may want to reinforce the weakest point to keep the sleeve from splitting anymore as you wear it. I just simply whip stiched a few times along the original seam line. Do this to both the front and back, on both sleeves.
(above, right) You will 'hem' each side by hand stiching. I found this easiest & it kept the integrity of the shirt. For hand-sewing beginners or those how don't understand my (unprofessional) Jerrica-speak, to 'hem', we will hand sew as close to the inside of the fold as possible (where my pins currently are), using larger stiches on the inside of the shirt, and tiny stitches on the outside. Keep in mind the shirt is inside out. This will make it look like an invisible seam when you are wearing the shirt. I really didn't take any good pictures of this step; as long as it looks neat on the outside of the shirt, you'll do fine :)
Once done, turn the shirt back to ride side out. Iron the sleeves again, to get crisp folds & new seams
This is about how it should look at this point:
Next comes the easy part - embellish that collar! I added large gemstones and studs!
And we're done! Final step, rock the shirt out in public and show off your work!
Here are pictures of my final product: