John and I have been doing some serious spring cleaning lately, and it most recently included going through our closets and bringing several bags of old clothes to Goodwill.
I always have such a tough time parting with clothes, because honestly, I wear everything that I own! ...Maybe not often, but at least once a year!! So I really have to force myself to part with the first few items to get my momentum going.
Anyway, while going through my clothes, I found an Old Navy chambray shirt that was dying for a little sprucing up. And sure enough, a little dressing up was all this shirt needed to bring it some extra life!
This DIY is so easy, and with just a little bit of patience (about an hour of your time), you can have yourself a semi-new shirt!
All you need is a collared shirt, thread, a needle, and some pearl beads (I found my beads at Michael's for only $1/strand). I bought a variety of neutral colored beads, and I am so glad that I did... it gives the shirt a little something extra!
Begin by fastening the first bead to the very corner of the collar.
I tied several knots to make sure it was secure (this is probably a very terrible sewing technique, but I know nothing about sewing and it worked just fine for me!).
Next, using the same strand of thread, build out the beads further up the collar.
Continue to fasten beads bunched together and slowly start to space them up the further you get up the collar.
If possible, only fasten the beads to the top fabric piece of the collar. This way, the underside of the collar will not show your stitching, and everything will look neat and clean!
Continue to space the beads out until you have reached halfway up the collar (I stopped at the shoulder seam).
To fasten the last bead, I stitched the same bead several times in the same place (and tied several knots)... super fancy, I know - but hey, it works and looks great!
Complete the same steps on the other side of the collar, and (attempt) to make it as symmetrical as possible. Trim the ends of the thread when you're finished.
I am super happy with how it turned out... it is still a basic, versatile chambray shirt, but has a little bit of fancy to it!
I'm already keeping my eye out for other clothes to dress up... I have a few cardigans that I may try something similar with next! A perfect little spring re-vamp!
If I'm not careful, my whole wardrobe might have pearls on it - restraint is needed!
You can check out my other DIYs here!