Monday, March 30, 2015

DIY Pearled Collar

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!

28 comments :

  1. This looks so pretty! I like that the beads are still neutral so it's a little something without too much going on at the same time. I don't know if I would trust myself to not have the beads all fall off- I'm not the best at sewing.

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  2. How cute is that?! You should sell these for those of us who are craft-challenged. :)

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  3. That is so cute and clever! I love it! I can't sew so I may have to break out my glue gun and try it!

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  4. This came out so cute! I love that you were able to give some life to an old closet staple :)

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  5. What a great idea! I love the finished product.

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  6. So pretty!! I dont think I'd be able to recreate it but I'd buy it if you made it lol! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  7. Such a cute and easy update, thanks for sharing!

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  8. You literally do the best DIYs. Those pictures of you are just STUNNING. You are so naturally beautiful, Lisa!

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  9. SO cute! What a way to spruce up a jean shirt!!!

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  10. Lisa!! This is genius! Definitely giving this a try and can I just say that your hair looks AMAZING?!

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  11. This turned out amazing!!!! So creative!

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  12. Girlfriend, you're just a little too fabulous for us all. ;)

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  13. I love this! I need to be more crafty. I have been in a crafty freeze lately.

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  14. I love this idea! And it could be done on all kinds of shirts with all kinds of beads, sequins, etc.

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  15. What a fun and easy way to take something old and make it seem new! I love it!

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  16. So cute! I absolutely love it. Nice upcycle.

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  17. Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I wouldn't have even thought to try this myself -- and I'm still a little scared! But you made it look so easy, and so chic.

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  18. Such a great idea, and you look beautiful (as always!). I just cleaned out my closet Sunday… feels so freeing!

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  19. Lisa, you look so pretty in your pictures! I love your sewing and sprucing up with the pearls! So gorgeous girly! Still reading and loving your blog! Hope you are doing well love! :)

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  20. You are seriously the cutest and most creative person ever - how do you come up with this stuff?! I have to admit, I can't sew, but my husband can, so I know what he might be doing this weekend ;)

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  21. I love this! The pearls add such a cute feminine touch to the top. It turned out great. PS- your hair is amazing.

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  22. Seriously?! You're amazing! This is SOO stinkin cute. I have a shirt like this I may try this on one day!!!

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  23. This is genius and you look gorgeous!

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  24. I love this! What a great idea!

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  25. Love the way that shirt turned out! What a great idea! So pretty :)

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  26. You never cease to amaze me with these DIYs. I seriously want to try this out on one of my shirts now. Awesome!!

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