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October 18, 2012

Beaded Black

I am on sabbatical in Manila, for a few weeks, and in addition to my domesticated activities of practicing yoga and baking my famous cookies while I’m home, I’m bringing back an old cottage-industry skill of mine: beadwork.  You may recall the nuts-and-coins collar I did on a white shirt a while ago, it was partially inspired by a jet black beaded collar shirt which was part of Amber Siegel’s (of Baartmans and Siegel) graduate collection.  I’ve always had that shirt in my virtual to-DIY list, and now that I found the perfect too-plain shirt to encrust with gems, I decided to get on with the bedazzling.

an old basic black button-down by Cheap Monday

It’s as if it was begging me to bedazzle it.

I took black plastic sew-on gems in different shapes and sizes. I decided to go tone-on-tone on this one in an effort to display some sort of restraint on a fully bejeweled collar.

I started to sew them on, starting on the edges, creating a border around the entire collar. I would lock the stitching after every three gems or so to ensure that the entire collar doesn’t completely unravel if one stone comes out.

I made sure the beading was dense as possible, using the smaller stones to fill in the gaps.

beaded black

DIY beaded black collar shirt, Comme des Garcons Black drop-crotch trousers, Guidi shoes

DIY jet-black beaded collar shirt

last two photographs by Michelle Ordoveza


  • Danny
    October 18th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Another great DIY!!! Congrats, Izzy!

  • Alex
    November 27th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Super sipag! :)) It looks great. I love bedazzling black garments, too.

  • Tim
    January 6th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Love this DIY! Where did you get the black garments? I’ll certainly try this, love it.

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