October 18, 2012
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.
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