Saturday, March 31, 2012

DIY: AMcQ pearl embroidered skull tank

This is the first {and might be the last} 
skull-related project on this blog:
that's because normally I'm not much of a "skull person".
Which is kind of strange, since I {heart} so much 
Alexander McQueen's creations.

But hey: I'm not perfect {just very-very close - ;) }

I saw this tank top on the Neiman Marcus site and almost collapsed at the 695$ price tag.

left pic: - collage by moi
Wearing it {of course, duh!} with my
DIY McQueen razor triple leather bracelet
I made last week! ;)

details - left pic: - collage by moi

Supplies needed:
{and let's do the math:}

- a tank top (I used an old Gap basic t-shirt)
- beads and pearls (4 different sizes)
- small piece of lace (yes, I used an old lace underwear... So what? It was clean!)
- needle and thread
I believe even if you have to buy everything you can fit into a 20$ budget

...But because I used everything I had on hand... 
mine was 100% free.
Extra needs for this projects: a couple of rainy afternoons... 

...and this is how I made it:

1*  take a screen shot of the detail and printed out on a full page
2*  then pin the paper onto the lace and cut the desired shape
3*  now, pin the lace onto the shirt 
4*  and sew the outline with a medium zig-zag stitch
5*  with a water removable marker, draw the outline of the skull onto the lace
6*  start with the bigger beads along the lines
7*  and then fill up the areas with the small glass beads
8* ... two rainy afternoons later... the skull shows its "face" {pun intended}

Now it's time to sew my armholes!
1* pin
2* best-thing-ever-sewing-jersey: my twin needles!
3* looks legit!

I could make it into a tank top, but I kind of like the "muscle-t" idea. I'll stay with it!

xox, d.


  1. Holy crap! I SOOOOO wish I lived in your closet, you make the best stuff!

  2. This is such a great DIY. What a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing :) .

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  3. That price tag is insane! I love your finished product...very impressive! I may have gone with a lower cut tank, but other than that, lovely!

    1. thanks Celina! I have plenty of grey tank tops, so I kept this one with the regular collar. (for now. the sewing machine is always ready here!!) xox have a great day! d.

  4. Davvero un'idea molto carina. Sto pensando che potrebbe essere usata per impreziosire anche altri indumenti un po' anonimi. Il primo pomeriggio libero (si fa per dire) ci provo. Ciaoooo

    1. grazie Marzia! infatti mi sa che per l'autunno ne faro' anche uno in versione maglioncino. Ma con l'arrivo del caldo (o almeno ci speravo) ... mi sono buttata gia' nelle t-shirt di cotone! xox, d.

  5. two words: Absolutely Fabuloso!!!!
    love embellished lace on plain gray shirt. so chic!

  6. I bought a coral lace fabric... I am sure it can end with something like that!!
    Just love it

  7. Looks nice! This is such a great DIY.


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