Thursday, May 3, 2012

DIY Burberry Prorsum geometric beaded top

Burberry Prorsum's S/S 2012 collection

is about earthy tones 

and handcrafted, earthy materials 

Because sometimes summer 
screams bright colors, 
and sometimes it's more settled.
pics on the right: - collage by moi

Oh well: I couldn't resist the DIY's itch!

Fully detailed tutorial after the jump!

Grab your supplies!

* a shirt that you want to re-vamp (mine is from H&M on sale - duh - $3)
* popsicle sticks (yup! @ your favorite Dollar Store, 1$ for 1000 sticks!)
* one piece of birch plywood 1/32 x 6 x 12 in
(at Michael's - about 3$ the smaller picture is the sticker on the back)
* acrylic paint in your choice of colors + either clear nail polish of transparent paint for the finish coat (not pictured)
* scissors
* fabric glue
* a ruler and a pencil

STEP 1: make your own wood beads
yes, this wood is thin enough 
you can cut it with scissors!

STEP 2: color your geometric wood beads

I mixed some acrylic paint to obtain the colors I liked, then applied two coats
(acrylic dries quickly, love it!!)
and then used clear paint for the finished coat and to seal the wood beads.

STEP 3: embellish your shirt
Although I'm not usually a big fan of glued things onto my garments, I didn't have a choice. 
I tried to drill small holes into the wood beads, but the wood it's too thin and splits.

I placed my shirt onto my cutting mat, in order to have the exact center of the shirt and to prevent the glue to run on the other side of the shirt.
Moved the beads around until I was happy with the look,
and then, always starting from the center of the shirt toward the sides, applied some fabric glue in the middle of the wood bead and place it firmly on the shirt.

...Allow to dry (fabric glue dries very quickly!) and wear!

Looks like I wasn't the only one 
who had the DIY itch for this shirt :) 
and Jeremy Cunanan's version 
{yes a guy that makes his own clothes! how cool, right?}

xox, d.
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