Monday, August 26, 2013

DIY Lanvin Vault embellished t-shirt

sequins and beads on a t-shirt for that extra spark

Love the Lanvin Vault embellished t-shirt? Get the look without breaking the bank!
Just a little patience, sequins and beads.

top: - collage by moi

First, modify the collar and the sleeves of your t-shirt adding a silk chiffon edge:

follow this tutorial for detailed step-by-step instructions

left: - collage by moi

embellished t-shirt: supplies

* A small piece of fabric (9" x 12" is more than enough) matching the color of the t-shirt
(I don't like using felt for brooches this large because it would too hot for a summer piece: you can use cotton, or jersey knit)
Thermoweb Heat'n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive
Straight Bugle Glass Bead 2 by 4mm - Cobalt
* 3 safety pins
* Matching polyester thread, needle & scissors

Embellished t-shirt tutorial // the how-to:

I decided to make this embellishment as a brooch, rather than sewing directly on the t-shirt to ease the process of washing my t-shirt without damaging the embellishment, and because this way, I can use the brooch as a corsage on the lapel of a jacket, or on a sweater:
I did the same last year with my red silk corsage t-shirt .

Cut three pieces of fabric using the the shape in the picture

Cut the heat'n bond paper with the same shape
and fuse together with your iron two pieces of the blue fabric

start sewing the small sequins one by one with one bead on the top, and do this "ground-cover"
all over the base fabrics - there's no pattern, so it won't take as much as you'd think.

One movie later, ... everything will be sparkly like this
For the pendant parts, thread the bugle glass beads,
then alternate 1 large sequin and a glass seed bead for 13 times, pass the needle
into the first bugle glass bead next to the sequin, and thread more bugle glass beads
till reaching the sequined fabric, then secure onto the fabric with a double knot.
Repeat in three / four parts of the embellishment with different lengths.
Now fill all the tiny spaces in between the small sequins
with the larger sequins and the bugle glass beads,
also overlapping the beads and sequins to give extra dimension
Now, press the other heat'n bond paper onto the third piece of fabric
(keep in mind that this will go onto the wrong part of the embellishment)
Sew the pins as shown in the picture
(the heat'n'bond has been pressed already and it's on the other side of the fabric)
All the pins are in place
Press the fabric with the pins onto the wrong side of the fabric with the sequins,
keeping the settings of the iron medium so you won't melt the sequins.
- Front view -
Trim the edges so the embellishment won't have any fray parts
(and the heat'n'bond will prevent any further fraying)
- Back view -
Now it's all finished, pin around the neck of the t-shirt 
or use your new brooch to give some spark to a jacket lapel!

xox, d.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

DIY t-shirt with silk chiffon

change the look of a plain t-shirt with silk chiffon:
few tricks to for an easy DIY

what you need // supplies

- a plain t-shirt in your pick of color (mine is a Hanes Men's ComfortBlend® in royal blue)
- half yard of silk chiffon in matching color (I bought mine on Ebay from seller SilkFabric and got really lucky because the color is the perfect match!!)
Freezer Paper
Fabric scissors
Schmetz #1770 - Twin Needle - 3mm
... and a sewing machine: (you don't need a fancy one: I used my Brother sewing machine)

t-shirt with chiffon: the how-to // tutorial ... and the tricks

Cut the crew neck ribbing along the seams.

  trick #1: use freezer paper to cut and manipulate light fabric!  

Prepare the silk chiffon by ironing onto the freezer paper:
this step will make dealing with chiffon much easier;
and it won't let the light silk fray while you're cutting it and sewing! 

  trick #2: wear the t-shirt over a box to make a pattern of a seamless neckline!  

Place the shirt onto a box where you'd have placed a sheet of paper .
Stretch it and make sure that is symmetrical: you can now 
trace the neck opening 
onto the sheet of paper
Now trace an inner line and an outer line to the pattern of your neck opening
(the traced lines are about 7/8" from the center line)
cut the paper pattern and
(in case the neck opening won't fit around your head, 
trim a little extra around the neck of your t-shirt and repeat this last step)
I traced the pattern on the back of the freezer paper, marking the front and the back sides

Cut two pieces of silk without cutting the inner part 

Stretch the neck opening of your shirt and run a basting stitch over the two layers of silk
leaving the inner mark of the pattern about 3/4" visible over the t-shirt.

Now cut part of the inner pattern, still leaving more than you need so it won't fray

Use the twin needles to sew around the neck:
I kept the foot of my sewing machine on the inner edge as guide.

Cut the seams off the sleeves

Cut along the side seams just up 1/2" from the sleeves 
Cut two triangles of silk chiffon with the length of the side openings of the t-shirt + 4"
the base of the triangles is 8" wide

  trick #3: use a piece of cardstock with a line to press rolling edges or hem lines !  

Remove the freezer paper and use a piece of cardstock with a line traced at 3/8"
to press the sides of the triangles neatly

Press the sides twice so there won't be any fraying edges exposed

With the t-shirt inside out bast the chiffon triangles
(with the folds of the silk chiffon facing the t-shirt)

Sew along the edge with the twin needle :
I sewed two seams to keep the side seams neatly down
cut the silk chiffon at 1/2" longer than the t-shirt hem (to allow extra room for fraying)

Cut two pieces of silk chiffon on the diagonal sides of the previously cut triangles:
about 2" wide  x the circumference of the sleeves slightly stretched.
Pin the fabric onto the sleeves and sew along the edge with the twin needle. 

Once all the seams are done, remove the freezer paper.
Because of the twin needles, that make a sort of a zig-zag pattern on the  wrong part of the fabric,
there will be some leftover paper trapped into the seams.
I soaked my shirt in warm water for a little bit, and that helped remove most of it.
You can see there is just a little left around the neck.
Next wash should get rid of the rest.

Caring instruction: Hand-wash only and hang or lay flat to dry! 

NOTE: I really like the flared shape, and this shirt was a bit too tight; so adding the extra fabric on the side was not only a matter of taste, but a real need.
This is not the first time I'm adding a triangular shape on a t-shirt:
- my most popular post of  the DIY - Red Valentino "bow on the back t-shirt" has a triangular insert in the back
- and on the DIY - Add a flare  tank top I used a lace motif applique in the front.

xox, d.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DIY Kenzo nut bracelet

this Kenzo bracelet 

is the vibrant version of the déjà vu nut bracelets.

... I have a soft spot for yellow and blue combined, so this DIY was inevitable. 

left: - collage by moi

left: - collage by moi

DIY Kenzo nut bracelet // supplies:

blue spray paint (make sure it suitable for metal)
Mint Wet'n'Wild Nail Polish
Nail Polish Remover
Foam Brush
E-6000 glue
* scissors, painter's tape, twine

DIY Kenzo nut bracelet - tutorial // how-to:

- prepping the parts with paint -

- Wash the waxed cotton cord with soap and warm water, rinse well and let dry - this will get rid of the wax.
- Divide and cut the cord in three pieces.

Place the cord in a saucer or in a plastic container, not tangled, ready to be painted

Use a brush, or a sponge brush and tap the fabric paint onto the cord:
make sure that is well soaked.
Once dry, turn the cord onto the other side and repeat.
...let dry. 

Soak the nuts and the snap hook into acetone, to remove any grease.
Dry with a paper towel and try to don't touch them much.

I used nail polish to paint the "snapping" part of the hook.
try to paint also the under part and the sides.

This is what I came up to paint the bolts without dealing with sticky parts and mess:
I used a cardboard box, punched three holes on each side about 3" apart,
used some twine taped on the outside of the first hole onto the box, then threaded some of the bolts,
then pass it around, more bolts, and again for the last hole.
Some tape on the outside of the box is enough to keep the tension;
keep some distance in between the nuts,
so you can spray paint them on the sides as well.
Once the first coat is done and dry,
just flip the bolts 180 degrees and spray paint the part that was originally on the bottom.
I let it dry overnight.

Now everything is ready to be assembled!

- braiding with bolts - 

make an overhead knot onto the swivel of the snap hook,
keep the three cords neatly flat as much as possible

tape the snap hook onto a surface - ready for braiding

thread a bolt onto the first cord on the left

pass the cord on the right in the center
thread a bolt onto the cord on the right

thread a bolt onto the cord on the left

keep braiding, and adding the bolt onto the cord that is on the external side
the bolts will make a fishbone look 
Once you get to the end, pass the cords onto the split ring neatly
and make an overhead knot as close as you can to the ring
then cut the extra length of the cords on both ends
Use a toothpick (one of my favorite crafting tools!)
and secure cords under the knots with the E6000

make more using your favorite colors!
have fun ;)

xox, d.

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