28 April 2012

{DIY} studded sleeveless blouse

I'm so happy with this DIY studded sleeveless blouse I made today! It was inspired by a shirt I saw at Urban Outfitters.

Sparkle & Fade Constellation Shirt
for sale here

First find a button-down shirt to start off with. It can be old or new and it doesn't have to be white. Choose whatever color you like! I chose to use an old shirt I got from H&M a while back.

shirt I started with. I got it at H&M for about $12 at full price.

The first thing you want to do is cut off the sleeves. There are two ways you can do this: 1) you can gently rip the seams with a seam ripper or scissors, if you can manage that; 2) you could cut along the seams. I chose to do the latter as it would hold up better. If you want the frayed look then I recommend using the seam ripper. When you're removing the sleeves you want to be very careful, so take your time when doing this.

I cut along the seam. The threads are still in tact, so hopefully the edges will not fray too much.

After you've removed the sleeves, all you have to do is add your studs. For studs, there are a lot of different choices with different looks. Try going to ebay or studsandspikes.com. You can add them anywhere you like. I put mine on the collar for a more subtle look, like the sparkle and fade top. If you've got enough you could even cover the back of your shirt. I would've liked to do the pocket as well, but I didn't have enough studs left over for that. After you put your studs on, you're done!! Ta-da ~! You now have a cute "new" trendy top that's perfect for summer.

my finished product