DIY Fashion

DIY | Let your Fashion Speak: DIY Embroidered Collar Tee

Fashion as we know it can be regarded as a simple layer of clothes or as a statement. It may be political, or funny, or simply without a meaning. I like that about fashion, and I like that I can say something about myself without actually saying something. I just have to wear a damn shirt, in the most basic way so to speak. And everyone knows the power of words, that is why I like this project: It uses a craftsmanship like embroidery to help me express something. Or to just be funny. But that lies in the eye of the beholder!

The art of embroidery

Let’s talk embroidery for a moment! For embroidery is an old handicraft which doesn’t seem to have changed very much over the course of a few centuries. This means that embroidery from China dated back to the 5th–3rd century BC doesn’t differ much from the embroidery you find today. I find that so remarkable! Of course people depict different subjects now, and the process has been mechanized, but the basic technique stays the same. Which makes me wonder why I haven’t pursued this craft earlier. It’s definitely time!

Learn the basic stitches in this video:

The tutorial

You need:

  • A white tee
  • Embroidery frame
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Pencil

This one’s really easy: Clamp the t-shirt into the frame, take the collar area of course. Make it real tight! Now write your slogan with a pencil on the area directly below the collar, following its form. Use whatever font you like (and can embroider). I decided to use simple capital letters.

Time to embroider: Thread the floss, and let’s go! I used a simple back stitch because I’m just not experienced enough, but you can of course use any kind of stitch you like.

Carefully embroider every letter. You don’t even need that much floss and can work with scraps here.

Finish the job with a knot, carefully remove the embroidery frame and iron your shirt. That’s it!

I am so in love with this shirt, and so glad I took these words. I can imagine doing like a million different shirts like this (or this), always with a different quote for a different statement. Furthermore, behold, this work only took about 1 hour! Crazy how easy this was. I bet it can even look cooler with a more advanced style. I need to practice this asap! What do you think?

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  • Reply
    28th June 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I LOVE this idea. I remember in middle school I saw some cool embroidered shorts and promptly made my own pair (not really to my mom’s approval). This is such a cooler, updated version of adding some thread!

    xx Pia

    • Michelle
      28th June 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you very much, that’s so nice of you to say! Once in school I embroidered the name of my favourite TV show on a pair of jeans So I’ve come a long way!

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    29th June 2017 at 4:57 pm

    This is such a unique idea and I love how it automatically personalises your fashion choices. I love the text along the collar but would love to apply this technique to other garments and other locations as well! Thanks for an awesome DIY and some incredible creative inspiration!

    Rae | LFB Blogazine

    • Michelle
      29th June 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you for the nice words! Of course this works anywhere and with any garment you want!

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    30th June 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I was doing this in school! I love it so much! Going to make it again! Great idea!

    • Michelle
      30th June 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you very much, you must show me the results!

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    7th July 2017 at 7:10 pm

    This is a really cute idea, I am constantly seeing tees in the shops with embroidery on and thinking that must be easy! Maybe it is time to give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly

    • Michelle
      7th July 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Yes, it’s definitely easy and worth a try! And you can personalize it

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    Hilary L Hahn
    19th July 2017 at 8:37 am

    Love this! V. cute, and refreshing DIY…hope to try it…now onto think of what to say!
    California Dreamin? or something else!

    • Michelle
      19th July 2017 at 8:50 am

      That sounds good! It’s so difficult because you can write everything!

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