I love things that are a little over the top. There are certainly times when I prefer a minimalist approach to decor or clothing, but I’m usually wishing it was a little sparklier/bigger/brighter/goldier (is that a word?) than it already is.
I love dresses and tops that are adorned with sequins and gemstones, but they can feel a bit too dressy for everyday life.
I thought it would be fun to use those giant neon gemstones on a sweatshirt to dress them down a little bit and shape them into a cheerful phrase instead of just having them around the collar.
The process is similar to the DIY sequin phrase top I did earlier this year, but the gemstones make an even bolder (and more colorful!) statement.
– plain sweatshirt
– large sewable resin gemstones (mine are 13 x 18mm)
– jewel glue or fabric glue
– X-Acto knife or scissors
– straight pins
– needle and thread (optional)
I first laid out my gemstones to see how many rows wide and deep I wanted each letter to be. I figured out that 9 gems tall and 3 gems across was a good height and width for the lines of the letters.
So, I printed out a font that would match that height and width (I used Function Pro Bold). The “H” was a little too wide for me, so I made a small fold in the middle of the letter to bring the two sides closer together.
Once my phrase was printed and taped the correct width apart, I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the phrase, and I pinned it to the front of my sweatshirt.
I would choose a fabric top that’s a little thicker like a sweatshirt or something else with a small, tight knit if possible. Most gemstones have settings with little prongs that could catch on delicate fabric, so choose something with a little more weight to avoid that happening.
Next I simply began to glue the gems into the empty space by starting at the bottom and building each row up from there. I used three different colors of gems to create an ombre effect.
Once the paper form was filled in, I let the glue completely dry, and then used a needle and thread to sew each gemstone onto the sweatshirt as well.
Gluing the gemstones down first makes them much easier to sew later. If you feel confident in your jewel glue, you may not have to do the sewing step, but since I plan on machine washing the sweatshirt in the gentle cycle, I wanted the extra stability of the thread.
So fun, right?! I think this idea would also be great with one big monogram letter (like just a “G” for my last name) or other characters like a hashtag, ampersand, exclamation point, or even a heart!
I think it looks so cute with a skirt, but I’ve also been wearing it with just jeans and a pom-pom hat, so it’s pretty versatile. This top makes a big statement for how easy it is to complete. What would you put on yours? xo. Laura
Clever idea. It is fun to have a passion in design. I like very much making tutu dresses and skirts.
This is really great idea and nice decorative motif. Originality is perfect.
This is gorgeous!!! x
Great job on making the jewels so symmetrical! I’d totally fail at that part.
Lovely colours choices and the leather skirt was a great choice!
Have you ever thought of cutting a bob? In the mirror shot it kinda looks like you did… pretty sure it would look awesome on you!
Sooo cute! The perfect way to add a pop of color and little pizzazz to an outfit.
Oh my gosh, this is so cute!!
Super cute! Love this idea.
I don’t think I could ever pull this off, but it looks so great on you, Laura!
I love how simple the process is and it doesn’t look like it is a DIY (the best kind of DIY in my opinion). I can’t wait to make one for New Year’s Eve. Nothing like letting your clothes do all the talking 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
This is so cute! I love it!
so cute! love the matching clutch!
This is a definite statement piece. A lot could be done with this idea. I love the sweater you chose to do it on, and the skirt you paired it with.
So cute – and very fashionable!
Most fabric glue is made to be washed and that’s why I sewed the jewels as well as glued to make it extra sturdy so I could machine wash on gentle. If you’re worried though, hand washing is fine 🙂
Most fabric glue is made to be washed and that’s why I sewed the jewels as well as glued so I could machine wash on gentle. If you’re worried though, hand washing is fine 🙂
You are right Joey, they do pull down a bit on the shirt (but I’ve had other shirts do the same if they have heavy embellishments). That’s another reason to go with a bit of a thicker fabric, OR, you can make your design smaller, use smaller gemstones, or just do an outline of something instead of filling it all in. Any one would be cute!
It’s an amazing idea! Love it!