Thursday, June 11, 2009

Designer Inspired Nautical Bejewled Top

This top is based on a tutorial at Carbon Couture on a version of designer Phillip Lim's nautical theme top.
I was able to make this version for under $8, but the stones are a little heavy - a lighter weight t-shirt would not work with as many stones as I used without pulling down the fabric.
Items used:
  • Heavy weight t-shirt
  • Decorative stones (I used 11 total)
  • Amazing Goop Craft Adhesive and Sealant
  • 2 yds of rope (I would recommend getting at least 3 yds - I did not have enough to go all the way around the top-just the front)
  • 1/8th yd. iron on interfacing
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Glue gun and glue stick
  • Needle and thread

I couldn't find any large flat beads at any of the local craft stores, so I resorted to using the decorative stone that you can get at the dollar store.

Glue the stones to the top of the interfacing about an inch apart and press down firmly.

Quickly flip the interfacing over before the glue seeps through and allow the glue to dry.

Once the glue is dry, cut around the stones to allow just enough of the interfacing to stick out that will be covered by the rope (I ended up cutting most of the ones below down further after tieing a piece of the rope around them as it was too wide).

Position the stones on the t-shirt how you want them.

Iron around the edges of the interfacing to tack it to the t-shirt.

After tacking down all of the edges with the iron, turn on the steam and go over all of the stones, then allow to cool off for about 5 minutes.

Turn the t-shirt inside out and iron over the back of the stones then allow to cool about 5 minutes.

Tie the rope around the stones.

Once the rope is in place lightly tack the rope to the interfacing in several places around the rope, then hand stitch the rope to the top.

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