Friday, March 25, 2011

sequin stripe tee

J.Crew (among other places) has quite the selection of sequined clothing items right now. But did you know you can make your own with some sequin trim (it comes on a roll, like ribbon!), an under-used tee shirt, and some fabric glue?

Welcome to the Good Life made her own shirts and added sequins, but I had this white t-shirt that gets very little use (because I prefer its v-neck sister), so I did a little revamp instead.

J.Crew sampling: left, middle, right

  • T-shirt
  • Sequin trim (saw it at both Michael's & JoAnn's)
  • Fabric glue (that can go through the wash)
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
First put the cardboard between the layers of the shirt so the glue doesn't soak through. Then use another piece of cardboard as a straight edge to apply a line of glue. Press down trim over the glue and repeat (I wanted thicker stripes, so I put two rows right next to each other). Measure desired width between stripes and apply glue for the next one, and so on.
I left a little extra when I snipped the trim at the ends of the rows so that I could apply some extra glue (or fray check stuff) to secure the ends, and then tidied up and cut them straight.

Follow the directions on your glue bottle for dry times (and wash instructions), and then voila, you can wear an $8 kinda knock-off version of a sequin stripe tee.

And here it is on (sort of awkward self-portrait, but I was home alone at the time...)



  1. Wow, I love it! And no sew?? This is great, since i love to create but don't have a sewing machine!

  2. i really like it! will definitely be trying it out

  3. This is a great and simple idea for a revamp!

    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 60 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas – and this month I’m upcycling lots of clothes and trying to feature lots of the links too!
    Do come and take a look!

  4. hey so I came across this post a little while ago, and decided to try it out for myself! check it out at:

    love what you did! I did mine a bit differently, with glitter ribbon instead, thanks for the inspiration!


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