The t-shirt can never be underestimated as comfortable, practical mum-wear, but there are so many options other than your average basic tee, with interesting cuts, prints of every kind and embellishments to lift the humble t-shirt to a new level.
A gorgeous tee caught my eye on a shopping trip recently, it was so simple yet the detail added a little something to dress it up. I had a closer look and being the thrifty type I am, thought I can do that so I gave it a whirl.
You will need:
- Imitation pearls with holes in – I used around 20 in size 12mm
- Grosgrain* ribbon – 2m to be safe, slightly wider than the width of the pearls *the one with the ridges, but you could use any ribbon.
- Thick sewing thread – or double up some regular thread for strength
- T-shirt – This one was from Primark, £4 but you could revamp one you already have
You are essentially making a necklace then attaching it to the t-shirt.
How to do it:
- To decide where to start with the ribbon leave enough ribbon loose to drape and tie at the back of the neck to part way around the neckline. Tie a knot in the ribbon at this point.
- Sew a running stitch (basic up, down, up, down stitch). But with each up, thread on a pearl, put the needle back through to the other side of the ribbon and thread on another pearl, then back up, thread pearl, and so on.
- Evenly space the stitches and pull the thread as you go along and the ribbon should gather. If not, leave wider gaps between stitches.
- Lay the necklace around the neckline to decide how far round you want the detail to go.
- When you’re happy (and on the next up pearl) tie a knot in the ribbon and secure the end of the thread through the knot.
- Cut the loose end of ribbon to the same length as the other side.
- You could leave it there and just wear it as a statement necklace.
- If you want the full look, try the t-shirt on and lay the necklace around to decide where to position it.
- Then place a few small stitches on each side where the knots lie to attach it to the t-shirt.
- Leave the ends loose to tie.
Tips for choosing a basic tee:
- Look for a looser fit and finer jersey so it will drape well. This will look more expensive than a figure-fitting, short t-shirt.
- If you’re busty choose a scoop neck t-shirt.
- If you’ve got a smaller bust go for a crew neck.
Make it your own:
Experiment with colours and types of bead and ribbon. I also made this with a coral tee and cream ribbon with pearls. Go tribal with a selection of wooden beads or buttons or go glam with metallic beads and ribbon.