A few weeks ago, I held a DIY workshop in the Google offices in Paris, in partnership with Google themselves and a couple of French brands named Mim (clothing company) and La Mercerie Chic (super cool online haberdashery). We cusomised denim shirts, they looked awesome ! And because there were so many smiles around the table, we reaslied we had to keep collaborating in some shape or form – I mean, affordable clothes + DIY ideas = perfect wardrobe, right ?! And so here is the first tutorial of what should be a very fun collaboration between Clones N Clowns and Mim : a rhinestone embellished sweatshirt. And what’s more, the sweatshirt has a criss-cross finish, could this project get any more 2013?!
To customise this sweatshirt, I found some pretty acrylic stones from New Trimmings on Noel Street, London. I also used accessory glue and a needle and thin nylon thread. Please note : so that you can sew your stones on, you want to make sure they have tiny holes on each side.
Step 1 : I always practice my design before getting the glue out… And I make sure I take a picture on my phone when I’ve got what I want, just in case I inappropriately sneeze… I have gathered a few sweatshirt inspiration pins on a Rhinestone Embellished Sweatshirt Pinterst board, so you can use it for inspiration if you need it.
Step 2 : Put a drop of glue behind each stone, picking them up one by one.
Step 3 : And place them back on the sweatshirt, with light pressure to stick them down.
Step 4 : When the glue is dry, secure your stones by sewing them in place with a needle and nylon thread. Nylon thread is great because you just can’t see it ! Make sure you get dark thread if you’re sewing onto a dark sweatshirt and fully transparent if you’re sewing on a lighter colour.
There will be more pics and a fun gif on Mim’s blog a little later on in the day – I’ll link through when it’s up ! I’m wearing my sweatshirt from Mim with added rhinestones, a shirt from Esprit, Vero Moda jeans, a beanie from H&M and a Topshop pouch.
What do you think ?! I’m so pleased I have finally DIYed a rhintestone sweatshirt, I have been longing to ever since I saw this J Crew sweater and then this one on a blog…And you guys seemed pretty excited about the idea on Facebook too so I thought why not – and tadaaaa, I love it. Don’t you ?! Let me know if you have a go, I always love receiving your photos and feedback.
Have a great weekend ! xx