Refashion It! Embroidered Shirt – Super easy project for ‘refashion beginners’

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Hi there!

I managed to squeeze in a refashion project in my crazy busy week. While watching one of the most brainless shows on German television (it was a thursday night, guess what it was 😛 ) I embroidered the neckline of a simple grey tee I bought for £3.50 at Primark.

As you know, I don’t go clothes shopping anymore since I prefer to re-/upcycle or sew things myself. Occasionally, I go and buy a pile of basic shirts to wear under my sleeveless dresses, though. I just did this last week and bought grey, black and navy longsleeved tees.

embroidered shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comI love wearing these and thought about how to make them look a bit more chic without overdoing it, since they will be worn underneath most of the time. Because the neckline is often still visible, I decided to use a few tube beads to embroider the neckline.embroidered shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comembroidered shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comembroidered shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comI used greyish-blue tube beads and sewed them onto the topstitching of the neckline binding. I didn’t sew the beads onto the binding itself, since I thought they might be too heavy for the light stretch fabric, pulling it down with the result of the neckline gaping open.

embroidered shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comI didn’t use one continuous thread, but knotted it off after every 10cm/4” or so. In case the thread should break, I won’t have to redo the whole thing.embroidered shirt by

It took quite some time.(Cough –  three hours – cough!) Somehow everything I sew takes at least twice as long as I thought it would –  can anybody relate to that or am I the only one underestimating the time factor?

I love my new shirt. It definitely doesn’t look like it was just £3.50, so the time was absolutely worth it. Sometimes it’s really some small touches that make a garment work.

If you are into embroidery – here are some of my other projects you might like:

embellished sweater           blazer refashion by

Button and Beads Bracelet           tutorial jewelry case

Happy weekend everyone!

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11 thoughts on “Refashion It! Embroidered Shirt – Super easy project for ‘refashion beginners’

  1. Schöne Idee! Ich hatte vor einiger Zeit eine Ähnliche als ich auf einem Markt polnische Spitze entdeckte. Vom Prinzip will es auch um den Ausschnitt eines einfachen Shirts nähen …

  2. Wow I wish I had your patience. And it took you only one episode to sew the beads on? By the way, I really had to laugh about the placement of the beads on your Hippo travel bag, hihi. But so cute!

  3. Omg- what a great way to dress up a comfy top! I’m loving this one so much! I’m not very good at hand sewing, but I’ve seen cheater bead strands that I think I could work with- I’m inspired!

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