I had two broken things. My husband’s old white business shirt. Frayed, thread-bare and ready for the rag bin. An old necklace, long ago tugged on by a baby and left in heap of forgotten yellow beads. Two broken things and an idea.
I have always loved false collars. There’s something a little rebellious, a little geeky and a little nostalgic about them. What a lovely alchemy to bring broken things back to life.
DIY Beaded Collar
You will need:
- An old men’s shirt (the shirt needs to be old, not the man)
- Needle and thread
- A little bit of time (maybe watch something good on the telly while you stitch)
How to make it:
- Cut the collar away from the shirt, making sure that you stay close to the edge to avoid stray fraying. I found it easiest to cut first and then trim.
- Arrange the beads in a way that looks lovely. It helps to try the collar on first, just so that you can see where the beads will actually sit. You can either free-wheel, or trace a light pattern with a lead pencil first.
- Get stitching.
- Wear your new creation and look all kinds of awesome.
How to wear it
A beaded collar looks particular cute peeking out from a black turtleneck sweater or a dress with a high round neckline. Or you can use it dress up an existing collar – just tuck the existing one under the neckline. A stand alone collar can look very sweet on barer skin with a t-shirt. Just keep in mind it’s quite the statement piece, so keep your earrings minimal.
If you want some inspiration for both creating a beaded collar and wearing one, check out my Pinterest board: Fashion: How to wear a false collar.