Sequins Embellished Tee!
When we moved from SoCal to Charlottesville, VA, we took in some of my parents’ old stuff that had been sitting in storage for many years. And when I say “some stuff” I mean about 7,000 lbs. of furniture, Christmas lights, kitchen supplies, china, crystal, Turkish rugs, all of my family albums, etc. We still haven’t unpacked all of it. One of the things I just found in one of the drawers was a couple of Ziplock plastic baggies full of these babies:
That, my friends, is sequins. Vintage sequins, strung up in gorgeous strands of pastels, neons and deep jewel tones. Just look at how pretty they are! Like candy.
I took like 100 pictures of these, but I’ll stop here at the two. So, why all the sequins? In the late 80s, my mom went through a pretty serious sequins and beading phase. She used to sit in front of the television with needle and thread in hand, and she would embellish and embroider our blouses with beads and sequins. Sometimes she did freehand designs of swirls and flowers. But often, she’d buy a graphic tee and embellish it with the very same sequins in that plastic bag that was stuffed into a drawer. So, I decided to do it, too!
I picked up this t-shirt at Target and got to work. If you’ve never handsewn sequins before, you should check out this tutorial on Melly Sews. I chose a few colors and went to town adding some sparkle to this t-shirt. Here’s what it looks like now:
All glammed up! And here’s me looking into a glowing orb that portends the future:
Do you know what I see? I see me showing you how I made those cute bangles I’m wearing! When I saw those pretty strands of sequins, I wanted to wear them just as they were. So I made some sequins bracelets! Check out the tutorial in my next post!