Stitchin’

  Top: Uniqlo, remixed

Sweater: Uniqlo

Jeans: Levi’s Plus

Shoes: Novo

What’s this? A new post, and not even six weeks after the last one?

It’s cold, grey, wet day in Melbourne today, and I’m procrastinating a few other jobs on my list by doing that embroidered collar tutorial that I promised you. Behold! the first DIY post I’ve done in over a year (the last one was that heart tee remix from the start of 2016, yikes!)

I got the idea for this shirt after seeing a photo of the wonderful Stephanie Beatriz (the actor who plays Det. Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine) wearing a shirt with the words “fuck” and “off” embroidered on the collar. She pulls it off magnificently, but she’s about 193 levels of sass above me, so I thought I’d have a go and DIY myself something similar… but with a slightly less provocative catch phrase.

I chose “Feminist Killjoy” because, well, because I freaking love the phrase, and Stephanie Beatriz may be 193 levels of sass above me, but that doesn’t mean I have zero sass. I wore it and felt fierce and spent the whole day exchanging grins with women on the street and on public transport.

For the tutorial I’ve chosen a very Australian phrase: “Yeah, nah” (International readers – it means no. As opposed to “nah, yeah” which means yes).

For this project you just need a collared shirt, some embroidery thread, and a pencil or a disappearing ink fabric pen.

You can freehand the text straight onto the shirt, but my handwriting is atrocious so instead I used a font generator online and printed out the words to create a template to work from.

If you’re doing it this way the first thing you’ll have to do is position the template on the underside of the collar – make sure you’re using the correct word for each side, I feel like “Off Fuck” would have had a lot less impact!

Once you’re happy with the size and placement of the templates pin them in place (printed side to the fabric)

If you hold the collar up against the window you should be able to see the template through the fabric and you can trace the words on to the right side of the collar. I tend to do little dots, so the fabric doesn’t shift as I drag the pen around.

(Once you’ve got the template inscribed it’s worth going over it again on a flat surface.)

Embroidery floss is usually made up of six strands, which is probably too much for the kind of delicate work that you’re going to sew, so I cut a length and separate the threads so that the line that I sew will be made out of four strands.

Starting at the very beginning of one of the letters (and with the knot on the underside of the collar, but you guys probably could figure that out by yourselves) sew a stitch along the line of the template.

You’re going to be sewing a split-stitch, which is exactly what it sounds like. When you bring your needle back up from the underside, feed it halfway through the first stitch that you did.

Then the next stitch further along the line, and the next one halfway through the previous one. And so on, and so forth. You might have to make slightly smaller stitches around the tight curves.

And voila!

Super easy, and a really great way of fancying up a plain button-down shirt.

If you’re stumped for what to sew, here’s a couple of ideas I’m thinking of for next time:

  • Shine Bright
  • She Persisted
  • Read More
  • Love Thyself
  • Bite Me
  • What. Ever.

Any more ideas? Leave a comment!

 

 

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Kitty collared

Collar: Collar Me Pretty

Cardigan (Eugenie Cashmere, no longer available): Similar Here

Skirt (Society Plus, not currently available): Similar Here

Shoes: Rockport

It seems like I begin every blog post these days apologising for how long it’s been since I last posted, so I’m not doing that any more. This is me: not apologising for how long it’s been between posts. Nope. Not apologising. (But, like, sorry.)

Life’s been a whirlwind lately, but to be honest I’m just running out of puff at bit by the end of the day/week/month. My day-to-day style’s evolving to be a bit less flashy and bloggable too, and I’m sure it would be hilariously boring for you guys to check in every day and see the same. damn. outfit. over. and. over.

Life’s good though, and if you’ve ever worried about me you can always check in on Instagram, where you can discover that this month I’ve 1) been published in a book (eeek!), 2) done a fancy pastry course, 3) sewn a bazillion pink pussy hats, and 4) continued to be totally insufferable about how much I love my job. (You can also check me out on Twitter, but it’s mostly me losing my shit about the NBC TV show Emerald City… you guys know how much The Wizard of Oz means to me).

 Anyhoo. I’ve been doing a bit of crafting lately, which – if my track record is anything to go by – you’ll get a tutorial on in about six months. Projects have included an embroidered collar that was in part influenced by this super-cute kitty collar that I bought about seventeen seconds after seeing it on Etsy.

Collar Me Pretty is a Sydney-based Etsy shop run by the lovely Sev, who makes embellished detachable collars and “dickies” for layering under sweaters.

What with The Rack of Doom, I thought a dickie might be quite a good option, but unfortunately it didn’t work at all on my body. In the future I’d probably go with a simple detachable collar, but once I snipped off the elastic strips off, and sewed the bib to a singlet to help it sit smoothly it worked beautifully under a high-necked sweater.

It’s a really cute way of adding a bit of preppy whimsy to a simple outfit, but (because it’s me) I teamed it with my favourite full midi skirt from Society Plus. The whole ensemble is just a little OTT… just the way I like it!

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