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!







Cheshire Cute

Frocks and frou frouFrocks and frou frouFrocks and frou frouCardiigan: Gorman (similar here)

Tee-shirt: Uniqlo

Skirt: Basque via Myer

Tights: Sonsee

Boots: Ziera

What a novelty; I’m not wearing a single home-made item today, and every single item (except the cardigan) is currently available to buy! One of the problems with blogging less often than I used to (remember that one time I blogged every single day? That was a crazy time, huh?) is that by the time something makes it on to the blog it’s often no longer available in the shops… sorry!

I’ve hit that point in the season when I feel wholeheartedly uninspired by my wardrobe, so I’ve done an itty bitty bit of secret shopping, including this brilliant Cheshire Cat print tee-shirt from Uniqlo. It’s part of Uniqlo’s new Alice in Wonderland collection, and has a wonderful repeated pattern of chubby Cheshire Cats. It’s a collection based around the (frankly, terrible) live-action Alice Through the Looking Glass movie, but with the highly detailed black and white sketched style of the image I felt like it had more in common with Tenniel’s original Cheshire Cat than Disney’s stripey purple interpretation.

Frocks and frou frouNecklace: Made Bye Meg

Because a tee-shirt full of crazy cats wasn’t quite enough cats for me I added the cat necklace that my friend Pam gave me for Christmas last year. The coppery gold picks up the rich rust colour of the cardigan really nicely, and with grey tights (from Sonsee, naturally) softens the contrast between my black skirt and my brown ankle boots.