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« on: December 13, 2012 09:50:50 AM »

I am looking for a shirt to wear for a new years party I am attending. I really like this shirt at H&M  but there's not a H&M store in my area and there's no online ordering/shipping for the US. And to be honest, I'd prefer it in a different color as I have a black skirt and a black blazer I'll be wearing with it. I read an article on a sewing website which gave me a brief tutorial about a good method of sewing beads on the shirt, but that seems like it would take a really long time. I'm lazy and will probably only be wearing this once. I could stencil on the design, but I'd prefer a more 3D (non-puffy paint) effect. Is there a good way to glue on beads? I'd prefer not to use glitter, but I'd also prefer that the beads not to fall off my shirt all night.

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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012 07:39:38 PM »

You could buy sequin trim and hand-tack it onto a plain black tank top. If you would truly rather glue it, make sure to put cardboard inside the shirt and use a glue designed for fabric, such as Fabri-Tac.

« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2012 09:25:28 AM »

Beware of stretch! Stretchy fabric is the downfall for much glued or sewn on bling.

If your fabric is non-stretchy, and you are not concerned about long term wear ability, you can lay the shirt out flat and sew or glue on just about anything. If the anything is heavy and the shirt material is lightweight, stabilize by adding a layer of interfacing or self fabric behind the design. If you are making the top from scratch it's easiest to apply the design to the front piece then assemble the garment. 

Stretchy fabric is really hard on glued on decorations. If you put a stretchy t-shirt flat on a table, glue on decorations, then put the top on, the top will stretch to fit on your body, but the design will not and the shirt will pucker around it. It also puts stress on the area so the design won't last, if the stretch is too limited even pulling it on over your head could cause the decorations to pop off.

To apply decorations to a stretchy, put it on and have someone pin the decorations in place using oodles of tiny safety pins. Heavy decorations can pull a stretchy out of shape, so interface or use two layers of fabric. When gluing or sewing the design, stretch the shirt to fit the pined on decoration.

When decorations are properly applied to stretchies, the garments look a little weird on the hanger, with puckers around the decorations. When the garment is worn, the material will stretch smooth.

Sewing any decoration on by hand can be time consuming. Someone else already suggested stretch sequin trims. These are great because they will stretch right along with stretchy fabric and can be applied with a sewing machine.

One method of beading that might work with this design is applying strings of beads. I've used this method with lightweight beaded Christmas garlands on belly dance costumes. Get your design on the front of the shirt with chalk, string, whatever method you like. Lay strings of beads along each line. Cut the strings as necessary, gluing the ends (hot glue Ok). Thread a needle and pick a starting point at the end of a design line. If you can stitch through the hole of the bead, do that. Otherwise, just stitch over the thread between the first and second beads. Skip a few beads (3 - 8 beads, depending on size and weight), then stitch over the thread again. Continue to the end of the line, knot the thread and cut it.

The advantage of this method is that if you don't want to wear the shirt again the beads can easily be removed and reused for another project.

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012 06:57:30 PM »

Another idea is iron on crystals. You can get them at most craft stores. Micheals has them and you can use the coupon. They are super bling-y and you just place and iron. Very fast. This is easier too if it's stretchy because it only sticks to the one small area you attach it to, unlike a trim that goes for a distance.

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