|Beaded collar on oxford button down shirt|
A significant trend for fall is bold embellishment with beads, sequins, lace and trim. We talked about embellishment in the July 5, 2012 post 'Fall 2012 Embellishment Trends.' The Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 Collection leads the embellishment trend with coats and dresses dripping in oversize crystals (see the collection at style.com).
Gold sequins frame the face on the beaded cotton oxford cloth shirt at right. The beading transforms the traditional shirt from ordinary to favorite blouse in the closet. What could you not wear this shirt with?
In the July 15, 2012 blog post we constructed a french blue traditional shirt. While the shirt features clever collar and neckband construction, we missed the opportunity to update the shirt with a beaded collar. Since we're just getting into the fall fashion season I decided to add the beading and enjoy the shirt this winter.
For beads I like to shop at firemountaingems.com. For a wonderful variety of sequins try ccartwright.com.
My goal was a beautiful collar achieved with easy sewing techniques; I definitely did not want to spend a weekend beading the collar. I found a scrap of beaded lace in my stash from a cocktail dress I made four years ago. You can argue that the lace is too fine to just use the center motifs, but it has been in my stash four years and it's high time I used the lace.
|Beaded lace scrap|
|Chiffon and lace cocktail dress with "creative" draping; note the beaded lace under the chiffon!|
|Cut out one motif|
Next I removed the outer row of beading. Fit is perfect; I don't want the motif touching my neck as the beads can irritate skin. I cut out six motifs from the scraps.
|Trim away the outer row from the motif; now the applique fits the collar width|
It took all of twenty minutes to hand fell stitch the six motifs in place.
|Thread collar matches lace|
|Embellished collar is complete|
|A half hour of sewing is time well spent|
|Beads added to collar, fabric loop strip over buttonholes|
|I added 6mm embossed iridescent black rings and glass rainbow seed beads to this blouse|
Step One: Knot the thread, pass it through the right side of the collar, catch a sequin and bead on the thread.
|Knot will be hidden under first sequin/bead combination|
|Single loop of thread holds bead to sequin|
Step Four: Create a loop with thread and pass threaded needle through loop to secure. Travel with needle to next bead location.
|Knot thread after each bead to secure and prevent loose threads|
|Loose beads because they were secured with one needle/thread pass|