A couple of weeks ago I wrote a Babble post about graphic tees. As I was searching around the web for some awesome picks, I came across this one from Nordstrom. When I first saw the thumbnail, I didn’t get it. Then I clicked to enlarge it and still didn’t get it. Then I saw the name — “Sequin Spray,” and suddenly it was the best graphic tee I’d ever seen. I mean, sequin spray?? I need to get me some of that.
For a week after I saw it, I kept thinking about it. But of course with an $185 price tag, I wasn’t about to go out and buy it. So I did what I always do when I can’t afford something that I love — I duplicate it.
Solid color tee (mine is this one from Target, and I sized up so it would be loose)
3/4 yard sequin trim (mine was this one from Jo-Anns — it was much cheaper in the store & I used a coupon)
black paint pen
Step 1. Try on your shirt and determine where you want the spray bottle positioned. Make a mark with a pencil or washable pen/marker. Then take off the shirt and sketch out the entire bottle.
Step 2. Using your paint pen, carefully draw the spray bottle. Go slowly and make short strokes and small dots.
When you’re done, your shirt should look something like this. Use your iron or the dryer to heat seal the paint.
Step 3. Next, determine how long of strips you need to make the spray. Wrap the trim in tape where you want to cut, then cut through the middle of the tape.
Lay your strips where you want them and determine their positioning. I ended up curving and angling mine to make the spray curves, rather than cutting through the sequins. In the parts I did have to cut, I used a lighter and burned the edges to seal them and prevent fraying.
Step 4. Pin your sequin strips to your fabric in your desired position…
…then carefully lift up sections of your pinned trim and glue into place.
Once your sequins are glued into place, carefully sew around the entire spray with your sewing machine on a wide stitch.
And you’re done! A $185 tee for about $15.
Care Instructions: hand wash only. the paint pen should withstand the washer & dryer, the sequins will not.