Today’s DIY is a little different than usual, as I’m collaborating with Kiley and Caitlin. They are each styling their own pearl collar tops today on their blogs. This certainly isn’t the first (or last) collar DIY that you’ll see, but I love this project because (if you ask me,) the pearl studs I used were pretty awesome. As a crafts nerd, I geek out a little when I find a new supply I love, and these fit the bill. I’m so pleased with how the end result turned out. I’d been bored with this top, and now it’s become something really special that I’ll really look forward to wearing. While gluing on each individual stud is a bit time consuming, it is otherwise incredibly easy to make and will withstand visits to the dry cleaner. Read on for the tutorial; and when you’re done, be sure to stop by A Sequin Dress at Breakfast and Style Within Reach for some fabulous styling inspiration. I love that they both styled the top so differently!
1. Lay out your studs to determine how they will fit. // 2. Individually apply a drop of glue to each stud; and apply them to the collar. // 3. Gradually apply each stud; pressing down firmly. // 4. Continue to line up your studs in neat little rows.
5. Continue along, in net little rows. // 6. Begin working from the other side. // 7. As you get closer to the middle section, you won’t be able to continue your pattern. Fill this area in with studs in a uniform fashion. // 8. You are done! Allow to dry overnight.