diy: gem embellished shirt

Inspired by the Dolce & Gabbana spring 2012 collection, I decided to DIY my own gem-embellished creation. Unable to find a suitable lacey number to embellish, I settled on a plain white t-shirt instead ($5 from Best & Less). This is a fairly quick and simple DIY. All you need is a top, some fancy looking gems, and craft glue. I still have heaps of gems left over so will be keeping my eye out for more things to embellish. More photos and instructions after the jump.

Bits and pieces. Make sure that the glue is suitable for fabric. The one I picked up is specifically for sticking gems onto things (woo hoo!) and is washable, which is what you want when gluing things to fabric.
Before you glue anything on, lay out the pattern. I stuck to a simple radiating pattern around the neckline.
After you’ve decided on a pattern, it’s time to start gluing. Just dot on a bit of glue to the backs of the gems and start applying. My tip is to stick to bigger sized gems as the smaller ones can get a bit fiddly. 
Also, if you are thinking of creating a really large, intricate pattern, stick to stiffer fabrics. Stretchy fabrics (like cotton t-shirts) may cause the glue to expand and gems to fall off. That’s partly why I stuck to such a small area on this t-shirt.


  1. whitney January 9, 2012

    Yay! Glad to see you did this DIY!
    The shirt actually looks incredible. Love all the different coloured gems – they go so well together.

  2. January 9, 2012

    Amazing job! Look forward to seeing how you're going to incorporate it into an outfit!

  3. Hannah January 9, 2012

    wow oh wow! how fun! how colourful! seriously inspiring there lady πŸ™‚ x

  4. Lightning Heart January 9, 2012

    this is awesome!!!

  5. fashion suicides January 9, 2012

    Oooh, this is so cute! And proabbly very easy! Thanks for the inspiration


  6. soph (owl vs. dove) January 9, 2012

    @whitney: thanks! Decided this one was a must-do.

    @foxtailandfern: I've got a pair of yellow shorts that I'm thinking of pairing it with. Or a black skirt, just to anchor all the colours. Can't wait!

    @Hannah @LightningHeart: thanks ladies!

  7. soph (owl vs. dove) January 9, 2012

    @fashionsuicides: very easy indeed! The hardest part was probably getting all the dried glue off my hands haha

  8. Tara January 9, 2012

    Love the way it turned out! Love the way you used the d and g line as inspiration and made it simpler πŸ™‚

  9. Hannah Percyowl January 9, 2012

    Yay for crafting πŸ˜€

  10. Emma January 9, 2012

    This looks great! And it seems quite simple to make. Will definitely be trying this out when I get a chance!

  11. Megan January 9, 2012

    This looks amazing! I want to try now.

  12. molly January 9, 2012

    This looks amazing, I'll have to try this out for myself!! Great DIY πŸ™‚

  13. S + T January 9, 2012

    THat is amazing!! I want to try my hand at it, maybe on a tank or something πŸ™‚ Or add it to my looong list of when-i-have-spare-time DIYs!!

    Awesome work! xx S

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  14. Amanda January 9, 2012

    oh wow, how cool.. I wanna try this as well =)

  15. Her Persona January 9, 2012

    love it. so easy and clever. a lil like my shoe DIY πŸ™‚

  16. j. January 9, 2012

    ugggggggggh I'm so angry, this looks so perfect! feeling full of jealousy for the shirt and lazy for not thinking of DIYing sooner, this is amazing!

  17. Rebecca Jane January 9, 2012

    I love this idea! So simple but the result looks totally amazing! Definitely going to bookmark this one for my to-try list.

  18. Vicky January 9, 2012

    Looks so great! I also have a project for that coming up and now I know at least how those stones are called πŸ˜‰ thank you..

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  19. Louise January 9, 2012

    Oh whew! This turned out pretty well! I would loooove to see this in an outfit. I think I might do this some time too… so fancy and sleek. πŸ™‚

  20. agnieszka January 9, 2012

    i love the idea!

  21. Miranda / Summertime Den January 9, 2012

    Cute idea!

  22. That is so cute! I love the colourful gems, they remind me of giant boiled lollies.

  23. Jane January 10, 2012

    Wow this looks amazing, you must have so much patience!

  24. soph (owl vs. dove) January 10, 2012

    @Tara: thanks! I can't imagine the time it would have taken to do something like the D&G garments – plus I'm sure they would've used better methods than craft glue haha

    @Hannah: yay indeed!

    @Emma @Megan @molly @S+T @Amanda: I'd love to see what you come up with. I think gems on a black sheer shirt would look pretty special.

    @HerPersona: will have to check it out πŸ™‚

    @j. : the most annoying part was dragging myself out of the house to get supplies haha

    @RebeccaJane: glad you like it!

    @Vicky: glad I could be of help πŸ™‚

    @agnieska @Miranda: thanks

    @Carmen: haha they do too! It kind of reminds me of the circus. Or carnivale. Something celebratory anyway!

    @Jane: really wish I had a bedazzler for this. Gluing on those tiny beads was so fiddly.

  25. BrightWhiteNoises January 10, 2012

    That's well done ! πŸ˜€

  26. tarafilliana January 11, 2012

    wow… nice..

  27. Magali January 11, 2012

    You are super creative! Also love how you photograph things, everything is so clean & white.

  28. Nikki @ The Ginger Diaries January 11, 2012

    This look really cute! If I were handy with glue I'd try it, but I would probably spill it all over the shirt, haha. x

  29. nicole January 11, 2012

    Holy frick this is amazing!
    Where did you get the jewels from? I've been searching for some myself but can never seem to find any.


  30. Christie January 12, 2012

    This is SO great! Love me a good DIY. Definitely having a go myself! Well done xx

  31. Shelbby January 12, 2012

    What a lovely idea!!! Now Following!! – follow me,xo

  32. Desdetenerifeconamor January 25, 2012

    I love this DIY! you've been great! Last year I made a jacket inspired by the collection of D & G, I leave the link and I hope you like!


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