Let’s patch up…again!

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Namaste! Bonjour! Hello! Friends,

Thank you for stopping by 🙂 How have you been? I’m so happy to see you here. I’ve got a really interesting and simple sewing project for you, which could also be a ‘crafty’ way to wear a saree to work 🙂

We all have a boring grey/black/white shirt, sometimes the only thing interesting about which is, its label. Here’s mine…

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The label clearly stands out better than the shirt itself. If you’re wondering why did I even buy it then, it is really good quality cotton and I wanted a long shirt and most importantly, it was on sale!

This project is about this grey shirt and how to make people notice you, even in grey. I’ve done a very simple thing…added a shoulder patch. Hence the title, ‘again’ because I’ve already done a patch work project…if you’ve missed it, its right here. The shoulder patches like elbow patches, are more popular winter trends but I’ve tried it on a shirt. Which is nothing new, they have been appearing on uniforms for centuries.

How I have executed it, in terms of material used and embellishments, is what is new.

Shoulder patch plays to your advantage by making your shoulders look square and sharp. The shirt looks smarter and you look more assertive. And stylish. Keep reading and see the transformation yourself.

Are you looking for the saree I was talking about few lines ago? Well, I used the border of an old saree of my mum (thanks mum, if you’re reading this), as a patch material and some sequins. Thats all. Check it out.

Step 1: Iron the shirt and the saree border (after you have separated it from the saree).

Step 2: Place it on the shoulder (a little below the shoulder, more towards the front) and make a marking at a point where it reaches the collar.

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Step 3: After marking…

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and…

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Step 4: Place it on one side and tuck one corner under itself near the collar, this way.

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Step 5: Fix the border to the shirt with the pearl head pins so that it doesn’t slip away while sewing…

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Step 8 : ‘Blingo-fy’ it with these…saree border,shoulder patch, shirt designs, shirt design for women, DIY, crafts, sewing projects, girls, women's wear, office wear

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Step 10:  Another line of smaller sequins and follow the same of other side too. You’re done!

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Do you agree that it looks at least a wee bit better now??

And this is how I wore it ….

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…with a vintage necklace from a crafts’ fair in India with vintage earrings from a local store in India.

Even a small bit of saree makes an outfit noticeable.

I’m taking some bling behind the desk….

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…..are you ready ??

Let me know. I’m listening.

Happy DIY-ing.

Credits: Shirt by Remanika (from India), Jeans by Mango (from Barcelona), Necklace comes from a local crafts’ fair, earrings from a local store in India, Silver grey clutch bag (a gift from mum-in-law), the Phulkari shawl appearing in backdrop of some pictures was given to be by my mother as part of wedding trousseau.

Comments

  1. what a nice shirt and idea

  2. good job mam , it couldn’t have been better. now i will ask my mom to keep her worn out sarees to make some other stylish outfits n surely under your innovative patronage.

  3. this is really innovative !! gr8 going ..

  4. i never had the idea that a worn out cotton saree’s border can adorn a shirt and make it a mark of style.beautifully crafted.perfectly presented.keep it up. i will preserve all my old sarees for your future endeavours.waiting for your next creation

  5. Akanksha says:

    Stellar job! I would love to see a metallic shoulder-patch on a dainty sheer fabric top 🙂

  6. Nice idea!! Keep up the good work.. Love your creativity!!