Tribal Trail.

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Namaste, Hello, Bonjour!

Welcome to my newest DIY project. And I’m totally going crazy over it. In a good way. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

I’m totally high on bead work on clothes and accessories. Have always been. Again, may be it’s the Indian connection. πŸ™‚

As I have already mentioned in my previous post here, that the trends this season are facing east. As with Ikats, Aztecs, Tie and dyes, I see a lot of bead work on shirts, top, shorts, knitwear. A bead work clothing item, must have a place in your wardrobe especially for those times, when you don’t have the ‘time’ to accessorize your outfit. Or if you aren’t too keen on wearing jewellery, in general. You can call it a ‘pre-accessorized’ garment. It really comes handy so make sure to have one.

I saw this first, in December, in a store here in Switzerland. A shirt by Ralph Lauren with bead work! And that is my inspiration. Since then, I have embellished a few clothes from my wardrobe and I’m delighted to present you one of those. (Others will follow too) πŸ™‚

My husband is usually the first audience of my work and calls these attempts a ‘challenge to Ralph Lauren!’ Well, well! I love clothes by Ralph Lauren, very original and inspiring.

So here’s one to ‘the‘ Ralph Lauren and the crafty minds!!!

I got few plain cropped tops from Uniqlo when I was in New York this time. Remember this one? I wore it for the ‘scarf post’.

Cropped Top from Uniqlo

Plain cropped top from Uniqlo!

 

And some bead work bracelets and a headband from Mexico City.

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A hairband and bracelets from Mexico

 

This kind of Aztec jewelry is omnipresent. I have seen it in flea markets on both sides of equator, its pretty much accessible.Β Here, I removed the elastic band of the hairband and just used the bead part and the bracelets, as such.

 

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Arranged the band with pearl head pins at the centre of neckline

 

I sewed this in place. And then made it look more ‘complete’ by sewing some trims around it.

 

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Small pompom trim sewed along to prettify it πŸ™‚

 

Pompom trim is another thing I totally fancy. And like all other ‘eastern’ forms of embellishments, this one is also being used more and more this season.

 

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Sewing a bigger pompom trim around the pattern

 

It works great in contrast with the black beads and adds the brightness I always need somewhere in my clothes πŸ™‚

 

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My neck pattern is ready.

 

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Sleeves still left to be embellished

 

This is a really really stretchy and (yet) baggy top and the sleeves are oversized too. So I had to make some gathers at the sleeve for the bracelet to fit.

 

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Gathers made on sleeve!

 

 

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Sleeve is embellished too!!

 

I decided to keep sleeves at that. No trims on sleeves. That makes the neck more beautifully dominant, at the same time sleeves aren’t ’empty’.

 

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Voila! This is it!

 

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Its wide neck leaves room for some jewellery, so I’m wearing it with a thick bead necklace

 

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Setting a Tribal Trail!

 

That’s all my friends. Really hoping you liked it. Do let me know. Waiting, waiting, waiting to hear! πŸ˜€

Sport a tribal trend and keep apace!

Have a great weekend! See you soon.Till then, take care and stay crafty!Β β™₯

Comments

  1. awesome top & lass ,but where did you got those pompoms

  2. Anonymous says:

    Amazing !

  3. excellent craftsmanship.entirely different n innovative idea of using hairbands n bracelets.GIRLS!!! don;t throw away your unused accessories PS,’s DIY wil give u new ideas for there use.nice work.waiting for the next.

  4. its looking great!!! really nice idea……..

  5. Great creativity !!! Love the make over..

  6. VEry cool Diy.It transformed the plain looking top to something very fun and colorful . love those pompoms.Nikita, where do you get them from?

    • pastlifeseamstress says:

      Thanks so much Ma’am! I got this one from India. But I’ve also bought some pompoms in different colours individually (as in not attached to a trim/lace) from a local papeterie or hobby store.