Customising clothes is not something I’ve done for a long long time, so I was intrigued when invited by Next, to customise one of their new season’s denim shirts to see what I could do.
I have two denim jackets that I wear only with very feminine dresses and because for me, double denim has been a no-no, a denim shirt isn’t something I’d have considered had it not been for this opportunity.
It’s difficult to tell from the photographs how soft, lightweight and comfortable the shirt is. In fact I loved it as it was and was a little apprehensive about changing it.
Art is not my strong point, so I needed something that was simple to execute. I also felt it was vital that the customisations reflected my taste so the shirt would “be me”.
As alluded to above, I find denim, (when worn on my top half at least), a little masculine so I wanted to soften the look and make it prettier. I got some broderie anglaise and some flower shaped buttons for the pockets.
I also wanted to put something on the back and was ridiculously excited to find an iron on butterfly. I love butterflies and because I visited a lot of gardens over summer, they featured quite a few times on my blog posts and Instagram feed.
The butterfly took just a few seconds to apply.
Sewing a button is sadly where my talent as a seamstress starts and finishes so I used iron on webbing to attach the broderie anglaise lace.
The little navy flower buttons were only a few pence each…
…and I replaced the top button with one as well as those on the pockets.
I wore it today with skinny jeans also from Next (there are so many styles online, I’m not certain which they are, but they are current season) and navy glittery ballerina pumps.
I love the finished result. It isn’t dramatically different but it’s me and it’s unique. The materials cost less than £2 it is something anyone can do.
Love Liz x
*Blue Black Denim Shirt, Next AW15
Skinny Jeans, Next, AW15
Navy glittery ballerina shoes, Kurt Geiger
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