Flower Embellished Shirt

Months ago I cleaned out my closet… a fall cleaning of sorts. I donated most of the clothes, and left a few shirts to the side in hopes to upcylce them into something amazing. I kept a bright red sheer button down top I bought at Express a few years ago. It no longer fits nor is it really my style any more. I figured I could cut it up and make it into something great… although the thought of cutting up an uber expensive Express shirt instantly ran chills down my spine. I finally gained enough courage and began cutting that expensive shirt that no longer fits. I decided to make sheer fabric flowers to dress up an inexpensive Target tee.


Sheer fabric (like an uber expensive Express shirt)

Inexpensive T-shirt to jazz up

Sewing machine, thread, hand sewing needle, scissors

Pearl beads

I cut  14 pieces of sheer fabric.

I then pinned pieces of the sheer fabric together to make sure I liked the design before sewing.

1. I began experimenting by cutting out odd shapes on the sheer fabric. Once I acheived this “butterfly” like shape I then started replicating it.

2. I then placed one horizontal and one vertical.

3. I folded it in half 4. and in half again! To make a triangle of sorts…

I then ran the folded triangle through my machine.

This is what it looked like after I ran it through my machine.

After all my sheer flowers were sewn I then lined them up again. I used four fabric squares for my bottom flower and three for my top flower.

Once you’ve decided how you want the flower to look get your needle and thread out and begin hand sewing the pieces together.

I made a few passes through the flower and then added the pearl bead on to the flower, and then attached it to the shirt.

Here is what the finished shirt looks like!

Does the necklace look familiar? I blogged about making this simple Pearl Ribbon Necklace, and it just happens to match the shirt perfectly!


  1. Very nice! The flowers add so much to the tee!

  2. Very pretty! Good idea 🙂

  3. Adorable! Love the color combo. The necklace is the perfect – final touch! I am also a little envious of the t-shirt when here in NH it is 25 degrees. Jealous!!

    • Thanks! Will it make you feel any better if I told you that it was 50 degrees when I took the photo?!?! That’s prime freezing winter weather for us Floridians (and it’s going to be in the 20’s tonight)!

  4. The blue shirt looks great with the red flowers, and definitely with the necklace!!!

  5. I love it, Katie! Frugal and adorable, and looks great with the necklace.

  6. This is such an adorable idea! Great way to jazz up a basic t-shirt!

  7. Thanks for sharing! I’m beginner in sewing but, I will try it for my wife. That’s for sure.

  8. Bravo, excellent ! je vais décorer mes vêtements grâce à toi. Merci !


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