The Art of Darkness

Spidery Shirt Makeover

June 14th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Spider ShirtHere’s a super-simple way to give a plain dress shirt a whimsically gothic facelift. If you can sew on a button and do a plain backstitch, you can whip this up in a couple of hours. (Click thumbnail for bigger.)

You will need:

  • Buttoned dress shirt, white or some other light color
  • Black buttons the same size as the shirt’s buttons
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Grey or silver embroidery floss
  • Thread
  1. Remove the buttons from the dress shirt and sew the black buttons in their place.
  2. Use the black floss to embroider spider legs around each buttonhole (it helps to button the shirt to figure out where to place the legs).
  3. Use the grey floss to embroider a spiderweb on the pocket (or, if the shirt doesn’t have a pocket, on a corner of the collar): Stitch intersecting straight lines and then stitch a widening spiral. Here are some easy instructions if you aren’t sure what you’re doing.
  4. If desired, stitch an extra button to the web and embroider legs on it as well.
  5. Done! Couldn’t be easier.

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