I love to sew and I made this top a while back, but hardly ever wore it. It was just a black top and rather plain. It just did not look right. I played with the idea of adding some embroidery, but hesitated as the fabric was a very stretchy knit and I did not want to add a lot of stabilizer. Then it hit me, why not add some bling. After all, I have a Silhouette Cameo, so how hard could it be. I was right, it turned out to be quite easy. As there may be new Silhouette owners who are hesitant to give it a try, I want to explain how I did it and to challenge you to give it a go. It is a lot of fun.
First trace the neckline on some paper and mark the center point (you only need half a neckline). Scan it and save it as a JPEG. Open it in the Silhouette software.
Next open your design with the merge option (File > Merge) so that it opens on the same page. It does not have to be a rhinestone design. A filled shape, a line drawing, or even a font (if it is big enough) will work.
If the shape of your design does not match the neckline drawing, you may be able to ungroup it and use just one element that then can be repeated. The teardrop in the above example can be used to make something similar to the design on my top. Or find a small design in the library and arrange it along the neckline drawing. Here is an example with the Moroccan flower from the Silhouette library.
After ungrouping the design delete the two small and the large petal at the top. Arrange the design along the neckline. To jazz it up a bit more copy one of the large petals and added it in between the designs.
Select all the petals and click on the Rhinestone icon and select Edge and 6ss for the size of rhinestones or whatever size you prefer.
You can add placement holes for single stones with the single click option. To delete a hole first click on the Release Rhinestone option and then select the right one and hit delete.
After that just select and copy the designs on the left side and mirror them to the right side.
Load the template material into the Silhouette and cut the design at the recommended settings and make sure the neck placement line is not selected (either delete or deselect). Lift the template material off the backing and all the little dots will remain on the backing. If a few remain in the template material they are easily pushed out. Place the template on the backing board that is included in the starter kit. Pour a liberal amount of rhinestones on the template and use the Silhouette brush to brush them in the little holes. Most of them land right side up, but a few may have to be turned around (use either tweezers or the little Silhouette pick). After all the holes are filled apply the special transfer paper and lift the whole design up and transfer it to your T-shirt or other clothing article. Cover the design with a thin cloth and press with an iron. There are lots of YouTube videos if you need a refresher course on how to do this. Because my top was made of a very stretchy knit a couple of rhinestone did not adhere right away and needed a bit more ironing. A few ended up a little bit out of place, but in the end I was quite pleased with the result and I think that you should have no problem with regular fabric or T-shirts.
The original design I used on my black top is available on my website www.quiltersniche.com under the SVG-Applique tab. The formats include Studio2, studio3, SVG, and PDF. Did you know that you can import an SVG file in the Bernina Designer v7 software (and possibly in other software programs too) so that you can convert the file to embroidery or applique? Maybe another blog post is on order to go over that option.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me an email (address is on my website under the Contact tab).
Have fun and add some bling to your life.