Gucci DIY Project: Alessandro Michele Does It Again (Beyoncé Inspired)

Let me tell you a bit about the inspiration for this DIY project... the idea came to me when I saw Beyoncé snatchin' wigs on Instagram with this Gucci Embroidered Plaid shirt (retailing for $4,800) that came out of Alessandro Michele's creative direction. 

He - who by the way - is killing it right now. It's so nice to see being extra af (aka maximalism) come back into style. 

(Source: Instagram)

(Source: Instagram)

I love everything about it, the attention to detail gives me life. And the color play is out of this world. So you already know, I HAD to make one. However, once I started diggin' in - I realized the details became even more intricate once you get up close and personal with the shirt. 

And thinking about the labor it would take to remake, gave me a headache. Yet, I still wanted to make it happen... before retirement. 🙄

Enlarged details featuring sequin embroidered appliqués.  (Source: Gucci)

Enlarged details featuring sequin embroidered appliqués. (Source: Gucci)

Let's jump into this Beyoncé inspired DIY so you can find out how I quickly whipped up my own version of the Gucci shirt (without having to switch bodies with Alessandro Michele). 🤣 

 

SUPPLIES (WITHOUT BREAKING THE BAG 💰): 

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  • Flannel Button-Up: I highly suggest a fabric that is sturdy in order to help support the embellishments you'll be adding. For example, the Gucci shirt is made up of Wool.

  • Crystal Trim: Use a large sized trim, I used SS29. If could have found a bigger size, I would have used that in order to help the trim pop a little more.

  • E6000 Fabric Glue: Fabric glue for the patches, so they do not dry stiff. And regular E6000 glue for the crystal trim to ensure those babies stick!

  • Embroidered Patches: You can actually find pre-made sequin appliqués out there. However, none of them looked good enough in my opinion to match the Gucci quality (or look). Maybe you will have better luck than I did!

  • Yarn

  • Pliers (not pictured)

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GUCCI SHIRT: 

Step 1: Brace yourself. Breathe. Because you already know this is going to be a good one. 😏

Step 2: Grab your shirt and patches to play around with the placement until you reach a point where you're satisfied. 

PRO TIP:  Don't be afraid to get a little unorthodox with patch placement, try to integrate them with the shirt to a point where it compliments certain areas. I intentionally wanted this pocket to pop a little more and make it seem as if the flowers were coming from behind the pocket. This helps your do-it-yourself project look more like a piece you purchased from a luxury retailer, like Gucci.

PRO TIP: Don't be afraid to get a little unorthodox with patch placement, try to integrate them with the shirt to a point where it compliments certain areas. I intentionally wanted this pocket to pop a little more and make it seem as if the flowers were coming from behind the pocket. This helps your do-it-yourself project look more like a piece you purchased from a luxury retailer, like Gucci.

Step 3: Glue! Keeping the patches in their places, proceed to glueing each one individually. If you're dealing with fabric based patches, use the fabric glue so they dry nicely. Depending on the placement of your patches, you may need to let some dry before moving on to other areas of the shirt. This will prevent patches from shifting around or lifting around the edges prior to them being dry and completely secured. 

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Step 4: Once you have finished glueing down your patches (or appliqués), grab your crystal trim and line it up to see how much you will need to cut off with your pliers. 

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Step 5: Grab the E6000 and put a drop of glue behind each stone backing, then let the glue get a bit tacky (about a minute or two should do the job). Gently guide and press each section of the trim where you want to place it. For extra security, I got some heavy objects and let them sit on top of the trim to make sure the glue was completely bonding in with the shirt. Just make sure that it isn't causing the trim to get crooked or it will dry like that. 

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Step 6: Admire your handy work and plot on the outfit you plan to wear it with! 😉

BONUS STEP: If you have more time, add more embellishments to the shirt. Get nitty gritty with the details. Sequins? Beads? You name it. No need to stop where I stopped, take it to the next level!


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