Pearl Encrusted Deep V t-shirt DIY

deep v pearl  encrusted neck  t  shirt diy

I’m always worried now when I have an idea for a DIY that one of the other DIY bloggers has already done it. Sadly I don’t have time any more to look at too many blogs so please know that if someone else has done this, it’s by complete coincidence that I have too. I have learned over the years of blogging that we DIYers tend to all think alike. So hopefully, this hasn’t been done before HOWEVER, the idea is not too far off from those hideously bedazzled sweatshirts from the 80’s old ladies used to wear… right? But so much better 😉

*NOTE* the “V” looks deeper on the dress form than it is in reality BUT your pearls or beads WILL weigh it down more than it normally sits on your chest.

*NOTE* Once embellished, your shirt will have to be dry-cleaned or carefully hand-washed and hung to dry. It’s the price you pay for fashion 😉


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* A V-neck T-shirt {though if you prefer it, a crew neck would be pretty as well – and I would say to do the edges of your sleeves to complete the look – but make sure you can still stretch the neck over your head or use a blouse that has a button neck closure}
* 3 Different sizes of pearls… or you may use any kind or color of plastic beads {glass beads are too heavy for this}
* Needle/Thread/Scissors


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* Beginning somewhere near the center of your V and with your middle sized pearl or bead, thread your needle through the back of your T and hand stitch your bead into place.

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* Continue up both sides, staggering your mid-sized pearl or beads onto your V.

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* It should look something like this.

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* Once you’ve gone all the way around your V with your mid-sized pearls, take your largest pearl or bead and begin filling in the spaces in between, all the way around.

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* Finally, take your smallest pearl or seed beads and fill in the rest of the blanks with these, layering on two at a time in some areas.

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* At the last minute I decided to layer in a few of these vintage Aurora Borealis beads for a little extra sparkle.


Deep V pearl T shirt DIY

hand beading DIY - beaded v neck  t shirt diy

pearl encrusted deep v tshirt diy

* See How I Wore it Here *

Have Fun!


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Tara

    January 17, 2012 |

    Such a good DIY, great way to upgrade a wardrobe 🙂

  • Frau Keks

    January 17, 2012 |

    i LOVE it!!!

  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    January 17, 2012 |

    looks super cute and i can totally see my self wearing it with jeans and heels 🙂


    Fashion Fractions

  • joyanu

    January 17, 2012 |

    very nice and grate

  • L'art

    January 17, 2012 |

    Such a simple DIY, but it turns the most plain t-shirt into an elegant shirt that you can style with anything 🙂

  • Bunny Girl

    January 17, 2012 |

    It looks really great.


  • M.R.

    January 17, 2012 |

    so very cool!

    It turned out really good- what a great way to amp up a simple tee!

  • Ashlee~Shevonne

    January 17, 2012 |

    Love this! Haven’t seen it done before either 🙂

  • Anonymous

    January 17, 2012 |

    Nice Pattern!!
    ClassY appearance!!

  • Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...)

    January 17, 2012 |

    Gorgeus!! This way is similar than
    I hope you like it!!
    ♥ ♥ Kisses from Madrid ♥ ♥

  • Ute Dillen

    January 17, 2012 |

    Hay Maegan, i really like this DIY, but where did you get that shirt it looks so nice and loose. I’m still looking for the perfect t shirt…
    Thanks! Ute

  • Roxy

    January 17, 2012 |

    I am so going to dry some DYI myself, I think I will start with something like this!!!



  • chicca

    January 17, 2012 |

    A brilliant tutorial!!! +FAV!!!! 🙂

  • Caroline, No.

    January 17, 2012 |

    gorge — this would look great on a grey tee too — I might have to do it! (that’s saying a lot — I’m so lazy.)


  • Real Girl Glam

    January 17, 2012 |

    Adorable DIY! Definitely going to have to try this!

  • *Sparkles*

    January 17, 2012 |

    How long did it take you? LoOks so gorgeous!

  • ChinkyGirLMeL

    January 17, 2012 |

    oooh how creative. I love how the shirt turned out.

  • Erin- Thanks I Made It

    January 17, 2012 |

    So pretty and original. I haven’t seen anything like it!

  • Megan Muller

    January 17, 2012 |

    This looks so nice! How long did it take to put this together though? You must have patience!


  • Jessi

    January 17, 2012 |

    I adore this DIY, so pretty and classic! And I love that it provides a necklace built right in 🙂
    xoxo J

  • AthenaWalker

    January 17, 2012 |

    Love this! Will definitely have to try & make one for my 3-year old too! Endless possibilities!!

  • Schnelle

    January 17, 2012 |

    I am a pearl kind of girl and this shirt is right up my alley. I’m definitely giving this a whirl! Great tutorial.

  • Lia

    January 17, 2012 |

    So gorgeous, and what a fabulous way to update a staple we all have?
    Smart n Snazzy

  • Andrea Clare

    January 17, 2012 |

    So dainty and pretty! I love it!

  • MLo

    January 17, 2012 |

    Love this! What kind of shirt did you use? Looks very soft.

  • House of Avandan

    January 17, 2012 |

    Beautiful! Looks like a lot of work, but well worth it.

    A jewelry blog.

  • Alice Barton

    January 17, 2012 |

    this is the perfect diy proyect to do at home while watchin an episode of breaking bad (for example) 🙂 xx alice.

  • Mawiyah

    January 17, 2012 |

    elegant 🙂 yet casual

  • NickyJules

    January 18, 2012 |

    This is a great diy post i think im going to try this this weekend.

  • W.

    January 18, 2012 |

    Very cute!

  • Megan, The Frugalista Diaries

    January 18, 2012 |

    Great Diy Maegan!

  • Clara

    January 18, 2012 |

    really nice!

  • Erica

    January 18, 2012 |
  • drollgirl

    January 18, 2012 |

    i hate plain t-shirts. this pearly diy jazzes up a t-shirt enough to make it fun and fab. so cute!

  • Karissa

    January 18, 2012 |

    This is adorable! I absolutely love it and will definitely be trying.

  • Morrie Hudiburg

    January 18, 2012 |

    So cute! I’m going to put this on my list of DIYs to do.

  • scada training

    January 19, 2012 |

    what a wonderful dress and beautiful colour white my favorite colour i also want this type of dress thanks for giving this nice blog.

  • TashaNoehea

    January 19, 2012 |
  • Smokey Eyes

    January 23, 2012 |

    I love this DIY and what’s so funny is I was looking for a way to spice up a white shirt I have and this is the ticket! Pearls are so classic and I love that it can dress up jeans or a skirt. Thanks so much!

  • tina

    January 24, 2012 |

    I’m a Costume Designer who has been following you for awhile- LOVE your DIY’s!
    Here’s how I got around the ‘crewneck problem” with a similar project:
    When sewing beads or sequins around a neck that needs to stretch over a head, I sew in small 1″ sections, cut & knot thread, and start new sections.(I stretch the fabric a tiny bit, before knotting, to give the thread a little ‘give’- but just a bit!) I can still sew them close together so as to look continuous, but the separate threading gives places for the material to stretch without breaking the bead threading.
    Looking forward to more of your amazing DIY’s!

  • goldberie

    January 27, 2012 |

    I love seeing your designs. This is very classy. I also appreciated Tina’s suggestion for working this around a crew neck. Smart!

  • Ada (new york)

    May 1, 2012 |

    Ooooh so pretty! Adding it to my diy list … which seems to be growing a lot lately probably even MORE now that I found ur blog 🙂 Thanks for sharing Meagan!

  • Anonymous

    January 5, 2013 |

    Thank you so much for the wonderful idea and great instructions! 🙂

  • Zesprikiwi

    August 23, 2013 |

    I am going to try this. i have SO many tshirts lying around. great DYI.

  • julia

    April 10, 2014 |

    what would happen if you did machine wash it?

  • Cinth

    August 20, 2016 |

    Yes Yes Yes! I’m looking to dress up a gray v-neck t-shirt for my 25th anniversary party which is a casual barbecue.
    I was going to make all of the beads silver, but I have gray and white pearls in a variety of sizes so this will be perfect! I also have some round flat white AB beads I will sprinkle in as you suggested.
    I’ll post it on my blog when done…. might be a week or two.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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