Jazz up a plain t-shirt or dress with this gorgeous embellished collar by Charlotte Smith of Lotts and Lots. It’ll work really well with anything high-necked, and the neon beads contrast nicely with the delicate lace. We sourced the collar from eBay, and you could also try hunting for a vintage one on Etsy or your local haberdashery shop. Here’s how to mash up lace and neons with this exclusive collar by Charlotte Smith of Lotts and Lots. Colour-pop that collar – with diamanté and neon galore!
• Cotton lace collar
• Large curb chain
• Lobster clasp
• Three 7mm jump rings
• Chain diamantés (clear and coloured)
• Beads, pearls, gem stones, single diamantés, etc
• Needle and thread
• Spray paint suitable for metal (optional)
How to make an embellished lace collar necklace
Arrange your beads, gems, diamantés and pearls on your collar, making sure each side is a mirror image. Have a play with your colour options – it’s best to keep your palette tonal like we’ve done, otherwise your design can start to look messy.
Once you’re happy with your design, stitch your embellishments into place using matching thread and small stitches.
Take a piece of chain 50cm (19¾”) long. As the chain is quite thick you may find it easiest to separate using pliers. We pre-sprayed our chain neon yellow to add extra interest, but you can use another colour or just leave plain.
Add your lobster clasp to one end of the chain and two jump rings to the other. Fasten your chain closed.
Fold your chain exactly in half with the clasps at the top. Take one collar side and sew it to the chain using small stitches, starting in the very centre of the chain. Repeat with the other collar side.
Take a piece of clear diamanté 14cm (5½”) long and stitch onto the collar directly underneath your chain. Make sure your stitches lie equally between the spaces of the diamanté.
Take a piece of coloured diamanté approx. 5cm (2″) long – although this length can vary depending on your design – and stitch into place as per Step 6. Your collar is now complete – pop it on and wear with pride.
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About Charlotte Smith
Charlotte has been making ever since she was little, and her love of fabric, beads and ribbon led her to study at London College of Fashion. After a few years working in the fashion industry she took up jewellery making as a hobby, but found herself struggling to find the types of projects she wanted to make. Instead she decided to start publishing her own and her blog, Lotts and Lots, was born. www.lottsandlots.blogspot.co.uk
Photograph: Michelle Young
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