- A button-down shirt with a collar. The shirt doesn’t have to be plain, solid color, but we loved the contrast between the metal studs and the crispness of the white shirt.
- Metal studs – You can often find them at trimming stores, or online Make sure you get the kind of studs that have metal spikes on the ends that can be folder over with pliers.
- Needle-nose pliers
Step 1 —First, place the point ends of a stud into the topmost portion of the collar, right parallel to the inside stitching. Make sure all of the points go through the fabric and come out on the other side.
Step 2 —Flip the collar over. Holding the stud in place with one hand, take a pair of pliers and begin to fold down the studs’ spikes, making them flat and flush agains the fabric. You don’t want to be poked later on!
Step 3 —Place another stud on the bottom point of the collar, again, lined up with the inside stitching. Repeat step 3, making sure the stud is secured and all of the points lay flat.
Step 4 —Place a third stud in between the first to, making a neat, straight column of three studs. Make sure this middle stud is equally spaced between the first two. Repeat step 3 to attach the stud.
Step 5 —Now, we’ll create a line of studs right next to the one we must made. If you feel confident in your studding skills at this point, you can place all three at once and then flip the collar over, to secure them all at the same time. Of, go ahead and place and secure one stud at a time, if you find it easier. Make sure you keep the spacing between the studs and the rows consistent.
Step 6 —Repeat steps 1-5 to create 5 additional columns of studs, with three studs in each column. When the width of the collar begins to narrow, begin making columns of two studs. Place them so the line up with the space on top and bottom of the middle stud from the column before it.
Step 7 —After you make your first row of two studs on one side of the collar, begin to work on the other side. This way, if you run out of studs, the front of your shirt is still ready to wear.Repeat steps 1-5 for this side, creating 6 columns of 3 studs, followed by one column of two studs.
Step 8 —Once you have the fronts of both collar sides studded, it’s time to start studding the back portion. Continue to make rows of two studs around the back of the collar, being careful to make sure that each column of studs lines up with the column before it. Also, it is best to do a few rows of on one side of the collar, and then do a few rows on the other side. This will help ensure that your lines will look continuous in the end.
Step 9 —As your rows of studs begin to meet on the back of the collar, be careful to check your spacing. Here, you may find it helpful to place the remaining rows of studs at once, and then flip the collar over and secure them all at the same time. That way, you can make the final adjustments in your spacing and easily move the final studs, to prevent ending up with a row of studs that looks cramped (or getting a gap that looks like it should have another column).
Step 10 —When you’re all done, button up your shirt, and admire!