One of my favorite past times is online window shopping. Browsing through j.crew, gap, old navy, and forever 21 are usually high on my list, and I often run across a clothing item that I would love to recreate.
However, as a rule, I don’t bother trying to recreate something if it will cost me more in materials to make it myself. Sometimes do-it-yourself projects end up being more of a hassle and an expense to make, and then they don’t turn out as nice as the original — so you’re better off just waiting for a sale and buying the item.
With this triangle tee from Forever 21 though, even though it’s only $15, I knew I could recreate it for a fraction of the cost and make it with sleeves so I didn’t have to bother with a cardigan.
I used a three dollar men’s hanes shirt and some black fabric paint I had lying around, and I love how it turned out! (I nursed the baby in it right before these photos, so disregard all the wrinkles in the triangle).
|shirt: made by me (similar) // skirt: gift from janssen (similar) // glasses: firmoo (similar) // lipstick: maybelline “are you red-dy” // watch: michael kors (shop) // bracelets: target and gifts|
- basic white tee
- matching thread
- fabric paint and foam brush
- freezer paper
step 1. using my t-shirt skinnification tutorial, take in the sleeves to your desired width.
step 2. cut three strips of freezer paper, making sure that one side of each strip is very straight (use a ruler if you need to).
step 3. Try your shirt on and with a pin, mark your shirt where you want the triangle. Remove the shirt and iron the three strips in a triangle shape with the straight edges on the inside of the triangle.
step 4. Place a piece of paper inside your shirt and, using the foam brush, paint in the triangle using a dabbing motion. Let it dry for 20-30 minutes and then paint a second layer, this time with a wiping motion. Let dry and heat seal with an iron or in the dryer if your fabric paint requires it.