How to Custom-Embellish a Shirtcomments (5) December 6th, 2008
I love clothes, but I don't love spending tons of money on them—my favorite clothes are the ones that came from thrift stores, which I then cut up and reconstructed, added embellishments to, and/or printed on. If there's a person on your gift list who also loves original clothes that have been touched by crafty hands, a remade or drastically embellished shirt will be a great present! There are tons of ways to embellish a shirt—I'm showing you three here, and at the end I'll talk about some more options.
For the embellishments I did, you'll need:
- A button-down shirt
- Fabric paint and printing supplies, which depend on printing method
- Buttons the same size as the original shirt's buttons
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine with thread contrasting to the color of the shirt
You have two options for getting the right shirt to start with—if you live with the person or have sneaky access to their closet, find a boring shirt that you never see them wear but you know fits well, or pick a shirt that they do wear because it's comfy but they complain that it's boring... you get the idea. If you already know they like the fit, then that's one obstacle with a clothing gift that you've avoided. If raiding their closet is not an option, you'll have to go shopping and find a shirt that you're pretty sure will be the right fit—good luck!
Now on to the fun stuff! I started with a screen print, made with stencils from Lotta Jansdotter designs.
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