Tuesday, May 24, 2011

DIY Red Valentino bow on the back t-shirt

Would you like a great "wow-factor" t-shirt 

with about 20 minutes of work?
You've been served!



I made it last year and sure enough I'm going to wear it 
over and over again this summer :)

It all begun with some internet browsing, and when I look for t-shirt inspiration,
the  Red Valentino label is a great source. ... 
Yeah, a bit excessive price tags, agreed.
This shirt was 255$... now on sale @ 178.50 on net-a-porter.com.

left pic: net a porter - collage by moi


I had everything on hand:

Sheer Stretch Mesh Fabric in Black (1/2 yard will be more than enough)
* a sewing machine (but can be sewn by hand since it's really not much)


* cut the back of the t-shirt in the middle, leaving about 3" at the top uncut
* round the edges (optional, the original doesn't have round edges)
* cut a piece of black mesh in a sort of triangular shape with a round base (the two extra parts sticking out at the bottom won't be necessary if you don't round the edges)
* place the mesh inside the shirt and pin the sides onto the side of the cut 
* trim the excess mesh underneath 
* make a bow and pin it with a safety pin (so you can easily remove it to wash your shirt)

... probably even less then 20 minutes, right?

xox, d.

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56 comments:

  1. I love these kinds of diys! Taking a designer/crazy expensive piece and making your own version. I don't think I could ever justify spending $170 on a shirt..unless I was Paris Hilto....then maybe ; )

     Delighted Momma

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  2. It is just so great! I'll absolutely try it!

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  3. nice blog :)
    check out mine :)
    misscferreira.blogspot.com

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  4. Dang girl, you are seriously crafty. Great project. I love projects where I can just eyeball the pattern :)

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  5. Great idea! I'll have to try that this weekend. So stylish :D

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  6. love refashion! this looks amazing
    great job
    http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

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  7. Cool shirt! Love the bow in the back!!! I am highlighting this tonight at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  8. Amazing!!

    I'm featuring you today on my blog!!

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  9. this is so easy to do and even a great idea to make bigger a t-shirt that don't fit!

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  10. I love this t-shirt. I am impressed with your ability to make an ordinary piece of clothing look cool! It is inspiring.

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  11. This is beautiful!! Love this!! Have a great weekend, Anne

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  12. This is SO lovely! Thank you for sharing! :) I'm adding to my "must try" list!

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  13. I love your site! Thanks for postings such fab ideas!!

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  14. I love your shirt! I like it even better than Valentino's! Visiting from Tatertots & Jello.

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  15. I love this, yours is so much prettier than the original! Nicely done!

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  16. Looks awesome! I like your version better, actually!

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  17. @ all of you that have a no-reply email: thank you so much for your nice words!!
    i do like mine better too, but i thought it would look a bit cocky... mr. Valentino doesn't take critiques nicely Ahaha!! :)

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  18. So cool! I love this! I will link to it on my blog :)

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  19. Fantastic!

    www.wangsfactory.blogspot.com

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  20. Hi Donatella I would love to feature this SO DANG CUTE shirt on my COM Fashion Fridays posts. Can you email me the html code with an intro. with your name and blog at the top of your post to jenglamgirl@gmail.com I ADORE THIS CUTE TOP. winks, jen

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  21. I would love to feature it this FRIDAY!

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  22. Very cute!! Love the new look of the shirt!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again this weekend! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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  23. LOVE this!
    I am going to make my mother (blush) make me one!

    xo
    babymama

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  24. Even better than the original!

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  25. I really love this idea and have it lined up as my next wee project!

    Any chance of a photo of you wearing it? I'd love to see what it's like on. :)

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  26. good one..what a great idea!some more interesting t shirts on Cool shirts

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  27. I think this is a cool idea. only not the seen through material and make it a maternity shirt. i would have loved something like this for my last few months of pregnancy.

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  28. I made my own t-shirt. I made a little bow with a yard of black glitter tulle without cut it. I had this bow with the remaining fabric hanging out below it, I sewed the bow and it's fabric to the shirt and the final result was a very similar shirt to the original one...

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  29. Honestly, yours looks better:)

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  30. Featured this on my blog today :)
    www.craftingrebellion.com

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  31. I juat re-created my own last night! I changed it a little here and there, but I LOVE it and I'm wearing it to work today! I haven't taken pics of it, and I don't know how to share them here anyhow, but just thought I'd let you know I appreciate the tute, and I think yours is better than the original too!!

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    1. Oh, cool! If you take pictures, send it to me and I'll be posting it !! So happy to hear you lived it!

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  32. Very smart!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. So cute! It could in front of tshirt and be a maternity shirt!

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  34. I love this idea. I am thinking about a black shirt with a neon mesh! Plan on trying it out this weekend!

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    1. love neon!!! share your t-shirt on the Facebook page or send me an email!!!
      https://www.facebook.com/inspirationrealisation

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  35. I'm a novice DIYer and dunno what kind of stitching I should use to sew the mesh to the t-shirt as I don't have a sewing machine?

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    1. Hello there! you can do a running stitch, or you can try this: http://www.inspirationrealisation.com/2012/06/diy-cool-for-dad-polo-shirt.html
      it's very easy and looks almost like machine-made!

      welcome in the DIY world :)
      xox, d.

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  36. super cute!! I need to make one soon!

    Tamika @ www.notimefortea.com

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  37. you're very creative, this is a great idea, but you suck at instructions. I just tried to make this and had no idea what I was doing.

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    1. Thanks.
      I'm trying to improve and appreciate constructive criticism.
      In this case, tho, it has probably to do more with you "having no idea what you were doing", because I got tons of responses that the project turned out great.
      And, for future reference, and as a "general life behavior" ... : being rude is not the way to convince anyone to give you help or advices. or, in my case, a free tutorial. best of luck.

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    2. WOW, I wouldn't take it to personal. I made your flamingo bag with no problems. I love bows and I going to give this a whirl!!!

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    3. ThanK you Susan!! :) send me some pics of the things you made!!! xox ,d.

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  38. To be honest, I would love to wear top like yours and I wouldn't even look at the original one. Yours is much better. The one from mr. Valentino looks so clumsy on the back.
    Once I find some time I'm going to make myself few of these in different colours and styles. And maybe one with front cut? :)

    Thanks a lot for this lovely tutorial!

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  39. So cute! Can't wait to try!

    www.thepreppylittlepolkadot.blogspot.com

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  40. I love this, very nice instructions as well!! Thank you;)

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  41. I apologize if this posts twice. It disappeared on me when I hit "Publish".

    I think this is really cute and would like to try it some time. What stitch do you suggest to attach the mesh to the t-shirt, straight or zigzag (or a combination of both to be more secure)? My machine's pretty basic. Also, I noticed you left the edge of the mesh raw. Have you had any problems with the material fraying with wear and washing? I don't have a serger, so I worry about trying to finish the edge and losing the nice flowiness of the fabric.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Abby!
      I don't have a fancy machine either. I sew with a straight stitch (try on a small piece to make sure the tension is right). The mesh hasn't frayed - washed the shirt countless of times, since I made it two years ago! I can send you some close-ups pictures if you want - just send me your email address. The mesh doesn't fray at all, neither the shirt. It's a basic project and easy success!! let me know!! xox, d.

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  42. I love the look of this and I want to do it! I have a question: did you leave the back of the shirt just slit, or did you cut it in a vee shape? I'm sorry, it isn't clear to me. From the instructions it looks like you just cut a slit, but it seems to me that the original is cut in a vee.

    Thanks so much for posting this, I'm going to do this with a pink tee and black mesh.

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    1. Hi! It's just a slit - then when you add the triangular mesh fabric, if you lie the shirt flat, will look like a triangle, adding flare to the shirt. Send me picture or a link when you make yours!! I'd love to see it! :) xox, d.

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    2. Thanks! I think I will try cutting mine in a vee shape to get the more open look of the original.

      I just ended up with a bunch of crew neck tees that I want to embellish and I love this idea. Thanks for posting it.

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  43. I love this shirt and am trying to get my triangle fabric to fit in the slit. I'm not sure how the bottom goes in? What's the measurement on the "notches?" THanks

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  44. Loving this! Actually have everything on hand. Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers,
    Marie
    Substance of Living

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    1. oh, cool! share a picture when you'll make it!! d.

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