Once in awhile inspiration strikes me and I become obsessed with a particular project. This happened to me last week after picking up a few striped tees from JCrew. Although I had that initial "I could make this at home" thought, which I remember my mother saying countless times while I was growing up, I decided to use my birthday gift card to buy a few shirts. One tee is a white boatneck with pretty gold stripes [can't find it online but it looks similar to this one]. The stripes are uneven and looks as if someone painted them on using masking tape. So of course I couldn't stop thinking about playing around with masking tape + fabric paint and making my own version. [I'm pretty sure I twittered about it non-stop all week.]
I picked up some Jacquard Lumiere metallic fabric paint at our local fabric store and a simple grey tissue weight tee at Target [although any old cotton tee would work well]. I placed strips of masking tape along the front of the tee, placing a piece of cardboard inside the tee to make sure the fabric paint didn't leak through to the back side of the shirt. After letting it dry for several hours I stripped off the masking tape and heat set it with an iron.
This is such a simple and rewarding project. I already made a dozen or more onesies for my niece using this same technique. And it is so funny to see that across town Stephanie was also working on the same project! Isn't her handmade striped tee so sweet?
Although I love the simplicity of the silver stripes I am planning to spiffy it up with some sequins [inspired by my other JCrew tee]. This will require a bit of hand sewing which I don't have time to do at the moment, but I'll share once I finish it.