September 8, 2012

DIY Fashion: Cross Tank

We've all seen loads of cross printed tanks lately, especially from brands like Topshop or UNIF, but those cost at least $50. Here's how to rock the look and make your own cross tank with $10.

Here are the list of items you'll need:
  • A plain tee or tank (I got a plain cotton tee from Bossini at 4 for $24 and made it into a tank, so that's around $6 for one.)
  • Fabric paint (Art Friend has a shitload of fabric paints and I'm using a black colour from Marabu Textil.)
  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Cardboard (or something you can slip in between the front and back of the shirt so that the paint doesn't seep through)
  • Fabric scissors (optional)
The first step is pretty much optional and self-explanatory, which is to just snip off the sleeves of your tee to make it into a tank. If you don't want the sleeves to have the frayed look, a quick tip would be to line your scissors along the outermost stitch lining of the sleeve and snip off from there. But since I like the raw edge look, I snipped off from the inner stitching.

The next step would be to draw the outline of your cross using a pencil and ruler.

After you're satisfied with your design, tape the outline with masking tape. Press firmly around the edge of the masking tape where it comes in contact with your pencil lines because you don't want any paint to seep through beyond your outlines.

Last but not least, simply paint your shirt! It can be messy because there is the masking tape there to save the day. I gave it two coats of paint for maximum coverage, giving the first layer around five minutes to dry before painting it again.

Leave your tank to dry for at least 12 hours before peeling the masking tape off. Next, flip your shirt inside out and iron over the painted surface to seal the paint in. Lastly, give your shirt a rinse to wash off the excess dye and you're done! I have found that, to my surprise, washing the shirt for the first time not only gets rid of the excess paint, but it also gave it a very grungy look.

Thanks for reading, bye!

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