Fashion is everywhere

Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #30 with nautical bows

And the winner is………..”The one that was too small to see the sea” ! Cristal sent in this DIY for our readers competition and although it was VERY difficult to pick a winner (you’re all so talented, why am I the blogger on here ?!), I chose this one because it is an easy upcycle using two old tops to make one gorgeous new one. I also think it was perfectly executed. The top looks like it was bought in a shop – and yet Cristal made it in just a few simple steps from two old tee-shirts she wasn’t wearing any more. The nautical trend is back in again as we prepare for Summer so Cristal’s blue and white stripes work very well – but of course you could use any old tee-shirt and colours. I think this DIY ends the challenge perfectly, don’t you ? You can see what else Cristal has to say (in French) on http://autourdudressing.canalblog.com ! She has a few other DIYs on there too 😉 Thank you Cristal, you look adorable ! I will be posting all the other competition entries on Facebook very shortly, like our page to make sure you don’t miss them ! CLICK HERE 🙂 And guys, thank you SO much for following the challenge. I’m pretty darn PROUD and so touched so many people have said they were inspired by the tutorials and even took part in the competition ! It feels so great to be sharing all my ideas and inspiration with you, truly 🙂 I hope you’ll be back tomorrow, and the next day, and the next ! Tee-shirt #30 is NOT the end of our fun ! So stay tuned ! (I also have a few craft fails to show you shortly too haha) Lots and lots of LOVE Aimee and all 30 tee-shirts – HIGH FIIIIIIIIIVE !

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #30 with nautical bows

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #29 with a removable feather collar

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!! This is my FINAL tee-shirt for 30 days 30 tee-shirts !!!!!!! Tomorrow I’ll reveal the winner of our readers competition with a design for tee-shirt #30 and that’s it – we’re done with 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS and have got 30 brand new DIY ideas ! Have you loved it as much as I have ?! I’ll admit I have had this particular idea since the beginning but really wanted to keep it for my final top – I absolutely love it and know I will wear it and wear it. I love the bright pink although I very nearly went for something more elegant like white or light blue. But then I though why not, right ?! Let’s go wild ! Of course I could have simply stitched the feather trimming to the neckline but I don’t believe these feathers will wash so well and I’d rather avoid having to pay for dry cleaning. So here it is, a removable feather collar. The poppers are practically invisible and think of all the other trimmings you could use – you could make multiple collars and this would become a versatile tee ! Here goes the tutorial folks – it’s an easy one !So basically all you have to do is seperate your poppers, stitch sides A to the tee-shirt at equal distances all the way around the neckline. Next, stitch sides B to the feather trimming at exactly the same intervals. This way the trimming will match the neckline and your collar is almost ready ! Finally, chop off the excess trimming and stitch both ends together, overlapping slightly. You’re done ! Ooooo I just love it ! And because it’s the last day of the challenge for me, I had some fun with the photos – you can tell I’m excited at the idea of completing this challenge ! You may also notice the backdrop has changed… I arrived at my French home this morning and I’m already enjoying being here so much ! Sun, space, sky, happy neighbors, beautiful vines, rustic scenery… I’ll show you more very soon ! Sooooo, see you tomorrow for our final tee-shirt ?! Take care and …. let me see ya shake your tail feathers ! xx

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #29 with a removable feather collar

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #28 by Gédane

Well, I guess this one goes out to Boston… I’ve been meaning to get a small word in to send my love over to America where so many of my readers live. And then I received an email from French blogger Gédane who had designed #28 with a DIY full of stars and stripes and sparkles. And you know what ? I hope those sparkles keep shining, whatever happens and whoever decides to hurt, damage, scare or kill. Because those sparkles are the true nature of mankind and we can’t afford to forget it. If such events were representative of who we are, of our generation or of the ways of our world then we wouldn’t see them as so tragically unacceptable. <3 Moving on, let’s take a look at this fabulous tee-shirt ! It seriously looks like something bought in a shop. Gédane is such a pro, she used hotfix rhintestones, binding, denim, zigzag stitching… All the steps are illustrated and explained on her blog : http://gedane.over-blog.com/article-diy-custom-tee-shirt-117129984.html I have never used hotfix studs or stones but only the day before yesterday I was promising myself I would give it a go. The result is so much tidier than hand-glued rhinestones and I bet it’s a real time-saver too because it’s always a fiddle using a toothpick or tweezers and glue. I like the idea of a denim patch too, there is a lot of denim around this Spring especially in light blue. Before I go, thanks so much to all of you who took part in the competition to design tee-shirt #30 !! Your designs are fab, I hate the fact we have to pick a winner ! You’ve all been such fab supporters I’d like to give you all big hugs and cupcakes haha Take care and stay inspired Aimee PS – See you tomorrow for my final contribution to DIY Challenge 30 days 30 tee-shirts and I can tell you now it’s my all time FAVOURITEEEEEEEE ! xx

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #28 by Gédane

DIY 30 days 30 tee-shirts : #27 with splattered paint

Heya ! So you’re going to think I’m getting lazy about this because this is yet again another DIYer’s tee-shirt turorial ! But there’s so much talent out there, we need to share share share !! And don’t worry, I’ve been working hard on my final tee-shirt and it’s crazy 😉 We’ve also got one more talented blogger on the job as well as the winner of our competition with a design for tee-shirt #30 – and that’s a wrap : 30 tee-shirts in 30 days, challenge NEARLY completed ! But you must be starting to get to know me – they’ll be no lazing around, I’m on a roll ! I’ve got lists and lists of things to show you so we’re going to be having lots of fun all Summer long 🙂 This tee-shirt was designed by O Live, a Belgian designer who has recently launched her own brand on www.ILovebyOLive.com. She sews, paints and draws and all of her work is unique and hand-made. I think her DIY tutorial is fantastic ! Splattered paint is very trendy at the moment (those of you who watch The Carrie diaires will know what I mean) and adding a stencil is such a clever touch ! O Live kindly provided images to show us how she does it step by step so you can do it yourself at home. May the tutorial begin ! O Live sells these tee-shirts at 35€ and is also planning on having other prints done pretty soon – watch that space on http://www.ilovebyolive.com/ and feel free to contact her via her website for more info ! Thanks O Live ! Do any of you sell your own designs ? If so, leave us a link so we can go and check it out ! This is something I am thinking about more and more seriously – but I feel so shy ! I’ve been working on some designs for a while… Just gotta take that final leap. See ya tomorrow folks ! xx

DIY 30 days 30 tee-shirts : #27 with splattered paint

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #26 by Emma

What I love about French blogger Emma’s blog is that she’s always up for trying out new techniques and supplies and lets her readers know how it went and what she would suggest to get the best results – so helpful ! And so when I invited Emma to take part in DIY Challenge 30 days 30 tee-shirts, she suggested she might take the opportunity to try out “iron-on fabric”. Ever heard of iron-on fabric ? It’s NOT like iron-on tee-shirt transfers. It is actual fabric. I think that’s a genius idea. But how well does it work ? Amazingly, according to Emma ! So we now know a great new way to add detail, colour and even print to basic tee-shirt. Emma went for a cute combo of a colar, pocket and a few stars but you could add on anything you like… I’m thinking wings on your back, a heart to one side of your chest, a huge flower, animals… Let your mind go wild ! Emma says the fabric is really easy to use and seems to stay put. However, she hasn’t tried washing it yet but will definitely keep us posted on her blog (in French). You will find the full tutorial on Avecses10ptitsdoigts.com. Thanks to Emma for taking part in this challenge and giving us plenty of new ideas ! Hope you’re looking forward to a new week full of inspiration and ideas <3 xx Aimee PS : Quick music suggestion -> Radio 1 Live Lounge, I’m listening to it right now – it’s awesome ! It’s all about talented people singing other talented people’s songs… Gotta love it. xx PPS : Don’t forget to send in your tee-shirt ideas for tee-shirt #30 ! And if you’re a blogger and have already posted tee-shirts on your blog you would like to enter, the answer is YES YOU CAN ! Just read this for all the extra info and send your ideas / links to teeshirt30@gmail.com

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #26 by Emma

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #25 with ribbon straps

Colour, colour and more colour ! Tee-shirt #25 is adorable, don’t you think ?! I made it in just 15 minutes and I believe ANYBODY, yes ANYBODY who has ever done one tiny needle stitch (that’s just about everybody on here, right ?!) can do this. No excuses because it is easy. It’s also super customisable : you can wear red white and blue ribbons for July 4th, add a touch of pink on Valentine’s day, your favourite colours on your birthday… Or anything else on any other day ! You could even go with more of a nautical look with cord like we used here. But I just happen to love the association of different sizes and colours of soft satin ribbon ! So here’s how to transform a boring old tee-shirt into a beautifully happy ribbon strap top – the ideal outfit for a pretty picknick ! Here goes the tutorial : As you can see, all you have to do is remove the top of your tee-shirt (I used an XS man’s tee, it has a more appropriate square shape) and fold the front and back over a few cm towards the inside of the tee-shirt. Sew this in place with a needle and thread or machine. Pick your ribbons and cut approx 1m of each (remember you can always shorten but you can’t stick back on !). Take half the ribbons and pin them together with the safety pin. Use this the thread them through the front or back of your tee-shirt. Repeat on the other side using the remaining ribbons. All you have to do now is tie great big bows on your shoulders and you’re ready to go ! If you want to make sure nobody can undo the bows (kids, naughty friends or desperate boyfriends..?!) then you can stitch through the bows with a matching thread. I think it’s super cute !! Do you ?! Only five to go ! Phew ! xx

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #25 with ribbon straps

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #24 by Amélie

From the moment I discovered her blog, Amélie has inspired me with her very personal style. She has a Twenty-Thirteen-rock-chick-pin-up look and everything she creates is incredibly original. Naturally, I knew Amélie would come up with one of the most interesting projects of the challenge – and so she did. I believe this DIY tee-shirt is a call for more CREATIVITY, more PERSONAL EXPRESSION and more NERVE in not only what we make but what we wear. We can say whatever we want through our clothes and do NOT have to conform to fashion diktats or trends. Find styles you have always loved and push them to the limit, mix them up, add extra details only you could have thought of and WEAR WITH PRIDE. Just like Amélie does ! To follow Amélie’s tutorial make sure you have plenty of colourful wool and a lot of patience ! If you don’t have pompom machines try using this method – it will make the project a whole lot quicker to see through ! See tutorial here. Thanks so much Amélie for your inspiring work and original contribution to 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS ! As for me, I will be back later on with a little something I think you’ll love…. Ciao !

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #24 by Amélie

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #23 by Cécile

Here we go with another flowery tee-shirt by another talented blogger ! But can you spot the difference ?! Haha – YES ! It’s for kiddies ! Poulette Magique (“magic chick”) is a very talented mom with a very cute little ‘un and here’s what they made together (well, one was sitting on the others knees) ! A Hawaian holiday tee-shirt ! It’s all drawn on with Posca marker pens and it’s super cute ! Such a good way to cuten children’s clothes when you don’t want to spend thousands on a top they’ll have grown out of in a couple of weeks ! Just stock up on H&M basics and craft away ! Check out Cécile’s adorable blog and the step by step tutorial here ! A massive thanks to Cécile for her enthusiasm in taking part and a big up for that pretty kiddy whose modeling is just perfect ! Aloha ! xx  

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #23 by Cécile

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #22 with chain straps

Tee-shirt number 22 – wow we’re nearly there ! How am I feeling after 22 days of DIY challenge ? Pretty tired ! Although I feel totally enthused by the idea of nailing it and am LOVING the fact that so many of you are enjoying the challenge as much as me, it is a lot of work getting a decent enough tutorial online each day. The inspiration hasn’t been a problem – in fact I have more than enough ideas to go on and on after the challenge ends – but the fact that each project takes time to think it through, to get it right, to take pictures, to photoshop together into a tutorial… All that makes each tee-shirt a good half days’ work. Add on searching for supplies and… Yep, 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS is more or less a full time job 😉 I am so grateful I have other bloggers taking part, not only so that I can take a break from doing all that but also so that each time I have a breather I am sure to come back with new, better ideas. Your comments and emails are definitely keeping me going, it’s like having people shouting out your name on the side of a race course ! Thank you so much <3 Although I’m as busy as a buzzy bee, I still can’t stop my head from going wild at all the ideas I have coming up for you over the next few months. The challenge has got Clones ‘n’ Clowns noticed by a few new partners which I’m looking forward to telling you about and I also have loads of home projects and kitchen experimenting to do ! I have already put together a perfect picnic plan, showing you tons of ideas for a picnic à la française or a gourmet brit’ lunch in the park – yummy ! What do you think ? Shall I go for it ?! Anyway, let’s get back to our tee-shirt number 22. An easy and yet ever so trendy one, don’t you think ? I can’t get enough of chain at the moment and simply replacing a tee-shirt’s sleeves with a chunky chain has got to be a Summer must-do ! This kinda fits in with my festival outfit guidelines I told you about here. I think it would also look SUPER CUTE on a dress – but I couldn’t do that because then it wouldn’t have been a tee-shirt ! Doh ! Enjoy the tutorial 🙂 See you tomorrow for a new French guest ! She’s got something very different for you… Any mom’s out there ?! BEFORE I GO ! Have you thought about what you’d like tee-shirt #30 to look like ?! Don’t forget tee-shirt #30 will be a reader’s tutorial so get your thinking caps on ! If you don’t have time to actually make the tee-shirt why not write it down or draw it ?! You never know, maybe I can help you out by actually making it…. ?! Maybe I’d even send it to you after making it … ?! Ha, get thinking people ! And read more about the DIY competition here. xx

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #22 with chain straps

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #21 with neon fringe

I promised you colour in today’s DIY and colour you shall have. Bright neon green as a matter of fact. I came across this fringe in a trimming shop yesterday and knew that was what I needed to get this challenge back on the other side of the rainbow. I had already thought about doing a shrug but didn’t know exactly how I wanted to customise it – the fringe was the answer to my prayers ! It’s fashionable and also something you could wear on a bike to make sure you don’t get run over… haha. I think it actually looks fab and the fact that the shrug hits mid-waist is perfect for the fringe to dangle down over a more basic top or dress underneath. About the supplies : I bought only 2m of fringe and unfortunately didn’t have enough to go around the bottom back of the tee-shirt. I think this would look great so if you’re up for it go for an extra meter ! See you tomorrow ! xx PS – Would you say this is yellow or green ? I say neon green which is very like a bright yellow but not as yellow as a neon yellow… if you get me. Let me know what you think and you might help me sort out a huge couple issue 😉

DIY 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS : #21 with neon fringe