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Today's post is one with a bit of a twist, something I've not ventured into before on my blog. I was requested a few times by email, on Formspring and my last giveaway to write some DIY posts and have been thinking of something worthwhile to base it on for aaages! I'm not much of a DIY-er, although I do like to alter clothes quite a bit, I wouldn't call it DIY as such! Gem and Belle do this kind of thing much better than I do! However, while meandering around the flagship Topshop store in London a few weekends ago, I finally struck gold with an idea!


These photo print tops been in my Wishlist folder on the lappytop for quite some time now! For something so simple, I'm quite reluctant to splurge so much money on them, so...


1. Go onto http://laphotocabine.com/ and snap some photos with your friends. It's an amazing, virtual photobooth website that I've been loving. You can choose to take lots of different photostrips or take one set and reuse.

2. Once you have saved them to your computer, print about 5-6 strips onto photo transfer paper. Don't forget to flip your design! Print them quite big, to fill an A4 page, so that they'll have maximum effect on your shirt. Cut the strips out individually. Play around with the strips to see what looks best on your shirt.


3. Heat up your iron, and follow the instructions to iron onto your top in your personally desired layout. I like to criss cross mine in different directions!

4. If you have used an oversized T-shirt for your design, carefully cut up the sleeves so they are cap-sleeved, which is generally a lot more flattering. You could even cut the entire sleeve off to make a lovely oversized vest design! Fold the ends of the sleeve up and sew into place in the centre.

Apologies for the awful photo! I took over 40 and couldn't get a single decent photo!

5. Et voila! A personal, and much cheaper version of the Topshop tee that everyone is rocking!

Extra Tips:
1. Use a black top and black photo transfer paper for a reverse effect that looks equally as chic.

2. Use a photo editing program to change the photo strips to black and white or sepia tone for a different effect. I love the black and white effects with this type of design.

3. Download Poladroid to polaroid-ise your digital photos and print onto shirts!

Hopefully this inspires some of you to try DIY-ing a photo tee! Leave me a comment if you do decide to try this, I'd love to see your designs! (:

20 comments

  1. Ooh, this is so cool! thanks alot for posting this, it's really handy - i'll defionately be trying it sometime soon! :)

    Mollie
    www.we-are-the-crowd.com

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  2. Ooh, this is so cool! thanks alot for posting this, it's really handy - i'll defionately be trying it sometime soon! :)

    Mollie
    www.we-are-the-crowd.com

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  3. thanks for the mention love
    this idea is amazing! i am going to try it soon and show you how it turns out xx

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  4. wow that's amazing! really want to try this. thanks for the great tutorial :) xo

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  5. wow this is so cool!great alternative to buying the real thing:)xxwill be trying when i have no coursework!:D

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  6. Love this DIY! Well done Michelle, its super! :)

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  7. Great stepbystep! I'm going to try this! Looks so cool :) xx

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  8. thank you all so much for the lovely feedback! was so nervous putting a diy post up, but i'm a bit more confident now (: cupcakes to you all! xoxo

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  9. This is a wicked DIY! (and definitely saves the pennies against some of those extortionate ready-made tees) jazzy ♥

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  10. Ooh, thats such a good idea and that website is really cool! Your top looks awesome!

    Stacey xx

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  11. wow, what a nice idea with your selfmade t-shirt *_*
    and lovely blog!

    xoxo wanda
    http://itislikethesmelloffreedom.blogspot.com/

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  12. this is an awesome DIY.
    you should totally do more.
    & thanks for the link.

    vivatramp.blogspot.com

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  13. aww i love this (i will try it!)! you should definitely do more DIY! awesome!! xx

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  14. This is a great DIY! I even think doing it with white transfer paper would look cool!

    Melanie@UnravelledThreads

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  15. thanks so much lovelies, your comments have really encouraged me to try more diy posts! hopefully will make it regular as well (:

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  16. this is brilliant michelle!!! amazing! I love anything diy. Might have to try this when i have time xx

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