C'est La Vie: DIY Tee

A couple of weeks ago I saw someone Instagram a stripey tee with red embroidered lettering and I just thought it was the cutest thing ever. If you were to ever come shopping with me you'd know that I am drawn to everything with stripes so obviously I looked for it and went to buy it. It turned out to be a Maison Labiche tee (I featured it in my Spring Style Lust List) which is £55 and I was like hmmmmmm no (Whistles also do/did a similar tee but that's just as expensive). So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own! And you can too, if you want.

What you will need: 

1 Stripey T-Shirt (or any T-Shirt you want..)
1 Needle
Red embroidery thread (or any colour but I love stripes and red)
1 Pencil
1 Pair of scissors
1 Series to binge in the background (Might I recommend these.. and these Netflix series)

Both Maison Labiche and Whistles seem to use French phrases on their T-Shirts like 'cherie' or 'enchante' etc. which I love, but I guess the fun of making your own is that you could have whatever you like! I decided to embroider 'c'est la vie' onto mine, it's just a phrase I like and thought would look nice.

I went for this Oasis Stripe T-Shirt which was £16, you could probably find cheaper but I liked the spacing between the stripes on this one, I thought it would be perfect to be able to see the text on the white bit between the two navy stripes.

Step 1.

I put the T-Shirt on and looked down, looked in the mirror and worked out where I wanted the text to go. This is worth doing otherwise you could have spent the time doing it and find the end of the text is under your armpit or just too far round the corner. Mark gently with a pencil.

Step 2. 

Then you can very gently write the text of your choice onto the T-Shirt (feel free to freestyle but I wanted a guide)

Step 3. 

Start sewing! Thread your embroidery thread through the needle, knot the end and from the inside of your T-Shirt make a start. Go back in from outside to inside with a dash sized thread.

Step 4. 

For the next thread you want to miss a space about the same size as your first thread - dash sized - then thread back through the first thread 'dash'. This is so there's no gap between thread and it looks like one continuous written line.

Step 5.

Just keep going until you're done.

Voila! You've got yourself one unique tee!

What do you think? Would you try this for yourself? I'm thinking I'd love to try some floral embroidery next.. let me know if you'd like to see that!

Pictures of me taken by Gwennan Rees (Twenty Something Meltdown)

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  1. This is such a great idea! Definitely something I want to invest in, I'm thinking maybe a pink tee with pink writing? I guess the lines on a striped top help to keep the text level though! 'C'est la vie' is such a cute little phrase too, I feel like you could write almost anything French and it would work!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Georgie xo
    Georgie Nicks | Lifestyle Blog

    1. Omg yes love that idea! Pale pink with dark print writing! So pretty.
      Yes, the stripes helped a lot a lot with keeping the text in a line.. I think you'd have to draw a line to keep it level on a plain top.
      Couldn't agree more.. anything French sounds pretty haha.

  2. Love this Sarah!! The pictures of you are so pretty. Great photography too ;).

    Hannah xx

    1. Thank you Hannah! Credit to Gwennan for the pics of me, she's the best!

  3. Love love love it! I would never have guessed it was crafted! And obvs awesome pics as Hannah said 😂🙌🏼 Xxx


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