Five different ways to personalize a shirt
(that aren’t screen printing!)
18 june ‘22
Personalizing a garment to your style and needs is always an exciting journey. This article describes 5 fun and easy ways you can personalize and transform a shirt into an entirely new creation.
Usually, when thinking about personalizing a shirt, you mind likely makes an association with customization and screen-printing, but there are many other ways to personalize a shirt that aren’t screen-printing. Here are 5 fun, easy ways you can personalize and transform a shirt into an entirely new creation!
Safety pins will be
your best friend!
You can easily bring new life to a shirt by pinning it up and cropping it! Just let the original hem rest on the inside of the shirt. The best thing about using safety pins is that you don’t have to commit to the permanency of a cropped shirt. You can simply take those safety pins out and have your original shirt again, or maybe you even want to try a new length or test out an asymmetrical hem instead! Safety pins can also be an accessory to this shirt as well. Maybe there are slits up the sides of this shirt that you can pin together to add an almost grunge aesthetic to your present look.
Feel free to explore various fashion aesthetics and find what suits you best. Another perk of using safety pins is that you easily adjust and quickly alter a shirt to fit your body how you want it to fit. Safety pins will become your best friend in no time!
Accessorize and create!
Adding an accessory is also a simple way to transform a shirt. Accessorizing with pins and brooches is a great way to add a nice flare to both your shirt and your entire look. Belts! Another underrated but pivotal accessory!
Consider using that belt that usually holds up your pants, shorts, or skirt as an accessory to help personalize your shirt and look. It’s fun to play with the placement of the belt as well! Try it on your waist but maybe let it sit on your hips if the shirt is a little longer. Play around and experiment with it. Don’t shy away from trying new combinations because you never know what will work! Maybe you want to try a belt that’s even bolder than the classic black belt. For example, take a look at this studded wrap belt by Kmana on Staiy.com to get some inspiration on how to transform and personalize your shirt using a belt. Simply tying or pinning some left-over fabric can also be a simple way to recreate this wrap belt. Another technique (a personal favorite) to transform and personalize your look is to create waist chains by combining necklaces you already own. This is another simple, easy way to transform and personalize your shirt and your entire look. Longer key chains also work well. For example, take a glance at these key chains produced by ZAMT on Staiy.com! The interesting part about it all is that you are giving these necklaces and keychains a new purpose and new life similar to how you are bringing new life by personalizing your shirt!
Exploring embroidery and sewing techniques!
Another way to transform and personalize your shirt into an entirely new creation is by bringing out your needle and thread and maybe even your sewing machine! There are many ways you can personalize and transform your shirt using sewing techniques. First off, sewing is an easy way to tailor a shirt to your body in the way that you want. You can also use the simple technique of ruching to easily personalize and transform your shirt by adding some playful texture. Adding beads is also a fun way to personalize and transform your shirt and leaves open a door of endless creative possibilities. Embroidery is another popular way to transform and personalize your shirt into a new creation entirely of your own doing. To get some inspiration for embroidery, check out this beautiful bomber jacket by Silvia Giovandari on Staiy.com and admire the beautiful placement and technique employed to create an elegant, intriguing piece of art.
Grab a pair of scissors!
Adding cut outs is also a great way to transform and personalize your shirt or maybe you just prefer a raw hem as well! When it comes to alterations and cut outs, you have the freedom for it to be as elaborate as you want! Maybe you simply create raw hems on the edges of your shirt or maybe you try creating some type of open-back situation. You can also simply transform the long sleeves of your shirt into nice cap sleeves. Or maybe you want to go for the distressed look by strategically cutting holes and slits in your shirt. You can also consider tying cut pieces together to transform and personalize this shirt. The possibilities are endless, so have fun with it!
Bring out the buckets and brushes!
Dying clothes is also a good way to rejuvenate, personalize, and transform your shirt. Not only is dying cloth with preferably natural dyes a great way to personalize and transform your shirt, but you can also have fun doing it! You can quickly search online for various lists of tie dying patterns and techniques and quickly choose one that calls to you. Then, the exciting part begins! Now maybe the route of dying clothes just isn’t your style.
Another fun and creative way to personalize and transform your shirt is by bringing out the paint brushes! Painting on your shirt is a great way to personalize your shirt but do consider using eco-friendly alternatives to acrylic paint if you do choose to take this route of painting. With painting, you have the freedom to explore the content you wish to place on this now personalized shirt and maybe you can add more painting to this garment later! It can evolve and transform into something else, which is the most exciting part about it! For inspiration, check out this hand painted shirt by Silvia Giovandari on Staiy.com and also this piece by Silvia Giovandari on Staiy.com to begin gathering some inspiration for how you can personalize and transform your shirt!
These tips are only a few of the many for how you can personalize and transform a shirt into an entirely new and unique creation that is truly you! Do you have additional suggestions or techniques for personalizing shirts? Share them with the Staiy community!