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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DIY Geometric T-shirt

triangle shirt

Have you noticed the geometric trend that's slowly creeping its way through the fashion world lately?  I'm probably a tad behind on this, but it's really caught my eye.  Not for me, per say.  My personal fashion preferences fall more into the solids and neutral categories but I blame that on the fact that I'm not blessed with Scandinavian height and model sized thighs.

This Zara shirt from 2011 caught my eye a few weeks ago and I thought it would look adorable with the brightly colored skinny jeans every one is wearing these days.  Here's how to make one.

Acrylic Paints and paint brush
Freezer Paper
exacto knife

Cut two pieces of Freezer paper the size of your shirt front leaving about an inch of t-shirt peaking out from the paper.  Use a ruler or straight edge to create horizontal lines (mine are about 2 inches apart).

Then go back and make vertical lines that are angled (again 2 inches apart).

Then again the opposite direction to form your triangles.

Place the blank piece of Freezer paper on top of the first and trace the design onto the second piece.

Using the Exacto knife cut out every other triangle on the first piece of Freezer paper.  Then on the second piece, cut out the opposite pattern (When you are done, laying one piece on top of the other will block out all negative space.)

Iron one Freezer Paper stencil on your t-shirt and start painting. Feel free to leave triangles unpainted.  If you use a darkly colored t-shirt as I did, you may need to repeat the painting process 4 or 5 times for the light colors.

Let your first stencil dry overnight after your final coating.  Then tear away your stencil and iron your second stencil so it covers the painted triangles.  You may want to make a sketch of wear each color is so you know which colors to use while painting the second stencil.  Again, leave some triangles blank so the t-shirt color comes through in spots.  Once this stencil is dry, gently peel away.  If you want a few "unconnected" triangles, simply create a few extra triangle stencils and repeat the process on the edges of your design.

Once the paint is dry pair it up with your favorite coordinating skinny jeans and rock it out. If you are anything like me (and I date myself here), you'll be singing They Might Be Giants, Particle Man the whole time you work.

The perfect shirt for the triangle lover in your house.  Just be careful because apparently, triangles are cool because they look like teeth.

This colorful Triangle Man can eat me up any time he wants.

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  1. Awesome! At first I thought you had sewed each triangle on, but stenciling looks so much easier! I love the triangle trend, but haven't gotten into it yet. And of course a boy would say triangles look like teeth! Great job!

  2. That's adorable! Might have to give this one a go- my little boy loves shapes.

    1. I'd love to see your version if you end up making one, Lauren!

  3. aw this is so fun!!! i love it:)

  4. This is very cool Stacy! I love to see boys with style!

  5. I love it! Cool style:)

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  6. that's a fun idea, I might have to try it out

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    1. Thanks, Max!That means a lot coming from such a cool chick as yourself.

  8. This is ADORABLE!! You should enter your photos from this project into Craftbaby's Geometric Art Challenge :)


  9. Stacey I love this. I kinda want one for myself. So glad you linked it up at my party! definitely pinning

  10. Fun!! I totally love this. I shared it on my blog today:


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