About a month or so ago I saw a Helmut Lang t-shirt online...for $140. I don't know about you, but the price I pay for t-shirts is usually not that steep. Helmut Lang has a talent for making staple pieces that have an edgy/cool element. I really wanted the shirt, but wasn't willing to spend that much. A few days later I decided to make it myself. When I say make it myself I mean text my Mom and ask her if she could please help me make a shirt that I saw online. I purchased a Hanes t-shirt from Shopbop that had been sitting in my shopping cart for sometime, and added "make shirt" to my to-do list the next time I went home to Austin.
Flash foward a few weeks and I'm in Austin. I tried on the Shopbop Hanes tee to make sure it fit. I ordered up a size because I don't like shirts that are skin tight. After I made sure the shirt fit I went to Michael's to get elastic. I handed $3 over to the cashier to get the elastic and then headed home. My Mom has many talents. Too many to list. She's one of those I can do anything types, but not in a snobby way. I knew she would be able to sew my shirt and that it would look amazing. We measured out the elastic to see how long it needed to be and decided which side of the shirt to attach it to. She called me back in the kitchen and told me to try it on to make sure it looked like I imagined. Of course it did, and once again she made it happen (thanks Mom!).
In summary, I now have a shirt that's edgy and cool. One that in total only cost around $35. All you need is a Hanes tee, and your choice of material for the strap. And a really good Mom/someone who can sew. You could always use a different material for the strap. They had so many different colors of ribbon available at Michael's. Use whatever color you like best. I wanted to keep the look crisp and clean for spring.