The tank top that my boyfriend was wearing at the concert at the Hard Rock Cafè is one that I did for him for his Birthday last year. A lot people have complimented him on it so I thought I'd make a little Do It Yourself post. A cool and personalised piece that anyone can manage to make with just a bit of patience and creativity. Not to mention that the deep cut tank tops can look just as great on girls as on guys - I think they're really awesome.
The first thing I did was to make the photo collage. I'd already decided on the kind of style I wanted for the t-shirt, and carefully picked out the photos from my own albums that I though were cool and associated with good times.Then I edited all the photos in the style I whised to achive before I put them into a collage. I normally use Picasa 3 for basic editing and making collages. You can dowload Picasa for free if you search for it on Google. It's easy to use and has loads of functions that you can play around with. Furthermore, it automatcally syncronises itself with your picture library on your computer every time you open it, so you don't have to import your photos manually. Really recommend to try it out if you haven't already.
After I had made the collage with all the photos in black and white I added an effect that gave it more of a blue and yellow tint (See the photos further down).
After I was done with the collage I got a dark grey basic t-shirt from H&M. Think about what colours your print is when you decide on a t-shirt, there are many colours and shades to choose from. In fact, I got a black one as well so that I could see which one would look better with the collage when I would have the actual print.
Before you get the print done make sure to measure how big you want it to be. And if you're planning on making a deep cut tank top like the one I made, make sure you don't let the print go too far out on the sides. My print was 22x36cm.
I got the collage printed in a store in Norway. It was one of those that you iron on yourself. I know that you find places that will print your photo directly on the t-shirt, but then the white areas will often stay transparent, which will be a problem if the shirt you've chosen is any other colour than white.
To iron on the print I placed it where I wanted it to be, keeping in mind where I wanted the neck cut to be. I used a glossy transparent paper (baking paper will also do) on top of the print and put the iron on full heat. Then I carefully ironed a bit of the print at a time, and made sure to do a bit extra at the edges. Make sure you don't leave the iron in the same place for too long, and don't put too much pressure on it. It better to be a bit to carefull to start off with than to ruin the print. Check that the print sticks propperly, and then leave it to cool down.
When the print was done I went on to the last stage: Cutting the t-shirt into a deep cut tank top. The best way to do this is to make someone wear it as you mark up where to cut it. I always cut one arm first, and then fold it to mark the other arm. That way the sides will be as similar as possible. For the deep cut, let the holes for the arms go at least half way down the top. But it's a good idea to cut a bit above where you think you want it first, try it on, and then cut some more if it's needed. I also gave the neck a deeper cut, both at the front and a little bit at the back. Remember that if you cut it deeper on the back the tank top will normally start to slide forward. So - unless you want the top to hang more in the front - be a bit carefull with cutting the back of the neck.
And here is the result: