Embellish it baby! This is a broad suggestion, but my advice is to play around with different materials. Practice everything on an old piece of fabric or piece of clothing first!
- Stamping- This is an easy alternative to screen printing. There are sponge stamps, you can carve or purchase wooden stamps, and you can purchase paper stamps and use them on fabric.. Sketch out a design or practice on paper first, then get busy restyling.
- Rhinestones- I buy rhinestones and use them to add a little bling (think 80's glam) or create custom letters with funny sayings. You can use bought stencils and fill them in with the rhinestones, and use your home iron to apply permanently to the fabric. There are also plenty of ready-to-apply rhinestone transfers available on the internet.
- Tie-dye. Get groovy! For a unique up cycling idea, only tie-dye a certain area of the shirt, such as the sleeve or one bottom corner.
- Alter the neckline- simply cut around the neckline to create a cool footloose-style off shoulder neckline.
- Fringe benefits. Cut small vertical slits going from the hemline towards the top of the vintage tshirt. About 2-4 inches long should do it. You can also tie the ends of each strip to create a beaded fringe look.
- Add a little sexy by cutting up the sides (or one side) of the tee while laying flat and then cut horizontal slits, which will create pieces that can be tied together. This creates a funky cut-out effect.