How to Creatively Make Your Own Shirt


Sometimes it happens that you just cannot seem to find the perfect clothes to wear even if your closet is full of clothes. Sometimes, perhaps you just want to try out something new. In this case, the idea of designing and making your shirt would be perfect. In line with this, below are some tips on how you will be able to creatively make your shirt.

Expand Your Knowledge

If you feel you'll enjoy the process of making your shirt, then it is a good idea to expand on your knowledge of the entire process. Who knows, you might love the process so much you'll start to make your own clothes and even make a decent sum out of it sometime in the future. The official sewing classes usually cover all types of clothes and stitches, but there is also the option for you to read tutorials specifically intended for shirt making and design.

It is here where you will be able to learn more concepts and best practices when it comes to designing shirts. Also, the tutorials will help guide you to get all the tools and resources that you need for the craft. So, let's see what you need to do to make a shirt.

First, Find some Inspiration

One of the first things that you need to do to make your shirt creatively is to explore a certain concept. This may entail the need for you to source out some inspiration by going out for a walk or taking a long bath to relax your mind. This may result in a sudden burst of an idea that will pave the way for you to sketch a design.

In case you are not satisfied with the initial design that you have created, go ahead and continue brainstorming until you land a design you like. You can even create a few variations of your design concept for you to have options to choose from later on. Alternatively, you can use an image as a source of inspiration.

Imagine the Design on a Shirt

As soon as you have a design concept prepared, the next step is for you to imagine the design on a shirt. In some instances, the design that you came up with can look very different when it is already printed in a shirt. For this reason, make sure that you visualize how the design that you came up with will look in the actual apparel.

To do this, you can create a mock-up or a prototype of your design printed into a shirt and try wearing it for you to have a good idea if this is how you intended it to look like. This will allow you to make adjustments as necessary, whether you need to increase or decrease the size of the design or redo it entirely.

Mind the Details

For sure you want a great looking shirt that can be considered as a masterpiece because of the impeccable attention to detail in terms of the design. If you mind the details that you put into the shirt, anyone can study it for hours and find no issues with the design. However, you also need to consider that some of the most astonishing shirt designs are simple but it is equally effective in getting the message of the shirt across. Thus, regardless of the design that you want to print in your shirt, the key is in making sure that it is cleanly ironed out and printed.

Keep Humor Subtle

You may be considering injecting humor in your shirt design and this is perfectly fine. However, you need to ensure that you keep it subtle so that your shirt won't come off as a cheap type of apparel. If done correctly, the humor that you integrate into your shirt design can surely turn heads around. It can even be a conversation starter.

Use the Right Colors

Sometimes, all that it takes to make the perfect shirt is to come up with a design that uses the right colors. There are just some hues that tend to clash, such that is it a good idea to steer clear from these shades. On the contrary, it is a good idea to use complementary colors in your design.

In this case, exert the extra effort to learn about complementary colors and learn about the effects that these colors have with each other. After this, depending on the software that you are using to create a design, make sure to configure the colors accordingly. Nevertheless, take your time in mixing and matching colors that you deem is suitable for your design.

Prepare the Gear that You Need

There are several ways how you will be able to transfer your design on a shirt. You can go for screen printing, direct-to-garment (DTG) printing, as well as heat transfer printing which involves sublimation printing, plastisol transfers, and heat transfer vinyl. Screen printing will yield a shirt design with vibrant colors that are not easily damaged even with frequent washing. This method is also suitable for different kinds of fabric.

With DTG printing, you will be able to print as many colors as you want, and the setup time is considerably faster compared to the screen printing process. In terms of dye-sublimation printing, the design feels soft and part of the shirt fabric. Conversely, printing through plastisol transfers will yield a result similar to screenprinting, which is excellent for both full-color designs and designs with few colors. Regardless of the method that you go for, the important thing is that you prepare all the equipment and the materials that you need accordingly.

To wrap things up, you need to explore a certain concept for your shirt and imagine this design on the apparel. Make sure to focus on the details of the design if you want your shirt to be perfect. If you're going to integrate humor into your design print, it is a good idea to keep it subtle. Alongside this, make sure to go for the right hues and color combinations before preparing all the gears that you need for printing. If you enjoyed the entire process, then go ahead and expand on your knowledge because this can just be a profitable hobby for you in the long run.

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.


Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.

I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!

- The Armchair Psychologist

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