Contrast Sleeve DIY

Contrast Sleeve T-Shirt DIY: Add Some Psycho Owls To Your Wardrobe

Contrast Sleeve DIY

Tomorrow is the first day of August… but it does not mean summer is getting over! Today is still July (even if it is the very last day of it). And we’re still in shorts (wacky ones wear mini skirts). And we are still wearing t-shirts. And the wacky ones wear contrast sleeves tees!

Remember my previous post? I showed you a bunch of cool contrast sleeve t-shirts you would never ever meet on the street, because the trend is pretty exclusive (wacky ones only 😉 ). And I challenged you to guess which one got enough of my love to become my DIY inspiration.

Time to reveal the answer! Let’s just pretend you did not see the featured picture on the top and are still trying to guess it.

Contrast Sleeve T-Shirt DIY Inspiration

So! (drum roll) I really really felt in love with this cutie:

Patched Contrast Sleeve T-Shirt DIY Inspiration

Boyfriend Style Letter Color Block Sleeve Tee from

Patches! Contrast sleeves! Big friendly letters! All the things I love.

And here we go:

Contrast Sleeve T-Shirt DIY Result

Patches – check! Contrast sleeves – check! Big friendly letters – friendly and letters, check, big – hm, no… They could have been bigger, but they look friendly enough, n’est ce pas? 😉

Psycho Owl Patches

When I was planning the DIY I realized I still had some patches left from my last fall patch DIY project. As you probably do not remember, at that time I felt in love with two kinds of patches: shot smileys and hallucinogenic owls, and I could not choose which ones to buy. So, I bought both and decided to use the ones that arrived first. Turned out it was the shot smileys that won. The flock of psycho owl flew much, much slower. I would say they arrived about 124 years and a couple of months later, and by that time my grand-grand-children almost forgot not only said patches (it became a family tale being passed from generation to generation: How Nadya did not get her psychos) but they had also forgotten about their grand-grand-mother (that is me).

Ok, maybe I am exaggerating. Maybe. But they did get 2-3 months to arrive… and then, they waited almost a year to get used. Last come, last served!

Fall DIY: Denim Jacket With Patches

10 Pc Retro Owls Colorful No Sew Iron On Appliques Cotton Patches: Get at

Do I have to say that the printed text on the front was inspired by the owls? Ok, I am saying it in case you did not guess. The printed text on the front was inspired by the owls! Here we go. Woo-hoo!

Contrast Sleeve T-Shirt DIY Result

How To Get The Look

Wanna get the look? Easy-peasy! The only hard part is the bag. I got it quite several years ago (in my other life) during a trip to London. In LOndon I went to the official Beatles Store and felt on love with e-ve-ry-thing. I wanted to buy it all! However, buying the whole store was not on my budget, so I had to choose only one item. It was hard. I spent almost an hour going through the shelves and racks. Eventually, when my significant-one-at-that-time was about 34 sec away from exploding and kicking me out of the store,  I found this psychodelic, vintage-inspired bag. I grabbed it, ran to the cashier and payed even without looking at the price. It turned out to be a bit expensive (~$100),  but I never regretted it. Nowadays, quite several years later, I still look at the bag with the same tender love I looked at it at the store. My precious.

Contrast Sleeve T-Shirt DIY Result

DIY Steps

Ok, now it is your turn to make a t-shit! Just follow my DIY steps.

Contrast Sleeve T-Shirt DIY Steps

Contrast Sleeve T-Shirt DIY Steps

DIY steps:

  1. For this DIY you need:
    • white over-sized t-shirt;
    • old denim shirt;
    • iron-on patches;
    • scissors;
    • pins;
    • iron;
    • thread;
    • sewing machine;
  2. Cut off the sleeves from the t-shirt and cut them along the side seam.
  3. Fold the denim shirt in half by aligning the side seams.
  4. Put one of the t-shirt sleeves on top of the folded shirt and cut out the sleeves; make them longer and wider than the original ones.
  5. If the sleeves are not symmetrical, fold each of them in half and cut the excessive fabric.
  6. Iron the patches on the right side of the sleeves.
  7. Sew the side seams of the sleeves.
  8. Sew the sleeves to the t-shirt bodice.
  9. Hem the sleeves or leave them frayed like I did it.
  10. If you want to print a text, go to my hand-printing DIY.

And now wear it!

Contrast Sleeve T-Shirt DIY Result

So guys do you want to join the gang of wackies? 😉 Happy DIY-ing!

Disclaimer: Yup, this post may contain affiliate links! If you buy something from me, I get some margarita money (not enough to buy a pair of shoes). Read more here.

18 replies
    • dushonok
      dushonok says:

      Pamolina, thanks for kind words 🙂 I am so happy you liked my DIY, because what you are doing is much much more complex! Huge respect to you!

  1. themultitaskingmissus
    themultitaskingmissus says:

    I love this! I’ve always had a tendency towards the wacky. (I wore tutus to school in high school, regularly.) But, I haven’t been wearing as much wacky lately. But, this makes me want to renew my wacky parts of my wardrobe! Also, I love those owls! I’m really into denim right now; I might have to go thrifting for a denim shirt to do this with.

    • dushonok
      dushonok says:

      Gina, thanks for the comment! Wow, you were wearing tutus in high school? I am impressed 🙂 This is one of the wackiest things of all the wackies :)))) My high school wardrobe was pretty crazy too, but I would never thought of tutus… kinda regret it now!

      • themultitaskingmissus
        themultitaskingmissus says:

        Thanks! 🙂 And it’s never too late. You could always check out a dancer store (that’s where I got my best ones).

        • dushonok
          dushonok says:

          Never too late! I like it! haha 🙂 you are right
          a dance store… good idea, but maybe I should follow the spirit of my blog and try to make one. We shall see 😉


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