I chose the 2013 Pantone color of the year for my Halloween 2013 costume.
Sorry there aren't more pictures. I decided on this at the last-minute since I'm incredibly indecisive.
Step 1: Materials
- White fabric - I used an old sheet
- Liquid stitch, sewing machine, or sewing kit
- Black paint pen(s)
- Straight Pens
- Printed Lettering to trace - I've attached the pdf & Illustrator files for the lettering I used. Don't forget to adjust the size of your letting to fit you & change the color information to match the color of your t-shirt.
- Ruler or straight-edge & pen/pencil/chalk
Step 2: Prep Your Shirt
I cut off the sleeves of my shirt, folded the cut edges under, and liquid stitched them. You can also sew them if you'd rather. I don't have a sewing machine handy, and I was tired of hand-sewing when I did this. The liquid stitch held just fine.
After that, I turned my shirt inside out, laid it on the ground, and put a dress that fits me like I wanted on top of it (make sure to center the dress so that your neck hole is lined up correctly). Then I marked the outline of the dress, pinned the shirt along that line, tried it on to make sure that it fit like I wanted, and sewed up the lines to make the over-sized t-shirt fit the same as my dress. After that I trimmed off the excess fabric. I ended up trimming off about 3 inches on both sides.
Step 3: Prep Your White Band
Once you figure out how long you actually want it to be, you're going to double that amount. So let's say that you want the end height of your band to be 10", you're going to need a 20" tall piece of fabric, which needs to be long enough to go around you.
Fold the fabric piece in half, so that 20" becomes the desired 10". Then sew it together. You can see where I had liquid-stitched my fabric in this picture.
After that, take your straight edge, and mark about 1/2" to 1" from your cut edge. This is where the bottom of your shirt will line up with the band.
Step 4: Draw Out Your Lettering
Then just go over your pen lines with your black paint pen & fill them in.
Let your paint pen dry until it is completely dry. It will probably take a few hours, but I recommend leaving it overnight just to be safe. You don't want it to smear because the crisp letting is important to the finished look.
Step 5: Attach Your White Band
Once you have the whole white tube glued to the t-shirt, while it's all still inside out, you're going to need to sew the raw edges of the white fabric tube ends together. If you're lucky, it will line up perfectly with the seem of your t-shirt.
Step 6: Enjoy!
A costume is all about the accessories, so here's what I recommend:
Hipster glasses - bonus points if you wear 3D glasses like get at the cinema with the lenses popped out
Black shoes - Tom's if you have them, or matte black flats
Hair pulled back into a bun