Super Simple Sailor Stripe Shirt DIY

Friday, March 1, 2013

As I've previously mentioned, Monday next week Mr M and I go away on a trip for his birthday. I've had to let him in on as to where as I needed his help with the logistics, and so now I can say it here, too. We're going to Cap Ferret on the south west coast of France and I couldn't be more excited!

The Cap Ferret peninsula takes up the length of the Atlantic Ocean side of the Arcachon Bay, just to the south west of Bordeaux. It's the oyster farming capital of the country and until les Parisiens found out about its beauty and serenity and forged it into a trendy sea-side resort it was only inhabited by fishermen. Even now, fishing is the town's largest activity and every restaurant and cafe that adorn the Cap serve up fresh sea produce that was plucked from the waters of the bay that morning.

No trip to the seaside is complete without a sailor-stripe tee, so I put together this super easy DIY striped shirt to pack, to add to my collection as I have way too many as it is.

Super Simple Sailor Stripe Shirt

You'll need

+ A plain, crew-neck tee shirt that contains no stretch (or is bias-cut) and fits snug without stretching - you don't want to run the risk of pulling the stripes apart.
+ Tapered sponge
+ Blue textile paint
+ Scissors
+ Masking tape, about 3cms wide
+ 1 garbage bag
+ a disposable surface, such as newspaper

1. Lay the tee flat on the work surface.
2. Cut the base off the garbage bag so it flattens out and push up inside the tee making sure it reaches both sides and lies flat.
3. With the masking tape cover the bottom of the tee, taping over the stitches on the hem and secure to the work surface. Ensure the sides lie flat.
4. Tear off two small pieces of masking tape of about ten centimetres in length and place on either side of the tee, above the long strip of masking tape closely touching.
5. Above those place a strip of masking tape the width of the tee. Repeat up the shirt until you reach the arm pits and cover them with masking tape. Ensure that the edges of the masking tape has stuck to the tee properly or you'll make a curvy blob like I did!

6. Starting at the top space, apply the paint to the tee between the masking tape using a dabbing motion. Once you've reached the other side go back and cover any white spots that may have been missed and make sure the paint goes right up to the masking tape edge.
7. Once completing a stripe, carefully remove the tape at the top before going onto the next stripe. Continue until you have painted the whole tee. Then remove the masking tape covering the hem.

8. Leave to dry for the amount recommended and heat seal as per the paint application instructions. For the paint I used I had to leave to dry over night and then iron heat set for five minutes to ensure its washability.

Now you're set for a jaunt to the sea side. Just don't forget the fishing rods!



  1. This is genius! I'm so doing this! Will let you know how it comes out. :)

    1. Thank you! Please do! I bought the paint and sponge from Rougier & Plé, the one I mentioned over on your blog xx

    2. Yes! I ended up going last weekend and picked up some goodies for the wedding! What's funny is that I passed this place everyday when I lived in the Marais because my gym is up the street. I had no idea it was a craft store. Thanks for the rec!

    3. Hourah! You're welcome. To be fair it is very unassuming from the outside. Happy crafting xx