Friday, March 1, 2013

DIY: Balmain on a Budget


Ahhh Balmain! So this blog post is another DIY shirt, something similar to the Celine Shirt from my last post! After looking at such a beautiful ready to wear spring 2013 collection designed by my hubby Olivier Rousteing, it made me look back at the other pieces before his beauty took over! So Christophe Decarnin did his thing at Balmain for like 9 years, and his last collection included this gem. The tank goes for like a gizzzilion dollars... close to $1500..So I decided to make my own, it's actually from SS11 if you wanna check it out!!

My Balmain Inspo...

So this is what you'll need:
Sorry y'all was super excited to use this new 3D filter app on my phone.  But thats the white tank top!
  • White tank top! Mines an old one from American Eagle, racer back
  • Paper (something a bit more stronger than regular paper but thinner than cardboard, like you know that kleenex tissue box type of cardboard? That!
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Some paint (navy blue and red)
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors  
Total Time: 2 hours to complete and a day or two to dry!

Step 1: Draw stars on your paper and cut them out (cut a few cause they'll eventually get soggy from all the paint.

Step 2: Either laying your shirt on the floor or have it hanging (like mine) visualize the center and tape it straight down and to the right *leave an allowance for the stripes at the bottom* I left 5 inches! 

Step 3: With the cut outs in hand plop some blue paint in a cup or paper plate and saturate your paint brush.

Step 4: This part is actually fun, you pretty much place the star anywhere in the area you decide to be your "50 states"and paint over the star, pretty much stenciling your shirt. When the stars are done it should look something like this:

Step 5: Now once the stars are complete, instead of having bright red stripes run across your shirt, mix it in with the blue giving it that deep red almost purple but still red colour. Mix that with some water for your first stroke to see if you like the shade. Your consistency should get thicker when you've got the right colour!

Step 6: Let it dry!

Alright. so the next two photos are just a closer look on the 'distressed' look I was going for! 

Alright, this is how I styled it!

The Details:
Balmain Inspired Tank
Ripped Boyfriend Jeans-Celebrity Pink
Wilfred Reusable Tote
Sand/Offwhite TOMS

Matte Leopard Sunglasses- Le Chateau
Butler Please- Essie Nailpolish 
Rose Gold Mesh Watch (The Moment on Karmaloop

I hope you guys enjoyed this DIY and if you have any questions let me know in the comments below or hit me up on twitter (@sewitums)

Corny, I know! But I love me some Lana Del Rey...Enjoy!



  1. you are stepping up your DIY ideas! its not only clever but fun and wearable! like you just got it from the store! love the post!

  2. Love this! Great idea and it looks fab. Seriously awesome. Love the Lana, too! Whenever I see our US flag in fashion nowadays I have a little hint of Lana in my thoughts.



  3. This is an amazing tutorial. Though I'm sure mine wouldn't come out looking as cool as yours I still want to give it a try. :)

  4. what you did right amazing!!!!