As a wee kid, I thought there was no DIY project I could not take on. I LOVED DIY. It’s cheap, it’s fun, it’s gratifying – and after all of that hard work, you get an actual product to show for. One of my favorite things to DIY involved fashion related things. Every single time I would get an ill-fitting shirt, I would insist on cutting the sleeves or the hem – any sort of incision – to make it more of a fashion item than some random shirt I won somewhere. Armed with scissors, the cutting part was easy. It was a no-brainer. But as much as I loved DIY, I was too lazy to do any sewing done. I would cut with no regard then let that be the finished product. Never mind the wonky, jagged edged hems. No one will ever notice.
Because of that, I’ve laid quite low on the DIY department, but every now and then I still get the urge to make a crop top out of an old Superman shirt. Just to make it ~chic~ you know? But I can’t be bothered to really do it neatly on my own anymore, so imagine my excitement when I got invited over by Lee Pipes to not only perform for their event, but also participate in their DIY pop-up booths involving shirts.
When I first walked in, I was overwhelmed! There was an actual RV at the entrance! There was a clothes carousel! Hip booths, wooden tables, colorful fabric swatches – total sensory overload! I was first directed to the shirt carousel to pick my own shirt to DIY (I naturally, predictably got white). The perfect DIY canvas.
First stop: pockets. You can choose form a variety of colors and patterns and have professional dressmakers sew your pocket patch on! I didn’t really want one on mine (I had my eye on the heatpress machine) so I skipped that!
Second stop: cuts. Choose if you want a cropped top, a tank top, assymetrical neck. Bonus macrame services if you want a hippie edge to your shirt! I had mine cut to a cropped top because those are everything.
Third stop: the coveted heatpress area! Being a huge fan of Tavi Gevinson (been reading her since she was 11, I’m just saying hahahar), I wanted to emblazon ROOKIE on my shirt, but they ran out of letter E’s on black. So, as an alternative, I just embraced my unabashed fangirlism and had TAVI printed instead. The purest form of love is when you print your idol’s shirt on your chest in uppercase.
There were lots of other images available for heatpressing, but I didn’t want to take away from the main focal point, so I skipped the rest of the images and headed over to the fourth stop
Fourth stop: Tie dye booth. This booth was my favorite – visually the display was stunning. They were using this tie dye technique involving Sharpies, alcohol, and a blower to make these psychedelic patterns! I didn’t have the guts to psychedelify mine, so I just watched the other folks as they jazzed up their pockets and hems in an array of colors
Well after all of that, I had to jump out of the DIY frenzy and perform for the MOA crowd! I’m wearing a Lee Pipes romper btw!
And lastly, here I am with my super talented friend Vin Quilop + SM Youth models Tommy and Richard, too good looking for real life. They’re wearing their custom Lee Pipes tees!
Thank you Lee Pipes for having all of us! Expect me to wear my new TAVI shirt in gigs, sporting events, and other appropriate situations. Hihi :)