Do you wish you could make your own clothes but don’t know how to sew? I made this shirt today.
Discover your inner designer with CustomTCouture.com. Make a couture T-shirt with quality beads, rivets, studs, clip art or upload original photos in their easy-to-use art program, available for free online. Modify existing designs–there are close to a hundred to choose from–or start from scratch. View your T-shirt on a model, in different colors–change your mind as often you want and watch the rhinestones twinkle as you go. Lessons aren’t necessary, just begin.
First go to http://www.customtcouture.com/. I searched the “Showroom”page on the site first for examples, then decided to make my own with an existing design.
On page 2, I found Indian Print with a Gold Cross for $41.60. I liked the colors and tie-dye effects in this elaborate print, but there are simpler and less costly T-shirts to choose from. I let the cursor hover over the picture for a close-up. The rhinestones sparkled and the texture of the cross’ fabric became more apparent. Since I was designing my first T-shirt to see what I came up with, price was no object. I clicked on the image and was taken to a full view of the shirt. To the left was a list of itemized features. The rhinestones were Swarovski! Ooh, exotic materials on my T-shirt? I was hooked. Under the shirt I clicked Customize Design.
A size and alignment frame came up around the cross. I clicked “x” to delete it, and the price went down to $37.60.
I uploaded my picture from my site, www.museliterary.com, and the price went up to $45.60. The colors in the photo clashed with the lovely T-shirt’s design, so I changed the photo to black & white. The image was transparent, which I wasn’t sure how to change, but I decided to keep going and would try to fix it later. At this point, I had the option of changing the color of the image from a color palette but none of the other colors looked good. I selected the default. It looked like a vintage photo, which I liked. I then enlarged the image and moved it off the center design to a simpler background on the side.
I noticed some twinkling along the scrolls of the central design–beads! Just for fun, I decided to add bead sprays. I added a few 1″ sprays at 20 cents each, then some 3″ sprays at 40 cents each. The rhinestones sprayed randomly in different patterns each time within the specified radius of 1″ or 3″. Cute–and they twinkled on the screen.
At this point my T-shirt cost $50.40. I added beads one at a time with the Beads option, an appliqué lace butterfly for $2.00, which I moved off to the top left corner and rotated so that the butterfly looked as if it was flying among the flowers. My t-shirt cost $50.40. I liked it and saved it.
How is the price calculated? Click the button near the calculator and a box comes up: garment style; printing size; type of bead, appliqué or transfer used.
In the top right there’s a button that says, What’s On My Garment? I had epoxy stones, Swarovski crystals, rhinestuds, a personal photo and a lace butterfly. Nice!
Custom T Couture belongs to Faraj Inc., a beading company in New Jersey that’s been in the family for three generations. Faraj manufactures custom embellishments for Calvin Klein, Jessica McClintock, Betsy Johnson, Anna Sui and other designers sold in department stores. (I wish I had pictures of those clothes.) I found this company at Texworld, an industry trade show of textile manufacturers happening this week at Javits Center. Seeing the abundance of pieces that go into clothes is overwhelming. Fabrics, swaths of trim and buttons on boards–it was Grandma’s sewing box all over again. If I had to make something, I wouldn’t know where to begin. With CustomTCouture you’ll be tempted to use all of them.
Posted by Debbie Carter of Muse Literary