Designer DIY: Make Your Own “$1,000” T-Shirt

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Went shopping lately? Have you ever seen something that you really want? Or browsed online, and thought it’s simple and easy to make but never thought of making it yourself? I have. Just this week, I have stumbled upon Vogue’s featured article regarding designers making a $1000 t-shirt. When I saw Prabal Gurung’s creation, I immediately fell in love with the simplicity of the design and thought, maybe I can try stealing the look and make one like it. So I went and looked for my old dress and an old t shirt to copy the design. Luckily my dress already have a big bow in it, so all I have to do is snip it out and attach it to the shirt. I just had a little challenge with removing the mini chest pocket that was sewn in on my t-shirt. Fortunately I was able to snip it off clean and have successfuly removed the bow and the pocket without leaving any rips or holes. Check out the pictures below to see what I came up with.

Prabal Gurung’s Design

Designer DIY: Make Your Own “$1,000” T-Shirt

Read more about the article “here”.

My old dress

Prabal Gurung Designer DIY t-shirt

My old t-shirt

Prabal Gurung Designer DIY t-shirt

Transferred Ribbon

Prabal Gurung Designer DIY t-shirt

What do you think? I actually love how it turned out and I got the designer look all free of cost! 🙂 Trt it out for yourself and check what you can salvage from your old clothes. I’d most likely use the rest of the red dress to my other DIY’s. If you have any questions, suggestions or request, feel free to let me know. Til’ next xox.

My name is Angela Ricardo Bethea and I am the founder and editor behind ( and many other online publications ) ... I love the finer things in life, I'm quite a shop-a-holic and a certified jet-setter. So if I am not behind my laptop to blog, I'd probably be shopping if not traveling.


  1. ♔cominica♔

    December 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I love make a D.I.Y too, usually I use my fabric to make it 😀

  2. Rhea Bue

    December 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    nice job sis! dami mo nang DIY ah. 😀 cool! 😀 do more! 😀

  3. Grysh Co

    December 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Great idea sis! I better buy myself a couple of those ribbons. Unlike you, I don’t really have a dress with a big bow that i can snip off. But I think the outcome would have been better if the shirt is in black? I suggest you dye it black and attach the bow again. if possible, it would look so much better <3 I can already imagine it.

  4. Sumi Go

    December 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I haven’t done any DIY projects lately, so I’ll probably try to recreate this look too.. 🙂 I have tons of dresses with big bows. I don’t have a lot of plain tees though. Anyway, I like how your $1000 t-shirt turned out.. ^^

  5. Georgina

    December 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

    It’s actually hard to make a plain white shirt look good, and I’ll be honest, I don’t think that the examples on that website look quite “$1000″… but DIY is fun anyway and you can have fun jazzing up a simple piece of clothing 🙂

  6. chrisair

    December 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Cool so curious about that Prabal Gurung Shirt the design looks distress and ripped

  7. Marinella

    December 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Wow… making a $1000 shirt has never been easy. *winks

  8. Lissa

    December 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I really like the idea and it turned out good! 🙂 

  9. Monnii Bee

    December 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    That’s super cute!! it reminds me of Hello Kitty. Completely worth it =]  

  10. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you! I actually thought of the same thing! 🙂 Glad someone noticed it too! I’m a HK lover. 😛

  11. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Lissa! I love it and I get to wear the shirt again like as if it’s totally new. 😛

  12. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I know right? LOL. I guess being creative pays off well. :))

  13. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I have been fascinated with his designs… and how minimal it is yet still fashionable. I hope he doesn’t mind that I’m trying to copy the look. 😛

  14. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I agree that the shirt don’t look quite a $1000 worth but I guess it depends on how much they brand it and try to sell it off. After all some people do spend money on things that don’t quite fit the price category. In my opinion as long as I get to look good and have the same look with DIY I’m really happy. 😀

  15. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I would love to see your version! Please let me know when you do so I can check it out. Yay and thumbs up for DIY and recreating. 😀 Thanks although I can’t really take much credit as I just copied the idea from Gurung. 😀

  16. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Awwee thank you! Dami ka jan. Asus… kumpara naman sayo no. Nasobrahan kasi ako sa busy. Maghahabol pa lang. 😀 I’ll try my best. xoxo

  17. Angela Ricardo

    December 20, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    That’s awesome!!! You have your own fabric collection? That is too awesome! I hope someday I can have fabric assortment too. 😛

  18. Angela Ricardo

    December 21, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Thank you sis! Go ahead and get bows and ribbons. 😀 Show me your version ha! I do have plain black tee as well. Actually yung color ng shirt at ribbon is my chosen combo palibasa it reminds me of hello kitty. :)) I’d prolly try it with black too. 😀

  19. Claire

    December 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    super simple yet creative! love how it turned out.. 

  20. Angela Ricardo

    December 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    thank you sis! xox

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