DIY fridays – Tory Burch sequin T-shirt knockoff

May 21st, 2010

It was love at first sight when i first saw this Tory Burch T-shirt in one of my fave magazines. The original one I saw was white, but then when I popped onto the website and saw the black one I loved it too… Unfortunately $165 for a T-shirt is just a little rich for my blood! So I figured it was just perfect for a DIY project!

I did make a few changes, firstly I went for a matte sequin because I thought the shiny type could end up looking a little cheapish, Secondly I decided to use a stretch sequin trim instead of handsewing all the sequins on because it was easier.


  1. Old T-shirt
  2. Stretch sequins (I got mine from this lovely store on Etsy, but you can get it by the yard in most fabric stores)
  3. Gold (or gold look) thread
  4. Denim or other really sturdy needle (this bit is important, I started using stretch needles and broke 3 before I switched to a sturdier needle)


  1. Go slow, the faster you go the more messy it will be, and the greater risk of breaking a needle
  2. Use the nice finished edges of the stretch elastic along the outside edges of the sleeve for a neater finish.

So you’ve already seen my black version of this top, and as you can see the black one has cap sleeves whereas the white one is more common short sleeved Tshirt. But I pretty much love them both! I think it’s a nice alternative to the boring tshirt.

Top: DIY Tory Burch knockoff
Skirt: Banana republic
Belt: pinched from mom’s closet
Shoes: Banana republic

6 Responses

  1. amanda says:

    i love the t-shirt! you did such a great job on it. and it looks really pretty on you. way to go being super creative and making something instead of buying a cheap knockoff. i love it!

  2. Mara says:

    oh i love this DIY! So creative (and much more affordable!) You look great :)

  3. noel says:

    i love your DIY fancy shoulders! it looks great. -noel

  4. Kristin says:

    I LOVE that you knocked this off! nice!

  5. Debbie says:

    Love this shirt. I think I would like one with the sequins matching the color of the shirt. Excited about doing this project soon.

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