ABC Family/JBDStyleChallenge #2 - Style Icon/DIY Shirt

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hi everyone! So from a previous post, you may know that I'm participating in ABC Family/Jane By Design's Style Challenge. To view my first challenge where I posted a shopping haul video, click here. I would also like to thank you all for the support so far - it means so much to me & I really appreciate it :) You guys rock!
The huge trunk of props that ABC Family/JBD sent us included a t-shirt & some fabric markers along with a dress form. The 2nd challenge was to design a t-shirt inspired by your style icon & post an image of the shirt on the dress form. I instantly knew I wanted it based on Olivia Palermo -- I absolutely adore her chic, classy style. She always manages to look polished & beautiful.

As you can tell, one of my favorite colors is blue/teal, and I was really inspired by the first look pictured here in this post - of Olivia in a floral dress from Zara. I figured some of my competitors might decide to alter the t-shirt in some way, but I wanted to keep it a simple t-shirt. After all, a white t-shirt is such a versatile piece & a key item in a wardrobe - which Olivia has proved how to make a simple white tee look so fabulous. She also has an amazing eye for accessories, and I found this beautiful brooch in my jewelry box (which used to belong to my mother) that has gemstones in similar colors of the floral dress. I wanted to make my tee to reflect this piece as well as keep it simple, girly & classy like Olivia.
To view an exclusive clip from the show, which will premiere Jan 3 at 9PM/8PM C, click here! It shows Jane transforming her mom's old gown into a fun winter formal dress.

I used water color paints, fabric markers, fabric glitter, and blue studs (which were leftover from my Visual Merchandising class 3 years ago - I knew I would need these items someday! haha). Instead of going for a literal floral print, I went for a more subtle/abstract look. I used shades of blue with the fabric markers and created a base floral background. I then used some water color paints of blue & green and swirled around with my paint brush. Later on, I swept water across it so the colors could blend & bleed together. I was also going for that look where the piece seems like it has been dipped in paint, which technically it was. :)

At the hem of the t-shirt, I colored it in a dark blue and also lined with silver fabric glitter. I then cinched the side of the shirt to enhance the waist. I just simply bunched up the fabric & sewed through as if a pin was holding it. On top, I glued two blue studs to make it look more appealing & hide the yarn. I finished it off by pinning the brooch.

close-up on the abstract floral/water color print I made:
I made it so that it's a great piece to stand alone but can work great with jackets & blazers - like I paired it below with my brown leather jacket & a striped black blazer. We know that Olivia can definitely rock a blazer!
[image source]

So who are your style icons? Share with me & Jane by Design by posting it onto the JBD wall & mention that I sent you over there! ;) [It would really help me out so much if you do! & thanks so much in advance!]

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125 comments :

  1. That's so pretty! Love the idea of doing water colors.

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  2. I don`t know what your competitors are going to be doing with their tshirts, but I would vote for yours to be the most intricate and creative. The whole story about where you got your inspiration goes so well with the explaining of the process of creating the finished tshirt. Well done, really good!

    >'.'<

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  3. love it!!

    www.aroundlucia.com
    www.aroundlucia.com

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  4. I'm impressed. You are so talented.

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  5. Love your shirt! Nice work!

    Also, I want to thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I love reading every single one and you make my day just by stopping by!

    I'd love to hear more from you in the near future! Until then… Happy holidays!


    Love,

    Rock 'n Style
    http://www.rocknstyleblog.blogspot.com
    http://twitter.com/RocknStyle

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  6. I like the colors you´ve choosen :)

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  7. so cute! xoxo
    http://hellofridaybypaik.blogspot.com/

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  8. Wow, I would so buy this shirt! You are one talented gal! I really like the watercolor style.

    By the way, I also like Olivia Palermo's style.

    Good luck with the rest of the challenges, girl. I'm sure you will rock all of them! ;)

    P.S. I'm glad you liked my NOTD!

    Lots of love, B
    http://vivalabreee.blogspot.com/
    Tweet me: Viva_La_Breee

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  9. how fun is this DIY, fabulous! love Olivia's looks! x

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  10. What a gorgeous creation, Audrey! LOVE! :)

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  11. I like the result! And i like olivia palermo. She is definitely an icon!

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  12. beautiful diy and olivia palermo is stunning, i love how she looks so effortless chic every time, really a great style icon! my personal all time favourite icons are brigitte bardot and marilyn monroe;)
    kiss,mary

    http://maryloucinnamon.blogspot.com/

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  13. great idea, it's really pretty!
    (I love Olivia's style too!)

    www.letiziabarcelona.com

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  14. Suck an original idea!! Loved it!
    And Olivia is awsome! Love her style!
    I'm following you!

    xx

    http://atissuesample.blogspot.com/

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  15. ohh lovely t-shirt dear!!love it!!
    kisses=)

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    You can win Chanel polish and a golden Asos steel necklace.
    Lovely Greets
    Maren Anita


    Please have a look at my Holiday GIVEAWAY:

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  17. Your t-shirt design is exquisite. I'll go over there right now. Good luck, doll!

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  18. Great DIY! You're so creative :)

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog <3
    Tasia
    http://rufflesandsequins.blogspot.com

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  19. wow you are so creative! the results looks great, you can't even tell it's DIY!

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  20. cool!!! love it!



    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.com/

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  21. great diy ideas!!!
    love the colour too
    very summery

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  22. Love Olivia Palermo's style!Good job!
    xoxo
    Faby
    Follow each other?
    www.adreamcalledfashion.com

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  23. OMG it's a fabulous DIY! You did such a lovely job!
    Thank you so much for dropping by, hope to see you again.

    Ash :o)
    ftashion

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  24. Ohhh so cute!

    http://mypurplerunway.blogspot.com/

    -N :)

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  25. You did a beautiful job designing the tee, love the bottom edge design. I hope you sing up for influenster, the difference between them and birchbox is that influenster is free :)

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  26. Lovely dear!

    ***
    www.theprincesslittlebox.blogspot.com

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  27. I love this! It's clean and simple, but it really stands out and I love how you paired it with the blazer to give it a very classy edge. Great job!

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  28. The t-shirt looks amazing! I love what you did with it, simple but interesting.

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  29. Wow you created that! Gorgeous :)

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  30. omg, love it! xoxo

    http://julyets.blogspot.com/

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  31. It's perfect...love the pin too!!

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  32. Nice shirt!!

    Would you mind following each other? I think your blog is very interesting!

    xx

    Minna
    www.missingsparkles.com

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  33. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog dear! I like your blog so i'm following you now! Lovely pictures. XOXO

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  34. I didn't know they made markers for fabric

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  35. You are so talented!! That shirt is awesome :) & cupcakes have seriously been overtaking my life lol

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  36. love this.....youre so good

    http://daniellejadee13.blogspot.com

    -Danielle xo

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  37. Love Olivia's style! And your t-shirt turned out awesome!

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  38. It's so cute! You did a great job! I love the colors you used and the brooch.

    -Rhe
    rhestyle.com

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  39. I really like this design, the colours are gorgeous and the brooch adds a really cool touch too. Beautiful and thanks for the comment, Christmas lights are amazing. xxx

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  40. Your blog is so lovely. The design for this t-shirt is so lady like. You have elevated a simple white t in a way I haven't seen before. Great look with a blazer.

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  41. Wow! The final look is so professional looking- way to go!

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  42. I love Olivia Palermo's style....it's always flawless and spot on! She's definitely one of my style icons! xo, Audrey www.casualglamorous.com

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  43. I have a hard time liking anything having to do with Olivia after her portrayal on The City. Kind of sad =-(

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  44. Amazzzzing transformation! Looks so good! I love Olivia Palermo too :)

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  45. Wow, did you make this? Looks so chic and beautiful!! xo akiko
    Style Imported

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  46. Looks amazing~~!!! I would love to be able to do this, although I doubt I would be able to make it so wearable ;)

    xx

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  47. You are so artistic and have done a fantastic job with the t-shirt. I reckon you can clone and sell hundreds of these.

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  48. You did a great job on your t-shirt! Love Olivia's style!!!

    Take care,Daniella xox

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  49. I love Olivia Palermo and her style! Fantastic job on your shirt.

    Red Soles and Red Wine

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  50. Olivia has a nice style!! (:

    xo
    daisy

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  51. Oh wow, this is a cool challenge. I would've totally joined it too if I found out about it earlier.

    Great job on the shirt. I love how you really incorporated the first picture of Olivia into your design. I would've probably used Lauren Conrad as an inspiration. She's my style icon. I'm not really an Oliva Palermo fan but she does have great sytle.

    Good luck on the next challenge!

    Come and enter!
    In Love With Fashion Giveaway.

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  52. good luck with the contest! love the shirt you made

    http://underthefluorescents.blogspot.com

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  53. The t shirt looks so pretty! Good luck with contest :)

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  54. hi, friend i know your blog from bloggers.com, so try to visit your blog...please keep friendship with visit others...thank you

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  55. nice job on the print.. totally olivia ;)

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  56. Oh amazing!!! She is absolutely my style icon. She's perfection :) xoxo

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  57. LOVE the shirt! And omg olivia is my ultimate style icon... she is so fab :)

    xoxo, H
    http://givemeglamourplease.blogspot.com

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  58. this is just so fabulous!!
    Respect!!
    http://notrichnorfamous.blogspot.com

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  59. I really like what you did with the shirt! My style icons are Taylor Swift and Victoria Beckham- I know they're so different, but I meet the style in the middle!
    Good luck with the contest!

    skinnymoonstick.blogspot.com

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  60. hmm, that's a really GREAT design!!
    I love that black jacket...keep up the goodwork darl ;)

    http://secondvogue.blogspot.com/a

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  61. WOW!I love the idea!Gotta try it!;)
    xx
    B.

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  62. Wow, this looks amazing! Such a great idea!

    xx Ivana

    Stop by sometimes :)
    Macarons and Pearls

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  63. Great idea!!love it, Thanks for stop by my blog.
    Christy

    http://am2pmchic.blogspot.com/

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  64. I love Olivia's style! I don't like her personality, but I reaaally love her style. And thats all the matters right?

    Good luck with your assignment, teal is also one of my favorite color :)

    xx

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  65. I so love your design. Good luck! I got a giveaway on my blog and I would love you to enter. Have a lovely week! <3<3

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  66. You did such an amazing job! Love the t-shirt!

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  67. That´s such a lovely shirt dear, great job! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment btw! I´m following you now, do follow me if you like my blog too :)

    www.superclementina.blogspot.com

    xx

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  68. That t-shirt is SO CUTE! A blazer and a T is such a classy look, you can never go wrong. I love Olivia's style, so chic. My other faves are MK+A Olsen, obvi.

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  69. BEAUTIFUL! and yes of course, I'll support on FB!
    best of luck!
    xo
    MosaMuse

    MosaMuse.blogspot.com

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  70. Love what you did with this simple white t-shirt!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  71. such lovely colours you've used, and the subtle floral pattern looks amazing close-up <3

    thanks for visiting my blog earlier, hope you have a great day :)

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  72. What an awesome DIY! :)

    xx
    Jen

    http://belledecouture.com

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  73. Oh I love the water color print. I love the subtle glitter and it looks so cute with a leather coat.

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  74. audrey ~ gorgeous white tee design, i love that pretty brooch, so creative of you!!
    xx ~ k

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  75. Awesome inspiration and DIY, darling ~ love it!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  76. Oh, that shirt is gorgeous!! I love the colors you used. =)

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  77. thanks for stopping by my blog
    i am in love with what you did with this plain white T
    genious!
    brett

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  78. That's a really good idea!
    The tee is so pretty!
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  79. I like you post so much! And this s an amazing idea!

    Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???

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  80. Oh my word how gorgeous is that t-shirt!!!! xo

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  81. that's really awesome that you were able to pull this off. it looks really great! going over to share my style icon now!

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  82. Wow, you did an amazing job, I can definitely see Olivia's style in this.

    xo erica

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  83. You're very talented. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the lovely comment. xo

    http://LsFashionDish.blogspot.com

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  84. I love this! Wow, I wish I knew about this. Great job! :)

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  85. Wow, you did such an awesome job on the tshirt DIY! It looks amazing, the colors are beautiful together and looks great with the brooch. Thanks for sharing!

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  86. what an original idea!!! perfect!

    xx, Rachel♥

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  87. Olivia has great style! Love that you chose a colorful and feminine design. I love Rachel Bilson's style - she always looks chic and effortless.

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  88. Wow hun you're really giving this comp your all. I think you did a brilliant job considering the materials you were given and Im eagerly awaiting your nesxt challenge. ALl the best form all the way in little ol NZ. Eeli xx

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  89. ooooh good job! thats definitely a statement tee shirt

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  90. great tee dear!!! the broach is gorgeous!
    and olivia is such an inspiration, i love how she is always mixing diff prints together!
    <3
    www.bohemianbones.blogspot.com

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  91. Wow, I love what you did to that t-shirt--what a transformation!! And I love Kirstin Dunst's and Rachel Bilson's style!

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  92. That is so cool how you did the watercolor effect on the t-shirt! Very creative and I'm pretty sure no one else thought about that.

    I've seen commercials a couple of times but never knew what it was really about. Maybe I'll check it out when its comes on.

    Thanks for swing by my site by the way. Truly love the support!

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  93. This is shear genius! Love the effect of those gorgeous water colors...the brooch is a brilliant touch! Just found your blog, I'll be back for more inspiration!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture.com


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  94. I would totally wear that! Great job!

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  95. Olivia Palmero is amazing & her style is great..love her! I love the DIY shirt it looks amazing!
    www.fifthnsixthcloset.com

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  96. AWESOME SHIRT AUDREY!!! And olivia Palermo was an amazing choice. Her style is PERFECTION.

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  97. AH I love this!! I hope you do well. And perfect source of inspiration!

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  98. awesome shirt and I would totally wear this!

    xo Nav
    http://navlandstyle.blogspot.com/

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  99. Este blog é uma representação exata de competências. Eu gosto da sua recomendação. Um grande conceito que reflete os pensamentos do escritor. Consultoria RH

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  100. that's so cute!! teal is also one of my favourite colours :) xx

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