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Tattoo Sleeve Shirt

Tulika Nair Oct 28, 2018
Do you want to try out the latest fashion trend; the tattoo shirt? If yes, then here's everything you need to know about this trend that has caught the attention of all those, who are fashion forward.
If you are terrified by the idea of getting a real tattoo because of the pain involved, then one of the best options for you would be to opt to wear a shirt with a tattoo sleeve. A very popular piece of fashion clothing, tattoo long sleeve shirts give the illusion of a tattoo, thanks to the fabric, which gives the skin a slight flush.
The designs on the fabric look like fresh ink making it seem like you are actually sporting a tattoo. Whatever your excuse for sporting this latest trend in fashion, choosing such a shirt is a brilliant way of indulging your adventurous self.
A tattoo sleeve is made of flesh toned nylon fabric that is painted on with fabric paints in popular designs, and then, worn on the arm to make it look like you are sporting a real sleeve tattoo. These shirts are readily available in the market for prices starting from USD 15.
While you can buy tattoo sleeves attached to the t-shirt, you also have the option of buying only tattoo sleeves. However, a drawback to these is that the tone of the nylon may not be a match for everyone. Also, these sleeves tend to get ruined very fast due to snagging. However, since they are not very expensive you can easily replace them.

How to Make a Shirt with a Tattoo Sleeve

While you can easily opt to buy a shirt from one of the many stores and websites that have it on offer, there are quite a few benefits of opting to make this at home. You get to design the tattoo sleeve yourself!  Making your own shirt also gives you the freedom of reusing material lying around and expressing yourself as creatively as you can.
And most importantly, you save on the money that you would have had to spend on the ready-made variety. So, what do you need in order to make your own shirt with a tattoo sleeve? Very obviously you need a t-shirt, some nylon fabric that is sheer, and fabric paints to make the tattoo design.
Here is how you can go about it!

Take measurements for the sleeves of the t-shirt. The length of the fabric should be from the edge of the t-shirt sleeve till your wrist, and the width should allow for it to go around your arm. Allow an extra half inch on all sides for the seams. Now, measure the width of your arm along its length and taper it down.
Once you have done this, it is time to decide on the designs. This will completely depend on your choice for the same. Tribal and Celtic designs are very popular, however, if you want to opt for something unique, go for it. The detailing of the tattoo will depend on how good an artist you are.
Sketch out the design that you have decided on, on the nylon fabric that you have cut out. While you do not have to make the same design on both sleeves, doing so will ensure that the shirt looks balanced.

Now, paint the design using fabric paints. Remember to wait till the paints dry before you stitch the sleeves to the shirt.
Take the fabric and sew the band on the wrist edge. Next, fold it over and sew it length wise. Ensure that the painted side is facing outwards. Turn the t-shirt inside out, and pin the top of the sleeve, you have created, to the t-shirt, and sew along the seam line. There you have it, your very own shirt with a tattoo sleeve.
This is one of the best options among temporary tattoos that look real. Also, if you are planning to get a real tattoo, and want to check how it will look, you can design your own tattoo sleeve and have a look. These shirts are extremely popular, and allow you to show off your rocker self.