DIY 3.1 Phillip Lim Tee

It’s been a hell of a summer, finally getting around to posting this Phillip Lim Tee DIY tutorial I photographed all the way back in June (sorry guys!). I guess it’s also good timing since 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is coming out soon, so in the spirit of celebrating Phillip Lim’s brilliance, on-wards with the tutorial.

Word of warning: This is not a cheap DIY and is quite time consuming, so gather some patience and the result will be fantastic!


What you’ll need:

  • White tee (mine’s from H&M)
  • Rhinestones
  • Beads
  • Grommets
  • Needle and Thread
  • Paint – Red and Black & Paint Brush
  • Stencil (artwork file HERE)
  • Mesh (optional)
Trace letters onto shirt
Paint in the letters
Let the paint dry before continuing onto the next step
Layout gems and grommets in desired flower like patterns
Sew on the long beads around the neckline
Sew on the gems and beads in desired patterns.
Install grommets and you’re done. Optional: replace sleeves with mesh sleeves.


  1. Print out the stencil, cut and trace it onto your white tee.
  2. Take your paint and fill in your letters
  3. Mark and place where you would like your rhinestones and beads to be on the tee. I used this image for reference
  4. Take your thread and needle and sew down the rhinestones and beads.
  5. Take your grommets and place them in their desired spots.
  6. Install the grommets
  7. OPTIONAL: Replace the sleeves with mesh fabric to get an exact replica of the original 3.1 Phillip Lim Tee.

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