Friday, March 30, 2012
DIY T-Shirt Reconstruction
Do you get sick of your T-shirts? Do you have some laying around that are years and years old but you've never worn them because the neck hits too high on your collarbone and bothers you? Do you just really dislike a shirt because it is ill-fitting and unflattering on you? Well, I have tons of those shirts that I can't throw out because they have some sort of memory attached to them or they're not bad per se but I just don't wear them. I came up with the perfect solution: modifying old t-shirts to look like brand new, stylish tops.
I have, at the bare minimum, been altering sleeves and necklines on t-shirts lately and it completely reconfigures the fit. You can opt for cap sleeves, instead of regular sleeves, maybe even transform your tee into a tank or cut-off shirt, and the neckline can be changed from that basic circle shape into a V-neck or low-neckline so you can wear your t-shirt off one or both shoulders. If you find they accentuate your tummy area in unpleasant ways then you can snip the bottom hem of the t-shirt, you can round it out so that it gives the t-shirt a more feminine (as opposed to unisex) base. You can also make cool designs by cutting slits into your t-shirt and then braiding them together (it's even simpler than braiding, all you have to do is loop one segment over the next).
All you need to do this is either a fabric scissors or just a regular scissors (you'll need a little more patience to cut straight lines), you can score where you want to cut for precision, but I don't even bother with that. It's so simple, just make sure you cut the same distance from both sides of the t-shirt so it doesn't end up looking uneven or asymmetrical (unless you're looking for an asymmetrical look, it is your own unique fashion after all).
Once you get more advanced with your snipping and braiding, you can transform your shirts into some amazing fashion-forward pieces: