This is a super quick project for turning a t-shirt from crummy to kick-ass! Works best with a t-shirt that’s a little big (or really big) on you.
- A t-shirt that’s too big for you or approximately 1 yard of stretch/knit fabric
- Sharp scissors
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If you’d prefer a text tutorial with diagrams, continue reading below!
Get yourself a t-shirt and some scissors!
A t-shirt that’s at least a hair too big on you works best. Larger will also work, of course.
Get out all the wrinkles and make sure it’s laying nice and flat on your work surface.
Starting at the armpit, draw a curved line up to the shoulder seam.
Aim for the line to hit about 2″ away from the collar seam.
Draw in the neckline. You can go as high or low as you’d like.
Turn the shirt around to the back and mark 2″ down from the collar. Then mark 2″ down from that mark.
Making note of the marks you’ve made on the front of the shirt, continue the lines onto the back, like so. This is our first halter tie.
Draw the second strap like so, again, making sure to match up to the lines you drew on the front of the shirt.
Draw a line from one armpit straight across the back to the other armpit.
Determine how long you’d like your top. I think 12″ is just about right. You can go a little longer, but I wouldn’t go longer than 14 or 15″. Draw a line parallel to the armpit line.
One of the reasons I like to work with the 12″ length is that it makes it really easy to divide up the back ties. I’ve divided the back into six 2″ straps. You could do four 3″ straps as well. Experiment with different strap widths and see what works best for you
Find the center of the back and mark it.
Create a zig-zag pattern that goes back and forth over the center line. This will give our back ties a tapered end.
Cut off the bottom of the shirt (both layers). Then begin cutting along the marked lines for the back ties but only cut through the back layer of the shirt.
Don’t cut the halter ties yet.
Turn the shirt to the front and cut along your marked lines, again only cutting through the front of the shirt.
Cut the halter ties, starting at the lines you traced on the front of the shirt and following on to the back.
When you’re finished, you should have something that looks like the above drawing, when laid flat.
The shoulder seams can unravel, so you’ll either need to backstitch over them with a sewing machine or add a dot of fabric glue or Fray Check.
Now go tie it on!