It’s t-shirt time in Columbus yet again! If you’re like me, then you probably have a drawer full of them that you’ve gotten for free throughout the school year. They’re cute now, but you can elevate any tee and turn it into something your friends will be asking about. All that you really need for these projects are a pair of scissors and a ruler to customize the looks. For any of these DIYs, I definitely recommend that you practice on a throwaway shirt first to get mistakes out of the way! Then you’ll be on your way to being the style star of the summer.
Ugly Tuna 2
Tie-front tops are a great start for beginners. This DIY looks best with a tighter fitting tee. What I always do when preparing to cut up a shirt is measure out how long I want the shirt to be. I hold it up against my chest and eyeball where I’ll start cutting before I lay the shirt down on a flat surface. Start by cutting from the bottom hem straight up the middle of the shirt to where the new hem will be. It’s fine to do the front and back of the shirt at the same time with this one cut. Next, you’ll need to cut a diagonal line from each side of the first slit going up into the new crop hem of the shirt. You now have three cuts made, resulting in the shirt looking like a V-shape with two flaps on the front and two flaps on the back of the shirt. Cut off the back flaps in a horizontal line so the new hem goes straight across. The final step is to tie the front flaps together, and be sure to double-knot it so it stays secure and you’re ready to go!
Leo’s On The Alley
This triangle cut-out top is a really cute way to show off your individuality. Like the tie-front top, you’ll start by eyeballing how long you want the shirt to be on you, then cropping it. It won’t need to be perfectly even, but keep trimming until it’s close! Remember that if you don’t plan on sewing the shirt and creating a neat, folded hem, the shirt will roll up on itself. Take this into account so the shirt doesn’t end up shorter than you wanted. For the triangle back design, I found it helpful to use a ruler and lightly draw a 9-inch line down the middle of shirt, starting about two inches below the collar. Then, draw a 10-inch line across the top of the vertical line so they form a T. Connect the ends of each line so you now have an isosceles triangle. Bring the ruler back to the vertical line and mark off the 3-inch and 6-inch measurements, from here you’ll draw out two horizontal lines to form the base of your triangles. Use the straightedge again to lightly draw diagonal lines through the design to create nine evenly shaped triangles. Mark off the six surrounding triangles that will be cut out. The trickiest part of this DIY is cutting out the triangles in a way that keeps the design of the shirt in tact. You’ll need to leave a bit of extra fabric around the triangle corners so they don’t fall apart! Pro tip: tape might be your secret savior if a triangle (or two) ends up ripping (totally didn’t happen for this photoshoot). An alternative to the triangles could be square cut-outs since the checkerboard pattern is having a moment right now! Once you’ve got your design cut out, finish off the shirt by cutting the sleeves. Turn it inside-out first to get a more accurate cut above the seam. Now you’ve got an easy breezy summer tee!
Threes Above High
Halter tops are a favorite for festivals, Block, or any hot day, really! Once you have a shirt to cut, lay it facing upward and cut the sleeves off, starting from right next to the collar and ending out below the armpit of the tee. The amount of coverage will depend on how much you cut off! The most important thing is to keep the collar fully in tact at this stage, so make sure to not cut the neck seam. Next, crop the top to about where you want it to stay. Then you’ll need to cut out the back of the shirt. While most of the back will be taken, you’ll need to reserve some of it for the straps. Where you cut the sleeves off right next to the collar, cut from one side to the other following the curve of the collar. If you like how the collar already fits on your neck, then you can leave it as is. But if you’d prefer it tighter, then you’ll cut the back of the the collar up the middle and tighten it when you tie it on! As for the bottom back strap, you’ll want to continue cutting horizontally from the open sides and meet in the middle of the back so now the back of the shirt is removed and there’s a length of fabric about two inches wide going across the bottom of the shirt. Just cut up the middle of this piece and you’ll have your straps to tie the shirt together on your waist! You can continue to cut fabric from the front sides and adjust the back strap until it fits how you’d like it to. •