Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A super great t-shirt surgery tanktop!

JUST IN TIME FOR WINTER U GUYYZZZ

But no, really, something possessed me to do this so I had to follow my instinct so just go with it.

before!
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after!
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You will need;
  • 1 too-big t-shirt
  • a pair of sissors
  • pins (or any other device for marking)
  • a tie (can be string, or t-shirt material)
  • optional - flare
  • optional - a cat that gets in the way of everything you do
1. Cut out the neck. Always the first step of any successful surgery. Get rid of that nasty t-shirt neck. You can do this by laying out your t-shirt flat and cutting a scoop through both layers or by cutting through the neck and around it. I usually go with the latter option.
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Now, step back and ask yourself, is this me?


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2. Cut out the sleeves. Cut from behind the seam, not through it, so you don't have to deal with that nasty unfinished edge. Make sure to follow the curve of the sleeves, don't cut a straight line through them.

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You should now be left with this ugly tank top thing.

2. Wtf, Sydne. This looks stupid. Chill out for a second, and unleash your tomato. 
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(totes unleashing my out-of-focus tomato nbd)
We are going to de-uglify this, first by fixing the straps. Put on your t-shirt and decide how thin you want them to be. Pin (or mark somehow) the straps. This is where you will be cutting them.

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5. Thin out yer straps. Lay out your t-shirt. Starting from your pin, cut down through both layers of the shirt and follow the curve of the sleeve.

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Good job. Side one complete. Now fold that sucker over and cut away the difference of the other side. (this sounds weird, but look at the picture and you'll get what I mean.)

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Okay, Sydne. It just keeps getting worse. It looks like I have flaps. Why are you making me ruin my t-shirt.
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No. Shut up and listen to me.

6. Cut down both sides of your shirt. Lay out your shirt again, and from the bottom of the sleeve holes, cut a good 4-6 inches down the sides.

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Hold on. After this it gets a little tricky. 7. Cut the back. Start by cutting through the top layer of the back side, about 4-6 inches inward.
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Fold over those tabs, and then cut them out, like so. 

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This should be something like the finished product.

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You want the back sleeve curves to be cut pretty inward, because it is going to be gathered and bunched in the end. The less inward the cut, the more bulky will be the back. So get rid of as much material as you need back there as to make sure you don't get a super bulky awkward-looking back.

8. Now tie the back strap together. You can use virtually any string for this part. I used a broken feather necklace. If you don't really have anything, you can use your left over t-shirt scraps.

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9. YEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHH

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10. Obligatory cat picture because Mia is sooooooo cuuuttteeee

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So there you have it, a relatively easy and moderately cute t-shirt surgery in arguably less than ten steps.
The lighting is kinda schizo throughout the pictures, but hopefully everything can be seen clearly and it all makes sense.
I come from the Realm of Less Than Perfect Skin and Nasty Faded Hair and Unswept Floors and Messy Rooms and I do not apologize.

1 comment:

tell me about it, stud.