Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lace It Up - Tshirt Deconstruction Saga Continues...

Lace it Up.
This one is more skins than shirt, and requires a bit more work than the tube top. But trust me, it'll be worth it in the end.
Ready? Let's go.

Step 1. Your Basic T.
Cut the hemline off the bottom of the shirt. Set aside.
Cut a second tube, about 2" wide, from the new bottom of the shirt. Set aside
Cut the ends off of each sleeve - just above the hemlines. Set aside.

Step 2. Celebrate We Will.
Measure 8-10" down from the center of the Tshirt front.
Chalk it up and cut a slit.
Measure a straight line from the bottom of the slit to the end of the shirt. Chalk this one up also.

Step 3. "Breadthless Length"
(What is The Definition of a Straight Line for a thousand, Alex?)
Cut a length from the second tub (Step 1) that is equal to the length of the straight line you just measure & chalked (I know, my head stung a little there too - almost sounded math-like, didn't it?)
Center this new rectangle of fabric over the chalked line and pin in place. Now baste up through both layers of material.
Give the thread a tug, allowing the fabric to bunch/ruffle up. Backstitch in place.

Step 4. Tying off the sleeves.
Using the pieces you cut from the sleeves, fold in the edges of the slit collar in and tie off both sleeves, allowing them to bunch into a close approximation of a cap sleeve. Hang in there! You're almost done...

Step 5. Turning over a New Leaf.
Turn the shirt over. cut straight up through the back of the shirt.
Depending on what size Tshirt you started with, you may need to cut some sizable chunks of material from either side of your newly divided back. (I hacked off about 3.5 - 4" from either side) Measure and mark down either side in 4" increments. Notch a small hole at each mark.
Using the original hemline cut from Step 1., split it into a single length of material and use it to lace up the back like a pair of Chuck's.

Step 6. Viola!
Don the new duds and tie off the back.
*Authors Note - this one is NOT for the loyal bra-wearers of the world. You've gotta be willing to bare it, or you're just gonna look tacky. And, on the whole, I'd like to avoid looking tacky...

*Note to Self* Gonna have to find a less awkward model for future projects...

*Why can't I get Step 5. to post up? Argh!

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