I have tons (and tons) of t-shirts that I don't wear but can't bring myself to get rid of. I don't like to wear t-shirts to the gym. I prefer tanks so I decided to try this viral diy project.. I chose an old "United States Olympic Snowboarding Team" shirt (No, I was not on the Olympic snowboarding team. We don't have much - or any - snow in South Florida). I don't have a before picture because I got a little scissor happy and forgot to take one...
I began by cutting off the sleeves, collar and the seam on the bottom of the t-shirt. Then I used a racerback tank that I like to create a basic pattern for cutting the front and back. To do this, I placed the tank (flat) underneath a sheet of paper and traced it. My pattern didn't fit perfectly because the openings where the t-shirt sleeves were was much larger than the openings on my tank, but it did help me to make the initial cuts. From there, I cut a little more to even everything out.
To create the tied look in the back, I wrapped the seam that I cut from the bottom of the t-shirt around the back. I started my wrap by sewing a quick stick stitch to hold the beginning piece in place. I wrapped the seam down and back up and then stitched the end.
At this point the shirt was a little too long and awkward looking. I decided that I wanted it to be shorter on the sides, longer on the front and longest in the back (with a rounded pattern). To do this, I put the shirt on and pinned the height for the front and sides (you could also pin the back, but I didn't). I folded the shirt in half (like shown below) and cut the front piece and the back piece in a rounded pattern (folding it in half this way will cause the 2 sides of the front to match and the two sides of the back to match so that the shirt doesn't look uneven).
|Fold this way to cut the bottom of the shirt.|