So recently I subscribed to Nylon magazine, which is probably my first magazine subscription in over 5 years. I received a t-shirt with the subscription but it was gigantic. As I often love Nymphette‘s awesome DIY shirts, I decided to modify my shirt to make it more unique and to fit me.
First I watched Kandee’s video on how to modify a shirt 80s style. However, the shirt was still too big for me.
So then I watched Salina’s video on how to do the diamond technique.
I’d also recently seen a great tutorial on Madame B Fatale’s blog that reminded me to check my sewing stash for embellishments.
I started by cutting the top off the shirt, per Kandee’s instructions. Then I sewed two of the black straps with grommets on it. Deciding it was too big, I followed Salina’s video and took the shirt in some. Then I decided to add another black strap.
All in all, I had a lot of fun modifying that shirt yesterday. I did the sewing by hand, though I do have a sewing machine. The rest of the modifications were made with a very sharp pair of fabric scissors.
Here’s how the finished shirt turned out.
It was fun! I may modify a few more shirts. What do you think of modifying your clothes? Have you done it before? What are your favorite tutorials for it?
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This looks great! The most I ever do, usually, is to cut out the neck. I looove the skull cut t-shirts though – I’m going to do that someday!
Oh I’ll have to go check out the skull ones!
It looks fun! I sometimes cut my large t-shirts up too. I just cut open the neck to be a boatneck and crop it for an 80′s look, and sometimes i make the sleeves smaller too. I never tried to make an asymmetric t-shirt before though, I should try it next time.
Definitely! I just love having things be asymmetrical
Look fantastic! Love the straps on the arms and the gorgeous neon pink NYLON.
I take in most of my clothes, but I haven’t really modified them since I was at uni. I used to love trawling through thrift stores and do all sorts of Frankenstein-ish things to clothes. Lots of fun.
Oh! I definitely think having tailored clothes makes a TON of difference, It’s cool that you do it. I either have to buy petites because I’m short or get things hemmed.
i love the 80′s!! you are just so gorgeous on that! …i think that’s totally a come back!
Thank you so much
That’s a really edgy cool look. I haven’t modified since I was in my 20′s. My favorite was to add grommets and then leather cords or ribbons across the shoulders or down sleeves. Grommets are wonderfully versatile!
They really are cool!
Haven’t done anything since my sewing machine broke….. Your skin looks wonderful in the pics, perfect finish and fantastic foundation shade!
I never blog my DIY shirts. I really should… <3<3 Love how it turned out!
Yay thank you! You definitely should! You are such an inspiration to me <3
http://www.emybloom.com/2010/08/26/t-shirt-cutting-tutorial/ is my favourite no-sew I’ve done – Ive done it in various guises to a lot of t-shirts.
I find it can make things both bigger or smaller depending on how you do it.
Thank you for the link!
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Great job! I LOVE DIY!
I like to upcycle tees because with a regular tee, I hate crew necklines. I feel strangled!
This one you made is really cute. And I bet it is very cool in the summertime as well.