Hello, friends, Happy Friday! I am so excited to share my latest DIY project with you today! I have been seeing so many great cut up, cut-out t-shirts and tank tops all over Pinterest lately that I decided it was time to try my hand at making some of my own upcycled vintage tops.
This first DIY is super simple; in fact, I just followed the pictures on this pin…
…to create my own version:
This shirt isn’t actually vintage, but it is made with a great soft, slub jersey material that made it perfect for cutting up and turning into a cropped, tie-front blouse. I didn’t want to cut my shirt too short, though, because I have a long torso, so I simply cut less off the hem of the shirt and made the ties on the front slightly smaller.
While this shirt isn’t technically vintage, it was still a great find for only $3.50 at one of those discount t-shirt stores, and now I have an even better custom top, perfect for working out or wearing to the beach on a hot day. Plus, I love that I could cut the arm holes as big or small as I wanted so that my favorite bandeau bras will peak out of the sides!
My next shirt was inspired by a few different DIY’s I’ve seen around the internet. It is slightly more complicated but the results are so much fun and perfect for this style of vintage shirt!
First, I started by cutting off the sleeves and cutting open both sides of the shirt from the armpit to the hem.
At this point, I decided to try my shirt on to see how I wanted it to fit. I knew I was going to be cutting ties for the side seams so I didn’t want to cut too much off the sides, but I did want the shoulders and collar to be on the smaller side so I did some trimming.
Next, I grabbed my handy sewing/quilting ruler and started cutting tabs or small strips on each side seam that would become ties. After cutting ten tabs (approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide), I pulled on each strip to stretch it and then double- knotted the corresponding front and back ties.
And that’s it – It really doesn’t get much easier than that, but the result is so much fun!
I had actually been scouring the internet for a while to find a vintage motorcycle shirt that would work for just this sort of DIY, so when I found this Daytona Beach Road Rally shirt, I was thrilled! I love the moto style of the top especially with the fun ties on the sides. I even used some of the scraps to braid a quick matching bracelet!
The best part about these t-shirt DIY’s is that it is so simple to customize your shirt however you want. Want a lower scoop neckline, or maybe even a v-neck? No problem! You’re the one wielding the scissors so you cut however much or little you want! I could do a million of these shirts – they are so fun. I cannot wait to wear mine to the beach or bumming around town this summer!
Do you have any shirts that you’re inspired to make over?? As always, thanks for reading :)