How to Cut a T-shirt

Happy Monday! Noelle here.

So I don’t know about you, but I hate wearing a men’s crew neck t-shirt. Band shirts, event shirts, family reunion shirts, team shirts, company shirts, stolen boyfriend’s shirt, etc. Let’s face it, all of the best t-shirts are a men’s shirt and they’re just not flattering on the female body. They’re boxy, the sleeves and the length are too long, and collar is uncomfortable. Personally, there’s something about them that makes me feel like I’m drowning in the shirt and the small neck hole is trying to suffocate me.

My solution? Cut it! And I don’t mean cut and sew it back together so it’s utterly unrecognizable. Just cutting with no sewing involved. Just you, your t-shirt, a pair of scissors, and a reasonable sense of proportion. This way you get some wearable use out of your cool t- shirt, it becomes something you actually want to wear and look cute in, and you have a unique shirt that no one else has, modified to your liking.

I’ve rounded up my 15 favorite tutorials on how to cut a t-shirt. All of them have a pretty simple and straightforward tutorial, so even the most inept DIY-er can do it. From a loose fitted tee, to an intricately woven back, I’ve gathered all the techniques you need to become a t-shirt cutting expert!

1. The Loose Fit (Girl’s) T-shirt

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http://www.thestylishgeek.com/2012/08/12/diy-how-to-cut-a-t-shirt/

2. The Muscle Shirt

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http://www.suziee.com/2010/05/diy-how-to-make-your-own-muscle-tank.html

3. The Cropped Tee

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http://www.chictopia.com/photo/show/483906-DIY+Crop+Top+from+an+Old+Cotton+Tee-turquoise-blue-crop-top-diy-shirt

4. The Tie Bottom Tank

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http://thecraftcaboodle.blogspot.ca/2012/07/tie-bottom-top-from-old-t-shirt.html

5. The Cropped Triangle Tank

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http://www.lovemaegan.com/2009/07/oversized-cropped-tank-or-vest-diy.html

6. The Macrame Tank

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http://www.chictopia.com/photo/show/708743-DIY+Macrame+Tank+Top-light-pink-macrame-top

7. The One Shoulder

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http://wobisobi.blogspot.com/2012/07/no-sew-one-shoulder-shirt-diy.html

8. The Open Back Cut Outs

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/pippa/2-cool-new-ways-to-cut-up-a-t-shirt

9. The Halter

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http://wobisobi.blogspot.com/2012/07/no-sew-halter-3-diy.html

10. The Geometric Neckline

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http://www.lovemaegan.com/2010/05/gucci-inspired-cut-out-t-shirt-diy.html

11. The Racerback

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12. The Tie-Back

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http://dangerdame.com/2013/04/30/picture-post-how-to-sew-rock-and-roll-style-no-sewing-necessary/

13. The Slashed Back

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http://craftawl.com/2010/07/21/t-shirt-cutting-series-a-little-racier/

14. The Open Back Weave

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http://www.fashion-mind.com/2012/07/diy-cut-out-weaved-back-shirt.html

15. The Spine Tee

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http://steffi-cottoncandycastle.blogspot.com/2010/09/ribcagespine-t-shirt-reconstruction.html

Some tips from my experience:

  • Use sharp scissors, preferably ones you only use to cut fabric. Dull scissors can ruin the shirt with a jagged edge.
  • Use your favorite t-shirt or tank top as a guide. And be realistic. Don’t use a tight fitting shirt that uses half the fabric, use a loose fit shirt.
  • Turn your shirt inside out if you’re using a pen or chalk to mark it so you don’t have to wash it right away. Just make sure you know which side is the back and the front!
  • Give yourself extra room when cutting. You can always cut more later if you need to.
  • Try on your shirt multiple times while cutting. Just because it looks good flat, doesn’t mean it looks good on the body.

Hope this helps you guys! Let me know how these work for you or if you have a favorite no-sew t-shirt tutorial. Happy cutting!

-N

Back to School

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Blogger, Lia Giordano

Hey college gals! Lia here. School is back in session for spring and i’m here to help you find ways to mix and match nine closet essentials into a week worth of outfits. While in college, we strive to save as much money as we can as starving students, therefore, I suggest purchasing items that you can easily wear in a variety of ways. With a personal touch of jewels, handbags and other accessories, these ultimately make every outfit look different and stylish. It’s all about making the trends on campus.

Today, I will show you key pieces in my wardrobe that I style differently to achieve fashionable looks each day. It is important to have a few versatile pieces in your wardrobe that will maximize your daily outfit options to attain various looks on a college budget. To help you find those key pieces, I will show you how you can style two pairs of pants and shoes, two shirts, one dress and one jacket, perfect for a week’s worth of outfits to help you pick out clothes during the busy semester ahead. Hopefully this outfit post will help inspire you to shop for pieces that work well with each other and ultimately save you money. So let’s get to styling!

Shirts, a Vest & a Dress

Choose two blouses that will go with anything! I love lace and I think it adds a feminine touch to any outfit. Also, pops of color is a must and I suggest choosing colors that fit your body best, whether they are warm or bright, and wearable for any season. A girly royal blue blouse is perfect for summer and winter.

Kenar

Kenar

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French Connection

Everyone should own a vest or two in neutral colors like black or brown. They complement and complete a lot of different looks. Also, every girl must own a dress that they absolutely love. Dresses that can be styled from day to night, like this teal Free People ruffle dress makes it two for one.

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Vest: Olive & Oak – Dress: Free People

Pants & a Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are my favorite and go-to pieces. I love wearing them during any season. You can easily dress it up or down with pants, shorts, a dress, you name it, they look good with any outfit. I like to style them with corduroy and cargo pants for school because they are comfortable outfits on the go. Opt for a sleek black and olive colored pair of bottoms to wear with that colored blouse and lace shirt.

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From left: Sanctuary, Nine West & Max Jeans

Shoes

I think it’s important to have a comfortable pair of flats, especially in cheetah print! They are so stylish and they are easy to walk in all over campus. Also, a nice pair of black booties will sure keep you warm on cool days, and they are versatile whether you are wearing jeans, shorts, dresses, etc.

Boots: Vince Camuto - Flats: Aerosoles

Boots: Vince Camuto – Flats: Aerosoles

Mix & match easy-to-wear-pieces. You’ll be surprised with how many options you can come up with!

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Be Chic ~ Blogger, Lia Alesssandra

Welcome to Beach Chic!

Calling all College Recessionistas!

Are you always running into the problem that you don’t have anything to wear? Do you have old clothes, but don’t want to wear them because they aren’t “trendy” enough? Have you ever thought about extending your clothing options with the clothes you have? Are you spending so much money on school and don’t have any left to buy clothes? Don’t fret, that’s why we are here to help!

We are three SoCal college fashionista’s who have come together to help all of you college students to stay chic without breaking your wallet.

Visit our blog weekly for updates on how to create endless outfit options right in your own closet. We will help you find key pieces in your wardrobe that you can wear multiple ways, whatever season it is! Also, look out for DIY ways to extend your closet wardrobe, and how to mix classic old pieces with new trendy ones to achieve a chic, and budget friendly outfit everyday for all you starving college students.

Lia Giordano

Lia Giordano

Anneliese Field

Anneliese Field

Noelle Esguerra