As part of our Summer T-Shirt celebration, we tapped our Men’s and Women’s designer Tiffany Ruiz to share three original DIY looks — all done with our Alternative tees.
T-Shirts are my favorite item of clothing. They have evolved from being the casual undershirt to a piece you can dress up. They keep your wardrobe playful. Here, I provide a play on the classic white tee, present the new cold-shoulder, and create the perfect day-to-night colorblock dress. — Tiffany Ruiz
What you’ll need:
1) Fabric Scissors
2) Measuring Tape
4) Sewing machine
5) Large or X-Large t-shirts to work with
The Pocket Tee:
Created using the Alternative Perfect Crew.
- Decide the desired length of the tee (I measured 20″). Draw cut marks on tee in a half circle for an extreme shirt tail.
- Cut along the dotted line.
- To create a cap sleeve measure 3″ from sleeves top seam and 2″ from sleeves bottom seam.
- Cut both sleeves.
- Use the bottom of the t-shirt that you removed in step 1 to create a pocket. For precision, make a pattern of desired pocket size from paper (my pocket is 6″ x 4.5″). Align with shirt seam and cut pocket.
- Iron out a seam allowance on the pocket for for an easier sew.
- Find desired placement of pocket (I measured 8″ from height of shoulder and 4″ from side seam).
- Pin your pocket in place on the shirt.
- Sew on the pocket.
- Triple roll the sleeves to meet the seam and place one stitch at the outside of the sleeve.
- For a distressed look stretch out the neckline.
The Slit Raglan:
Created using the Alternative Baseball Tee.
- Cut along sleeve seam starting from the neckline and ending 2″ from the bottom of the seam (repeat on backside).
- For a clean finish, close the open seam with a 1/2″ turnback. Be sure to change thread to match the hem you are sewing (repeat three times to close all four hems of the sleeve).
- Overlap the bands of the neckline to make a perfect corner and sew them back together.
- Decide desired length of shirt by measuring from the highest point of shoulder (I measured 24″).
- Mark this measurement on your tee, fold in half and cut in a half circle for a shirt tale effect.
- Decide desired length of sleeve by measuring from highest point of shoulder (I measured 11″). Mark this measurement on your tee and cut your sleeve.
- Roll the sleeve twice and hand sew a stitch at the outside of the sleeve.
The T-Shirt Dress:
Created using the Alternative Eco-Heather Crew.
- Select two different colored t-shirts for a colorblock dress.
- Decide the desired length of the top color block. Measure from top of shoulder to the desired length and cut straight across (I measured 24″).
- Decide the desired length of the bottom of your dress. Measure up from bottom seam and cut a straight line (I measured 11″).
- Turn the bottom piece inside out, pull it over the top piece with the bottom seam up and pin along the seam with 1/2″ seam allowance.
- Sew the two pieces together using a zig zag stitch pattern.
- Cut a circular curve along both sides of the skirt.
- Close the open seam along the skirt with a 1/2″ turnback.
Story by Kate Koeller & Tiffany Ruiz
Photos by Jimmy Barron
Modeled by Michelle Woo