Summer T-Shirt DIY

We believe the power of the t-shirt is that it acts as a blank canvas that can be transformed. In this project series, our design team walks through some simple techniques you can use to customize your tees for some easy summer DIYs.

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Women’s Crop Tee

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Step 1: Fold your Alternative Tee in half

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Step 2: Measure the tee to whatever length you feel most comfortable with and make a mark on the shirt. We went with 18” from the center front.

 

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Step 3: Decide how high you want the sides of your t-shirt to go, measure and make a mark. We went with 13” on the side creating a 5” shirttail.

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Step 4: Use your measure tape to connect your 3 points

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Step 5: Cut along the line. No need for a perfect cut, the imperfections make it look cool.

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Step 6: Measure 1” from the top and bottom of the seam of each sleeve and make a mark.

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Step 7: Curve your measuring tape and draw a line connecting the dots. Cut along the line to create a cap sleeve.

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Step 8: Measure your neckband to leave a ½” on the shirt. Cut the remainder of the neckband off, this leaves a cool undone look.

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Unisex Deconstructed Tee

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Step 1: Use an oversized Alternative Tee and cut off the neckline

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Step 2: Wear the shirt inside out to show the exposed seam and remove the care label.

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Step 3: Cut off the shirt sleeves at the seam to create a raw edge

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Step 4: Measure the back collar of the shirt and make a mark at the 4” and 7.5” mark

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Step 5: Fold a ½” depth pleat where you made your mark

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Step 6: Sew the pleat using any embroidery stitch that you are most comfortable with. We used a chain stitch.

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Step 7: Sew the pleat down at the top so that it sits flat

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For more DIY projects please visit our Blog Stories listed below:

Shibori Indigo Dye DIY – Part 1

Shibori Indigo Dye DIY – Part 2

Designer DIY’s by Tiffany

DIY Braided Jewelry

DIY by Tiffany Ruiz

Written by Kate Koeller

Images by Andrew Lee

Modeled by Michelle Woo + Tim Yang

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