Cut up shirts have been around for…a long time.
Today, I’m going to show you one way to cut your shirt up.
I’m using one of the tye dye shirts Jesse and I did.
I call it a “mock corset” because the way it’s cut reminds me of a laced up corset. Simple enough, huh?
Keep reading to see how I did it.
A shirt (old or new, no matter here)
Start with your shirt.
Kyle didn’t plan on wearing this one, so it was all mine to do whatever with.
Lay it out flat on your work surface. Using your fingers, eyeball where you’re going to cut the neck hole.
And then cut. This is completely optional, but I planned on wearing this shirt while running/exercising, so I wanted some added comfort. Collars aren’t always comfortable.
Now grab the shirt from the middle of the front and back and flatten it out, so the two side seams are laying on top of eachother.
On the side that is the back, cut all the way down the shirt. You want cuts that are about the width of your finger and about 2-3 inches long.
Once they’re all cut, lay your shirt so the front and back are together (like you typically lay your shirt flat) with the back (cut) side up. Gently pull on the strips you cut. They’ll roll together and look almost like strings.
Leave the first cut strip alone. Pick up the second cut strip. Hold it over the first cut strip.
Take the second strip and put it underneath the first cut strip.
Take the third strip, put it over and under the second strip.
Continue going down the strips until you’ve reached the end. I’d suggest pulling the sides a little bit, or pushing slightly inside the holes between the strips to give a nice ladder.
You should be left with one strip loop hanging.
Cut the loop in half.
Tie each end onto the previous strip. I tied it twice. You can tie it as many times as you want. I don’t suggest cutting off the excess. Once you wash, things become loose and tight and loose and tight and you don’t want to risk your ties coming out.
Put your shirt on and enjoy the breeze you feel.
It’s pretty simple and basic, and only takes about 15-20 minutes to finish it. You could also do this to the sides instead of the back, or even the front (you’d have to wear an undershirt with it, or…you know..just..yeah).
Hope you enjoyed this! If you have any questions, comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP.