DIY: Corseted White T-Shirt or What to Do with the BF’s old T-shirts #2

3.05.2011

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #2My hubby has a ton of white shirts that have seen better days…and sometimes I steal one or two of them to makeover for myself.  But men’s shirts are so shapeless and boxy, and I want something that isn’t as boring as it looks straight out of the package!  With a few strategically-placed hooks and some elastic cord, this is a quick DIY makeover that will turn any boxy and shapeless top into a form-fitting gathered tunic or dress.  Minimalist sex-appeal at its best!
You Need:
DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #2 *white tunic-length t-shirt (mine is XXL)
*8 hooks from sew-on hook-and-eye sets
*white thread & hand-sewing needle
*white elastic cord
*marking chalk (not shown)
*measuring tape or ruler

How To:

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #2 1. Lay your t-shirt flat, back side up.  Measure about 2.5″ down from below where the sleeves meet the sides.  (This is what worked for me – you may want to try the shirt on you to make sure this is the area where you want the corseting to end.)  Mark.

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #22. Measure below that mark 1.5″ and make another mark at each side.  Repeat twice so you have 4 marks total, evenly-spaced at 1.5″ apart.

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #23. Hand-sew the hooks on at each part.  Since we’re sewing onto the back and the t-shirt fabric will be pulled to the front, make sure the hooks are facing outwards.
DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #2

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #24. Try the shirt on.  Take the elastic cord , fold it in half, and match its center to your bellybutton.  Keep these lined up, thread either side of the cord into the bottom hook on either side of the shirt.

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #25. Pull to the front, pulling the shirt fabric with it.  Cross the cord over at your center, then back into the next hooks above.

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #2Continue to lace the corset-front in this manner, and rearrange the extra fabric of the tee as you go to look neater and more tucked-in to the corset area.

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #2DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #2

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #26. Tie the ends of the cords at the top of the corseting in a bow; trim the ends.

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #2Wear with something not overtly sexy – this shirt has all the sex appeal you need!

This project was featured in a recent Crafty Superstar interview on the tutorial-sharing site Cut Out + Keep

click here to read the interview questionnaire & my other projects!

DIY: Corseted White T Shirt or What to Do with the BFs old T shirts #2(I’ll be re-posting all of them here on my blog soon.)

Thanks to Cat and the whole COAK team for the interview!  I’m so flattered to have been featured:-)

Happy DIY’ing!
xoxox

Carly

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10 Comments on DIY: Corseted White T-Shirt or What to Do with the BF’s old T-shirts #2

  1. Katarina
    3.06.2011 at 8:41 am (4 years ago)

    This is really clever. I’m already thinking about the shirts in my closet I could make over.
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    3.07.2011 at 12:24 am (4 years ago)

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    • carlyjcais
      5.18.2011 at 8:56 pm (4 years ago)

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  3. AngieG9
    5.22.2013 at 4:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve lost about 100 pounds in the past 18 months and have wondered what to do with my old XXX tee shirts. I’ve tried everything to try to shrink them, but no go. Now I know how to get more mileage out of them. Thanks.

    Reply
    • carlyjcais
      5.22.2013 at 5:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Wow, Angie – congrats on your weight loss! That must have taken a lot of dedication to lose 100 pounds! Yes, you could definitely just add a little lacing-style corsetry (front or back) to the tees to cinch them to your new shape…kind of a non-removable belt in a way:-)

      Reply

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