A big ol’ t shirt can be just the thing, on certain days- loose, light, looks good with anything. But, every once-in-a-while, I actually don’t feel bloated & I want the comfy t shirt, but with a more flattering & fun shape. I am so glad I thought of this fitted corset t shirt DIY, it solves everything.
So, all you’ll need to transform your own t shirt is the t shirt, itself,
And a pair of scissors.
To start this no-sew clothing DIY, I pulled out the Large Dr Jinx shirt I bought at Dr Strange Records (they have a pet punk-cat). I smoothed out any wrinkles, and then I carefully folded the t shirt in half, down the center-front – bringing the back together, so one half pressed against the other half, while the front of the t shirt was left exposed.
Then, I had to un-fold & refold the t shirt. This time, I brought the shoulder seams together (wrong sides facing one-another), with the right-sides of the t shirt facing out – the back as well as the front. I tried to bring the arm holes together, as well as the neck, bottom hem, and the shoulders- keeping the edges flush with one-another, as I created a folded crease along the center of the front and back of the t shirt.
Carefully, I held the neck of the t shirt, in my hand, as I carefully cut a v-neck – cutting, at an angle, from the top-center-front of the t shirt to the shoulder seam.
Then, I kept the shirt in hand, and I cut the back of the t shirt. I started at the shoulder (where I had left off cutting the front), and I made a straight cut, all-the-way down to the bottom hem. I was just sure to leave at least 1 1/2 inches from the arm-holes.
This last cut should remove the neck as well as a bunch of the back of the t shirt.
I took this excess fabric, and I layer it on my table. I cut the neck off with a straight cut. Left with a rectangle of t shirt fabric, I used it to make the ties for my lace-up corset t shirt.
To do that, I laid my rectangle of fabric out. Starting at one side, I made a one-inch strip, cutting a straight line to the top, but being sure to stop one inch from the edge. Next to that cut, I made a parallel cut, one inch wide, also stoping one inch from the edge– but, this time, I started and stopped the cut at opposite ends, from the first. Using this b pattern, I divided my leftover fabric into about 5 one inch strips – but they stayed connected due to staggering the cuts.
I set this aside.
Then, I brought out what was left of my Dr Jinx t shirt. Just enough to mold to my petite-frame. Following the edges at the center-back of the t shirt (now with a gaping hole, in the center), I made small cuts, about one inch apart (from one another), and about a half inch from the edge, itself.
But, the waist isn’t the only part that needs taking-in, the arm holes would just be gaping open, if left alone. So, I made small cuts along the under-side of the arm holes- being sure to make them as symmetrical and even as possible.
Taking my extra-long strip of t shirt fabric (that I cut out of the back of the t shirt), I divided it into 4 parts- two smaller lengths (for the arms), and two longer lengths (for the back).
It was time to lace things up, so I started with the arms. I started with the lowest two holes, and I criss-crossed the strip through the cuts until the arms were laced-up and tied in a bow (at the arm-holes).
Then, it was time to lace-up the back. I decided to do two strands, kind of criss-crossing over each other. Then, I could end one, and tie it at one point (like, my waist, for instance), and end the other one at a different point, tying the other bow in a different spot (like, let’s say, my hips).
The result: a fitted corset t shirt worthy of a punk or a princess. Or, even better– a Punk Princess!
Sure, sure, sure universe. After I finally learn how to sew– that’s when I also finally figure this out. Seventeen year old Sarah would’ve killed for these skillz.
Hopefully, I got it to you just in time.
Who am I kidding? I’m still stoked on this fitted corset t shirt DIY & I know I’ll wear it more now than I would’ve then.