It’s been a long tine since I did a t-shirt surgery DIY! I think the last one was posted in February. It’s actually been a while since I altered anything–I’ve been doing more cosplay work than craft work lately.
The first thing I did was cut out a large rectangle. Basically, I just clipped off the sides and the sleeves, as well as the neck hole. I basically measured the widest part of my torso, divided it in two, and added a couple inches to get the width. The length was kept from just under the neck to the bottom hem.
From there, I pinned the two side edges and sewed them together. Then, as usual, I grabbed a t-shirt in a contrasting color–red. I like working with t-shirts as opposed to other fabric when doing my alterations because it keeps the look uniform, and everything had the same amount of stretch.
I measured the width of the red section using the width of the black section, and then cut out the pieces and sewed a second tube of red fabric. I added a diagonal top to the red tube, and then pinned it to the black tee.
When you do this, make sure the black tee is right-side out and the red (or contrasting) tee is inside out. That way you’ll e sure to have all sets of seams on the inside!
For the top band, I took a piece of red t-shirt that was twice as wide as I wanted the band to be, and long enough to wrap all the way around the top of the shirt. I sewed the bottom seam to the front of the shirt, then folded over the rest and sewed it along the inside of the black shirt. I left a little hole, though which I threaded some elastic, to make sure the dress would stay up :).
Overall, this was a really easy alteration–one of the easiest I’ve done, even. I’m excited to try this again with a different shirt! This next time, I’m going to make the seam between shirts more diagonal, too, but I like the slanted hem here. Let me know what you think in the comments!
And for all the pinners out there: