Last Sunday I played in a Harry Potter trivia contest, and my group got 5th place out of about 30. It was ridiculous amounts of fun. They had drink specials–I drank a few butter beers–and I even won a gift certificate to the used game store during the raffle!
I really wanted to go in costume, but it was leading into finals and I didn’t have time to make one. I did have my awesome Hogwarts leggings, though, and I bought a Deathly Hallows t-shirt to go with it. And you guys know what t-shirts mean to me, right? Alterations!
I started by cutting the top off of the t-shirt, so that the collar and about a half inch of the sleeves were gone. From there, I made a new thick hem across each side of the top. I made sure to make it wide because that was where I was going to put the grommets. The double-thickness prevents the grommet from just ripping through the t-shirt. You don’t HAVE to sew this, though. You can just pin it for the next step.
After that, I measured out the holes for the grommets and used the pliers to put in the grommets. You can get these pliers in the notions aisle at Jo-Ann’s–and probably any other craft/sewing store. The last step was to thread the ribbon through the grommets, and tie the ends! You can secure it with thread, or just leave it so you can take it out to wash (if you don’t choose washable threads).
And that’s it! It was a really simple alteration, and it only took me about twenty minutes to make. I think I might trade out the ribbon for something softer, but other than that I love the shirt! I got so many compliments on it at the event.