// 5 ways to give “more life” to a plain T //

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For this weeks post, I’ve decided to show you how you can revamp a plain t-shirt into something fun and cool. They are super easy to do and I go through the stages of how you can complete the 5 looks. So scroll on down for more…

1. Tie bow back T

Steps to follow:

  1. Choose a boxy fit t-shirt and lay it facing downwards on a flat surface.
  2. Using a pencil or dressmakers chalk, mark a curved line from one side of the hem to the other. (The more curved the line, the higher the back will be)
  3. Using scissors cut along the line. You can either choose to leave the back hem as it is, or you can sew the back hem line up.
  4. With the separate piece of t-shirt you just cut off, you will need to create the two strips for the bow. To do this you will have to make to long rectangles, these can be as thin or as thick as you like.
  5. Once you have you long strips sew down the open side, and one small edge, with the right sides facing each other (for both). You can then use a needle to thread the material back into itself so that it is then the correct way round.
  6. Make sure the open end of the ties are cut straight across. You can then measure how far up you want the ties to be on the side seam, by turning the t-shirt inside out. Make a small mark, or pin them into place, making sure both sides are even.
  7. Sew the ties onto the same side seam sew line, this will help make it look neat. Then turn the t-shirt back the right way round, and tie your bow.

2. Distressed T

distressed T

The steps:

  1. Laying you chosen t-shirt facing downwards on a flat surface, make a mark just under the neck line on each side for where you want the opening to start. You can pretty much choose anywhere you’d like.
  2. Using a ruler, mark the middle point horizontally of the two marks you just made. From there turn the ruler vertically and depending on how far down you want the opening to stop mark that point.
  3. Now, as this is a distressed look, take your scissors and roughly cut a curved edge to the middle point you created, from each mark at neck line.
  4. To create the smaller holes, just take your scissors and pinch the t-shirt in different places to cut the holes in.

3. Strapless T

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Steps on how to achieve this look:

  1. Turn your shirt inside out.
  2. Fold the bottom hem of your chosen t-shirt over 5 3/4 inches and pin it up. This is to make the ruffle part.
  3. Use a sewing machine to create a 1/2 inch hem around the top of you t-shirt. You will need to leave a bit of room to insert elastic so it clings in all the right places.
  4. Measure the elastic around your bust and leave it a little tight so that it will stay on.
  5. Put a safety pin on the end of the elastic and feed it through the small gap in your seem. Once your elastic is in all the way round, sew the two ends together.
  6. Cut off the neck and create a straight line. Obviously as this is a tube top you won’t be needing a neck.
  7. Cut off the sleeves.
  8. Pin down the sides and use the sewing machine to sew them down. The more material you sew into the sides, the tighter the top will be.

4. Open back heart T

heart T

Simple steps to create this:

  1. Choose a cropped t-shirt, if you haven’t got one, why not cut a longline one yourself.
  2. Find the middle point at the back of the t-shirt and fold in half. One arm hole should be at the top in the middle when you have laid it down flat, with the other directly underneath.
  3. Using a pencil or dressmakers chalk, draw half a heart shape on the back folded line. This could be as big or as small as you like, just don’t cut into the neck line or hem.
  4. Pin down the top of the half heart shape to the material underneath to keep it in place before you cut.
  5. Taking your scissors, cut along the half heart line you drew on. Making sure you cut both layers the t-shirt. The heart should then be even in the back of the t-shirt.

5. Drop arm hole T

drop arm T

The three easy steps:

  1. Lay your chosen t-shirt down facing upwards on a flat surface.
  2. Use a pencil or dressmakers chalk to mark the slightly curved line from the top towards the end of where your collar bone would be, down to the side seam. This can be to wherever you choose depending on how low you want your arm drop to be.
  3. Cut along the two lines you have just made.


So there we go 5 different and easy ways to revamp that boring plain t-shirt. If you decide to give any of these a go, don’t forget to send me your pictures, I’d love to see what you guys come up with!

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xx, Alanis



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