Easy DIY Men’s Tshirt to Off Shoulder T-Shirt. No Sewing!
So the problem with most activist shirts are that they are often too big, and they have a crew neck (very close to the neck) which I hate. I wanted to do a quick DIY that literally anyone can do, without measuring or sewing. In the future you can build off of this post when you when you want to try more advanced DIY’s of your t-shirts.
This is the shirt I will be starting with:
(It took me a long time to get this shirt, but I wish it were in a style more comfortable for me)
Items you will need:
Pins or safety pins, your choice
A scissors sharp enough to cut cloth
Chalk to write on fabric, or an eyeliner in a color you can see
A long ruler or long measuring tape
(I used an eyeliner that I hate that I received as a free gift, I call the shade
“Nobody wants to buy this and we can’t even give it out for free because it’s too ugly”)
1.Flatten out your shirt (some people choose to iron it) So that you can cut both sides evenly at the same time. Pin down everything below the arms length that would be too low to cut
2. Write a dot with your chalk/eyeliner directly below the neckline. It doesn’t matter if your shirt is a crew neck or has a slight v-neck, because we’ll be making a v-pattern anyway. Draw a line very conservatively from the middle of the neck to the top of your shoulder. Remember, we can always cut a hole wider, but you can’t make it smaller once it’s cut off.
(When I tried mine on, the shoulders met my shoulders perfectly, so I ended the line a bit before it hit my shoulders)
3. Once you’ve drawn the line on both sides, Pin above the line as well so you can cut both the front and back of the shirt at the same time, without it moving.
(I told you it was an ugly eyeliner color)
4. Cut from the end of the shirt towards the center along the line. Be careful to make sure you’re cutting both the front and back parts of the shirt. It should be two layers at the same time.
5. Remove all the pins from both your shirt and the cut out part. Save the top scrap for later (It can come in handy in a later DIY)
6. Stretch your “new’ collar by pulling along both sides, it should widen a little. Try it on, if it fits too snug and you want your neckline wider, cut a little bit below your previous cut, and repeat the stretching until your collar is as long as you want it to be.
(A properly stretched collar looks like this, click on it to see it closer)
(Another close up look, see how it kind of rolls up on both edges when it is stretched? That’s what we’re going for)
7. Cut off the trim of your sleeves, and the bottom trim of your shirt and stretch those as well. I suggest you cut only one side at a time so you can follow the trim exactly, unlike the first step where the front and back were cut at the same time. Keep the scraps. Those can come handy in another DIY as well. Cutting all the edges off will make the shirt have a more uniform appearance.
(Cut that trim)
(Stretch the sleeves and bottom when you’re done cutting)
8. Try it on to make sure you’re satisfied, and you’re all done!
(The only reason one side looks higher is because I’m holding the camera)