I’m not really one for DIYing. But once in a blue moon I have a hankering for some tinkering. So the other night I pulled out the scissors and transformed an old t-shirt into a vest.
‘Tis easy. Trust me. You won’t even need to use a sewing needle. You’ll find a step-by-step guide after the jump.
Start with your favourite pirate-themed cotton t-shirt. Scratch that. Start with your non-favourite pirate-themed cotton t-shirt. Something you wouldn’t mind ruining. You know, in case it turns out DIYing isn’t your strong suit.
Step 1. Cut off the sleeves.
Step 2. Cut off the collar. Then, slice straight down the front of the shirt. (Line this up carefully. Symmetry is key here so follow the carpenter’s rule of thumb: measure twice, cut once.)
Step 3. Cut off the bottom hem. I chose to angle mine down toward the front so that the back is shorter and angles nicely.
All the edges will curl up a bit. It’s a nice vintage effect. Roll with it.
And that’s it, friends, easier than pie! Once you’ve tried it on, try making the arm holes bigger, the back even shorter and the front even angled-er. (Just make these changes gradually. There’s no “Ctrl Z” in real life.)
If you make your own. Send me pics! Or post them on The Anthology’s Facebook page.