My hubby has a ton of white shirts that have seen better days…and sometimes I steal one or two of them to makeover for myself. But men’s shirts are so shapeless and boxy, and I want something that isn’t as boring as it looks straight out of the package! With a few strategically-placed hooks and some elastic cord, this is a quick DIY makeover that will turn any boxy and shapeless top into a form-fitting gathered tunic or dress. Minimalist sex-appeal at its best!
*white tunic-length t-shirt (mine is XXL)
*8 hooks from sew-on hook-and-eye sets
*white thread & hand-sewing needle
*white elastic cord
*marking chalk (not shown)
*measuring tape or ruler
1. Lay your t-shirt flat, back side up. Measure about 2.5″ down from below where the sleeves meet the sides. (This is what worked for me – you may want to try the shirt on you to make sure this is the area where you want the corseting to end.) Mark.
2. Measure below that mark 1.5″ and make another mark at each side. Repeat twice so you have 4 marks total, evenly-spaced at 1.5″ apart.
3. Hand-sew the hooks on at each part. Since we’re sewing onto the back and the t-shirt fabric will be pulled to the front, make sure the hooks are facing outwards.
4. Try the shirt on. Take the elastic cord , fold it in half, and match its center to your bellybutton. Keep these lined up, thread either side of the cord into the bottom hook on either side of the shirt.
5. Pull to the front, pulling the shirt fabric with it. Cross the cord over at your center, then back into the next hooks above.
Continue to lace the corset-front in this manner, and rearrange the extra fabric of the tee as you go to look neater and more tucked-in to the corset area.
6. Tie the ends of the cords at the top of the corseting in a bow; trim the ends.
Wear with something not overtly sexy – this shirt has all the sex appeal you need!
This project was featured in a recent Crafty Superstar interview on the tutorial-sharing site Cut Out + Keep…
click here to read the interview questionnaire & my other projects!
(I’ll be re-posting all of them here on my blog soon.)
Thanks to Cat and the whole COAK team for the interview! I’m so flattered to have been featured:-)
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This is really clever. I’m already thinking about the shirts in my closet I could make over.
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Very creative!! Hmmm…I may be raiding my husband’s t-shirt drawer..hope he doesn’t mind 🙂
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Thanks!!:-) I was kind of in a Skittles mood at the time, so painted my nails to match… lol
I’ve lost about 100 pounds in the past 18 months and have wondered what to do with my old XXX tee shirts. I’ve tried everything to try to shrink them, but no go. Now I know how to get more mileage out of them. Thanks.
Wow, Angie – congrats on your weight loss! That must have taken a lot of dedication to lose 100 pounds! Yes, you could definitely just add a little lacing-style corsetry (front or back) to the tees to cinch them to your new shape…kind of a non-removable belt in a way:-)
nice tutorial ! I will share in my pinterest ,if you ever need plain blank t shirt for your projects let me know I can help.
Thank you, Fernando! I will, most definitely 🙂
Comment 6-3-16 Do we use both parts of that hook? one side is a hook & the other is the staright bar..Wish we could get a close up on that view, & also when you lift your arms, too. A side view..This would be cool to move to the back side as well..Use only a few hooks to sinch the waist area in the back.Sure to make that waist look smaller!
Thanks look forward to your reply
Hi Anita, no you are not using both parts of the hook…just the hook side. You won’t use the straight bar. Hope the photos are helpful as-is…I don’t believe I have a photo closer-up but if you look on a desktop computer you should be able to see how the hooks are attached. Adding them to the back of the tee would work great! Good luck! 🙂