“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
The Nine Lives of Your Old Gym Clothes: A shirt-cutting tutorial.
Gather your t-shirts large and small, find your scissors, and turn on Elvis Live from Madison Square Garden 1972 because it is time to turn the old to new! Also, put the cat out of the room. If he is anything like mine he will attack your scissors, and my cat has a PhD.
My secret to shirt cutting is to not measure and make it up as you go. Great direction, right? Trust me.
The first step is to pick a shirt that if you were to mess it up, it would be okay.
- Lay the shirt on a flat surface and taking your scissors cut along the hem of the shoulder to remove the sleeves evenly.
- Next comes the neck. For a scoop neck simply cut along the seam of the neckline and then stretch the neck and allow the edges to coil slightly.
- And voila! Your shirt that’s been collected wrinkles in your bottom drawer has been brought to life with an entirely new body! Just consider yourself the Dr. Frankenstein of used clothing.
**But if you’re feeling a little nuts you could take the back of the shirt and using a black marker draw a line from the top to the bottom right down the center (picture above).
- Now draw horizontal lines across the back of the shirt from the top to the bottom. Now take your scissors and cut along the lines creating strips.
- Once you’re done cutting take each strip and stretch them so that they coil around.
- Now you can either tie the strips together, braid them together, whatever you’d like! This works best with XL shirts so venture over to the men’s t-shirt section of the local thrift.
A piece of clothing, like a cat, should have many lives.
POST BY Brandi Britain