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Make your own spider web design by cutting and weaving a T-shirt. Use a black T-shirt and wear a contrasting color underneath like red to make it stand out. Fits the Halloween theme!

I made this shirt at TechShop San Jose. They have an adjustable mannequin dress form that makes it easy to work on the shirt and see how it looks and fits without trying it on.

Fashionable outfit idea or costume suggestion: Pair the spider web shirt with a see-through black mesh top underneath to give it a more web-like effect. For gals, wear a flesh-colored nude bra underneath the mesh top and web shirt. Add short black skirt, black fishnet stockings and boots for a goth chick/vampy look! Makeup: white face, thick eyeliner, black lipstick. Attach a plastic spider ring as an accessory to your shirt to complete the look. Or just wear the spider on your finger.
 
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Step 1: Items you need

  1. Black T-shirt, or any colored cotton shirt you have available.
  2. Scissors. Sharp shears work best.
  3. Pins or safety pins to secure the weave. Or you can use needle & thread. (optional)
  4. Tape measure (optional)
  5. Adjustable mannequin dress form (optional). TechShop San Jose has one which I used to make this shirt.
This looks pretty awesome, but I do have to wonder, how hard would it be to do without a mannequin? Also, I was thinking of adding some fabric backing to the area; do you think I should add it before or after weaving? (I'm thinking definitely after cutting the t-shirt)
mmmmqc (author)  LurkyTheHatMan8 months ago
It isn't hard to do it without a mannequin. You can use a flat surface like table top or floor to work on the t-shirt. I've had friends over for t-shirt cutting and nobody had a mannequin to use. The only issues a few people had were messing up the weaving (just start over) or cutting through the shirt to the other side (not solved with a mannequin anyway).

You should add the fabric backing to the area after you are done weaving. The weaving contracts the shirt a bit and the big hole areas on the outer parts of the web loosen the shirt.

Have fun making the design!
rvanderwel10 months ago
Thanks! Great creation, thanks so much for sharing.
rvanderwel11 months ago
Is it washable?
mmmmqc (author)  rvanderwel10 months ago
You mean in the washer? Yes but you should put it in a lingerie bag to protect it from getting snagged by something during washing.