Chain-Chain-change Your Boring T-shirt!




Transform a boring T-shirt into something sexy and stylish.Wanna show a little skin? Make a cut out tee and add some chains for a really cool look.

(this is my first Instructable. Please be kind :-D )

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Step 1: Draw Your Cutting Lines

Turn the t-shirt to the back.
Figure out how deep and how wide you want your cutout to be. Draw a U shape on the back of the shirt.

Step 2: Cut It Out!

First cut of the neck of the shirt. Then cut out your "U". Make sure to only cut the back.

Step 3: Cut It Again

This where you even out the front neck line of the shirt. The easiest way is to fold the shirt in half. Cut according to how low you want the front of your shirt to be.

Step 4: Links

Lay the shirt out flat again. I used a cardboard t-shirt form, but any large piece of cardboard will do. Place the shirt over the cardbaord with the back facing up.

Decide how long you want the first chain to be. It helps to try the shirt on to see how it fits your body.

Pin one end of the chain to the top of the shoulder. Stretch the rest of the chain over to where you need it to be.
Pin the other end, and try on again to make sure it fits the way you want.

Cut the chain (or unlink it how ever you like). I added two or three links to the end of each chain, its makes them easier to sew later.

Step 5: Measure It Out

Measure out a suitable distance between the first cahin and where you want the second one. I placed mine about two inches apart.

Place pins at each point(or make some kind of mark so you know where to sew)

Measure out the rest of the chains. they should gradually get smaller as you reach the bottom of the "U".

Make sure they are not too taut or the shirt will not fall correctly when you wear it.

Step 6: Stitch It

Now that you have all your chains in the right order, its time to sew them onto the shirt. Its probably best to use thread that matches your shirt. (I used purple just because I like purple).

Its best to sew one chain at a time, instead of going down one side and then the other.

Try to start sewing about 1/2 and inch from the edge of the cut out. Sew through the 2 or 3 extra links making secure stitches.

Step 7: Jazz It Up!

If you used a blank tee like I did maybe you wanna add something to the front. You can pretty much do whatever you like. Paint it, bleach it, use an iron-on, it is up to you.

I add a patch to mine. It was taken from an old t-shirt that i couldnt fit anymore, but i really liked the glitter degisn on it. I out out the design in a kinda of lopsided square.(Im left-handed so straight lines do not com naturally to me.

Then I trimed around the design so it would would kinda neat.

Next thing is to sew it onto the front of your shirt. I used a machine but you could hand stitch if you want.

(You can add a little Fray-check around the edges of the patch.)

Step 8: Cut It Again (OPTIONAL)

If you want you can also cut the hem off the sleeves (or off the bottom)

Step 9: Ta-Da!

The only thing left now is to wear your new shirt with pride.!

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    11 Discussions


    10 years ago on Step 9

    Why do you look mad? Are you disappointed with the shirt?


    11 years ago on Step 9

    The back of the shirt looks really really good. I totally dig it! =] good job.


    11 years ago on Step 9

    Kasaha! Hacking high fashion. It's so cool and you seem to have a special touch. Please design more Instructables, in case later you become famous and unaffordable! +=now 2

    1 reply

    sexy sexy i like this very much...i am going to do it at some point...thanks!!!! ps you look great in it!! lol


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great instructable! I love the decal! Low back shirts are dead sexy


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Neat! What a nice surprise as someone watches you walk by! Smile, girl - "you done good"!


    11 years ago on Step 9

    "The only thing left now is to wear your new shirt with pride.!" Can we see a pic of you wearing it? It would be nice to get a sense for the whole picture. :)

    3 replies