This is how to make a steampunk shirt that you can wear in everyday life as well! It's not super simple but it is super cute and worth the effort!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Two stretchy different colored shirts
Fabric ink or paint
Step 2: Painting Stripes
The first step is to choose the shirt you want to be the top section, and paint stripes on it. I was out of masking tape so I made a stencil but the tape should work just fine. Stripe it until just below the sleeves end
Step 3: Cutting the Top Piece
Cut it off just where the stripes end
Step 4: Cutting the Bottom Piece
Take your second shirt and cut it in the same place
Step 5: Attaching the Top and Middle Pieces
By turning the top piece inside out, placing it over and around the right side out bottom piece and sewing it like shown in the picture, attach the top piece from shirt 1 and the bottom piece from shirt 2. Also, using a seam ripper, remove the sleeves from both shirts.
Step 6: Attaching the Sleeves
Throw out the sleeves from shirt one and attach the sleeves from shirt 2 to your garment by turning the shirt inside out, placing the sleeves (right side out) into the sleeve holes, and sewing around. There are plenty of sleeve attaching tutorials to go around, if you need help.
Step 7: Cut the Collar
Turn the shirt inside out and cut the collar off. Then measure the circumference of the new collar-hole
Step 8: Making the New Collar
Using fabric from shirt 2 scraps, make a long tube of fabric the same length of the collar length
Step 9: Attaching the New Collar
Turn your tube inside out, sew the two sides of it together so it becomes a circle, and attach the circle to your collar. This part is tricky, and you might have to try a couple times before its right. You need to turn the shirt inside out and place the new collar piece inside the shirt to sew it
Step 10: Finishing the Collar
Cut a hole in the very center of your tube, but do not cut through both layers of fabric, just the front one.
Using a safety pin, string your ribbon through the tubeish collar and tie to keep it from slipping
Step 11: Making the Very Bottom Piece/waistband Thing
Measure your hips and take off a few inches from the measurement, depending on how tight you want your waistband to be (this is easily fixable if it’s wrong). Make a basic waistband from the scrap material of SHIRT 1. The waistband will be smaller than the bottom of the shirt but stretch it to fit, the puckering effect looks really nice, don’t worry.
The way you make a waistband is very simple, like making the collar, sew a long tube of fabric, turn it inside out, and sew it together to form a circle. It can be whatever size you sew it to be.
Step 12: Attaching the Very Bottom Piece/waistband Thing
Cut the bottom seam plus a little extra off your garment (about two inches give or take)
Attach your new waistband as is shown. (Shirt is right side out, waistband is not)
Step 13: You're Done!
Put on the shirt, draw and tie your ribbon in a cute bow, and you’re done!!!