How to Make a Loose Shirt Tighter




A cool looking way to resize a baggy t-shirt.

Step 1: Supplies

Get your supplies. You'll need:

- Something to cut with
- a shirt
- music to listen to while working. Try listening to Dune, ToyBox or DJ Tiesto for best results.

Step 2: Cutting the Shirt

Begin by laying the shirt out on a flat surface with the back of the shirt facing you. Start on the bottom edge of the shirt and cut towards the neck of the shirt, splitting the back of the shirt in half.

Step 3: Cutting the Edge

Fold the shirt in half so that the part of the shirt that you just cut is lined up evenly . While the shirt is folded cut strips into the edge. I cut strips that were about 1 1/2" long and 1/2" wide but the strips size can vary depending on how tight you want the shirt to be.

Step 4: Cut Every Other Strip

Unfold the shirt. If you've followed the directions correctly both sides of the back of the shirt should now have strips along the edge. Now cut every other strip along the back. Make sure that you cut off the same strips on each side of the shirt i.e. you want to make sure that each strip on one side will line up with the strip on the other side.

Step 5: Tie Knots

Line up the strips and tie each strip to the strip they face into knots.

Step 6: (Optional) Cut Off the Neck

If the neck looks wrong with the shirt you might want to cut it off.

Step 7: Finished!

All done! You can adjust the shirt by making the knots tighter or looser depending on how form fitting you want the shirt to be.



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    8 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 7

    just a suggestion, you might want to wear a cami underneath :)


    9 years ago on Step 7

    O my gosh!!! I JUST got done doing that to one of my shirts..and I got on here too look up a shirt I saw yesteday when I saw this!!! O_O great minds think alike!! lol I also found that if you only cut up the back to about half way and leave the rest there (cut out scoop neck and cut off sleeves) you can make an off shoulder shirt!!


    Not bad but some better pics might be nice... They're kind of dark. Other than that I'm liking it, wouldn't be wearing it but cool, I'm all for using clothes the wrong way...

    4 replies

    Yeah, my camera hasn't been cooperating lately and I couldn't get the pics any brighter. That, and black probably wasn't the best color to use to demonstrate with. I think I might have to edit all the pics with photoshop and re-submit the pics. Thanks for your comment :)

    Yeah, try taking one of the finished thing next to the window or outside on a sunny day, that should help the black thing, I've actually just started making an 'ible on how to retouch and tidy up photos...

    Sure in the meantime, the best way to lift an image out would be using the levels tool, in image. If you look at where the graph cuts of and bring the outer sliders to the ends of where the peaks start then use the middle slider to bring the lightness up or down as needed. Using the output slider to cap extreme highlights is a good way of making the whole image lighter. If you do that then make another layer on top and make it a colour layer and add saturation to the colour layer to make the image less washed out. After this you may need to remove the noise, neatimage is good for this though the built in plugin is alright...