Silver Shirt




About: Eric J. Wilhelm is the founder of Instructables. He has a Ph.D. from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. Eric believes in making technology accessible through understanding, and strives to inspire others to lear...

Sew yourself a shirt out of crazy fabric; dance all night.

Step 1: Cut Apart an Old Tee Shirt

Find a tee shirt that fits you. Cut it apart at the seems. Most tee shirts are made from a tube of fabric, so in addition to the seems, make two cuts straight down from the armpits.

Step 2: Cut Fabric From Your Patterns

Using the pieces of the tee shirt as a pattern, cut out pieces of fabric. Add a seam allowance if you want the fit to be identical to the old tee shirt.

I wanted my silver shirt a little tighter, so I didn't bother with a seam allowance.

Step 3: Hem the Edges

Hem all the exposed edges.

Step 4: Sew the Pieces Together

Sew the front panel to the back panel. Sew the sleeves into tubes. Pin the sleeves to the front and back panels in the proper position and sew each sleeve to the body followed by sewing straight down from the armpit.

Step 5: Try It On

Try it on. If it fits, carefully trim all the dangling treads.

Step 6: Rock Out!

Drive a million miles out to the middle of nowhere. Make sure there's a lot of dust -- fine alkaline dust if possible. Dance all night.

Not only does this silver shirt perfect my 1980's German Industrialist costume, but it also deflects laser beams!



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    17 Discussions


    5 years ago

    what did u use for the silver? ?


    12 years ago on Step 6

    O.O' Wow... You'll never believe this, but my mother has a shirt that looks almost identical hanging in'er closet... last time it was worn was like 1989 (<-I think- may've been 87-88). Either way it scares the crap out of me to remember it. O.o GraTz.

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    9 years ago on Step 6

     sweet sewing skills, man, but you do really need glowsticks, and LASERs, lots of LASERs, and smoke floating around...just to complete the look...perhaps I would also accept the surface of Mars, or Europa...but, never-the-less, sweet :D


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Drive a million miles out to the middle of nowhere. Make sure there's a lot of dust -- fine alkaline dust if possible. Dance all night.

    Burning Man?


    13 years ago on Step 6

    Yes, yes it is. And that's why it's awesome.


    13 years ago

    hot hot hot! ps. traditionally, sleeves are put on after the body of the shirt has been sewn, mostly because sleeves have to be eased a little. YMMV