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I made this shirt at 3 am a few weeks ago when I couldn’t sleep. I’ve been steadily working on my bridesmaid dress, but I don’t like working on more than one sewing project at a time. I was still in the fitting stages of my dress, so I decided to work on this non-sewing project.
I was also going to the punk exhibit at the Met the next day, so I wanted something homemade.
This shirt started it’s life a few months ago. I got it at a listening party over the winter. I liked the design but the last size left was a large. Since then it’s been relegated to a gym shirt. I cut the top open, but it was a still a poor gym shirt — it didn’t breathe easily, and since it was so baggy it got in the way of everything.
I’ve worn it out only once, but since then it’s survived going to the garment district, going to the Met, walking around, going on the subway, going to Central Park, getting dinner, staying up late — all without wardrobe dysfunction. No knots became untied, nothing rides up, and it’s surprisingly breezy in 90 degree weather, since the sides are mostly open.
Construction notes: I cut the top off and cut the side seams open, forming a large rectangle. I cut ties on the side, and fitted it on my dress form, knotting it in three places on the side, and knotting it in two places to form shoulder straps. Since t-shirt jersey doesn’t fray, I didn’t treat the ends. This is something you should only do with heavy, good quality t-shirts: anything lighter and I don’t think the knots would hold up well.