Tutorial || Summer Shirt Refurb Series #3

Hey all!

Here we are with another t-shirt refurb! This tutorial is much simpler than the galaxy print. All you need is a tee and a good pair of scissors! This style is another muscle tee with a modified design… can you tell this is my favorite style lately???

Well, let’s get started, shall we?


For this style, I recommend an extra over-sized t-shirt, something you are swimming in!

I found this Tina Turner “Wildest Dreams Tour” shirt at a thrift store near Dallas. I love it because of the huge monochromatic portrait of Tina on the front. Here it is in its natural state: large and in charge.


This large size is perfect because of the length, but the width and sleeves are definitely not flattering. Let’s do something about that!

Step 1: 

Lay out the shirt on a flat surface.



Step 2:

Fold the shirt in half lengthwise so that the sleeves and corners are matched up like so:



Step 3:

Starting from the top of the shirt near the shoulder, cut straight down the shirt. When you have neared the bottom of the shirt, cut on a curve to the sides of the shirt. Your cut should look like this:



You’ll see why we left the corners like this later.

Step 4:

Cut around the neckline of the shirt to your desired design. 



One trick to keeping the neckline even on both sides is to cut straight down from the center of the collar to your desired depth. This trick will work whether you are cutting the shirt into a v-neck or scoop neck.



Here’s my finished product. Make sure you cut all around the entire collar!



I wanted the neckline of mine to cut into Tina’s hair, plus a bit of a deeper neck is a bit more flattering for me personally.

Step 5:

Tie the sides together.

This is where that bit of extra fabric comes in! Put your shirt on as-is. It will be more of a poncho than a t-shirt at this point. Take the bottom two corners on each side of the shirt and tie them together into small knots. Pull tight and you’re almost done! (A picture will follow shortly)

Step 6:

Make any necessary adjustments.

Since you have your shirt on already, take a look in the mirror and decide whether this is the final design you desire. You may want to trim off a bit more from the shoulders or alter the neckline. Once you’ve made the alterations you wanted, you’re finished!



You can see the small knots at the sides of the shirt on the bottom.

Here are a few shots of the finished product on me!









As you can see, the sides are completely open with only the knots joining the shirt on the bottom.

I hope you enjoy this design! I love how easy it was to make. 

Remember, if you try this, please show me! Hashtag #summershirtrefurb on Twitter or Instagram @patternsonwalls. I’ll try to be back soon with another design!

Happy summer!!



Posted on July 9, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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