So I've been thinking about doing this do a while and this evening I was antsy and needed to do something with my hands. So I decided it was time to try it out. It does a cool job of embellishing and smallering a ribbed tee. The picture doesn't do the resize justice, it looks more fitted on me when I'm not holding myself all weird because I'm having my photo taken. Also, another time I need to cut the strips longer so that when I retie them it's more snug. Anyhow, here's the pic, and a description of how I did it follows.
Ok, so I started with a ribbed tee that fit me ok, but not that flatteringly. I think it may be pretty important that it was ribbed, I could be wrong. I turned it inside out and outlined in chalk where I wanted to cut. First I drew a line straight down the middle, from neckline to hem. Then I drew horizontal lines about a half-inch apart and three inches from the center line on each side. I cut just the horzontal line first. Then I pulled on each strip as hard as I could without ripping. This added a lot of length, maybe half again the length or more. Once the strips were all stretched out, I cut them through the middle, and put the shirt on (right side out). Then I tied the strips back together, closer at the bottom, and a ways in in the bust area. Tying the strips with the shirt on gave me the right idea of how tight to tie where.
Another time, I want to cut the strips longer, both for a snugger look and to show a little skin even at the snuggest ties. I'm thinking of lacing some pretty ribbon through for a corset kind of look.
I realised the pic doesn't really show this right, so here's a closeup on the frilly part.