Here's a REALLY easy way to reconstruct a boring shirt. It'll take 1-2 hours, tops (maybe less if you're not slow like me
) It worked really well w/ one of my dad's old tanks, but I'm sure you could chop the sleeves off an old tee and it would work as well. This method's been posted before, but the shoulders are a bit different, so I went ahead and did a little tutorial...
1. Lay shirt flat (ironing helps). Figure out how much you need to take from each side, mark with a straight line, and pin. (I took about 4 inches off)
2. Cut your shirt vertically where the fold is, all the way from the armholes to the bottom, separating the 2 layers of your shirt.
3. Cut small strips, up to the line you marked, all the way down the sides. I'd say mine were about 1/3"-1/2" thick....
3. Tie all of the strips together, reconnecting your shirt.
4. For the shoulder straps, I just cut the straps at the top, slipped each end through a keyring, folded it over, and did a backstitch all the way across:
Well, that's about it- easy peasy, right? Here's the finished shirt:
You can see a clear version of the side here: http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v285/skaramouche/shirt3.jpg
And a close up of the shoulder ring here: http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v285/skaramouche/shoulder.jpg
Hope my first tutorial wasn't TOO confusing