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Topic: XL Las Vegas Tank- recon to the max! (w/ tutorial)  (Read 6146 times)
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« on: July 07, 2004 10:03:54 PM »

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 Embarrassed)  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

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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2004 10:30:12 PM »

oh! key rings! I didn't want to buy those rings at the fabric store because they were expensive and ugly, but I have SO many key rings. Awesome idea.

« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2004 05:55:06 AM »

I love the key ring idea, great job!!!!

« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2004 09:12:16 AM »

That is totallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy awesome!!!  wow  is all I can say lol
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2004 06:56:43 AM »

wow thats really cool!  i especially like the keyring idea at the top...... great job!


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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2004 02:55:57 PM »

Great job!  I love that idea!
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