Love this idea! If you are like me, you have an abundance of old t-shirts that have been lost in the back on your closet. Most of mine are are too big and I never wear them. But now, thanks to Blogilatescom, I have something cool to do with them! And since I don’t like to wear sleeves while lifting, they’ll be great for a vintage workout look! Here is a link to the original tutorial, http://blogilates.com/printables-2/diy-racerback-workout-shirt-tutorial, and below is how mine came together. Have fun!
An old t-shirt (or 2 if you want to practice on one) and a pair of scissors. That’s it!
1. Cut away the neck, the sleeves, and just above the seam at the bottom. For the sleeves, start at the shoulder (decide how thick you want the strap to be) and cut straight down toward the chest area before you curve out. If you curve the whole way, it won’t fit correctly. See picture for reference. Remember you can always trim off more fabric, but you can’t add it back on! If you aren’t sure, start small and repeat.
2. Trim the neckline to how low you prefer.
3. Cut a deep ‘V’ in the back and trim the edges of the back of the sleeves.
4. Take the piece of the bottom of the shirt that you cut in step 1 and trim off the seam so that you are left with only fabric. Then stretch if out a bit so it is thin and long. Here is mine halfway through this process.
5. Tie this piece about 2″ above the ‘V.’
6. Wrap the string tightly around the back in an upward direction and tie it off at the top. You can either cut the extra pieces or wrap/weave them underneath the string.
7. You can either finish here or if you would like an asymmetrical top, lay your shirt sideways and flat. Then starting at about 3-5″ from the front center of the shirt, diagonally cut until you reach the back. Cut straight for a bit at the front center then start creating the diagonal or else you get a weird arrow shape when you open it up.
VOILA! Pull a bit at the fabric edges to make them curly and to make your tank longer.