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How to make an open back t-shirt

It’s been awhile since the last clothing tutorial. I should think of doing t-shirt customizing more often, it’s fun and simple…the prefect evening DIY. For today, let’s turn a plain white t-shirt into a cute back opening blouse.

You will need a t-shirt and 7 feet of lace ribbon. The one I pick is a little to wide. I would say that a 1 inch – 1 1/2 inch wide lace ribbon will work best.

The first thing to make, is giving the shirt the right shape with a few scissors snips. Mark the t-shirt back center and cut on the full-length.

Cut out the bottom seam of the t-shirt.

Trim the bottom of the back opening. Take a round shape, like a plate or a pot lid, and draw a quarter circle on both side on the shirt.

Cut a V neck on the back. Trace a line from the center, at 7 inches, to the shoulder seam and cut both sides.

Cut also the t-shirt neck.

Second part, sew the lace on the shirt. Start by pinning the lace all along the back and he bottom edge.

Sew the lace and the shirt together. Do it slowly without pulling the fabric shirt, otherwise you’ll have a wavy edge.

Put the two sides of the back opening on top of each other and made a few hand stitches to finish your shirt. I didn’t want a too opened shirt so I sew about 10 inches, up to you to sew less (or more) depending how you want to wear your shirt.

And tadam! The cheap t-shirt turns into a stylish blouse! I have a little confession to make, I had to make it twice. In the first attempt I kept the original t-shirt neck, without cutting the V on the back. It didn’t looks good and makes a lot of weird folds. So I unstitch (boooooring) the lace and start again, hopefully, for a much nicer result.



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