How to Reconstruct a Shirt

by Niru S

A DIY top from a shirt.


  • Shirt
  • A pair of Scissors
  • Chalk/ Marker
  • Sewing machine/ kit
  • White acrylic/ fabric paint
  • Sponge
  • Newspapers/ Cardboard/ Plastic sheet
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Let's reconstruct this shirt.

    Step 2

    First up - Get rid of the sleeves and the collar.

    Step 3

    Flip the shirt inside out, and snippity snip snip the seams. You could even just cut them off.

    Step 4

    The sleeveless design looks pretty decent too!

    Step 5

    Now the collar.

    Step 6

    Step 7

    Take a top for reference to cut the desired shoulder width and sleeve length. This white top serves as a guideline for the sleeves.

    Step 8

    Keeping atleast 1/2 an inch of seam allowance on both sides mark along the shape you want with a chalk, and cut along it.

    Step 9

    Repeat on the right side. For better symmetry, fold the shirt in half, so that the cut outs of the left side become guidelines for the right side.

    Step 10

    Next, take a longer top, to decide the length. Place it over the shirt ..

    Step 11

    .. and mark the sides and the centre length, including the seam allowance.

    Step 12

    Join the markings forming a curve.

    Step 13

    Fold the shirt in half, so that both sides are cut evenly.

    Step 14

    Cut along the curve.

    Step 15

    This is how it should look. I've put pins to keep the shirt in place.

    Step 16

    Now for the back neck, place the top on the back of the shirt.

    Step 17

    Mark the depth and shape of the back.

    Step 18

    Fold the shirt again, and cut along it.

    Step 19

    This is the final shirt-top. All that's left, is to sew along the cut ends.

    Step 20

    The top after sewing.

    Step 21

    Dip a sponge into white Acrylic/ Fabric paint.

    Step 22

    Place some newspaper/ cardboard/ plastic sheet between the front and back of the top to avoid paint leakage. Dab the paint soaked sponge all over the front of the top.

    Step 23

    Next, dip the sponge into more paint each time, and drag it on the top to make a stroke.

    Step 24

    Let it dry for a good 15-20 minutes. I left the back as it is.

    Step 25

    Pretty legit don't you think? ;)