I love big comfy t-shirts and I’ve always wanted to be the girl that can rock her boo’s big tee with a skirt or socks or something real nice like. But when your hubs is 6’5″, and you got a donk, this look is not the fantasy we’d hoped for. However recently I’ve been eyeing a Coors Light tee my hubs owns, and said to myself, “Self, we need to turn this into a racerback or something fancy like whoa.”
Naturally I turned to Pinterest for a Racerback DIY tutorial, as I have cut many a shirts myself, and many a shirts done cropped too short and boxy.
I liked the PINS I found, but reallllly wanted something a little more Brandy Melville-esque so I moved on to YouTube and found this gem for a braided racerback from the Sorry Girls. (I should add here that I have an obsession with braids as evidenced by many a pins and weekly hairstyles of my own.)
I will say that this style is a little more tricky than cutting up some tanks, but well worth it if you can manage a sloppy stitch like myself.
- Cut off the sleeves right about 2 to 3 inches below the armpit seam
- Layer for first sleeve over the other arm to match up your cut outs
- You could easily stop here and roll in my hood. Cut off sleeves + God’s Brew as they call it.
- Cut off the collar (my mistake here, I would cut it about an inch below not right at the collar seam)
- Flip the tank over, and cut straight across about 3 inches down, or right at the natural arc of your racerback (you will re-attach it!)
- Cut 3 even pieces from the top of the tank (where you just cut across) down as far as you’d like to go (as you can see I am blonde and did not calculate right so we have a 4 string braid)
- Pull on each piece to give it some bounce and length
- Braid away!
- Add a little stitch to the top of your braid to keep it secure
- Take the excess fabric of the top of the tank, fold it over, and stitch your braid at the center
- Try it on and figure out how long you’d like it
- I cut diagonally across on purpose for a little drape
- Remember you can ALWAYS cut off more inches, it’s difficult to add length back
- Add a piece of lace at the top of your braid for flare (entirely optional)
- Check out your pythons in the new tank of course
In the end I do not think Tim Gunn will be calling me anytime soon to join Project Runway, however I am all Sassy molasse-y with my new tank and that’s all that matters.
x to the ohhh