How to Make Ripped T-Shirt Designs

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How to Make Ripped T-Shirt Designs
Rip your T-shirt and layer it over a tight top with a contrasting colour. (Zave Smith/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Ripped T-shirt designs were a popular fashion item in the 1980s along with ripped jeans. Ripped items of clothing made a resurgence onto the fashion scene with the fall catwalk shows of 2009. The success of ripped T-shirts and jeans by designer Balmain, retailing at over £650, was reported in the Guardian online newspaper in October 2009. Most people cannot afford to spend that amount of money to stay in step with ever-evolving fashion trends. However, using a bit of imagination, an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors, you can create your own ripped T-shirt designs.

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Things you need

  • Old T-shirt
  • Fabric chalk
  • Fabric scissors

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    Lay your T-shirt on a flat surface in front of you. Use your fabric chalk to mark a few areas on the shirt where you want to rip it. To remake your own version of the Balmain design, strategically place small markings over the upper part of the T-shirt near to the neck line but not so low that you expose the bust area once it is ripped. Make similar markings of varying sizes on the arms of the shirt.

  2. 2

    Use your fabric scissors to make small holes in the places that you have marked. The holes should be big enough to fit your index finger or thumb through.

  3. 3

    Place a finger or thumb in one of the small holes you have created. Gently tug on the hole to enlarge it slightly so that it is no larger than the width of your pinky finger. Enlarge it slightly downwards also so that you have a small rip. Continue the process on all of the small holes that you have made. Make each hole different in size, but try to rip them all in the same direction so that you have consistency and it looks like a design rather than just an old worn-out T-shirt.

  4. 4

    Repeat the entire process at the bottom of the T-shirt and on the back.

  5. 5

    Add an extra twist to the design by cutting off the hemmed portion of the arms of the T-shirt to make stylish capped sleeves. Cut off the bottom hem of the T-shirt to complete the look. Rip the T-shirt neckline to create an edgy v-neck design to take the look a step further.

  6. 6

    Tie the T-shirt in a knot at the back when you put it on, making it form to the contours of your waist if you are a girl. You can team the T-shirt with jeans or leggings and high heels. Wear a T-shirt in a contrasting colour underneath for a different look. Men can team the T-shirt with slouchy jeans and loafers or trainers to obtain a casual look.

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