As 80s trends and fashions cycle back into popularity, it's becoming more common to see slashed T-shirts again. Typically, the shirts sport an 80s themed logo (possibly a neon colour) and have obvious slashes through a portion of the chest. The style was popularised by Madonna and other pop culture icons during the decade and quickly spread to the masses. Many people now opt for a modern twist on the style by using clothing that is now culturally relevant.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- X-Acto knife
- Flat surface
- Fabric Pencil
Find a cheap T-shirt or slightly thicker fabric at a thrift store. Look for old band shirts from the 80s like Bon Jovi, Van Halen etc. Opt for a neon coloured shirt sporting an outdated logo from the 80s like Nike or Reebok if a band shirt is unavailable. Alternately you could use a more current T-shirt if something older is not available.
Cut off the bottom portion of the shirt to make it smaller. Show off your midriff with a shorter shirt or a cut off.
Set the shirt on a flat, level surface. Hold the sides of the shirt in place by putting something heavy on the corners like a book. Insert a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to protect the back, unless you want the back slashed also.
Use a ruler to measure straight cuts with the knife. Avoid making the cuts too large and causing excessive fraying. Mark the desired cuts with a fabric pencil for further assistance.
Slash the chest in diagonal lines (or small straight lines down the centre) using the X-Acto knife or a pair of scissors. Hold the shirt down firmly with one hand and drag the open blade in an angle along the shirt and next to the ruler.
Cut 5-7 lines in the breast area.
Try on the shirt. Add more slashes or cut the shirt shorter as desired.
Tips and warnings
- Add glitter highlights or fabric paint to spice up your slashed T-shirt.
- In the "1980s (Fashion Sourcebooks)" John Peacock recommends "wearing your slashed T-shirt with light coloured leggings".
- Exercise caution when working with an X-Acto knife or scissors otherwise serious injury could result.
- Cutting some fabrics may cause the fabric to fall apart, avoid thinner and noticeably worn fabric.
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