How to Make a Slouchy Shirt From Existing T-Shirts

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How to Make a Slouchy Shirt From Existing T-Shirts
Cut your T-shirt with sharp fabric scissors for a smooth neckline. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Chances are you have a stack somewhere in your closet or dresser of old T-shirts that never see the light of day. They may be stretched and shapeless, but you're holding onto them because of a cute design or colour. Give them new life by turning them into slinky, slouch shirts with character and form.

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Things you need

  • Large old T-shirt
  • Well-fitting T-shirt
  • Seamstress chalk/straight pin
  • Fabric scissors

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  1. 1

    Try on your old tee. Mark with a pin or seamstress chalk where you want the neckline to be. Lay your old T-shirt flat on a work surface. Mark dashes along the collar where your new neckline will be.

  2. 2

    Cut the neck out carefully, trying to hold the scissors open for a smooth cut. Start slightly above the dashes. It's better to have to cut more than end up with a shirt you can't wear. Use sharp fabric scissors for best results. Try on the shirt to check the neckline. Adjust the cut if necessary.

  3. 3

    Fold the sleeves for a feminine touch, or poke a hole in the centre of the sleeve. Cut a long ribbon from your neckline scraps. Thread it through the hole and under the bottom of the sleeve, cinching the sleeve up. Tie a knot or bow tight or loose, depending on how slouchy you want the sleeve.

  4. 4

    Add extra slouch with side knots tied from slits cut into the sides of your tee. Fold your slouchy shirt in half lengthwise. Smooth it out flat and line up both sleeves and the bottom hem so everything's squared off.

  5. 5

    Repeat the folding process with one of your tees that is a bit more fitted. If it's too tight, the shirt won't slouch, so don't go too small.

  6. 6

    Lay the smaller tee on top of your slouch shirt, laying the folded side of the shirts -- the centre of them -- atop each other on the left side. Snip slits into the slouch shirt only on the right side. Make the slits long enough to reach the edge of the smaller tee. Do this up to the armpit. You'll end up with small loops along the sides of your slouch shirt.

  7. 7

    Cut the tops of each loop so you have two strips. Do this along the length of your slouch shirt. Tie each strip to its partner so you have a series of knots on either side of your shirt. The knots take your baggy tee in while keeping it slouchy.

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