T-Shirt Reconstruction – One Strap Shirt

Want to update your wardrobe or have a shirt that doesn’t fit as nicely anymore? Try making a one strap shirt.

one sleeve shirt

I cut the shirt open on one side, hemmed the cut parts, and made a corset closure.

What you need

* Shirt
* Scissors
* Needle
* Thread
* Pins

How to do it

* Cut off the sleeves

* Make a diagonal line, starting right underneath the neckline, and doing down to the bottom of the arm hole. You can make the line go straight up on the side that touches the neckline, if you want to create a wider shoulder strap.

* Hem the edges you’ve cut

* If the shirt doesn’t fit like you want (Personal warning: if you are small chested, or the shirt isn’t super small, the one strap shirt can be somewhat loose fitting) or you prefer having two straps, add some! Using the sleeve material, or other textiles, make a strap and sew it on.

t shirt strap

This shirt had short sleeves, so I used material from both sleeves and sewed them together in a zig-zag pattern, then attached it to the shirt.


t shirt

– UPcycling Phoenix

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