For this weeks Closet Control garment I am featuring an edgy crop top I reconstructed from a white t-shirt I purchased from Value Village. I am conscious of the fact that not everyone has a sewing machine and a ton of money so this weeks piece can be made without a sewing machine and for under $10! Let’s get started.
What You Need
- Slightly baggy cotton t-shirt (white works best if you plan to dye it)
- Scissors (good enough for cutting your t-shirt)
- About 20 safety pins (if you plan to add this design detail)
- 1 package Rit dye (I used sunshine orange)
- 1/3 cup of Salt
- Measuring cup
- White Vinegar
- Spoon for stirring
- Container for dye bath (big spaghetti pot works well.
1. Put the shirt on and mark where you want the hem.
2. Take a pen and mark underneath both armholes.
3. Measure 3″ over from the neckline and mark on the shoulder seam.
Make sure you cut slow and steady otherwise it will looked jagged!
1. Cut a new hem at the level you previously marked.
2. Cut off the original neckline.
3. Make new armhole by cutting from the armhole marking up to the shoulder/neckline marking.
4. Try it on and make sure this is the fit you want. If not, make new markings and then adjust.
1. Boil 16 cups of water.
2. Follow the Rit dye instructions, and add 4 cups of boiling water to the powder dye. Mix until powder is fully dissolved.
3. Add 1/3 salt to this mixture. (helps cotton retain the dye.)
4. Add dye mixture back into the rest of the boiling water & stir.
5. Wet your t-shirt with warm water.
6. Submerge your t-shirt into the dye bath. Stir every 15 minutes. (I wanted an uneven dye so I didn’t stir.)
7. After 60 minutes take your shirt out of the dye bath rinse in warm water until the water runs clear.
8. Soak t-shirt in a mixture of one part warm water and 3 parts white vinegar. (prevents bleeding of dye)
9. After 30 minutes rinse t-shirt again and launder.
1. Make a stencil of the cut-out with manilla paper or cardboard or draw directly on the shirt where you would like to make cut-outs. (keep in mind smaller shapes distort less!)
2. CUT! I also made 3 slits on the front pocket & then pulled on them to get the knit to curl!
3. Add safety pins where ever you want them & your done!
Please comment and let me know what you think! Will you be trying this out?