I started by unpicking the pocket on the top of the shirt and ironing out any small holes that were left.
After doing this, I drew a line using a ruler and tailors chalk to mark where I wanted the bottom of my shirt to be.
Making sure that the line I drew was correctly positioned, I cut the material off, leaving some space for the hem.
This was the new length of my wanted shirt:
Next, I cut mid-way up the side of the shirt so that I could tie a knot there later to achieve a gathered effect.
I then double folded the bottom of the shirt before pinning and tacking. I then slip-stitched across the length of the shirt to achieve a neat hem.
After doing this I moved onto the top part of my shirt. I started by measuring out and drawing the outline of where I wanted my altered neckline to rest.
Next, I drew lines down the stretch of the neckline using tailors chalk, leaving 1cm between each line.
I then cut down the lines with scissors, taking care not to cut the back of the shirt in the process.
Next, I cut alternate lines out of the shirt:
I then twisted the lines of material into the criss-cross design I wanted and pinned them in place.
Using 5mm studs, I secured the criss-cross pattern in place. I also inserted some studs around the neckline for decoration.
This was the finished look of my up-cycled shirt, I chose to place a vest under the shirt, although a contrasting colour would look more appealing.
Bye for now,