dyi woven top

C sent me this image the other week and i fell in love:

so much so that i decided to give it a go myself. here’s my take:

if you want to try it yourself, here’s how i did it.
*find yourself an worn-in top. i went with a grey sweatshirt i bought at the goodwill last summer:

*lay the top flat on your workspace. begin cutting from the base of the shirt to the top in 1 & 1/2 to 2 inch strips, leaving the waist band in tact. cut only to the shoulder seam and to the base of the neck. some of your strips with curve towards the shoulder seam. i worked from the side seam in, measuring towards the center in order to get semi-even strips. do not cut the side seam: that it where you’re going to attach your fabric.

*use a contrasting fabric of similar weight/stretch. i used a knit mesh in cream. you don’t need much: i used about a quarter of a yard. (you could even cut up another used/worn shirt if you’re looking to down-size your wardrobe: make 1 shirt from 2.)

*with right sides together, cut 1 & 1/2 inch strips. i cut 10 strips. depending on the size of the shirt and how tight you want it woven, you can add more or less. the fewer the strips and/or longer the strips, the more you can see through the weave.

*begin weaving the contrasting fabric strips through the top, altering every other row to create a basket weave effect. the easiest way to do this is to pin one end of the contrasting strip to the side seam of the top. weave the strip through and pin on the opposite side, cutting away any excess material.

*in order to keep strips even, pin along the shoulder seam, but keep your strips straight. (turning them will cause awkward bumps and bulges. you can turn the shirt inside out if you’re having trouble keeping things lined up and pinned.)

*once everything is pinned, sew along your side and shoulder seams. i used grey thread to match my top, so you can see where i’ve added stitches. turn your top inside out and cut off any excess material that may create bulk.

*you’re done: rock your new top!

note: i wore my top once and a lot of the weave sort of collapsed down so you couldn’t see the details of it. my guess is that this happened because the knit fabric i used was very different in weight from the sweatshirt. to fix this, i hand stitched tiny X’s at various points across the weave in order to keep things in place. you could probably avoid having to hand-stitch anything if you use similar weight fabric and attach the woven material at the side seams a bit tighter than i originally did.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted October 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Going to try this out soon! Had to re-post on my blog.
    :)

  2. Posted October 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I love this! Thanks for the idea. I am so going to try it. I love the surprise of a plain shirts with a cool back.

  3. Posted October 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    fun! send me any pics if you make one!

  4. Anusha
    Posted June 9, 2012 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    Omg! This is amazing!!! Definitely gonna give it a try!! Thanx for the tutorial! :)

  5. Posted June 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    great! send me a pic if you make your own!!!

  6. Merry
    Posted April 27, 2013 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    if you pull the tshirt strips tightly – it sort of curls the edges and you’ll get an affect like the top shirt.

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