Added Oct 9, 2008
I made this shirt-thing about a year ago on an amazing trip to Hawaii. One day I was sitting by a shrimp truck in awe of how awesome the North Shore is and I met a girl who was wearing the cutest tunic I had ever seen. Her version was made out of a big Bob Marley sheet and included a few more trimmings and some beads, and looked absolutely fabulous! At once I knew I had to find out where to get this or how to make it, and she was nice enough to draw out a little pattern (although a bit rough) to give me a general idea of how it worked.
The “general idea” was this:
-find a big button up shirt, preferably a guys shirt with an interesting pattern, the longer the better!
-next cut off the sleeves to make it look kind of like a tank top, but not too thin! you would much rather leave too much on there to trim later than cut it all off first and decide you hate it later.
-now you need to cut the tops of these altered sleeves (to make it where it is just a big tube instead of a shirt)
-it is now time to do the step that gives your shirt the criss-cross back. just unbutton the “front” (which will now be the back) tie the shoulder straps to the opposite sides, and button the shirt back up with one side right side out and the other inside out.
-the next part is the toughest step (and yet quite easy). remember how we didn’t cut much of anything off earlier? well now its time to go nuts and trim the collar, straps, and back to where it fits your body-so I can’t really make directions for this since each shirt and body is different.
Keep in mind that even though this is extremely easy, and could require no sewing whatsoever, you might want to practice on a test shirt before you start cutting up a good one! When I made this one I was very lucky and it turned out great without any sewing at all on the first attempt (with the super rough instructions to guide me), but I haven’t been satisfied with any I have made since then. Nevertheless, you are guarunteed to get some very interesting looks when you wear out your new addition, so get creative and good luck!
A big old t-shirt, preferably one from the Goodwill that you won’t be sad about if you screw it up
Kia, the girl I met at the Big Wave shrimp stand in Oahu