A new twist on the racerback tee

This is my go to workout shirt when it's hot out, great ventilation without just walking around in a sports bra. The best part is you can use up all those old tshirts you have laying around that you don't know what to do with or don't fit you perfectly. Want to make your own? Just follow along!


Take an old tshirt and lay it on a safe cutting surface. Place your "boob triangle" on the shirt with the top edge lining up with a shoulder seam. (this is where the halter comes from, that seam goes on the back of your neck) Make sure your triangle is large enough to cover one boob... unless you like them hanging out there for everyone to see, hey I'm not judging you... Use a rotary cutter to slice through both layers of the shirt. (my triangle is about 2" wide at the top, and 8.5" at the bottom)
Next slice a straight line across the bottom (this will be the bottom of your tee, make it as long or as short as you'd like)
Cut a straight line an inch from the side of the shirt cutting through both layers (don't cut all the way to the top, leave an inch of shirt at the top) Next slice that piece in half, again not all the way to the top.

Your shirt should now look like this:
Now for the actual sewing, place your halter onto the front of your shirt bottom and sew in place, I used a zigzag stitch, but feel free to use a straight line. I'd suggest pinning and trying to on before you sew it in place, make sure all your goods are covered up.
Now we move to the back. Remember those nice 2 strips you cut (feel free to cut 3 and do a braid here). Take them and twist them around each other, ending at the center of your halter top.
Have them wrap around the halter neck and sew them together.

The final step is to attach the bottom edge of your shirt to each other. A few stitches to hold it in place, and you're done!

Think you'll give it a go? Let me know how you like it! I love how it can take a boring tee and make it into something fun to wear :)

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Kari @ Running Ricig said...

I totally want to try this! i have so many gross running shirts!

Jeanne said...

Super awesome way to transform allllllllllll those huge free shirts I've gotten over the years. Awesome! (even if it does mean sewing just a little.)

I could totally see you rocking one of these! You could do it with dry fit race shirts too :)

Meg Henning said...

cute t-shirt make-over! totally necessary for these hot summer months when i am all sweaty when i get home from my 6am morning run, even that isn't early enough to avoid sweating

Juli Hoffman said...

This is a really cute idea, esp for the ones that you love, but maybe have a stain on them.

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