- a shirt you don't mind cutting
- a pencil (optional)
what you do:
- decide whether you want to leave the sleeves or cut them off too
- since we're cutting the shirt into a crop, I don't recommend cutting the sleeves off too low, that might look odd and there might not be a lot of fabric left between your arms and where we are going to cut
- plus, whenever you cut shirts or any cotton fabric, keep in mind that the ends are going to roll in, so always measure an extra cm or two
- in case you never cut a shirt into a tanktop before, I uploaded a how-to a couple of months ago; there I also show how to pull the fabric so it curls up
- put on your shirt and decide where you want to cut the bottom part (btw, I decided to cut at the hight of my belly button, so when wearing the crop top, it would show sometimes and sometimes not :) )
- here you got two options:
- You can either cut straight from one side to the other or
- You can cut and leave two 3-4cm wide strings in the middle of the shirt, cut a little higher up between them and use them to tie a knot, so you get a knotted crop top! For this option I also recommend to cut of the bottom seam of your shirt, because that might look odd on your strings.
Admittedly, I didn't cut the last one myself, but I think it shows really good how you have to cut it: from both sides towards the middle in a straight line, leaving to strings and between them cut a little higher so you have space for the knot!
More posts about upcycling old shirt: DIY muscle tee, DIY Hi-Lo Crop Top, DIY holey shirt, DIY bracelets (using up fabric leftovers)