DIY >> Cut Out Geo Dress

Guess what?! I'm in Minnesota for a few days soaking up some good friends and family time! But don't fret, pets, as I've prepared some pretty sweet posts for my absence. However, please don't be offended if I'm even slower than normal to reply to any comments or emails. :) On to the DIY!

I saw this really cute tank at Urban Outfitters recently that had these triangle cutouts all around the middle, but I didn't buy it. Then, out of nowhere the other day, I thought, hey, I could do that! So I did. Well, a variation anyway. I've seen some cute tutorials for different t-shirt makeovers, so I thought I'd combine the two ideas. Here's the before and after >>
Fun, right? I used a t-shirt dress that I've had forever, but a regular tee would be great, too.

Besides a shirt, you'll need >>
- A piece of flat cardboard, sharp scissors, a cardboard cutout of desired shape, a marker or piece of chalk.

Here's how I got this look:
// Turn the shirt inside out, and lay it as flat and smooth as possible. Cut the sleeves off just inside the shoulder seam, following the line of the seam.

// Cut out the neckline. I used a big bowl to help me get it as even as possible, and used a marker to make a light line. You might want to use another shirt that you like the neckline of to use as a guide for how low you want to go.

// Place the flat piece of cardboard inside the shirt to make a flat surface. Using your cardboard shape, trace the pattern out that you want. Since the shirt is inside out, I just used a regular old fine Sharpie and pressed lightly. If you were fancy and had some dressmakers chalk around, that would be even better.

// After drawing out what you want, snip a hole in the middle of each negative space to make it easier to cut out. Then, carefully cut each shape. They don't have to be perfect since the edges will roll a bit, but the cleaner your lines the better it will look. Keep the cardboard in the shirt for the cutting out part, as it will ensure you don't accidentally cut through two layers (I've done it).

// Turn it right side out and rock your new frock out!

I'm a seriously un-crafty lass, so if I can do this, anyone can. Let me know if you try it out!

shanti >> sondra

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  1. This is awesome! I would have never thought to try doing it myself. Super cute. :)

  2. I miserably fail whenever I do diys that involve cutting up clothes to make 'nicer ones'. So props to you for actually having a good turnout!

  3. abhaya_sondra6/7/13, 12:44 PM

    I usually have that experience, too. Especially with cutting pants into shorts, why is that so hard?! For some reason I've had good luck with cutting jersey though. Also, using another shirt that you like the cut of as a guide really helps, too.

  4. abhaya_sondra6/7/13, 12:44 PM

    Thanks! I can't wait for some more hot + sunny days so that I can rock it out!