Greetings Fashion Forward UConn Gals,
I hope your semester is going well despite the absence of fall (so, so sad). If you’re like me than you’re not only excited for basketball season, but you’re also excited to “sport” the trendy, fashionable and lack for a better word, “chic” designs conveniently located alongside Storrs’ 5th Avenue, the UConn Co-Op.
I’m a BIG fan of the Co-Op and think it’s a magical land in and of itself. Although the merchandise inside of it ranges from functional to questionable (STILL confused by the UConn Grandpa Sweatshirt) the $10 “UCONN” T’s are perfect for cutting, trimming and creating your very own designs.
All you need is a pair of sharp scissors, a little patience and a willingness to learn. Outlined below are two different ways to transform your average UConn Gildan Tri-Blend T into a chic number that’ll be sure to turn heads and make a statement this season. Directions for option 2 are complete with photos!
The “Off the Shoulder”: Casual, cute and sporty look for the game-going gal.
1. Cut into the neck of the T ¾ of an inch past the neck line. (Cut deeper for a more dramatic look)
2. Cut around the neck and a little deeper onto the right or left side.
3. Pull the neck until the fabric “rolls” over. This will make the T appear to be a bit more “worn in” and less “fresh cut.”
*Optional: Cut the seam off of the sleeves and an inch off the bottom of the shirt. Pull the fabric lightly using two hands until the fabric rolls like above.
The Over-Sized Tank:
1. Purchase yourself a tank top that is at least one size larger than you normally wear. If you prefer the tank NOT to be oversized, than purchase the size you normally would wear.
2. Turn the tank top INSIDE out and lay it down on a flat surface.
*Optional* I like to then turn the tank top upside down so that the collar is closest to me-this (in my opinion) makes cutting a bit easier and allows for more precision.
3. Using a rule, measure away from the collar 1 inch and make a mark. From there measure over another 2 1/5 inches and make another mark. This will become the width of the straps.
4. Measure underneath the sleeve over 1 ½ inches and make a mark. This is where you will begin cutting to create the side of the tank top.
5. Cut from the outside to the two inch mark.
6. Cut upwards until you get to the top!
7. Follow the same instructions for the other side and you will end up with the below!
8. Measure about 4 inches down and make a line with the marker like below. Cut through both layers of the tank.
9. Next measure down another inch and cut ONLY the top layer to this point. Next, using your marker draw the collar of the tank onto the front of the shirt and cut.
10. Once you’ve done this on both sides you will end up with the below.
11. Cut the bottom layer of the tank with a slight curve, like below.
After, your shirt should look like this:
12. Turn your tank right-side out and you’ll be ready to wear it to the next game!
13. All Set!
So get creative and show off your ‘cutting edge skills’ by sporting your own version of T-shirt fashion.