Last September I ran in Charm City’s Back to Football NFL 5K. There was a TON of hype surrounding the event, what with the Ravens WINNING THE SUPERBOWL and all. I wanted to wear something related to my team, but all the at least 100 Ravens tees that I own have sleeves and I wasn’t trying to run in sleeves. Early September = hot. So then I got the bright idea to modify one of my shirts into a racerback. The results were awesome!
I got lots of compliments on it at the race and people wanted to know where I bought it. It was cool to be able to say that I made it. Then of course my Ravens went on to reek like hot garbage for the majority of last season and didn’t even make the playoffs, but I’m not fair weather for my hometown teams. I have proof! Look! An Orioles shirt!
That face isn’t because I’m embarrassed to be an O’s fan, although let’s face it…it was painful to watch them play for 17 years straight. I am making that face because this shirt does nothing for me. I have no idea how it even ended up in my closet in the first place. It’s awkwardly sized and frumpy in all the wrong places. Clearly it would be the perfect example for today’s post.
Make Your Own Cool Racerback Tee
What you need:
- A needle, thread, and some very basic sewing skills.
- The ability to braid. I’m sure there’s a YouTube video out there if you really don’t know how.
Step 1: Get thyself a shirt. One that is too baggy on you is best because the modifications you make will give the shirt a more sleek, fitted look. It’s amazing how many of these I had in my closet just taking up valuable space. As a result, since last September I have 10 new racerbacks without spending a dime.
Step 2: Cut off the arms. It should look a little like this. Guys, you might want to stop here because things are about to get a lot less manly. Unless you want to rock a braided racerback. I won’t judge if you do.
You can also cut the shirt into a v-neck if you feel so inclined, which I did not.
Step 3: Cut away the back part of the shirt from the collar. You will be left with a flap of tee shirt that will extend down to the bottom part of where you removed the arms.
Step 4: Cut this flap into 3 equal parts.
Step 5: BRAID IT!
Step 6: Using the needle and thread, sew the end of the braid to the middle of the shirt collar. You don’t have to be a sewing aficionado. Just make sure it’s attached securely. I don’t want to hear about any wardrobe malfunctions.
Step 7: You’re done! Now put on your old-new shirt and take cheesy bathroom selfies.
Please excuse the up-close-and-personal with my ear.
Have you ever upcycled old clothes? What’s your favorite sports team?
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I’M ON VACATION! And if you haven’t already don’t forget to enter my RoadID giveaway! The deadline is next Wednesday.