July 14, 2012
D I Y / 2 Times A Metal Bar + Basic Tee
Tshirts are my afvorite garments, they are endlessly versatile and are the only true timeless piece I can think of; you can't tell whether a basic white tee is from the 70s, 90s or from 2012. I came accross these thin metal bars in the hardware store and thought of doing something with them and a couple of oversized white T-shirts. The metal bars are of the thinnest kind, apx 4 mm thickness, which are still thin enough to bend and cut with a bit of effort.
Tee 01, metal strapped tank
Start out by recreating the shape of your metal straps with a measuring tape around your neck and shoulders. This way you'll have a bit of an indication where to bend and cut the metal bar.(be sure if can still fit over your head) Take your time to bend and shape the straps to fit around your body. Cut off the sleeves in a diagonal way towards the collar. Also remove the collar and sew the front and back of the tee around the metal collar piece.
Tee 02, front metal waistline
Measure your waist and add a couple of cm, you'll still want to be able to breath, sit and the ends of the 'belt' need to be bended too. Start bending the metal bar around your body, keeping the front of the belt straight. When you've found the perfect shape bend the ends of the bar upwards and downwards creating hooks that will serve as a closure. Put on your oversized tee, pull it tight around your waist and make two tiny incisions at the sides. This is where the metal bar will go in, the closure will be at the inside of your tee on your back, and the front part will lay flatly on your waist while the rest of the tee will have a loose fit.