Recently I was out shopping and noticed a really cool woven-back dress. I took about five minutes to study it and figured out how it was done so I could come home and mimic the style with some of my shirts.
I did two versions of this — one with a tank and the other with a men's graphic tee (which has also been cropped and the shoulders cut wide.
You will need:
- A shirt/dress of some sort. Jersey or cotton is best!
- Cutting board (preferably one small enough to fit inside the top to prevent from cutting through to the front).
- Straight ruler
- Rotary cutter
- White chalk
First lay out your shirt flat. Cut off the bottom band — save this piece. You will use it later to finisht the bottom of the weaving. This cut can vary depending on how you want the crop.
Next you will use the white chalk to make a "V" on the back of the shirt. These lines will be your guide while cutting!
Now you can slip your cutting board between the front and back of the shirt and start cutting. As you go along, take each strip and stretch it so that the edges curl. Be very careful not to cut them terribly close to one another! You don't want them to tear!
This is the "tricky" part. To make the illusion that the shirt is actually woven down the back, you will have to create a repetitive motion down each slit. To begin, you will pull the second strand and pull it above the top strand (on the underside). Then grab the second strand and pull it back down over the first on the topside. Repeat with the third strand down, treating the second strand as you did the first. You continue to wrap the lower stands behind and over the upper strands until you're all the way down to the bottom! It's very easy once you get the hang of it!
Once you make it to the bottom, use the strand you cut off back in step one to tie them together! This will prevent your weave from unravelling.
And wha-la! Throw it over a cami, a cute bandeau, or simply by itself.