DIY: THE CONCERT TEE

Get creative and add some personality to our Concert Tee! Whether you’re cutting, embellishing, weaving or braiding, the District Concert Tee is a perfect canvas.

Here are some easy design ideas. ENJOY!

— The Crop Top:

1. Cut the sleeves off, following along the original shape of the armhole.
2. Remove the collar. You want to cut about an inch below the original collar to create a ‘U-shape’ neckline.
3. Lay shirt flat on a table and starting at the bottom hem, cut 1/2” wide strips from the bottom to the middle, where your waist would be.
4. Once all of your strips are cut, tie a small knot above the hem of each strip and trim off the end to help keep your fringe looking clean.

— The Racerback Tank:

1. Lay your shirt flat on a table and cut off the sleeves, following along the original shape of the armhole
2. Remove the collar. You want to cut about an inch below the original collar to create a ‘U-shape’ neckline.
3. Flip your shirt over so that you are looking at the back side. Use your scissors to cut the armholes into a racer-back shape.
4. Cut the bottom hem off, right above the top line of stitching. Use this scrap piece to wrap around the middle of the racer-back and knot the ends together.

— The Weaved Back Tee:

1. Fold shirt in half so that the armholes and the side seams match up, and lay it flat on a table.
2. Using your scissors, cut 1/2” wide strips into the back of your garment starting at the middle of the back and cutting towards the side seam. These will be the strips you use to weave the design into the back of your shirt.
3. Once you have made all of your cuts into the back of your shirt, unfold it and place flat on the table with the back side facing up. You should be looking at the cuts you just made.
4. Pull gently along each strip to stretch the freshly cut fabric.
5. Starting with the top strip, closest to the collar, weave it underneath the piece directly below it. Grab 2nd strip down and pull it so it wraps underneath the top strip.
6. Start with the 2nd strip down and weave it underneath the piece directly below it. (This should be the 3rd strip down from the top.) Grab 3nd strip down and pull it so it wraps around the 2nd strip just as you did in step 5.
7. Repeat this weaving technique until you reach the bottom of the shirt.
8. When you have one last strip remaining, use your scissors to cut the strip in half. Tie these two pieces in a knot around the strip directly above it so that the weave pattern will not unravel.
9. You can then decide to remove the collar and sleeves depending on how you want to style your shirt.

— The Bow Tee:

1. Cut around the neck line to remove the rib collar. Save this piece, you will need to use it to create your bows.
2. Fold your garment in half so that the armholes and the side seams match up and lay it flat on a table.
3. Using your scissors, make 4 horizontal cuts in your t-shirt starting at the center back fold line and cutting towards the side seam.
4. Once you have made all of your cuts into the back of your t-shirt, unfold it so that it is lying flat on the table with the back side facing up. You should be looking at the horizontal cuts you just made to your t-shirt.
5. Grab the collar that you cut off of your t-shirt in step 1, and cut it into strips about 4 inches long.
6. Take one of your 4” collar pieces and tie it in a knot around the middle of the top strip of your t-shirt, so that it bunches up in the middle creating a bow.
7. Repeat this step for each strip, until the back of your t-shirt is filled with bows.