DIY "ROCKER"?!? TEE


When I was in high school I was always destroying my clothes and finding a way to put them back together. This tutorial is something i did a lot of in those days. It is by no means a new thought or a mind blowing technique or anything… but the main appealing thing is its SUPER easy and all that you need is a tee shirt that fits you and a pair of scissors. THATS IT. Here it goes.

0. INGREDIENTS
T-shirt that fits you, & scissors. For this Rocker tee addition i chose a Star Wars tee from the little boys section at Goodwill. Star Wars….. Now thats pushing the edge. hhaha. jk

1. CUT OFF THE ARMS AND NECK
I drew a line on the neckline and also on the sleeves so i would make a clean even cut. then i just cut them off. Save the scraps.


2. SPLIT THE TEE DOWN THE MIDDLE
With your scissors cut a straight line from the top to the bottom.

3. SLICE LIKE BUTTON HOLES
With your scissors again, slice each side of the splitted tee with little tiny holes. Cut them closer together than button holes. They don’t have to be cut in a circle… they can just be little slices.

4. LACE TEE
Cut your left over scraps into strips and lace them through the holes. Start from the bottom of the tee and work up.

5. TIE KNOTS AS YOU GO
If you run out of fabric… tie more on as you go. The knots will naturally hide in the layers of fabric.

6. FINISH AT THE TOP
Once you have reached the top of the tee, tie a knot and let the rest hang loosely.

7. TAKE GOOFY PHOTOS

8. TIE SCRAPS ON SLEEVES
I still had left over scraps so i tied them onto the straps of the tank for a whimsical carefree look. I love layers and hang-y things.

9. ADD AN OUTFIT
Pair this “Rocker” tee with a not-so-rocker outfit. I didn’t want to over-do the whole “rocker” idea (aka star wars, haha) with a complete rocker get-up….so beads and a hair bow toned down the harsh look.

This outfit was styled in collaboration with my assistant, project manager, and fashion stylist friend, AVE Styles.

If you like this DIY and try it, post it on your blog and leave a comment in the comment section below with a link. I definitely want to see it. and I am sure the rest of you might want to see them too. Have fun. I trying to blog more… have you noticed?

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  1. Kelsi Pitts

    LOVE IT PROMISE!!! :)

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  2. Rachel Catlett

    I love this–I’m so doing it! I have all these cute t-shirts that I love but they’re never flattering, blah! I’m so excited, thanks for being creative, haha!

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  3. Dominic

    CRAZY PROMISE !!!

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  4. Mindy A

    Totally love! Like the s/s cardy too, where’d that come from?

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  5. Jessica

    turned out really cute but my husband would have a heart attack if I cut up a Star Wars t-shirt! Our son’s name is Luke…

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  6. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    @Jessica-
    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA. HAHAHAHA. Thats really funny and cute. :)

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  7. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    @mindy
    it was from Forever 21… forever ago. Maybe 3 years ago. its lasted surprisingly a long time.

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  8. tiffany.

    im with Jessica! Seeing photo #2 of it cut in half made me go “eeeeeks” inside LOL! i LOVE seeing shots of you modeling!! do it more!

    XO.
    http://dropsofjupiterBLOG.com

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  9. Lydia

    You make anything look good!

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  10. Liz

    you are oh so crafty!!!

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  11. Chelsea Patricia

    Gosh, you are too friggin’ cute. Now my husband is going to want me to do this–I am rocker and he is a Star Wars nerd, so…. :)

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  12. jen h

    way cool…thanks Promise!….and I totally agree with Chelsea!

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  13. steph hart

    I love the shirt, but I’m wondering, HOW do you do your hair like that? And how can I learn to pull that look off? It’s fab!

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  14. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    *HAIR TUTORIAL COMING SOON* :) :)

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  15. kat curling

    okay, not gonna lie i teared up a little to see you cutting up such a fine star wars t shirt but this is totally cool! love it!

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  16. Annie

    I’m always so happy when you post your outfits, and I’m definitely going to try this one! :) And !SO! excited for the hair tutorial! I want big hair! :)

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  17. Sara(h)

    I love this one Promise. I did a t-shirt makeover last Summer, but this one is great. I’ll have to give it a try.

    http://sarahdarlene.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/t-shirt-makeover/

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  19. Jeannie Lutz

    Um, this is 100% perfect. Love it. Also, those jeans are super cute.

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  20. rachel!

    yes!! and i love how you are blogging more. it makes my life better. :)

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  21. Theresa

    Cute cute cute! Love the outfit, love the DIY!

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  22. Alex Evjen

    You’re too cute! =) Love the addition of the bow!!

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  23. mandythompson

    I’m so totally going to do this. I’ve already got the shirt for it and everything! Thanks Promise. This is an awesome idea. More fashion tips, please! OR at least give us a list of the fashion blogs you keep up with.

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  24. elise

    Hair tutorial video please?! :)

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  25. Elena

    I am getting bored with my workout outfits, so I think I will make one of these tomorrow to make it fun :)

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  26. Chelsie Wollmer

    A big thank you for your article post.Really thank you! Great.

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  27. Andria Lindquist

    I did it Prom. WAY CUTE IDEA!!!! i used to love cutting and sewing tees, this is a new way for me!

    http://andrialindquist.tumblr.com/post/5838442817/step-1-find-a-cool-tee-at-value-village-step-2

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  28. Rylie

    LOVE this DIY thanks for sharing! You always inspire me :)

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