ReStyle, ReDesign, ReLove: I Heart NY Shirt

Just like that, school began. I can’t believe I’m a junior in college. Soon I will have to face the real world, and that is just not okay. In order to continue expressing my youthfulness and rather childish demeanor, I thought a DIY project post would be very necessary.

I am so excited with the results of this project. I know that this is something I will wear often whether I’m chilling out and doing homework or going to a slightly dressier occasion with a leather jacket and skirt.



Mary-Kate and Ashley inspired my project for this t-shirt. When I was younger (and they were still adorably young), they released a movie called New York Minute. In this movie, they sported the most adorable tourist “I Heart NY” t-shirts with interesting and very chic cuts to the neckline. So naturally, when my friend/sorority Big visited New York with her family recently, I knew that an I Heart NY shirt would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. And yes, this DOES mean that I love Mary-Kate and Ashley. I’m not afraid to admit I watch their movies when I’m bored. Like seriously, Passport to Paris defined my childhood.

The perfect slouchy, off-the-shoulders t-shirt is much easier than I ever thought growing up. In fact, many a shirts have kicked the bucket (RIP t-shirts) from all my designer experimentation in my high school years. For this shirt, I needed to be well prepared to make it the best fit and style for maximum cuteness. This model of restyling is fail-proof (however, I did practice it on another shirt before-hand just in case).


IMG_0212What you need:

  • A loose fit unisex t-shirt
  • scissors (fabric are preferable but not necessary)
  • a sharpie pen
  • fashion measuring tape




Fold the t-shirt in half with the front design facing out. Mark the fold with the sharpie pen on the collar.


Using your  measuring tape, mark out 15 cm from the top edge of the shirt to the mark you just made. Draw a line on the inside of the measuring tape. If you have wide or narrow shoulders, try a centimeter larger or smaller. This shouldn’t that big of a problem because you’ll be stretching out the neckline in a later step.


Make a snippet at the line you just drew. Carefully, cut only the top layer of the fabric from the top edge of the shirt in a rounded motion towards the center line of the collar you drew in step 1.


When you hit the center line, stop. Now, cut from the top edge of the collar out to the line you drew in step 2. This will free a flap from the collar. Fold this flap over to the other side and use it as a guide for cutting a mirror image on the other side of the shirt. Once you’re done cutting the entire flap, cut it on the top towards the top edge of the collar and discard this fabric.


Now, cut a even more slightly rounded (nearly straight line) from one side of the back fabric to the other, cutting out the collar still attached on the back.


If you desire a messier look, cut the fabric on the sleeves and the bottom of the shirt above the seam.


Gently tug around the openings of all the cuts you made. This will start to roll the fabric so that uneven cuts are hidden. As well, it will make the shirt have a loose, comfortable fit.


Go show off your masterpiece. Because you are hot.


I hope you enjoy making this shirt as much as I did. I can’t wait to do this with other plain t-shirts in the future. In the mean time, I’ll continue rocking this shirt just like Ashley (she’s way cooler than Mary-Kate).


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