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Fall 2018

5 Cut Up Tee Shirt Ideas

As a fangirl who is obsessed with pro wrestling, my closet is FULL of different tee shirts for all of my favorite wrestlers. Millions of people around the world own the exact same tee shirts, so it has always been my mission to stand out in the crowd and make my look unique, especially when it comes to going to events in stadiums packed with 101,763 screaming fans. So for my fellow fans of ALL genres, whether you have artist, band, or tee shirts for any other fandom, here are 5 unique ideas to help you stand out a little more and how to make your shirt fit your style and personality to a “TEE!”

 

**Since humans, especially the ladies, are not flat surfaces, I like to put my shirt on before I do any alterations or cutting to make sure it will actually fit once I’m done. I start the very basic snips and cuts, mostly at the starting points, and if I have a non permanent marker or fabric chalk, I’ll line out where I want to make the final cuts, since it’s way easier to take a pair of scissors to the tee shirt when it’s not on your body and you can reach every angle that you need to! Once I figure out a good outline for how I want it to fit my body, I take it off and start cutting!**

 

1. Rock and Rave

Ashley wearing a dark blue WrestleMania 32 tank top with tassels at the bottom tied together

Do you ever get the chance to just go to a rave and dance your heart out like there’s no tomorrow? Me neither! But that doesn’t mean the rest of the world needs to know that! For this look, all you gotta do is start at the bottom of the tee shirt any cut up until you reach the desired length. For me, I always cut up until right before the logo so I don’t ruin the design. Once this is done, you can leave them hanging, tie two together, braid them, or whatever your heart desires. Sleeves? Whatever you like for this particular shirt, it can vary from shirt to shirt depending on how you like to feel when you wear it! You can leave the sleeves, cut them off, make a halter top, cut out a scoop neck, anything! Then add on that dark or neon eyeshadow and some crazy bracelets and you are ready to rave!

 

2. Off The Shoulder

Ashley wearing a black off-the-shoulder "Never Give Up" John Cena tee shirt and jeans with an eyeshadow palette in her hand

For me, I LOVE an off the shoulder tee shirt for lounging around in my room, but also doing the complete opposite when going to the gym and pairing it with a super cute sports bra that I wanna show off. When it comes to lounging around and getting ready for the day, an off the shoulder tee is super comfy and won’t make you feel like you’re suffocating by trapping your neck, chest and shoulders. An added bonus would be for when I’m doing my makeup and there’s some fallout of eyeshadow or highlight, whatever. Having less fabric up higher covering my chest and neck means less laundry I have to do to get out the ridiculous colors. The reason it’s perfect for moving around is because it’s less restricting and you are fully free to move your body as you please. All you gotta do is cut starting at the shoulder bone, cutting down to the desired depth, and continuing to the same spot on the opposite shoulder.

 

 3. Triangle Takeout

Ashley sitting on a couch in a cut up Griz Basketball tee shirt with jeans and combat boots

If you’re ever in the mood to show a little bit of skin while still maintaining the whole tee shirt look, then this quick and easy trick is the one for you! Super easy and super simple, all you have to do is make a cut right below the neckline, and make the V as deep as you desire and Viola! You’ve got yourself a cute little pop showing to show off your spunk and show some contrast from your typical tee shirt.

 

 4. Tied in the Front or Back Crop Top

Ashley standing in jeans and a black "I'm A Paul Heyman Girl" cut up tank top tied in the front

It a very common occurrence when creating a crop top out of a tee shirt that you get some weird flare out at the bottom. Cutting one little slit in the middle of the front, back, or even at the sides and tying it back together is a quick and easy fix to this problem. For me, this is my personal favorite; I am a lover of crop tops! I have some scars on my stomach from major surgeries and instead of hiding them, I flaunt them! Pair this with your favorite pair of high waisted jeans or leggings and a flannel if it’s cold, and you’re ready for the day!

 

 5. Classic Cut Up

Ashley in a black New Age Outlaws tank top that is cut and tied up the sides

This is the most common one that you’ll see around and this is the look that started it all; cutting the shirt that is too big, bulky, and basic up the sides, cut horizontally into strips and tie these strips back together to pull it in tight and show off those curves instead of looking like a box. There’s nothing wrong with looking like a box or wearing an oversized tee shirt, but when you have too many and want some variety, this was the way to go for the girls in the middle school locker room.

 

Photo creds to the adorable Haley Powers!

Fall 2017

Using Pinterest for Inspiration

collage of pinterest photos. A shirt on a rack, bulldogs cuddling, a tub, a ring, an earring in an ear, a deer skull with flowers, a quote "I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't", a living room with twinkle lights and a skylightBy McKenna Munden

Ok, ok. I know what you’re thinking here. “Duh. Thats what Pinterest is for right?!” And yes, you’re correct, but I’m here to show you some of the ways I use Pinterest to get even more out of it! How to use it to inspire your next project, how you can use it with businesses, etc… So here are a few of my tips!

1. Use Lots of Boards

My number one tip for Pinterest users is to create TONS of different boards for EVERYTHING! I love how I can organize everything that brings me so much inspiration into their own folders and search through them whenever I need. It is so so handy and keeps me from getting overwhelmed!

2. Separate, Separate, Separate!

For example, instead of having a “My Style” board, break it up into “Fall Style”, “Spring Style”, etc… This keeps your pins even more organized and will keep your searching later to a minimum!

McKenna's fall style boardMcKenna's Spring Style board

McKenna's Summer Style boardMcKenna's winter style board

3. Use Boards to Collaborate Ideas

Some of you may know this, but I am a photographer and have actually been working on growing my own business for awhile now! And believe it or not, Pinterest has become one of my favorite tools in this industry. The obvious way I use it, is to simply pin other photographers’ work and ideas into a board that will inspire my own creativity, but I also use it in collaboration with my clients! When they book a session with me, I offer to create an inspiration board for their shoot and invite them to be a “collaborator”! They can pin whatever they want and I can see everything. This way I can get inside their minds and see the kinds of things they want to get from me. I can see specific styles they like, poses or scenarios they would like me to capture and I feel like I can communicate with them so much better! An inspiration board that reads "Alexandra's Wedding"

 

McKenna's "Alexandra's Wedding" board

4. Use Pinterest to Inspire Your Own Projects!

Using Pinterest to inspire you on your next creative project is as simple as just going on a pinning spree, pinning everything you love relating to the topic onto one board, going back through that board, saving your absolute favorites to your phone and using an app like Pic Collage to create a physical collage of these photos. This helps you filter through your favorites to find the ones you love the most and see them all together. I am currently planning a styled wedding shoot and used this technique to create a board to share with other vendors so that they could see my vision (and be a bit less cluttered than a board full of tons of pins).

McKenna's "HP Styled Wedding Shoot" board The HP Wedding shoot collage. A close up of a hand on lace dress, candles that have just been blown out, a bride, a bride and groom kissing under a dark wedding arch with twinkle lights, a table set with candles reminiscent of the Great Hall in Harry Potter, a mobile with flying keys, a HP themed cake, a ring on dark paper, letters, a veil, a lace dress, the platform 9 and three-quarters sign

There are SO many things to get inspired by on Pinterest and I have no trouble admitting that I am totally addicted! Hopefully you found these tips to be helpful and can continue to use Pinterest in new ways!

Interested in seeing more of my pins and boards? Follow my Pinterest HERE!

McKenna's Books and Mags board McKenna's Daww board McKenna's Family Future board McKenna's Future House Inspiration board McKenna's Little Style board McKenna's Mood Board McKenna's Pets board McKenna's Shed House Possibilities board

Until next time!

xoxo

McKenna Munden

 

 

All photos found on Pinterest.