DIY: Bow Back Tee
April 12, 2013

Did you get your cute little mitts on another one of your boyfriend’s surf tees. Good. Because this week’s tee DIY will take that tee (via unicorn-back) to a serious femme’d out place.

Taking some inspo from our favorite Lolli bow back bikini bottoms (pictured above), in about 5 minutes, we added a fun girly bow to the back of this men’s tee. Read on for the step-by-step.

Tee (pictured: Pidgin Orange Tee)
Sharp Scissors
Liquid Stitch
Pencil (or chalk for a dark-colored tee)
Optional: ribbon and safety pin (if you plan on cinching the hem)

Step 1: Cut off the neck of the tee. Be careful not to cut off too much, or you’ll risk constantly tugging at your tee to keep it from falling off your shoulders.

Step 2: On the BACK side of your tee, draw to horizontal lines, about 4″-6″ apart. The lines should stop at least a few inches away from the sides of the tee. Cut along the lines.

Step 3: You saved the neck of the, right? Cut about a 3″ piece of the ribbing from the neck scraps. Wrap it around the center of the strip of fabric that you created with the cuts above. Add a dab of glue to secure the ends of the ribbing together to create a circle.

Step 4: The sleeves. For the sleeves, we used a technique I like to call “Kapowski-ing” (aka- rolling the sleeves). For directions on how to create dolman sleeves, click here: DIY Dolman Sleeve Tee

Step 5: You could end here, adding a 90’s knot to the bottom of the tee, and call it a day. If you want a cinched waist, read on. Cut a small vertical slit at the side of the tee hem. Cut a piece of ribbon, at least long enough to wrap around your waist + 6″ or so. Longer if you want a longer tie. Attach a safety pin to the end of the ribbon, then work it through the hemline of the tee. Hint: similar to threading the lace back though your hoodie. Use the loose ends of the ribbon to cinch the tee at the bottom.

Boom – bow back tee!

Pair it with some killer cut-off shorts and a bandeau.

Like this DIY? Check out more tee DIY’s HERE

No tee? No problem.
Take advantage of the 1000+ mens surf tees at SWELL, or check out the Tee-Street 2Fer Deals  (2/$30 Tees) or $10 Tees