Tshirt Cutting Tutorial by The Civilian Press
T-shirt Cutting Made Simple...

Cutting a T-shirt is EASY so trade in your rulers, razors and arithmetic skills for some common sense and a good pair of sharp Fiskars scissors and a Fiskars sharpener...it’s not as difficult as people make it seem.

NOTE: This DIY will show you simple, cute and sexy t-shirt cutting styles as well as a few basic techniques to get you started (these photos are taken from home with our iPhones so don’t judge, we’re just trying to help). Go to your local thrift store, pick up some $0.99 t-shirts, grab your Fiskars, use your imagination, have fun and start practicing. Keep in mind the tutorial is just to show you how we do it in the most comprehensive and easiest way possible, merely suggestions from years of experience.

Click images below for step by step cut tutorials

The Basic Cut...a low neck and shortened sleeves.
***This tutorial shows you how we do it. It’s a simple cut that is a quick dress up to any women’s t-shirt and is a very important starting point to learn some basic skills for t-shirt cutting.

Nothing fancy. We use a round wooden tabletop (purchased from Lowe’s) set on an adjustable keyboard stand, a conga drum in this case, a pair of standard 8” Fiskars and a Fiskars sharpener. Any flat surface or table will do HOWEVER, when it comes to the cutting we have found that after using many different pairs of scissors (here’s our non-profit product endorsement) Fiskars last the longest, work perfectly and are very reasonably priced.
Lay your t-shirt face up on a flat surface. Make a small snip at the halfway point between the top of the collar and the seam attaching the sleeve.

Start cutting only the top layer (face of the shirt) following the curve of the neckline cutting parallel to the shape of the collar. Stop when you get to the other shoulder, open up the neck and flip the shirt over.

Now do the same for the backside of the shirt cutting parallel to the shape of the collar.

Important Note For Cutting The Neck of the T-Shirt: Many people make the mistake of cutting both layers of the shirt simultaneously however the curve of the neck in the front is deeper than the back so the cut will come out uneven and the fit will be awkward. It's like wearing a t-shirt backwards, inside out, upside down, sideways...you get it.

Take the loose piece and cut the neckband (collar sewn to the t-shirt) in half creating a string of fabric to be used for tying off weaves for Spine Cuts, Angle Cuts, etc.

Fold the shirt in half as shown and start the cut (cutting both sleeves simultaneously) from the top at the half way point between the top end of the sleeve and the top shoulder seam. End the cut at the bottom of the sleeve half way between the bottom end of the sleeve and the bottom of the shoulder seam (armpit). The cut will be slightly contoured from top to bottom as shown in the third shot of the frame above.

There it is...the Basic T-shirt Cut.
Cuts made possible by Anthony Gonzales AKA Tonymash of The Civilian Press with some help from our good friend and model Meera.

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The Spine Cut...the "Basic Cut" and an open weaved back.
***This step-by-step begins with a t-shirt after the “Basic Cut” has been made. The Basic Cut is shown in our previous step-by-step ironically titled, “The Basic Cut”.

Lay the shirt face down. Grab the center at the top and bottom, opening the shirt up as shown, and lay it down on a flat surface.

For this step-by-step article we’ll salvage the icon logo and take it out for a deeper back cut showing off more skin or more of the ink on your back. The cut is a simple swoop gradually angling the cut to meet the top corner part of the shoulder. This is a preference cut so you can make it as deep or shallow as you like so long as you make the following cuts match and meet to become straight cuts as shown and explained in the next frame.

Start your cut about a fingernail length below where the neck of the shirt begins. The first five or so cuts will be curved slightly less every time following the curve of the cut before with your cuts becoming shorter and shorter as you move down toward the bottom of the shirt. Gradually by the 6th or 7th cut you’ll begin making perpendicular cuts to the fold. Eyeball it (and practice) so that your cuts taper in length from start to finish till you hit the bottom center of the shirt.

Here's a shot of the cuts modeled by Tonymash's moisturized hands.

Now give the shirt a stretch starting with the top while working your way down. No need to overdue it, just some light stretching to help the cotton breathe...we don’t even know what that means but it sounds fashion forward.

The Weaving. Don’t over think this part and make it more complicated than it is. Yes we understand the shots aren’t the best with the most professional lighting and angles but they get the point across. While lifting the first slice, grab the second slice (shown in the top right shot of the frame) and pull it through, up and over the first. Now while holding the second slice, grab the third slice and pull it through, up and over the second and so on and so on till you get to the bottom. It’s cotton and it’s sturdy so adjust and tug on the weave a bit here and there to keep the shirt from bunching up.

You’re at the final weave...this is how we close off the weave with the extra string made from the collar of the shirt you saved from “The Basic Cut” step-by-step. When you get to the final 3 slices to weave you’ll take the last two remaining slices and combine them together while trapping the third to last slice in between the last two slices (as you have been doing throughout the weave process only this time you’re going to tie off the final two slices together). We do a simple double knot to secure the weave as shown above. Cut the excess string to the length you want.

The Spine Weave T-shirt Cut...Easy Right?
Cuts made possible by Anthony Gonzales AKA Tonymash of The Civilian Press with some help from our good friend and model Meera.

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