DIY Tutorial: Cut-Out Blouse

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DIY cut out blouse

Cut outs are among the biggest fashion trends for summer 2013 -- they're the perfect way to show some skin without, well, showing too much skin.

Cut out tops and dresses seem to be everywhere and if worn right, they can be extremely flattering. Personally, I like wearing mine just by itself for that edgy feel, but cut out tops would look great over a brightly-colored tank or with a bandeau peeking out the back.

So, for this week's DIY, I'll show you how to take any old collared shirt hanging in your closet and spice it up with a trendy cut-out detail. Read on to find out how:

(If you want to see some of my inspiration for this post you can check here, here and here.)

 What You Will Need:

Diy cut out blouse supplies

  • Collared Shirt (Look for a light linen since it's getting warm outside!)
  • Iron
  • Fabric Glue
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Ruler

 Step One:

Button up the shirt all the way and turn it inside out, laying it on a flat surface, like so:

Diy cut out blouse step 1 part 1

Use the chalk and ruler to mark out where you want your cut out area to be, then place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt. For my shirt I made a mark in the center back  and then measured out 4" on each side marking those with dots and then 5" down and marking a dot.

Diy cut out blouse step 1 part 2

Then, using the chalk, I rounded the top dots down to the bottom dot, connecting them. The good thing about the chalk is that if you don't like the first line you draw you can just redraw it until it looks the way you want.

Step Two:

Now that you have your shape drawn, you should draw a similar shape about 1 cm inside the other shape, as seen below.

Diy cut out blouse step 2 part 1

Using scissors, cut out the inside shape only.

Diy cut out blouse step 2 part 2

Step Three:

Using the scissors, create small slits in the 1 cm of material you left uncut. You will want to make your slits about a 1/4 of an inch all along the sides but don't cut farther than the first chalk shape.

Diy cut out blouse step 3 part 1

After all the slits are cut, use an iron to lightly press them backward onto the shirt following the chalk line as a guide for your shape. This will help to create a nice, smooth edge.

Diy cut out blouse step 3 part 2

Step Four:

Now take the fabric glue and lift each flap one at a time, placing a thin line of glue under and pressing them firmly back down with your fingers.

Diy cut out blouse step 4

After you glue down all the pieces, allow the shirt to dry for about 24 hours, then it will be ready to wear! Just a heads up, you should probably hand wash the shirt since it has fabric glue, but if you want a machine-friendly garment then you can hand-sew each of the flaps to the shirt.

Diy cut out blouse finished

The Finished Product:

Diy cut out blouse final look

What Do You Think?

Do you like this DIY? Are you going to make your own cut-out shirt? Is this a trend you're loving? Want to see a certain DIY on CF? Leave a comment and let us know!