My husband is an avid runner but I haven’t run a 5K in over a year. I have more recently walked several color races: one Color Me Rad, two Color Runs and one Run Or Dye. The Run or Dye race was this past Saturday. My friend (and regular partner in crime) Carrie and I picked up our race packets and shirts at the same time. She mentioned that she was going to cut her shirt and I was intrigued. The regular unisex cotton race shirts are too hot to wear in Florida so I collect race shirts but never wear them. I think that Carrie has helped me turn that around.
Carrie’s idea was to cut the shirt along the neckline and sleeves. Then tie a ribbon between the neckline and the open sleeve to gather the material there. I went over to her house and we got to work.
- race shirt
- fabric scissors
- sewing machine
- white thread
- 2 safety pins
- 1 inch wide ribbon
Carrie cut the neckline first. Tip #1: Cut the front and the back of the neckline separately. The front needs to be cut lower than the back otherwise the back will be too big.
Carrie cut the front first. Then she cut the back. Tip #2: Halfway through cutting the back, Carrie folded the cut piece over so the cut would be symmetric.
Here’s the finished neckline.
The sleeves were cut off to just below where the sleeves attached to the main part of the shirt. Tip #3: Use the cut off part of the first sleeve and lay it over the uncut sleeve as a guide so that the cuts will be even.
When I tried the shirt on, the sides of the shirt were cut too low so Carrie used her sewing machine to sew up the side seam.
After the seam was sewn up, Carrie cut ribbon to gather up the material between the neckline and the cutoff sleeve. Slip the ribbon underneath the shirt and tied a bow.
Tip #4: When the bow is satisfactory, use a safety pin to pin the ribbon to the shirt from the inside. This will keep the ribbon from slipping off. Repeat for the second side of the shirt and you are done!
Here is me and Carrie sporting our matching shirts with our friend Tammy on race day!
The race was a lot of fun and I wasn’t overheated in my cut shirt. Here’s my scrapbook layout from the race.
I hope Carrie and I have inspired you to get some of those unworn race shirts out of your drawers and cut them! Thank you to Carrie for letting me take pictures of you you cut our shirts. Carrie is quite crafty too. Happy racing!