August 2, 2012

DIY: Split Side Tank




I've preferred tanks over tees since that day my parents finally lost the battle of banning sleeveless tops. I was 14 and felt so liberated. There are unspoken obligations of being Asian and one is being modest in the way you dress, in which according to my parents, showing off the shoulders is a no-no. Don't you know your shoulders can be a boxer creamer? Boys get naughty thoughts when they look at your bare shoulders. Gosh!

Continuing my shoulder liberation comes the rib liberation of making split side tanks. Because shoulders is done, let's flash the ribs now.

Here are the steps:

1. You would need a t-shirt that is too large for you. I got this one from the men's section at Value Village.

2. Cut one side to the desired length. Always cut higher and in smaller chunks than you think as once it's cut off it's gone.

3. Fold the shirt in half, trace the cut on one side on the incomplete side and make your cut.

And look ma! Head and shoulders ribs and legs, ribs and legs, ribs and legs! (She's going to kill me when she visits this weekend...)
 {Photos by Justyna and me; wearing ASOS leopard booties, DIY split side tank, Coach sunglasses, thrifted belt}

39 comments:

  1. I have sth like this but I don't dare to wear them:P...I wish I can be as skinny as you:) very stylish:)

    EDGYMIX New Post-Dominican Republic

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  2. Love this, your DIYs are always so great. I just love your edgy style! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  3. Love your whole look! Esp those shoes :) I'm a fan of the big arm wholes...as long as you did it right unlike Miley Cyrus lol

    http://fashionistanygirl.blogspot.com/

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  4. i always wonder how people are so good in DIY.i mean the shirt looks just perfect!

    chooohanna.blogspot.com

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  5. Nice tank, I really love the print you chose! :)

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  6. Your parents were right~ As I man .. I can tell you that bare shoulders do cause boxer creaming .. so put on some clothes! LoL ... great DYI~

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  7. I love these kinds of tops!

    xx lauren
    http://slowburnfastburn.com

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  8. HAH! I remember the exact argument in my youth! When they said no sleeveless I just came home with a spaghetti strap top.

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  9. I love this,so cool and edgey,I dont think I can get away with wearing this :D But my sister is beautifully slim and did this to a tshirt for her and it looks fab.Love how you have styled this outfit,with those animal wedges,so gorgeous.
    Hope your well and have a wonderful day,thanks so much for your lovely comment x

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  10. I'm asian and I know EXACTLY what you're talking about. -Sigh- I love this DIY and I'm totally going to do it once I find some band tees!

    -Lisa
    The Lovely Memoir

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  11. Wow, your parents were tough on you. My parents pretty much let me wear whatever I want as long as I don't look like a slut. :o

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  12. Love the DIY top and those shoes!!!

    ang-closet365.blogspot.ca

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  13. This post is hilarious, ribs and legs, haha! You made me crank up! And I totally know what you're talking about about the parents... "You show way too much leg". I just can't help it I happen to have long legs, so every skirt is short for me? It's so unfair! Luckily we're liberated now ;)

    Xo, imke

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  14. u look absolutely amazing as always!! i totally understand when u say abt conservative asian parents!! My mom who is still back home whenever sees a new blog post always calls me up and has smth to say..
    xx
    p.s. totally forgot to say u absolutely nailed this DIY
    xx

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  15. Those shoes are so cute on you! Love the outfit!

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  16. I've made so many of these this summer! The shirt your found is awesome!

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  17. Showing shoulder? Look, men aren't made of stone. Shoulders are just too alluring. ;P

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  18. wow! what a great post,

    anyway, thx for the comment on my blog. just following you and i wish u want to follow me back, thx dear

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  19. gorgeous! i'll definitely need a body like yours to pull this look off! ;)

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  20. "there are unspoken obligations of being Asian"

    I actually laughed out loud at that one. My grandma was the exact opposite of conservative, she would always comment that my skirt was too long or in an unscarastic way say that my dress was sexy.

    great diy though! looks fabulous on you- id never be able to pull that off

    xxoo
    pamela
    www.pamelamarrie.com

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  21. Haha, I'm half Asian and man...even when it's just coming from my mom, it gets annoying!
    Anyway, love the split side tank - although your parents must be scandalized ;)

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  22. i am going to show this diy project to my sister, she loves shirts like this. :D

    <3, Mimi

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  23. I Loveeee this look so much! I actually cut a tshirt and transformed it into a tank the way you did a couple of months ago! Great way to recycle and rewear things :) <3

    www.candypop-lamour.blogspot.com

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  24. You're good at writing instructions :)
    I like the feeling of reconstructing something old into something new. It feels like we've gone shopping, hahaha ;)

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  25. You look awesome, love those shoes :)) x

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  26. Its print is gooooorgeous!! :) And so are the booties! love them!!
    xx

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  27. hahaha ribs and legs, ribs and legs xD I'm way too self conscious about my arms so I always prefer things with sleeves but I do love how tees look like that <3 specially when you pair it with a bold bra. Loved your booties too
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  28. Your top looks super cool, great job!!
    xxxx

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  29. I totally understand the Asian parents vs sleeveless top thing. Even till today, I still sometimes get asked if I am going to wear a jacket over my tank tops even though I live in a tropical country and the weather is blazing hot all year round.

    I love wearing split side tank when I work out. I must rummage through my closet for some old t-shirts and try this DIY out.

    Liz
    chewylove.blogspot.com

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  30. The top is gorgeous. With this jeans looks so great ! ; )

    Kisses, Blueberry. ; *

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  31. you look like a rock star =)

    www.davonglisa.blogspot.com

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  32. I like sleeveless Tanks! Nice and easy transformation for summer. Those leopard boots are gorgeous!

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  33. Good job on the tank! By the way, I'm in love with your shoes!

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