I've wanted an off the shoulder shirt for some time now, but the t-shirts I had lying around all were boring colors or unfit for modifying.
So I bought a new (men) shirt for 2 euro's at Zeeman and went from there.
I might make more because it is so easy and lots of fun. :)
Get your t-shirt and lie it flat on a table. (Mine was a v-neck)
Cut around the neck hem. Don't cut too wide yet, you can always cut more later but sewing stuff back on is not an option.
Cut your new neckline as small or wide as you want.
I did not bother finishing the cut edges because t-shirt material does not fray a lot. Be sure to cut neatly though.
When you're happy with your new neckline find a design to pimp your shirt with.
I found my little owl in a Shrinky Dink example booklet. I only had to modify it a little; it had flowers on it's belly. And I drew it from example because the original was quite small.
Print/trace/draw your design on a piece of paper and cut out the outline.
Put on your t-shirt and pin on the design on the desired spot.
Take off your t-shirt again and lay it flat with the back upwards.
Roll up the back loosely and pin it tight so the backside will not bother you when sewing on the design.
Turn the t-shirt front side up again and trace your design with tailors chalk or pencil.
Remove the paper design.
Sew the outline of your design.
I used my sewing machine and neon colored thread.
My sewing machine has a neat stitch that goes back along itself several times so the end result is a thicker line than with a normal stitch.
Of course you can embroider by hand if you're a more patient person than I am, or if you don't have a machine.
When you have the outline, go ahead and cut out the details on your paper design (if possible) or find some other way to transfer the inner detail to the t-shirt.
My design was symmetrical so I could fold the paper and cut out lots of pieces in one go.
Trace and sew. Repeat until you have all your lines 'embroidered' on.
I worked per color. First pink, then orange, yellow and green.