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Open backs are sexy
While browsing Pinterest I came across a top that I just knew I could DIY. And when a girl at my work presented me with a t-shirt that described my feelings for my current situation pretty well, I knew exactly what I would do with it. Of course, you could use any type of top to do this- as above is a more blousy top.

Posted by PinkWeeds from Omaha, Nebraska, United States • Published See PinkWeeds's 158 projects »
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  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 1
    Step 1

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  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start by removing the neckline and sleeves.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now use your straight edge and tailors chalk to mark a straight line along the back about 2 inches below the under arm.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut along that line. (I also ended up cutting open the side seams that were left so that the top back was only attached along the shoulder seams.)

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 5
    Step 5

    This part might seem a little tricky (but it's not.) Take the top half of the back and fold in half, lining up the seams.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut in half along the fold line.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now take your measuring tape and measure your back under your bust. Subtract 2 inches from that measurment and cut a piece of elastic to that length.

    Fold your elastic in half and mark with tailors chalk.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now fold the bottom back portion in half and mark the top center with tailors chalk.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 9
    Step 9

    Pin the center of your elastic to the center of back of your top. (Make sure that your shirt is turned inside out at this point- very important)

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 10
    Step 10

    Then pin the ends of your elastic to the ends of your top

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 11
    Step 11

    Sew your elastic on to your shirt using a zig-zag stitch and sewing along the edge. Be sure to stretch the elastic as you sew.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold over and sew down using a straight stitch and again, stretch as you sew

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 13
    Step 13

    Next try on your top and pin your new side seams for the top of your blouse

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 14
    Step 14

    Sew that seam.

    The back of your top should look something like this now.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 15
    Step 15

    Next take one of your sleeves, remove any seaming and open it up.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 16
    Step 16

    Fold in half and cut open.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 17
    Step 17

    Pin and sew to the open cut on the back of your top.

  • How to braid a braided top. Tie Back Top - Step 18
    Step 18

    And that's it! Tie your back and you are done

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