I was inspired by this discontinued shirt from Social Butterfly House.
The gorgeous draping and peek-a-boo back can easily become part of your next shirt refashion.
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The big problem here was the venting on the back of the shirt. I made the tubes kind of ugly, but I just made sure to put the ugly side facing in :) Start by cutting your fabric in half. Then fold each piece in half with the right sides facing inward and the wrong sides facing out and pin. Sew a straight line down and then flip the tubes right side out by pushing the fabric back through one of the two open ends. Iron them down so they're flat straps
Here's where I really messed up. Attaching the straps is going to be very personal. What I recommend is tacking them in place and trying the shirt on before you sew them down. I had to remove them 3 or 4 times because I was too confident that I would like the placement. The shorter the strips, the more closed and tight your back will be, this creates a cleaner line that won't shift around as much when you move. Also, think about where you want them to start- you can start them way down by the bottom of the V or higher up on the back like the original pin + my version.
Using a mannequin would be easiest, unless you can get a friend to help you.
Either way, with the shirt inside out, pin your straps in place, remembering that they should be on an angle like in the photos above. Use a temporary tack in addition to pins to hold the straps in place while you sew them down. You can also use a no-sew adhesive.
Once the straps are permanently in place, cut off the extra tails and you're good to go!