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Cut out a skull t-shirt.
I've been hankering after a cutout skull tee since I saw some in last year's S-Cawaii Magazine (Japanese) from the brand Barak (nothing to do with Prez Obama, I assure you). Trendy Tokyo girls wearing pastel-colored lightweight tees with skull-shaped cutouts over striped tees? Lovely! (And ironically, Childhood Flames' posted her own DIY cutout skull tee inspired by a Pleasure Principle shirt a few months later that had the blogosphere all agog.) How did I go about making mine? (Okay, I know, it's kind self-explanatory, but...Keep reading...)

Regardless of who was first and all that rubbish (likely Barak ripped it off from Pleasure Principle, though they probably took it from the cutout skully tees from the 80's that just about every hair metal band had back then...), I decided to make my own Barak-style tee, with two el cheapo tees from Target (the striped one, incidentally, is not sewn from striped fabric...the fabric was actually screenprinted with a striped pattern and then sewn together. Like that was cheaper for the manufacturers than actually sourcing a black-and-white stretch striped fabric. Sheesh.)

I also tried layering it over a black tee for a more Gothic look, and a white tank for a summery ensemble. You could also try with just a bra if you're daring!

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »

  • How to cut a skull cut-out top. Diy Cutout Skully Tee - Step 1
    Step 1

    Though I'm technically a Medium, I bought a large for my skully tee, so it will be loose enough to drape over the second layer. Here is the skull that I drew for my pattern: http://chicsteals.blogspot.com/2009/06/diy-cutout-skully-tee.html

    (right click to save each drawing, and print out landscape format on 2 8.5" x 11" pieces of paper.

  • How to cut a skull cut-out top. Diy Cutout Skully Tee - Step 2
    Step 2

    Line up each paper under your tissue-wight tee, trace the outlines lightly with a pencil or a fabric pen,

  • How to cut a skull cut-out top. Diy Cutout Skully Tee - Step 3
    Step 3

    and cut with fabric scissors! Couldn't be easier!)

  • How to cut a skull cut-out top. Diy Cutout Skully Tee - Step 4
    Step 4

    Have fun cutting and slicing!

    -Carly J. Cais


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Summer K.
Summer K. · Livingston, New Jersey, US
making mine with eye lashesss
Stacy B.
Stacy B. · Maitland, Florida, US
What happens when you wash it? Does the design get stretched out or roll up and look funny?
ninjaheart · 6 projects
it wud luk sick if the bottom shirt was glo in the dark

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I wanna make one but will it fray around the cut out part too much
blurrymind · Alameda, California, US · 32 projects
i really love this!!
Evil A.
Evil A. · Tutrakan, Silistra, BG
awesome!awesome!awesome!i made it today ^^ thank you dear
xoxo- Brook
xoxo- Brook · Anchorage, Alaska, US · 3 projects
On my to-do list!
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thanks Miss(^.*)fashionista! Glad you likeHappy
Miss(^.*)fashionista · Los Angeles, California, US
pretty skill and cool ^^..like it
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
@smelly-elly: It does stretch, but I am super-careful with it. I only hand-wash it in cold water when I do wash it (which is rarely). If you're really concerned about fray (which usually does not occur to a great degree on tight-knit viscose or rayon jersey), you can apply something like Fray-Stop to the cut edges, do a tight satin stitch on them, or a straight topstitch close to the edges. Hope that helps!
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