How to Lace Up the Sides of a T-Shirt

by Pam Pleasant

Lacing up, or corseting a T-shirt is a way to get a form-fitting, feminine look. It makes the T-shirt hug your body to show off a curvy figure. It can also put emphasis on the bust line, making it appear larger and fuller. It is one way to add style and flair to your wardrobe for little or no cost. You can use a T-shirt you already have and transform it into a designer item created by you.

Items you will need

  • Scissors
  • Shoelace or ribbon
Step 1

Lay the T-shirt out on a flat surface. Fold it in half, lengthwise. Cut at least 3 inches off from the bottom of the shirt. If you would like to show more midriff, cut a few more inches off. Remember that when you cinch up the side ties it will raise the bottom by 2 or 3 inches, so do not cut too much.

Step 2

Turn the shirt to the side. Cut up the side seams evenly. Stop the cut 3 inches before the arm hole.

Step 3

Cut small holes, 2 inches from the seam, on both sides of the cut seams. Make sure all the holes are even. Thread a shoelace or ribbon through the holes.

Step 4

Try the T-shirt on and adjust the ties. You can make them tight for a snug fit, or looser for a more relaxed fit.


  • Cut a line from the collar down and make laces in the front of the shirt. If you only want your T-shirt to be more form fitting, cut a straight line down the back for a corseted, laced look. Use a contrasting colored ribbon to put emphasis on the ties.


  • Always make sure to space the small cut holes far enough apart, so they will not rip or tear easily.

Photo Credits

  • Pam Pleasant

About the Author

Pam Pleasant has been writing professionally for three years. She attended Mott Community College in Flint, Mich., where she studied English. She has published more than 45 articles, and they are uniquely written by her, here at Demand Studios.