Slashed Shirt DIY (Balmain Inspired)

Posted on December 3, 2013

Who’s eagerly waiting for the second Hobbit movie to come out? The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes out in theatres December 13, 2013 and for this week’s video, I’m collaborating with Warner Bros. to promote the premiere! Watch the movie trailer here.

They sent me this t-shirt – it’s a size medium in 60% cotton and 40% polyester, plus a hat, pencils, posters and bookmarks.




Balmain Army Slashed T-Shirt $1,625

So let’s cut up this t-shirt so I can wear it to the movie premiere! I decided to do the Balmain Slashed Army inspired t-shirt.

Back in 2010 when this t-shirt hit the runway, there was an uproar because this hole-y t-shirt was selling for $1,625.

People thought it was ridiculous – and it is because we can just recreate this disheveled chic look for free! There are no real instructions to this tutorial because you need to just go for it!

Start by poking holes and cutting short, straight lines around the collar and bottom of the t-shirt. Avoid cutting the boob area too much or you might get awkwardly placed holes.

Here’s 4 different techniques to use:

1. Small holes

Use a pair of scissors with sharp points to poke into the fabric. Good fabric scissors are very sharp so if you’re using regular scissor for paper, you’ll need to cut a small hole using the blade part, instead of the tip. Stretch out the hole to see what size it becomes.

2. Big holes

Just like the first way, you can create bigger holes just by cutting out bigger holes. Don’t make these too circular or it won’t look natural. Make them oval or oblong shaped so they look more interesting!

You can even make huge cuts at the bottom of the t-shirt above the hem as pictured. Make sure to stretch out the hole to see what size it becomes as you go along.


cut holes t-shirt

3. Trail of holes

Instead of cutting holes and lines randomly, this technique creates a pattern in the messy look. Start with tiny holes that get wider and wider. You can stop at the widest part or decide to make it symmetrical by making the cuts smaller again.

4. Tasseled holes

You’ll need extra fabric for this technique and you can get some by cutting off the hem off the t-shirt or sleeves. Or you can watch my video tutorial on how to unthread the hem of the t-shirt, then cut off 1/2 inch strip. Once you have a few strips of fabric, cut lines horizontally on the shirt and tie the strings between each strip for a hanging tassel look.


You can cut as many holes or as few holes as you like. Try on the t-shirt frequently to make sure you like the placements of the holes as you do it and always stretch out the fabric because the hole becomes bigger than you expect!

I also decided to do a quick knot on the side. If your t-shirt is oversized enough, you’ll be able to grab enough fabric to do a knot. I wanted to do this so the t-shirt didn’t hang down too low on my skirt.


And I can’t complete my Hobbit t-shirt without some Legolas hair braids!

Tie your bangs back so they don’t get in the way and grab a small section of hair above your ear. Tie a small, tight three strand braid above your ear back towards the back of your head and then down behind your ear. Do the same thing on the other side and you’ll have two small braids tucked behind your ears.

Then, slick your hair back into a half pony at the back of your head. Tie this into a similar three strand braid to complete the look!

And check out my Pinterest account for more inspirational photo in the same Balmain style t-shirt.

Here’s the final look of the t-shirt with all four techniques in cutting up a disheveled chic look! How do you guys think it compares to the $1,625 Balmain version?


What Others Are Saying

  1. Salina Siu October 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks so much for checking out my tutorial Maria!

  2. Maria Waley July 9, 2014 at 3:17 am

    This could be good idea to smarten up the old t shirts. I would love to do this project, SO COOL!

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