Ever since I first saw this slashed tee make it's way down the Balmain Spring 2010 runways it was in the back of my mind to make this a project.
It's definitely been a while since we've heard the inevitable outrage over the $1625 price tag, but Balmain being very much in demand can get away with charging whatever they like. The original is currently on sale for $1,137.50 on Net-A-Porter but I just used a tee shirt I had in my closet already for my purposes. I used an oversized burnout tee from Alternative Apparel because I thought the burnout effect added to the overall military look of the tee. The tools I used are simple. A cutting mat, exacto blade and pair of scissors are all you need. Don’t mind the metal rulers! I suppose you can use the side to rake the holes bigger but it’s not necessary. First you place the cutting mat inside the tee with the cut surface against the side of the tee you want to work on first.
Then using the exact blade make random slashes in the surface of the tee. The smaller the slash the smaller the hole. Vary the pressure as you drag the blade across various areas to create a variety of holes. Try to be strategic in your hole placement as giant holes across your bust wouldn't be desirable, unless you were going for a “Mean Girls” costume. Continue slashing the surface and flip sides of the tee to get the back too. When you are ready for the sleeves, you can pull the sides of them over our cutting mat and continue slashing. I stretched out the holes with my fingers to enlarge the holes and then threw the tee in the wash for added distress.When you are finished, put on the tee and examine hole placement. You many find you’d like more on the sides or in the front. For this purpose, I carefully used a pair of scissors and snipped a few extra holes where I thought would be idea. Ta Da! Ready to be paired with skinny cargos & flowy minis! My tee is already semi sheer from being a burn out so the holes are a bit subtler but if you use a solid tee they will definitely be more visible.