Custom drapery top makeover

Sometimes, I would change a top or a dress by tying it from the inside or using safety pins to change its shape. As I was inspired by some pieces of accessories by Alice Jee Chung and The Spoon Brooch by Maki Okamoto I’ve seen on Pinterest, I started playing with some T-shirts and blouses… and I came up with a few ideas. Here’s one of those: an easy way to give a new shape and so a new look to any top. I tried making one or two knots on a casual T-shirt and I saw that it gave it quite an interesting appearance. Then, I tried making more knots, like on the one you can see in this example, and suddenly I had changed not only the look but also the “cut” itself.

I’ve found that this arrangement gives the item a more sophisticated look that could possibly give an elegant touch to a casual outfit. Depending on the place and number of knots, you can have many different results that can go from only giving it an interesting texture to actually changing its shape. You can try longer, shorter, even playing with asymmetry. I’ll be showing more examples here and on my social media, so keep checking out the posts. I hope to see your versions and hear about your insights as well.


Obviously, making the knots is very easy. However, to achieve the desired effect, you just have to play a bit with the “depth” by seeing how much fabric you tie and where you place the spots. Trial and error is the best method here. 

jewelry by Norma Rinaudo

Photos by Carlos Kesgo