DIY: Cut-out tee’s

It’s been awhile since we did a DIY post, and we were itching to get crafty again. After some poking around the Internet (seriously, what did people do before the Internet?) and a timely post from UrbaneBloc.com, we came across some cool cut-out t-shirts that we thought could be pretty easy to try our hand at. 


Some of our inspiration: 

Here’s what you need: 

– An oversized, slouchy t-shirt. Fitted will just look trashy here, not “I’m Coachella-ready”. Pick your colour! We chose tees from Joe Fresh for their punchy colours and solid value. *Protip: learn from our mistakes and pick a solid cotton shirt. The blends feel too flimsy after they’re cut.
– Sharp scissors with pointy tips. 
– Soft pencil or marker if you’re desperate (but a soft pencil works much better).
– Ruler.

We tried two different ideas, one more difficult than the other. There are tons more out there, so try these, then see what else inspires you.
DIY #1: Show Your Ribs
We loved the design of this one, reminiscent of a spine and ribs exposed down the back. Plus, we found a template online from the eternally-handy DIY Queen Martha Stewart that made our first attempt pretty simply. Difficulty factor: 2/10 (but it takes a long time. Have some wine and good tunes on hand while you’re cutting out all of those pesky ribs). 

Step 1: 
Print out the template. Fold the shirt in half to figure out where the centre line is (we like precision).



Step 2: 
Place beneath the shirt. If it’s moving around on you, tape it in place, because you gotta trace that bad boy. Trace the pattern with your soft pencil. Try and keep the pencil lines as light as you can, to make it easier to cut out without leaving any traces behind after.



Step 3:
Repeat above on the other side of the shirt, taking care to make sure the two sides line up. 


Step 4: 
Cut away! Cut out the parts that correspond with the black parts on the stencil – that is, the “spaces” in between the ribs. Take your time, but don’t worry about it being perfect. You are making a torn shirt, after all.


Step 5: 
Wear and collect admiring glances this summer. 

DIY #2: Woven V
This one looks super complicated, but it actually took less time than the one above. The cutting part is super speedy, while the woven effect is a bit trickier. Difficulty factor: 4/10 – we had to play around with weaving the back a few times, but once you get it, it’s a breeze. 

Step 1: 
Lay shirt out and fold *just the back* in half. If you fold the whole shirt in half, you’ll cut through the front. That’s a little too much exposed skin, in our opinion.


Step 2: 
Grab a rule or tape measure to use as a straight line to cut against. Lay it in a “V” along the edge of the shirt, up to the collar. The wider the V, the more exposed your back will be. Pick how much cut-out you’d like and grab your scissors.



Step 3:
Start cutting pinkly-width strips down the shirt, cutting all the way to the ruler. Again, don’t worry about jagged edges or crooked lines – they’ll just add to the effect.



Step 4:
Once you’re done cutting all the way down to the bottom of the V, grab each strip and stretch it out. This makes the cotton roll under, which hides the jagged edges and opens up the spaces between strips. 

Once you’re done stretching out the strips, your shirt should look like this.

Step 5:
This is where it was get a bit trickier. You can either leave it as is, or attempt to weave the back to add a little pizazz. 

To do this, you grab the top strip and the second strip. Pull the second strip under the first and over the top – the second strip should now be at the top of the shirt. Repeat this with the third strip – grab it and pull it under the second and over the top, so now the third strip is at the top of the shirt. Repeat all the way down; you will start to see a pattern forming on either side of the V. 


Step 6: 
Once you’re done weaving all the way to the bottom, cut the very last strip in half and use it to tie the weave off. Tie each half of the cut strip to the strip above to hold your weave in. 

We really liked the look of double weaving it, so we repeated steps 5 and 6 above. Then we realized our shirt looked a little business in the front, party in the back with the V-neck collar in place, so we cut that off to make the front a little edgier. This is the final result: 
Ta da! We’re excited to wear these to Field Trip this summer, to drink tall boys in Trinity Bellwoods, the beach off Toronto Island and backyard BBQ’s. Basically, to any event that involves sunshine and warm weather.

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Fashion-able: The Halloween Mustache

It’s one of our favourite days of the year – the day when we can wear whatever we want and eat candy without judgement. 


We’re big fans of costumes, especially those that require a little brain power to come up with (costume puns are the best). But for those of you that have procrastinated and left the costume to the absolute last minute, here is a quick solution – the Hallowee’n ‘stache. Everyone loves a good mustache, right?


This is a super easy DIY project and, like Jen Loves Kev, you can use this party trick to make photos from any occasion a little more fun. All you will need is:

Black bristol board
Tape
Shish kabob sticks (you will need one for each mustache you make)
Pen or pencil

Start off the mustache-making by tracing a 1/2 inch curved swoosh (almost like an XL-sized Nike swoosh) on a pre-cut 3” x 2 ” piece of black bristol board. Cut the outline of the swoosh, and then fold into the remaining half of the bristol board piece. Trace the cut out pattern on to the bristol board, unfold the piece and cut out new traced part. 

This is where you would trace the swoosh on the other side of the bristol board, making it a full mustache. 


This will make both ends of the mustache even, like pictured above. Once you’ve traced your desired ‘stache pattern, keep using the first template to trace more mustaches and replicate them.


Next, take the shish kabob sticks, and attach them to the mustaches. Using small pieces of tape, attach the sticks to one side of the mustache. Stick placement is important – off to the side is best. 

Make sure you secure the shish kabob stick securely to prevent any accidents


As you can tell, we love a good ‘stache On The Fourth Floor. Have a very Happy Halloween!

City Living: Our favourite TIFF memories

Like tons of people in the city, once the air starts getting a little cooler at the end of the summer, we can’t help but feel a little je ne sais quoi. We’re counting down the days for one of our favourite times of the year, TIFF, officially beginning September 8.


We’re totally able to rock 12-hour (+) workdays with very little sleep, and sometimes without being able to share epic moments with our BFFs. The one thing that gets us through these 10 awesomely chaotic days are great moments that make our day (or in many cases) our night, and today we share a select few with you from TIFF’s past.

Think you’ve heard it all before when it comes to film festival? Bet you’ve never heard many of our faves, often from behind the scenes or at late-night gigs. From our memory vaults to you, we’ll be sure to share more after this TIFF is over. Enjoy.

  • Gord Downie closing out Festival Music House last year, playing a solo set to a few hundred lucky people.
  • Oprah literally shutting down all of Yorkville when she attended the ONEXONE party in 2009.
Image source.
  • Julian Schnabel conducting interviews in his silk pyjamas while in town promoting The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Julian wearing his infamous purple sleepwear at the AGO (image via LaineyGossip).
  • Sarah Ferguson’s (a.k.a. the original Fergie, the Duchess of York) six Blackberries – each one is for a different business/charity/personal function and they were carried around in a custom-made Louis Vuitton case that accommodated all six.

  • Being at the same party (for Burn After Reading) as Brad Pitt, Mark Ruffalo, the Coen Brothers, Jeremy Piven and Frances McDormand and realizing there was no VIP section. Because of course, the whole party was VIP (so how did we get in?).
Part of the Burn After Reading cast we spotted at the after-party.

TIFF participants: What are your favourite memories? Tweet us @rockitpromo.

Rave: New album from Feist, Metals

One of our favourite singer/songwriters, Feist, has announced her new album Metals, which will be released on October 4 and we couldn’t be more amped to hear it.
The 12 tracks have inspired the creation of 12 video vignettes (five of which can be viewed right here) each featuring dazzling black and white imagery that gives fans a window into Feist’s private world of music, melody making and recording. The intimate video portraits are just as touching and vivid as the songs themselves.
Watch a 30 second sneak peek of Feist’s Metals.
Just as exciting is the announcement of her North American tour dates. Don’t worry, you don’t have to hit the refresh button a hundred times hoping that you’ll get through in time to get tickets. Tickets to her shows are on sale now and you can pre-order the album as well. Metals is available in multiple formats and downloadable, making it really convenient for fans. Awesome.

Want a complete list of Canadian tour dates? We got you covered. Also, be sure to follow Feist on Twitter and Facebook to catch the next set of vignettes as they’re released.
FEIST CANADIAN TOUR
NOV 18 VANCOUVER, CANADA / PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
NOV 20 EDMONTON, CANADA / NORTHERN ALBERTA JUBILEE
NOV 21 CALGARY, CANADA / JACK SINGER CONCERT HALL
DEC 01 TORONTO, CANADA / MASSEY HALL
DEC 03 MONTREAL, CANADA / METROPOLIS
DEC 05 OTTAWA, CANADA / NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
DEC 06 QUEBEC CITY, CANADA / GRAND THEATRE du QUEBEC

A chat with Zeus

Last week, two ladies from the fourth floor got a chance to check out some live music at XM Radio’s Verge Music Awards. They won all-access passes to see fourth floor faves Tokyo Police Club and Gord Downie perform at The Mod Club (thanks, beat scene!). 
The night was great – busy, good music and lots of buzz about the awards (all of which came with a nice cash prize.). Zeus, formerly Jason Collett’s back-up band, took home the coveted Album of the Year, beating out bands like Arcade Fire, Stars, Broken Social Scene and Hot Hot Heat. 
 Tour manager Jeremy proudly holding the “Album Of The Year” award.
The band was thrilled with their win, and Neil Quin and Mike O’Brien were more than happy to chat with us about their upcoming plans. They’re taking part in Canadian Music Week, playing tomorrow night at The Horsehoe Tavern at 12:20 a.m. They played to a packed house last year, so this show is sure to be just as busy, especially with their latest coup. 
Next, they’ll release their double-sided single Permanant Scar/The Darkness in April on Arts and Crafts. Permanant Scar is a “harmony-laden rock and roll” track, while The Darkness is described as “a thoughtful and moody track”. Can’t wait to hear it, and the new album they’re recording this October.
Neil, Christina and Mike grinning from ear-to-ear after the win is announced (well, at least Christina is). 
We spent the rest of the evening just chatting with them about life in general, including a serious discussion about brunch in Toronto. We were fans before, but are bigger fans now after getting to know them a bit. Here’s hoping that they continue to be recognized for their great music.

Stream Zeus live here, from CBC Radio 3, and find out for yourself what all the hype is about. You won’t be disappointed.