Deconstruction Of Saikou!

In our last blog we mentioned deconstructing garments and adding your own flair to our pieces to make something new for your wardrobe or collection. Here is the first of our deconstruction blogs giving you step by step instructions on how to turn one of our skater shirts into a tank top.

We enlisted the help of our Head of Fashion at Saikou HQ– a skilled in fashion tech and with years of experience in garment design.

Firstly for those unsure about what deconstruction is in fashion, it is when a garment is remade into a new and unique style by removing or remodelling sections of the clothing. 

Often the deconstructed look refers to pieces with ‘unfinished’ fashion details like exposed zips, raw edges, and revealed lining, etc.

Recently we’ve been seeing a trend of deconstructed tops and dresses that take apart a shirt or jacket removing non-essential elements. It’s a fantastic way of recycling old clothes or turning new items into something with a unique look or feel. So many brands have taken this concept and combined it with other fashion trends like the off the shoulder, split block colour or even split patterns.

We looked at our range and realised we could do something exciting a lot of our range. We started with the skater shirt for our excursion to the skate park. Being classic black it’s a versatile option but by taking off the sleeves you can layer something underneath or adapt for the warmer weather.

Skater Shirt

What you will need:

  • Saikou Black Skater Shirt
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape

Step 1:

Lay your skater shirt flat on a large surface. Using a tape measure, measure a few centimetres down from the underarm seams and mark with chalk.

Step 2:

Measure a few centimetres from the end of the shoulders and mark with chalk.

Step 3:

Join the shoulder and underarm chalk marks, measuring a few centimetres out from the shoulder seam to create a dotted line.

Step 4:

Join the dots on each side of the skater.

Step 5:

Cut on the chalk lines.


Step 6:

Rub off chalk lines and wear!


Bonus Steps

If you’re after a neater finish, you need all the above equipment plus a sewing machine.

Step 7:

Fold 1cm around the edge and fold 1cm again to create a double fold hem. Pin the folded hem around armhole.

 Step 8:

Sew 1cm hem around armhole and you’re done!


This is the first time we have really attacked our apparel like this and made it something a little edgier.

We want to know what you think by leaving a comment or how you would change it.

If you have a Saikou item that you have done something different with we would love to see it.
Make sure to tag us #Saikou21 on all social medias to show off your new creations.


We are always blown away and super stoked to see what you guys get up to with your Saikou gear and we hope we have given you a little something extra inspiration this week.

Until the next update…
Stay Safe
Team Saikou
井の中の蛙大海を知らず (i no naka no kawazu taikai wo shirazu) English Translation: “A frog in a well knows nothing of the sea.”

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