So, here’s how it’s done.
- Start with a t-shirt you love that’s just too big
- Turn the shirt inside out and lay a shirt that DOES fit you on top of it, lining up the collars so that you can be sure it is centered over your large t-shirt.
- Trace the shirt that DOES fit you onto the large t-shirt. Turn both shirts inside out so that you don’t mark on the front of the shirts. I used a sharpie, but you’d be better off to use a washable marker, chalk or a fabric pen. When you do the sleeves, try to make your line parallel to the top shoulder.
- Next, fold the large t-shirt in half to make sure that the armpit marks line up. Mine did match up, but if yours don’t, you can just re-mark them to match.
- I went ahead and pinned the front and back of the shirt together, so that it didn’t slip while we were sewing.
- Sew along your traced lines. Or, in my case, have your MOM sew along the traced lines. :)
- Try on your shirt (inside out) to see how it fits. Mine was still a little big, so we sewed it up again about a 1/4” more on each side. Then it looked like this:
- If you like the fit, then you can trim off the excess fabric.
- Turn the shirt right-side out and try it on. You can leave it as is, with longer sleeves, or you can cut & hem them - which is what I decided to do.
- While I was wearing the shirt, I marked with a pin the length I wanted the sleeves to be. Then I took it off, turned it inside out again and drew a line. Okay, two lines, because I remembered that I wanted to angle the sleeve a little bit. Then I cut about 5/8” past the line (to allow for a hem).
Try it on and make sure it looks the way you want it to look.
- Fold the shirt in half and cut the other sleeve to match.
- Hem both sleeves.
- You’re done! Try it on & love the new look - preferably with cute jeans…not gym shorts and bright blue fingernails. :) But hey…we don’t all do our crafting while looking our best, right?