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« on: September 30, 2007 07:44:29 PM »

I was at barnes and noble the other day looking in the crafty section for the FIRST time!!! i thought...'why have i never come over here?!' but the tshirt recon books make me wanna do something. So i dug out all my too big shirts and this is the first one. Imma do more some day but this was just an experiment.

My boyfriend gave me this too small for him but too big for me shirt. it suits me nicely cuz i am a big procrastinator.

sewed in the sides. left the length. used the extra material from the sides to make 2 ribbons on the sides that tie in the back for extra fit.
excuse my love handles. the shirt would look better if i didnt poof out around the middle like that....arg

what do you guys think i should do with the sleeves? i dont really like em the original length but cant think of what to do.

thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2007 08:32:10 PM »

I fit my t-shirts a lot, and here are my bits of advice. First of all, do you have a machine? If so, then you should do the "pinch and pin" method on the sides in order to take out the bulk. Basically, you put it on inside out, and pin where you want the shirt to go in at, and then sew along that. it helps get a good curve, without all the bunching that the ties will give you.

Also, for the sleeves. You have two options. If you're just wanting it to fit tighter, you can pin under your arm where you want the new arm hole to fit, and then sew up the sleeve, making the armhole and sleeve both tighter. Then if you want to shorten it, you can just hem the sleeves like you would the bottom of a shirt..

However, if you don't like where they sit on the shirt (the rule of thumb is that the seam where the sleeve is attached is supposed to sit on the very edge of your sholder) you can cut the sleeves off with your scissors, then putting the shirt on, put a pin at the point where your sleeve should go (the edge of your shoulder). Then lay the sleeve on the shirt, and using the curve of the sleeve cut a new armhole. This will make the sleeve sit properly. If you want to make the whole thing shorter from there, just pin it in with an inch or so extra hanging over when you pin the sleeve in, instead of matching up the edges perfectly. That will help make it shorter, without much extra effort.

Hope that helped! If any of that confused you, just PM me and I'll try to explain better!

« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007 08:39:13 PM »

thanks for the tips. i sorta did that pinch and pin method except i used another tshirt that fits better but isnt tight and traced it then sewed along that line. i was afraid of sewing it too small so when i went to put it on it'd either be too tight or i'd rip the stiches *i hate that!* the ties were sorta just a 'hm i have these strips what should i do with them?'

ok here is a question...what stitch is the best for stretchy fabric? the sewing machine i use is like 25 years old and i dont know what some of the knobs mean. ive played aroudn with them and i get the idea. it has all the basic stitches but im not sure. does it matter which way the fabric stretches? is there a setting that i can use that matches the ones on the seams of most shirts *it sorta goes over the seam itself so theres nothing sticking out*?
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