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Topic: What to do when your shirt is too small? PIMP IT! (tutorial)  (Read 4341 times)
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« on: October 14, 2009 05:18:35 AM »

Curvy/busty babes...do not fear! If your fav T shirt is too small, or they just don't carry your size...you can perform transplant surgery...and it looks KEY-OOT!

I have a friend who loves her Elvira Mistress of the Dark shirt, but can't wear it anymore. So she sent it to meh, and I performed z surgeries on it! It is now an adorable T shirt with a V neckline and gathered sleeves.

First, I traced the outline of a 2X T shirt onto some red leopard fabric, minus the neckline part and the sleeves. It kinda looks like a long rectangle and has no sleeves or neck line. Make sure you include the armhole edges though. I just folded the sleeves back on the seam line and cut along that seam line on my new shirt.

I cut out the basic shirt and sewed up the side seams and the shoulder seams (NOT THE ARM HOLES).

I gathered the arm hole edges (which in the case of a 2X size t shirt is long enough to make a sort of sleeve since the arm hole goes past your armpits) with a basting stitch, and then sewed the gathers in. I think maybe next time I will just ruche with elastic though. That way it will have stretch. But you could even skip this step and it will be cute.

I cut the neckline the way I like it on the front and back.

I added grey bias tape on the neck edge. The grey tape matches the grey in the Elvira material.

Cut out the design on the too-small-tshirt

Transfer it to your T with some of the wonderful stitch-witchery (no-sew hem tape).

Sew around the applique as close to the edges as possible. But you can leave a very small seam allowance.

I folded the seam allowance out so it stands straight up like a fringe, then distressed the edges with my snips to make the applique blend onto the new shirt better, (and it hides the seam too) then washed it.

Leaves me some loves!

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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2009 10:01:04 AM »

can i get a comment please?
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2009 01:09:37 AM »

Yes, you get a comment! =D
I love that! The fabric you chose is perfect.
Thank you for sharing, maybe I can do this for a friend of mine now!
Your stuff is always awesome. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009 06:16:11 AM »

 Grin thank you very much babycakes Grin

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009 03:13:29 PM »

I LOVE ELVIRA!!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2009 10:03:27 AM »

What a great recon!
I have to do something like this to my whole drawer of tee's...after having my little girl everything is too short and too tight. You've totally inspired me to get a move on and fix the clothes I've been mourning for a year Grin
Nice work and style Psycho Sue!
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2009 10:57:44 AM »

 ;)Thanks! You're Welcome ghoulfriend!
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2009 11:01:02 AM »

nice job , it looks cute
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2009 11:19:33 AM »

hehehe "ghoulfriend" Grin
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