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Topic: Resize & Resew a Giant T-Shirt to be Form Fitting  (Read 133962 times)
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« on: July 11, 2003 09:35:50 PM »

Being somewhat petite, I've got a not insignificant collection of band t-shirts that are just too big and unflattering. ­Luckily I can now cut and resew them to fit!

I've only done one so far and here's the pictorial:

Lay your t-shirt out flat and iron it.

Use tailors chalk (easy to find at a sewing store) and a ruler to mark off how much you want to cut off the sides and underneath of the sleeves. ­I used a t-shirt that I liked the fit of as a guide and added 1 inch.

Pin all the way along those lines and cut the excess material away. ­Pinning helps you keep the t-shirt front and back from moving away from each other.

Turn the t-shirt inside-out and re-pin the front and back together evenly. ­Machine-sew the sides and underneath the sleeves with a strong stretch-capable stitch.

I then turned it right-side-out, tried it on and didn't like the way it fit so I made two more types of cuts. ­(1) Cut the stretchy neck cuff part out trimming it as close to the cuff as possible. ­(2) Trim the sleeves off all the way to just before the seam where they attach to the rest of the shirt.

Voila!
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2003 10:01:31 PM »

that's great! i did something similar with an XL teeshirt, but i cut the sleeves off and used extra fabric from the bottom to make little shoulder straps that tie in bows in the front. the best thing about reconstructing big shirts is you can keep some of the extra length in the bottom, most girl shirts are a little too short for my liking.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2003 12:48:10 AM »

Very helpful--thanks! But how do you deal with the arms so they're in proportion?
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2003 07:50:55 AM »

I have a Less Than Jake shirt that's way too big, and the thing I'm most worried about is the logo and how much it is going to shift once I've downsized.

Men's medium to little boys' medium-large is a lots of extra fabric. I'm scared to cut my pretty shirt Sad
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2003 08:37:32 PM »

My girlfriends and I buy child-sized t-shirts and cut the necks and arms to please us, then add decorative 80'style slashes (bust, back, and belly) to add breathing room.  
That way, they are plenty tight, but can be altered without sewing!
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2003 07:24:30 PM »

i just [as in about 5 minutes ago] finished altering a big t-shirt the way girl racer suggested, with the straps and bows.  i really wanted to alter a tori amos shirt, but i figured i'd do a practice run on this big old shirt with a picture of a kitten in sunglasses.  it is now, officially, the most adorable shirt i own.  i love it!!!  i wish i didn't have to work today, so i could wear it out somewhere.  thanks so much for the great ideas!!!

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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2003 07:57:32 AM »

hey czarina!

That looks sooo cute. Really flattering.  I can't wait to try it.  Thanks so much for showing us your version!
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2003 08:09:11 AM »

you like that?  well, here's some more then!  i got totally addicted to this project, it's so simple once you get the hang of it!

tori amos shirt


rainforest cafe tiger shirt


this one's definitely my favorite - rasputina rocks me 1902 shirt


i added white tulle to the top, but it's kind of hard to see in the pictures.


i still have more to do, and now my friends all want me to alter their huge t-shirts for them!  i <3 this project.
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2003 08:30:53 AM »

so how do i do this? those tops looks wicked.
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2003 07:48:49 AM »

basically you follow the instructions above for the t-shirt, but you cut off the top.  when using another shirt as a guide, mark off where the bottom of the collar hits.  that's where you want to cut it off.  stitch up your sides, hem the top and bottom, and voila!  sew in some straps if you like.  my trick for making sure my straps are positioned right is to put the shirt on at the strapless stage over a bra.  then i use safety pins to mark off where the bra straps meet the shirt.  it's a neat trick to make sure your shirt keeps your bra straps covered!
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