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SophieMiriam
« on: February 26, 2010 05:24:37 PM »

Hi all,

I hope this hasn't been asked before. A search didn't find me anything useful.

I have a sweatshirt that my grandfather gave me. He accidentally bought the wrong thing and wound up with a hot pink sweatshirt in a size woman's XL. It's a lovely soft sweatshirt, but far too big for me. Is making it smaller as simple as turning it inside out and stitching however many inches in from the original seamline? I feel like I should have to change the arm holes some.

Tips, tricks, tutorials, anything?

Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010 05:13:29 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010 10:47:17 AM »

Honestly, it depends on how much smaller you need to make it, and how professional you want it to be.  I have taken in work shirts by turning them inside out, and sewing in (equal amounts on both sides!) what I needed to take in.  I even took this seam up into the arm and sleeve, sewing it like a dolman or batwing sleeve.  The better thing to do would be to take apart the side seams, and take out the sleeves, and readjust the arm scythes to the new size.  The absolute easiest thing to do, to do it this way, would be to get an old, ratty, or ugly sweatshirt that fits you well but which you wouldn't want to wear again, and carefully remove the side seams and arms.  Then lay those pieces over your new sweatshirt pieces, and trace them as a pattern.  Alternately, you could do this, and then re-sew up the original shirt.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2010 04:53:36 AM »

Hmm. I need to make it a LOT smaller--it's an XL, and I usually wear a S or a M.

I don't know if I have a sweatshirt that fits properly. Tongue I'll have to go and check.

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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2010 10:55:48 AM »

You could check the thrift store, or use a tee-shirt.  If you understand the basics of arm scythes, like the general shape and size (which you could possibly derive from the shirt you have, once it's apart) you might be able to do it by hand.

One other thing I thought of, though, when you rip down the sleeve seam, if the cuff is continuous, you may want to leave it intact, and work around it.  It depends on how you want the sleeves to fit, though.
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