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dftkarin
« on: September 08, 2012 03:03:16 PM »

I have lost a bit of weight (not too much - still very plus-sized) and my t-shirts are looking slightly hangy-down (not in a good way) but the real frustration is that whenever I raise my arms - one can see right through to my side and bra, etc....so I would like to try to alter a few of my t-shirts so that they aren't necessarily smaller - but they don't show as much through the arm holes.  I know there must be tutorials on the web or this board to help me know how to do this - but I've been searching and haven't found any I can understand (I guess I need pictures to help me know what I need to do - words along is not enough).  Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I'm not looking to make the fitted or fancy or even smaller over-all, just to somehow adjust the gapingly big arm holes.  Thank you in advance!!

Is there an easy way to do this? I tried a description I found online:  seam-rip sleeves off and add a seam to the top/shoulder seams, then re-sew sleaves so they fit in the now-smaller arm holes, then re-sew sleeves, and it was A LOT of work to take the sleeves off and on - and the neck looked crazy afterwards and he sleeve seems were wavy and 'frankenstein - y' - I am not sure my sewing skills are up for seams that matter like sleeves on knit fabric.  Is there an easier way? Please tell me there is!!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2012 12:28:31 PM »

what about running a stitch of shirring elastic around the bottom edge of the sleeve to give it a ruffeled puff sleeve effect like this
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2012 01:28:27 AM »

I like ViolentJayne's suggestion. If you don't have any elastic thread, you could just take the sleeve in at the hem then have your new line of stitching 'merge' with the original seam at the underarm. This might solve your I-don't-want-to-show-the-whole-world-my-bra issue. If you need to make the armhole smaller, extend the side seam of the shirt up so it meets the sleeve a bit higher under the arm then continue stitching along the sleeve making it smaller. This tut has some photos which might help to explain what I mean.

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-take-in-a-shirt/?ALLSTEPS

The photo for Step 3 shows, more or less, what I mean. Instead of taking in the sides of the T-shirt all the way down, 'merge' the new seam an inch or two (2 or 3 cm) below the underarm.

Good luck, I hope I haven't made it MORE confusing!
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