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« on: July 05, 2005 04:15:26 PM »

I need some serious help here. This shirt, is a bedtime shirt, i have matching shorts. (: They fit perfectly, than they shrunk in the wash. >.< Which i really hate.
It's too big, but too small for how i use to like it. I want to make it a tight bedtime shirt, but i don't know how to without ruining the happy face, 'cause that's like the whole point for the shirt. Please help me !! ^__^ Thaanks so much *hugs*.

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LRS
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2005 04:45:13 PM »

Here's an approach that might work.  Baste this first to see how it works:

Make a tuck that starts on each shoulder and runs down the front and back of the shirt.  You can place it so that the tucks are on either side of the smiley face.  You can also put the tucks on the outside if you want them to become a design feature.  If you make a 1/2" tuck, it looks fine and you take a total of 4" off the width (each tuck takes in 1" ,  1/2" on each side; and each tuck runs down the front and the back.)  Since a mere 1/2" makes 4" difference, figure out how much you want to remove and divide it by 8 to determine the width of the tuck. 

If the Smiley is very large, you may have to move the tucks out toward the shoulder. 

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colourandy
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2005 08:26:26 PM »

thaanks , what do you mean 'tucks' im alittle iffy on that lingo *feels stupid*
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2005 08:32:40 PM »

pictures may help me. i'm a picture girl !! ;P
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2005 07:13:58 AM »

And I'm not set up to send pictures yet. 

The tuck is just a seam, taking in about 1/2".  Maybe I can illustrate with type characters.

                            /\
    _____________/   \_______

You fold up some of the fabric and then sew it together.  If you pinch the extra to the inside, it looks like a new seam.  If you pinch it to the outside, it can be a decorative touch - press it to one side. 

Very fancy clothes may have a bunch of tucks, side-by-side, purely as decoration.  If you're going to try this, take your time and make sure you have a straight line to start.  You could use pins to mark starting lines, near each shoulder - up the front, over the top and down the back.  Now pinch the fabric so the pins are in the center.  Baste it - maybe 1/2" from the pin.  Is it making sense yet?  If not, use private mail to send me your email address.  I can send a drawing in email.

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