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« on: November 15, 2006 08:49:55 PM »

Hi everyone.  I haven't seen any posts about the way I resize my shirts, so I thought I'd share. 
I might be what you crafty ladies (& gentlemen) would consider a lazy craftster.  I like to throw stuff together and just see what works.  Skipping steps is always awesome for me. 

These things considered, I cringe at the thought of removing sleeves from shirts when they are just fine in the first place, just oversized.  SOOOO I do not remove them when I do my shirts.  I simply shape the shirt as so that the extra width of the shirt almost becomes part of the sleeve.  But it doesn't actually look like that's what's happening when you wear it. 

So basically, I just cut off extras from the side of the shirt, and the bottom of the sleeve.

This shirt doesn't show it that well because I'm not the best at reconstructing yet, and the fact that I didn't make it very tight because I just want to wear it under t-shirts...but it does work and you can make the arms and torso slimmer in one big swipe!

Another bonus of this method is that the sleeves stay the same length!!!

Hopefully someone will find this helpful.

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2006 11:34:25 PM »

i'm going to have to try that... I have a couple of shirts I've been needing to re-size for myself.

Can I just draw the line & sew without cutting in case I have to pick it out & re-do it?

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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2006 05:10:17 AM »

That`s the way Im doing it too (most of the time). I never shared it in any DIY forum `cause I was afraid of being called a lazy crafter.
Good to know there are more people like me. Grin

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2006 12:38:36 PM »

Yes that is a good idea. I'm not quite at the 'making darts without a pattern' stage of crafting yet so this would suit me fine, thanks!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2006 02:19:06 PM »

i've done it that way before. works pretty much the same. but since i taught myself how to do sleeves and the like, i've been addicted to taking them out, resizing and putting them back in. it also helps if you want to change colors/fabrics etc.

but yeah, i like this way also. yippee!

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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2006 05:28:44 PM »

GOSH! There is no such thing as a "lazy crafter!"  I believe that we all have our styles and there are all different methods for doing things.  So if you find one that works...use it..PERIOD!!! I love it! I can't wait to go thrift some manly shirts Grin

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2006 09:55:32 PM »

i used to do the same thing when i started reconstructing my clothing. however, i don't like the look of the sleeve seams being so far down, or completely off, the shoulder. that's why the sleeves have to be removed and put back on - it creates a new seam in the correct place.

but if the shirt isn't that huge to begin with, you can go the "lazy craftster" (ha!) route.

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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2006 11:00:52 PM »

I almost always do this...but I think it only works well if your chest is pretty flat to begin with (like mine).  if you're super curvy I think you might have problems getting a good fit around the chest area.

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2006 11:07:02 PM »

Yay there are other Lazy Crafters! I did this a few hours ago with my favorite green and black shirt and now my sleves are back to being the right length! Woot!
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2006 11:28:54 PM »

Nani-ka: You can definitely just mark it instead of cutting before sewing. In fact, that's what I usualy do.  I guess I should have mentioned that as an option. 

And again, yay for laziness! 

I usually need the extra length in the sleeves, so doing it this way helps keep the length.  Shesxautomatic was right though that it could make the sleves a little (or even a lot) off the shoulder. 
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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2006 01:23:30 AM »

Will this work for massively massive t shirts too?
Usually when i resize shirts, i'm just having to sew in the waist a bit, or whatever, but i have this humoungous t-shirt with a really neat logo on the back that i'm dying to resize, but am scared of ruining it.
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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2006 01:11:11 PM »

Flammable_feline:  I have done it on t-shirts, but I'm not sure how humongous you are talking about.  The only real issue with this method is that the sleeves may start somewhere further down on your arm instead of right after your shoulder. 

The way it sits on the shoulders when you try it on will be the same after you resize it.  My suggestion is to try it on inside out and pin it how you will be taking it in.  That should give you the best idea of what it'll look like.
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« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2006 01:34:33 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2006 09:20:34 AM »

Yeah I'ma  lazy crafter too!! or More-so i don't have patience or a sewing machine. Less sewing= better for me! ^.^

very good strategy though

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« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2006 03:07:22 PM »

eh, i would have to say this really only works for shirts that ALMOST fit but might be too big in some places...or where you wont really see the underarm seam distaster. This really doesnt work very well for t shirts, i used to do it, and nobody was ever like "wow your shirt looks weird," but really, the seams on a t shirt are like...already on the middle of your arm, why make it worse? haha.

Id say this is definitely a case by case basis thing...although i wouldnt call it lazy. Ive found that experimenting and making a simple t shirt sleeve pattern that i can use over and over again works wonders.

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« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2006 07:41:52 PM »

I do this to resize all my shirts. It works super fast and I like how they turn out.
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« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2006 07:48:12 PM »

I was wondering, you know how a serger like cuts of the excess fabric, at least the one I used in home ec did. Could you skip the cutting of fabric and just draw out the line and then sew?
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2008 12:19:53 PM »

Thanks for the tot.
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