Introduction: Alter a Shirt, Beginner Style

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It happens to us all. You find that great T-shirt in the dollar bin that doesn't quite fit. Well no big, here's a beginners solution. Use a shirt that fits you well as a pattern. You will mark on the inside out of the shirt to be taken in (I use soap scraps to mark fabric). Carefully pin the edges. I don't remove the seams at this point. I find that for a beginner, having more structure to the garment while sewing can save some grief.

Step 1:

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Sew the new seams and try the shirt on. If it fits, remove the old seams.

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I took my shirt in about two inches on each side. The fit was good, but I decided to sew in a small panel of stretch lace so that the scoop neck was a bit more modest. Congratulations! You have a shirt that fits!


dragonrising (author)2015-09-18

I had no idea how to alter clothes, and I was trying to make a halloween/cosplay costume. I had bought a shirt online, but they only had men's sizes. This should help! Thanks!

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