Introduction: How to "Cuteify" a Baggy T-Shirt

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So you went to a concert, and the band tees were super cute. Whether you needed yet another graphic tee or not, you bought one only to wake up the next morning and realize that the merch table's size chart is way off - your tee is either too baggy or too tight. Or maybe it technically fits, but you wish it was just a little cuter than a plain old band shirt. Well, never fear, my scissors and I are here! Here's one way to alter the fit and overall appearance of any frumpy t-shirt!

Step 1: Procure a Shirt and a Few Other Items

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Whether it be from the thrift shop, Wal Mart, a concert, or that pile in the back of your closet full of clothes you never wear, grab a suitable t-shirt. You'll also need either a sewing machine or a needle and thread (it doesn't matter what color thread you use) and a good pair of scissors. You could also grab a ruler if you want to be extra precise, but I really just eyeballed it and measured after for you guys' sake.


Oh, and if you want to be super "right" about it you could and probably should grab an iron. I did not.

Step 2: The Cutefication Process Begins

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The first thing you'll want to do is make two vertical cuts along the side seams of the shirt. If, like mine, your shirt mysteriously lacks side seams altogether, you should probably iron it flat and then cut along the side creases. But let's be honest, I'm too lazy for all that. I just laid the thing down and cut along the sides for about 10 1/2 inches.


This step is great for enlarging a too-small shirt, as it gives you about an extra 1/2 inch around the belly. It also helps baggy shirts look not-so frumpy by showing a little skin.

Step 3: Continuing Cuteification

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If you like, you can skip this step and any following steps, really. This tutorial is sort of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" in that you can mix and match the steps to completely customize your shirt.


On to the step: If your tee is a bit too long for your liking, like mine was, cut a couple of inches off the bottom, leaving the back about 1/2 inch to 1 inch longer than the front. Don't worry about hemming it - this is supposed to look a little grungy.

Step 4: In Case of Baggy Sleeves...

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Here's where your needle and thread or sewing machine comes in. If your sleeves are really long and baggy, roll them up 2-4 times, then stitch along the underside of the sleeve to keep it in place. Cute, right? And it only takes about five minutes.

Step 5: Voila! a New Life Has Been Breathed Into an Old Shirt

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Go out and rock it with some velvet bellbottoms, a skater skirt, or with regular ole jeans. Never buy expensive tees just for the cut ever again, and never have to leave your favorite concert tees behind because of bad fit!

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