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How to tailor your own shirt

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Recently, we received a video submission from John Paul. He wanted to know how to make a baggy shirt fit, because we all know how expensive it is to get a shirt made specifically tailored for you.

We're going to show you a little method that we think is the best called the "Pinch and Pin"

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Step 1: Measuring the shirt

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Take your baggy shirt, turn it inside out and put it on.

Step 2: Pinch and Pin

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Make sure you have a friend help you with this step. Get our a bunch of pins and then pinch the excess fabric and pin it so it fits how you want it to.

Be sure to pin all the way to the bottom of the shirt and don't forget under the arms. Repeat on the other side.

Step 3: Sewing the shirt

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Once you've got your shirt pinned, you're going to start sewing a seam starting above the armpit all the way down the side.

Step 4: Cutting the excess fabric

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After you're done sewing both sides, try on the shirt to make sure that it's the right fit. If you're happy, you can cut off all the excess fabric and you've got yourself a shirt that fits!

Step 5: For serious shirt-makers

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If you're serious about make a shirt from scratch, we recommend purchasing "Shirtmaking" by David Page Coffin.

Happy sewing!

Why is the 'after' picture so terrible? His shirt isn't buttoned, and you can't see how it fits at all because of his posture and hand being in the way.

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