Slim Fit T-Shirt Mod





Introduction: Slim Fit T-Shirt Mod

I have a bunch of great logo tee-shirts but they're cut for men and I don't like the way they fit, so today I'm going to show you how to mod your t-shirts into a flattering shape that you'll actually wear.

Step 1:

First, iron your shirts and turn them inside-out. Line up the template at the shoulders and trace around it with tailor's chalk.

Step 2:

Pin along the new side seams, and cut off the sleeves at the new armhole. Run the new side seams through the serger.

Step 3:

Lay out the old sleeve under the template t-shirt and mark the new underarm and armhole.

Step 4:

Serge the underarm, then cut the shoulder curve.

Step 5:

Flip the sleeve right side out and set it inside the armhole of the shirt. Pin both sleeves into their armholes.

Step 6:

Serge the sleeve seams and you're all done!



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Great tutorial, I made it and my t-shirt now fit me perfectly :)

Thank you, keep the awesome work !

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Excellent! Just what I needed. How about crew neck to V neck? ;-)

I've used this tutorial 3 times now and it's a great idea. One thing I didn't keep in mind, though, is the seam allowance. So I lost 1/4" all the way around and my modded t's are all really tight now. Just wanted to point this out so peeps wouldn't make the same mistake I made. :)

This is just what I was looking for. Thank you, so much.


I've had this 'ible in my favourites for a while, and even longer in my bookmarks, the one thing I was missing was a serger.
I just got an affordable one and couldn't wait to try this, as I have a pile of band shirts I've been wanting to adjust. I always get mens' shirts rather than girlies, because the material is usually sturdier, and the designs are bigger and cooler, and also, most girlies are way short.
So I finally got to try this, and I must say this is probably the most straight-forward and easiest tutorial I've seen for this kind of mod.
At first I was sceptical, but it's like magic!
Boxy to foxy, indeed!
Adjusted 3 shirts so far and will work my way through the pile. It's as if I had been on a massive shoping trip, suddenly I have so much more to wear! ;)
Thank you so much for sharing this. :)

Great instructable! Could you make one for trousers/jeans as well?

I have been searching for a how-to to do this !!

I found your 'ible and was able to mod my prized tees that I couldn't wear any longer due to a major weight loss ( 120 lbs !!)
 my thanks are my prized tees I was able to alter !!!

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Your instructable was very helpful with the sleeves. Cutting them out separate makes it look more polished and easier than what I was going to try.

I also agree with HVANSICK. You don't need a serger to do this. My old 1970s zig zag machine sews jersey just fine.
I use a size 11 needle and stretch stitch foot. I straight stitch the seams (according the to straight stretch stitch settings in my manual). Then I use a pineleaf stretch stitch on the edge to overcast a neat edge on the raw edge. My machine also has an overcast stretch stitch that will fix the raw edges and stitch the seam at the same time, but I usually do them separately.
Just read your manual. It will tell you what stitches to use with what fabrics. If you have an old machine without a manual, a lot of manuals/tutorials are online too.

i dont think i could do this with my school uniform

The hardest part is probably learning how to use a serger... wait they have manuals for that, the hardest part is FINDING a serger.
As a university student living on her own. I'm run out of luck on this. Cause DAMN they're pricey! Even used!

Still, great ible!