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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Tutorial: Shirt Alteration

What do you do when you find a cute shirt that's several sizes too big?
Buy it anyway!

I found this shirt at Gap for just a few dollars, but the smallest size was 5 sizes too big.
But it was cheap!
And fun!

So I decided to attempt an alteration...
I felt a bit like a flying squirrel in the before pictures!

Step 1
Line up the armholes and decide how much to take in.

Step 2
I wanted the width to stay the same at the bottom, so I decided to taper from where it needed to be smaller to where I wanted the width to be the same.
Draw a line, using a ruler, from where you want to take in the shirt.

Step 3
Pin in place.

Step 4
Sew down the line.

Step 5
(not pictured)
Try the shirt on to make sure it fits!
If it doesn't, use a seam ripper to remove the stitches and let it in/out.

Step 6
Once you have the fit that works, cut off the excess material.

Step 7
Ta da!
These are shameless self portraits!  I really need a live-in photographer!
I used a belt to define a waist, but if fits great even without the belt.
This will be a good fall transition with a cardigan!

So if you find a great bargain that doesn't quite fit, don't be afraid to do a little altering!  The alteration doesn't cost anything and doesn't take much time!

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