Remember how I said that I got out the sewing machine? I got it out because I had a t-shirt that I really wanted to take in. I bought it online through JC Penney and it was too big. It made me look dumpy. Since I’m six foot tall and wear a size fourteen, I usually look dumpy and I don’t need any additional help. I had intended on returning it.
Four months later, I pulled it out from beside my nightstand where I had placed it to take to the store the next time I was going. I hadn’t gone. At all. (The last time I was at the mall was 2012.) It was too late to send it back so I really had nothing to lose if the altering didn’t work.
I was dying a t-shirt of my daughter’s that had some bleach stains on it, so I decided to toss this in with it. I wasn’t a fan of the gray. It looked a lot better on the store model than it looked on me. This is what I started with:
After I dyed it, I washed it and dried it to set the color.
I flipped it inside out and then laid a t-shirt that fit me well (and gave me some shape) over the top, lining up the necklines.
Here’s where I should have pinned. But, because I’m lazy, I didn’t. I used a sharpie to draw the outline of my good shirt on to my dumpy shirt.
I then sewed the line. Use a loose stitch because if you have to unpick it, it will take FOREVER if you do a nice, tight stitch. If it fits, sew the line again, this time with a zig zag. I do this so that it has a bit of stretch to it since it’s a t-shirt. Trim the excess fabric and you have a better fitting t-shirt!
I am actually thinking I can wear this with a pair of khakis for work. We shall see. . . I am going to show it to my daughter (who has a LOT more fashion sense than I do) and see what she thinks!