T-Shirt Refashion: Dyed and Cut

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 neckline.
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 onto 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!

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