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How to Fix a Dress Shirt that’s Too Big

November 17, 2019


Hey y’all, I’m Bonnie from Bonnieandblithe.com and today’s tutorial is a refashion tutorial which are so much fun Have you ever been wandering through a thrift store and grabbed a super cute top and just thought “I would love this if It were three sizes smaller”? Well, I did just that the other day and found this super cute collared polkadot top, but unfortunately it was two sizes too big What did I do? I got the sewing machine out and got to work you ready to see how to do it? Let’s go As you can see from this video the body was way too big and I wanted it to fit in the bust and waist I also knew I needed to take in the sleeves and cut them off so that I could wear it through the summer The first thing I did was turn the whole shirt inside out then I knew that I needed to take the sleeves off So I cut them at the seam line Once the sleeve was detached from the bodice of the shirt. I also cut the seam allowance off the sleeve itself You can probably skip this step if you’ll be cutting a lot off of the sleeve head later Next I cut out the seam allowance of the side seam of the bodice so that I could more accurately take it in Once that was done, I removed the sleeve and the side seam from the other side Next I needed to make a few adjustments to the bust darts. After trying the shirt on I realized that I would need to move The darts in about an inch towards the apex of the breast the excess of the outside of the dart would get cut off when I took in the side seam, I didn’t take out any of the fullness of the dart because I needed it here, but it’s the perfect time to do So if you need more or less, this is also a great time to adjust the width of the shoulder I took off just a tiny bit here because I have broader shoulders. But if you’re more narrow you’ll want to cut off enough So that the shoulder seam hits you correctly After adjusting the dart I then measured where I wanted my new seam line to hit and pinned the front and back together at the right spot I took in about an inch and a half on each side of the shirt After showing this new side seam, I trimmed off the excess material and finished the raw edges I used a serger here, but you can also use a zig-zag stitch This would also be a great place to refinish the bottom of your shirt if you needed to pick out some of the hem to redo the side seam In order to make sure that the new sleeve fit correctly, I measured my new sleeve hole on the bodice and made note of this measurement Then I took my sleeve head and marked it at this same measurement so that it would match the sleeve hole I did the same thing with the second sleeve and then I was ready to make changes to my sleeve head My next step was to cut out the underarm seam of my sleeves along this measurement I just marked I only did this about halfway down the sleeve because I knew I was going to cut it off into a shorter sleeve later After trimming off the excess under the sleeve I chose to recontour the curve at my sleeve head in order to get the best fit To do this. I just mimicked the curve of the original sleeve head. Just making the whole curve shorter Then I cut out the underarm seam of the second sleeve and cut a new curve for that one as well This was the right time to try the sleeve on and measure where I wanted it to end I left an excess of about three inches in order to form a cuff. I used the first sleeve as a template to cut the second so that they’d be the exact same length My next step was to sew the sleeves together along the raw edges of the underarm seam and Then it was time to put the sleeves back on the bodice. In order to do so I kept the bodice turned inside out and the sleeve turned right side out. I slid the bottom of the sleeve into the armhole first and then matched up the underarm seam of the sleeve with the bodice’s side seam and The fold at the top of the sleeve with the shoulder seam of the bodice If this is your first time doing this it might seem tricky but go ahead and rewind a few times until you get it I continued pinning all the way around the sleeve here and then sewed it together. I also finished my raw edges here with a serger And finally it was time to hem the sleeves remember I had pinned the sleeve in the spot where I wanted it to end so First I folded the raw edges up to meet that marking And then I folded it up again so that that marking was now at the bottom of my sleeve I decided to finish the raw edge of my sleeve with a serger and then Was going to tack down the top and bottom of the cuff to the sleeve But once I machine stitched the cuff together at the underarm seam I Decided I wanted a slightly more polished look at the top of the sleeve. So I chose to slip stitch it together instead Slip stitching is very simple and just involves hand stitching the sleeve to the inside portion of the cuff where it won’t be seen This might take a little practice if you’ve never done it before but you’ll get the hang of it soon enough Once that was done I knew that my cuff would hold both on the top and the bottom and the part that people could see looked really professional And that’s all for today thanks so much for watching Be sure to like this video and subscribe to my channel and let me know in the comments what other sort of refashion you’d like To see me tackle next. If you’re a thrift store shopper, I want to know what the greatest treasure is that you’ve found Thanks so much for watching. Bye!

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