Stolen T-shirts

Dear Niki,

For almost a year, I have been meaning to resize a t-shirt I took from a friend. It’s Amazing Spiderman and I was so happy he gave it to me. Of course it is a men’s small which I can wear (and have worn) like a “boyfriend shirt”, but I want to avoid tucking in the front and having to re-tuck throughout the day. Recently, I also got a men’s medium shirt from the Museum of Art and Design in New York. It is pretty ratty and my friend was reluctantly going to throw it out so I took it to practice my resizing. Now that it fits me, I think I will keep it and have that vintage look 😀

I used a tutorial on YouTube from Smarmyclothes and I’m now the happy owner of two new t-shirts! She has so many interesting tutorials on her channel; sewing and general craft too.

The tutorial I used (How to Sew – Resize a T-shirt Tutorial – DIY Fashion) is here if you would like to give it a try. It is straightforward and easy to follow, even if you have to pause and rewatch some parts.

The best thing about this tutorial is that you get to keep the sleeves and they are nicely aligned at the shoulder so no one would guess your t-shirt used to be many-sizes-too-large.

The one thing I would like explained a bit more is how to sew from the end of the sleeves to the sides of the shirt. I had to wing that part, but it still worked. I will do an update to this post if I figure it out after doing a few more shirts.

I had some trouble with my sewing machine during the first resizing, but the second one took me about 20 minutes from start to finish. I imagine the more you do, the faster you’ll be able to churn them out.

The most frustrating part of this was getting my sewing machine to work. I am newly inspired to get myself some sewing classes to at least learn all the ins and outs of my machine!

Until next time,

Happy crafting!




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