How to Make T-Shirts Look Fitted

Written by joyce starr
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Do you have a T-shirt you love that's too big and bulky? Don't throw it away because you'd like it to be more fitted; instead, make it fit to your liking. It's not that hard to do and you can fix the problem permanently. If you have a sewing machine and basic sewing skill, you'll have that T-shirt fitting like a glove in no time at all. Continue reading for some tips on making your T-shirt look more fitted.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Chalk

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    Making Your T-shirt Look More Fitted

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    Try the T-shirt on so you'll be able to see how much you need to take the sides in. Pinch the sides of the T-shirt in at the smallest point of your torso---typically at the waist. Stick a pin there so you'll know where you'll be taking in the shirt the most. Place a pen at the hemline area of the T-shirt too, so you'll know how much needs to be taken in for the shirt to be fitted at the bottom.

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    Turn your shirt inside out and place it on a flat surface, such as a table. Smooth out any wrinkles and make sure the seams on the side and under the arms all line up. You should be able to see where your pins are from the other side of the shirt. You can place another pin at the waist, if you desire, so you'll be able to see it better when marking the shirt.

  3. 3

    Use your chalk to draw a line starting underneath your arms toward the pin. Make your line gently curve inward toward the pin, which will be at the centre of the side of the shirt. Continue drawing a curving line back out toward the bottom part of the shirt, ending where you've placed the bottom pin at the hemline. Your chalk line should end up looking crescent shaped. Repeat these steps on the other side of the T-shirt.

  4. 4

    Place pins where you've drawn the chalk line on each side of your T-shirt. Sew a seam along the lines of chalk, making sure your shirt doesn't crinkle up while you're making the seam. Cut the loose threads when you're done.

  5. 5

    Turn your T-shirt right side out and try it on. It should now be quite a bit more fitted than it was before. If you'd still like a little more fit, repeat the steps above, pulling your seam in a little bit further. Once you're satisfied with the fit of the T-shirt, cut off the excess fabric inside, leaving approximately a 1-inch seam allowance.

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