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There's Hope For Those Baggy T-Shirts

Updated on July 30, 2012

My daughter bought me a T-shirt. It was one for the new company for which I am selling products. We had a company event and I wanted to wear the shirt....HOWEVER...I just lost 17 inches between my ribs, waist, and hips! The shirt was HUGE!!! Was there ANY hope for this shirt? What was I going to do?

Begin by laying the shirt out flat.  Using sharp scissors, cut 1 inch away from the neckline.  Stretch the neckline well.  Try on the shirt and cut larger if needed.
Begin by laying the shirt out flat. Using sharp scissors, cut 1 inch away from the neckline. Stretch the neckline well. Try on the shirt and cut larger if needed. | Source
Before cutting sleeves, lay shirt out flat and flatten out and smooth the sleeves with the seams matching.
Before cutting sleeves, lay shirt out flat and flatten out and smooth the sleeves with the seams matching. | Source
Cut out sleeve leaving a 2 inch strip about 1 inch above the bottom edge of the sleeve.  Tie this into a knot and the armhole is now fit for a girl!
Cut out sleeve leaving a 2 inch strip about 1 inch above the bottom edge of the sleeve. Tie this into a knot and the armhole is now fit for a girl! | Source
Tightly tie together the tabs remaining.  Trim off excess fabric.  Now the underarm has a cute gathered knot.
Tightly tie together the tabs remaining. Trim off excess fabric. Now the underarm has a cute gathered knot. | Source
Ties can be made from the pieces cut off of the shirt.  Simply pinch the very tip and stretch as far as possible!
Ties can be made from the pieces cut off of the shirt. Simply pinch the very tip and stretch as far as possible! | Source
Gather the shoulder...
Gather the shoulder... | Source
Gather the shoulder and tie it off with the ties made from the bits cut from the shirt!
Gather the shoulder and tie it off with the ties made from the bits cut from the shirt! | Source
A much cuter and comfortable shirt in just 10 minutes!  LOVE IT!
A much cuter and comfortable shirt in just 10 minutes! LOVE IT! | Source

There IS Hope For A Baggy Shirt!

I remembered seeing somewhere online, of course, that cutting a T-shirt could make it fit. How could that be possible? I didn't have time to search and any idea where to look to begin, but I did know that I would NEVER wear this shirt this big. So, I grabbed the scissors, mentally closed my eyes (note I said mentally) and began to to cut! I knew I would need it shorter so I started there. I cut 6 inches off the bottom of the shirt. Then I snipped the crew collar and cut around it as evenly as possible. Empowered by the scissors, I folded the shirt in half with fold at the center front. I began about 4 inches from the neck and cut a triangular neckline moving toward the shoulder seams.

I slipped on the T-shirt and was amazed at the transformation! How exciting! There WAS hope after all!

Next Step: Sleeves

The next thing I needed to work on was the sleeves. I didn't have much time. The clock was rolling fast toward the time we needed to leave! The sleeves were almost down to my elbow and loose enough to get both arms into one! I decided something simple would be best for now. I folded the sleeves with the center top at the fold. I took the scissors and cut along the fold all the way to the shoulder seam. I took the edges and tied them into a small knot. This brought the sleeves to a fitted bottom with a cold shoulder look. I was good for now!

But.....I wondered....was there more help out there?? I was sure there was!

My Suggestion For T-Shirt Cutting Tips!

Cutting T-shirts Are Art!

I managed to pull it off just fine! However, when I got back home, the first thing I did was google a way to cut my T-shirt to fit! I came up with several different sites and MANY ways to cut my shirt!! There were styles from comfy to cute to trampy! Something for EVERYONE!!

I did happen to find one young lady's videos that made more sense and easier work of copying her creations. She took the time to show how and explain. Good job salinabear!! Please take a moment, watch the video and subscribe! She has earned it! I am looking forward to shaping and creating some shirts that I will actually wear!! I have NEVER liked the T-shirt fit, but salinabear will help me fix that!!! I am pulling out my old T-shirts to practice on, but I am confident that I will be wearing new creations soon!! I will add pics!

Photo and Text Copyright Deborah M. Carey 2012

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      John 4 years ago

      Try buying some SleeveLinks, they adjust and alter clothing without cutting or sewing.

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      Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Adorable. I have reconstructed a few tshirts myself, but I can't wait to try your way! Nice hub!

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Thanks Heather, I have been working on a couple more! I will have to post the pics! It is a fun way to recondition old shirts!

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      John,

      I haven't heard of SleeveLinks. I will have to check into them! Thanks for reading!

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      3cardmonte 4 years ago

      Great hub! I have LOADS of baggy T shirts that I have been wondering what to do with!

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      It has been great! I lost 67 pounds and had a ton of shirts to recycle! Have fun! Thanks for reading!

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks - it's neat to see how to personalize something that most people just throw away. Voted up and useful.

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      SidKemp,

      I am working on yet more! Thanks for reading and voting!

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