What do I do with this huge shirt? A quick tutorial on taking it in.


“Holy moly!” you think, “What a big shirt on tiny little Claire.”

Well, I’m about to remedy that.

I saw shirts similar to this one on Skunkboy Blog and Fancy Treehouse that caught my eye. So I grabbed this one on sale through ASOS Petite. But when this size 4 arrived, I realized that it is HUGE! But it has serious potential. If only it was a little slimmer…

Here’s what I did:


I put the shirt on inside out and pinned where I wanted the sides seams to be. Then I sewed a basting stitch starting about halfway down the sleeves, turning at the armpit (making sure to leave room for tatas), and then down the side. I turned it right side out and tried it on to check that it was the size I wanted and fit well. After making necessary adjustments through further application of basting stitches, some seam ripping, and further tryings-on of the shirt, I sewed a regular stitch right over the basting stitches. Then cut some of the excess fabric off and tried it on one more time (just to make sure it is exactly how I want it). Then I serged the raw edge.

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Yes, I know it’s a weird shape- I need some extra room up top. Your shirt will be shaped differently.

Instead of leaving the serging thread hanging, I like to turn it over the seam and sew a zig zag stitch to hold it down. I’m afraid that it will unravel if I just cut it, so I reinforce the end of the serging seam before I cut the excess thread off.

Ta daa!


Next time you have a shirt that is too big, you can trace the first one you made by reading this post. Saves time.

  1. Very clever! The shirt looks so good on you after you tapered the sides to fit. Very flattering!


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