I love that collared shirts are in style. They are versatile, comfortable, and can easily dress up a casual outfit. Unfortunately, however, I don't have many. And most that I do have are too short for today's style. So I decided to hit the local thrift store in search of men's shirts (so they'd be nice and long) to alter to my needs.
Here is the man-shirt pre-altering. I bought this on half-off at Goodwill for $3. Pretty big and shape-less, huh? But it has good arm length and fun, unusual pockets, so I was hoping for some potential. It's important to choose a shirt that isn't way too big in the collar or arm-length because those are not easily altered.
Now on to the altering process. It is SO quick and easy. If you are a sewing rookie, this would be a good way to get your feet wet.
1. Turn the shirt inside out and flatten along the seam on the inside of the arm and torso.
2. Use chalk to draw a smooth line along the seam the amount you'd like to take the shirt in. Blend the ends of your chalk line into the existing seams prior to the cuff and base of the shirt. If you are unsure of how much to take in, lay a shirt that fits as you would like this one to, and trace along that shirt's outline.
3. Cut along the lines you drew.
4. Lay the piece you cut out from the first side along the opposite edge to use as a guide to draw another chalk line.
5. Cut along the chalk line.
6. Pin the edges together, being sure to line up the cross seams at the armpit. Sew the new edges closed, blending into the existing seams at each end. I used a serger, but if you don't have a serger, a zig-zag stitch outside your first straight stitch will help prevent fraying.
Here it is all sewn up, but still inside out. It actually looks like a woman's shirt now!
Now I have a "new" shirt!
Go thrift-store shopping or raid your hubby's closet and enjoy!
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