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Resize your t-shirt to a "she" shirt.
My good friend Shae stenciled this fantastic "Covered in Bees" t-shirt for me. She knew it would be too big and sent it with her crafty blessings to be reconstructed however I saw fit.

Resizing tees is the recon I do most often, making my shirts fit me better while still being long (and wide!) enough to go over my hips.

Use a favorite shirt that you already love the fit of and that has similar stretch to the fabric for your template.

This is a fairly easy recon and usually takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Posted by ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) from Austin, Texas, United States • Published See ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)'s 74 projects »
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  • Step 1

    UPDATE! I now have a video version of the entire tutorial...

    Enjoy!

  • How to make a t-shirt. T Shirt Reconstruction: She Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    The shirt, before resizing

  • How to make a t-shirt. T Shirt Reconstruction: She Shirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Resizing using a favorite shirt - cut about 1/2" away from the original shirt so you have seam allowance.

  • How to make a t-shirt. T Shirt Reconstruction: She Shirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    You'll have to do a little guestimating on the sleeves, but if you take it slow and careful, it'll work out fine.

  • How to make a t-shirt. T Shirt Reconstruction: She Shirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use my favorite recon technique and eyeball for the sleeve size, adjusting the sleeve under the body of the t-shirt until it's the length and shape you want. Pencil a line on the existing sleeve using the cut on the t-shirt, and then added about 1/2" for seam allowance.

  • How to make a t-shirt. T Shirt Reconstruction: She Shirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Find the center on the sleeves, pin to the seam allowance on the shirt. Pin along the sleeve, being careful not to pull or tug the fabric. Stitch using a stretch stitch and 1/2" seam allowance.

  • How to make a t-shirt. T Shirt Reconstruction: She Shirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    After stitching the sleeves, fold shirt in half, right sides together, matching the bottom hem. Stitch a 1/2" seam under the sleeve and all the way down the side. Trim seam allowance, if you wish.

    Because you leave the original hems for the sleeves and the shirt in place, the reconstruction is now complete!

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

Thanks, Sharon!

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Sharon V.
Sharon V.

you are a great teacher!

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Lunchboxx
Lunchboxx

<3 id let him cover me in bees lol, never thught of doin that to my tops i normally slice the back to tassles and tie it tight and streach the heck out of it lol

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Maisiee (:
Maisiee (: · Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom · 12 projects

Hahaaa xD
Eddie Izzard rules! :D
x

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Kiko
Kiko · Arcadia, Michigan, United States · 14 projects

I totally have that stay green tee! Only I didn't like the way it fit me... So I tye-dyed it....... Love it!!!!!!!!!

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Kiko
Kiko · Arcadia, Michigan, United States · 14 projects

I totally have that stay green tee! Only I didn't like the way it fit me... So I tye-dyed it....... Love it!!!!!!!!!

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ay*lee*sha
ay*lee*sha · , · 21 projects

I like my women like I like my coffee.
In a plastic cup!
Bitchin Eddie reference.

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ay*lee*sha
ay*lee*sha · , · 21 projects

I like my women like I like my coffee.
In a plastic cup!
Bitchin Eddie reference.

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Whit
Whit · Portland, Or (for now), · 4 projects

Yay Eddie Izzard reference!

Thanks for the how-to tip, also. All the shirts I have to wear at work are enormous on me, and I've been trying to use trial and error to slim some down. Now, with any luck, there will be less error!

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maudie
maudie · Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom · 3 projects

i'm an evil herbivore....

love the shirt, and your recon on it. CAKE OR DEATH?! x

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