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With puffy sleeves
WARNING: I've only been studying ESL for two years, so there WILL be some grammatical mistakes. I apologize in advance.

I converted a Star Trek shirt a few weeks ago, and when I saw this Batman shirt on the men's department I couldn't help myself. Since big baggy shirts aren't my style, I turned it into a more feminine top, just as I had done before, taking one I already own as a model.
So here's what I did.

Posted by ToniStark from Temuco, Araucania, Chile • Published See ToniStark's 12 projects »
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  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get a shirt! I know it's not that big, but still, it's not what I'm used to.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Turn inside out the shirt you'll work with and one you own and fits you well.
    Mark the outline, and when you're satisfied, baste stitch (or join with pins)

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Turn inside-out again and see it fits. Yes, it looks funny and the sleeves are all kinds of wrong, but we'll fix that.
    Now just make sure it is symmetrical and not too big or small.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Back to the inside of the shirt, we'll get rid of the sleeves. For me, the space between the neck and the sleeves was too long, so I marked where the sleeves in my other shirt started.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    And cut. I usually leave a 1 cm seam allowance. If you need more and/or can leave more, do it. Just in case.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew the sides.
    The body of the of the shirt is almost ready, and since we'll leave the hem for the end, we'll make the sleeves now.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    I am personally fond of slightly puffy sleeves, so that's the kind I did.
    If you don't like them, you can always just ignore these steps and make the sleeve smaller, or as you wish.

    Baste stitch the top of the sleeve. I stitched about 9 cm. Pull the thread to create a 4 cm smoking. Make sure the sleeve is not too small.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut the sleeve about 14 cm from the top, and repeat the process on the bottom.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew the sleeve to the shirt.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    Remember that part we cut from the sleeve? Well, I did this.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    And then I did this. And then I topstitched it.

  • Step 12

    If you're satisfied with the result, repeat the process on the other sleeve.
    Otherwise, review and fix any imperfection.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now the lower hem.
    Take your model shirt and mark the hem. Cut about 5 cm below your mark.
    Fold it twice and topstitch.

  • How to resize a resized top. Boy's Shirt To Girl's Shirt - Step 14
    Step 14

    And you're done.
    Congratulations! You've successfully made a t-shirt smaller, and revamped it with puffy sleeves.

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Keri Plezia (aka;Miss Holley King)
Keri Plezia (aka;Miss Holley King) · Paw Paw, Michigan, US · 4 projects
Thank you for your instructions...(especially the puffy sleeves) now I can alter some of my favorites. Money is tight these days so any way I can save is always a big PLUS in my book....Keep on crafting!
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Shayna K.
Shayna K. · 1 project
this is perfect. i had alot of really oversized clothes in my closet that i was going to get rid of but now i can just resize them. thanks!
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bonnie.cholette
bonnie.cholette · San Diego, California, US
Thank you for your how-to! I didn't want to do the puffed sleeves but everything else was spot on! Love my "new" shirt!
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Laurie W.
Laurie W.
Clever girl! I love your sense of fashion for the sleeve. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration. Now I gotta go work on some t-shirts...
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KellBell
KellBell · Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US · 5 projects
now i can buy guy's shirts and wear them! their grapic tees are so much better than girl's sometimes.
Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
ahh, that is so true Happy
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iejha a.
iejha a. · Jakarta, Special Capital Region of Jakarta, ID · 3 projects
good idea!!thanx
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Mary
Mary · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 8 projects
very cute and neat!
also, your english is a lot better than many who were born into the language... perfect!
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Chantal M.
Chantal M. · Gilbert, Arizona, US · 16 projects
very nice work. Happy if i had the patience for sewing, i would love to do this to my shirts. someday. thanks for the tips. Happy
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Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
I love puffy sleeves. They are so girly and princess-like. Nice work.
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Shazziiee
Shazziiee · Colchester, England, GB · 25 projects
I am so grad i found this! I always say i love men shirts but they are too big for me so now i can buy them and stitch them in!
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