When it comes to clothes refashions, a few basic skills can go a long way! Today I am tackling a refashion must know, how to take in a shirt. This can seem intimidating at first if you are a beginning sewer but have no fear, it is very easy and only requires sewing 2 lines. So many of my refashions come from larger shirts that once belonged to my husband. Starting with a bigger shirt allows for so many refashion possibilities! So let’s start at the beginning with this Refashion 101: How to Take in a Big Shirt.
Anyways, start with your big baggy shirt and put it on inside out. Using straight pins, pinch and pin the extra baggy fabric to the desired fit. Start at the sleeves and pin all the way down the side. Do this on both sides.
Carefully take off your shirt. Using a marking pencil, draw a line where the pins are. This will be the line that you sew.
Start at the sleeve and sew until the middle of the armpit. Once there, lower your needle. Lift your presser foot and pivot so that you can now sew straight down the side. Sometimes I like to do a few backstitches right at the armpit too so that it has extra strength for that often moving area.
Want to see some of my refashions where I use this technique? Check out my Sewing and Refashion Pinterest Page!