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We love our Sock Dreams logo tees, but with the weather (finally!) warming up for us here in the Northwest, the classic squarer shape that was so great to layer with is starting to seem a bit much. Time for a little bit of custom fitting. Dreamer Rosalind (who you might know from our Facebook), has a pretty quick medium difficulty DIY just for you. You’ll need a sewing machine or access to one (or really great hand-sewing skills!) and the following tools:
• A t-shirt that you love the fit of that’s the same thickness as the one to be fitted •
• A t-shirt that needs to be fitted (works best with a shirt that’s at least a size too big) •
• Scissors •
• Pins •
• Something to mark with •
(the blue in the picture is tailor’s chalk, we just used a white eyeliner pencil!)
• Something to measure with (optional) •
Are you all set, and all ready? Well join us after the jump for the how to!
First, turn both shirts inside out. Now, lay the t-shirt that needs to be fitted out flat, making sure any seams are straight and it’s more or less free of wrinkles. Then, take the t-shirt that fits well and lay that on top, matching shoulder seams. If you want to be precise about how centered everything is, measure it.
Now! Pin them together, making sure that you’re smoothing the fabric as you go—big wrinkles can cause problems. Be careful with those pins! Match arm seams where you can.
With what you’re marking with (we’re using a white eyeliner pencil, which are about a dollar at most drug stores), outline the shape of the t-shirt that fits well onto the shirt that needs to be fitted. Extend any lines that go beyond the fitted shirt. Use a ruler or any other straight edge (like scissors) to keep your lines straight.
When you come to the sleeves, you’re going to have to eyeball it a little, especially if the shirt you’re outlining has a cap sleeve. Don’t stress too much though! You’ll get a chance to make the sleeve just the length you want later.
Okay, you’re all marked up! Take out the pins that are holding the t-shirts together (careful!) and get ready to sew. To make sure nothing wiggles while you’re working, pin the front and back of the shirt you’ll be sewing together.
Now, just go sew along the lines you’ve drawn! Go on, do it!
Done? Okay. Try it on (inside out, since you’ve got all that extra fabric) and make sure everything fits okay. Now is the time to sew it a little bit tighter, or take out your stitches and resew it looser. Once you’ve got it right, trim off your excess fabric and put it on right side out. Now you get to look in a mirror and decide what further alterations you need to make.
Rosalind decided to shorten the sleeves and deepen the neckline (like the quickie DIY we showed you when our logo t-shirts debuted) and, though you can’t see it, ended up shortening the shirt some too. Remember, t-shirt material can be cut without hemming, which is one of my favourite things about it!
Of course, this is one of the more basic t-shirt DIYs you can do, there’s a whole world of shirt modding out there! The T-Shirt Surgery Livejournal group is a good source and so is the tutorial list in the clothing reconstruction forum on Craftster.
Have you modded your Sock Dreams tee? Are you in one of those tropical states where you’ve already moved on to tank tops—ooh, if so, have you modded your shirt into something cute and sleevless? Well, either way, we always love pictures of how you rock our products over at our Facebook.
2 soxy thoughts:
If you cut collar, how do u finish it?
@Laurie The great thing about t-shirts is that you don’t have to finish the edge! It will roll and not unravel. However, you do have some options for finishing it neatly:
- You can serge the edges, if you have a serger
- Run a zig-zag stitch along the edge, if you have a sewing machine
- Hand-sew a blanket stitch around the edges
Hope that helps!