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Ok, I'm trimming my shirt(s)

post #1 of 15
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I have a couple shirts that I brought real cheap during a clearence sale. While I like them, a couple are a bit wide in the waist. One especially; when it's tucked it feels like I'm wearing a large garbage bag. A lot of you would obviously take it to a tailor, tell him to trim it down and boom! done. However I'm still a broke college student, so I decided to just do it myself. Now, does anybody know how to do it correctly? I know how to operate a sewing machine, I'm just not sure how to go at it. I'm thinking that I as cut what I want in the waist (which I will cut on the sides), I will gradually converge until until I'm at the armhole. Here's a picture that might help: (And no that's not my shirt.. ) Thank you guys!
post #2 of 15
Side seams can be very hard to get right. I think you are better off sewing darts in the back than trying a side seam manipulation. Either way, try basting the shirt the way you think it should fit, then examine the overall effect on how the shirt falls, especially with regard to how the side seams fall, how the shirt closes, etc.
post #3 of 15
Your diagram is correct. Metro is correct that darts would be better as they can always be removed if you take in too much.

Before making your marks, pin the part you intend to cut out and try on the shirt to make sure it isn't too tight.

Then be sure to add back on enough for seam allowances (1/4") before cutting.

Finally, don't go all the way to the armhole. Stop about 1/2" below it ... or else continue a bit out onto the sleeve. The armhole joint where shirt front, shirt back, sleeve front, and sleeve back all come together is a difficult place to start and/or stop sewing.
post #4 of 15
Wow, Alexander Kabbaz didn't simply faint from mortification -- maybe you're not completely nuts to attempt this.


'Before' and 'After' pics, please.
post #5 of 15
I think you will also have to think about the contour between the front and back sides unless it is a shirt that you never wear untucked
post #6 of 15
I agree. If the shirts have tails, you will wind up with a strange hem.
post #7 of 15
What fabric is that shirt?
If it is knit make sure you use the correct needle,Small ball point,and do not use a too small stich,
Good luck,
Freddy Vandecasteele
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Margaret
Wow, Alexander Kabbaz didn't simply faint from mortification -- maybe you're not completely nuts to attempt this.


'Before' and 'After' pics, please.

I'm an entrepreneur, first and foremost. Nothing beats initiative:
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A lot of you would obviously take it to a tailor, tell him to trim it down and boom! done. However I'm still a broke college student, so I decided to just do it myself.
post #9 of 15
Darts are easier, but screw it, go for the whole shebang. Credit J (I think) for this technique:

Shirt right-side out
-Mark where you want new seam to be
-Cut 1/4" outside new seam
-Sew just inside, 3/16" outside new seam

Shirt inside-out
-Sew on new seam

You will end up with a much cleaner finish than just sewing in the new seam. Sorry if the instructions are unclear, several tailoring threads were lost in the crash.

Tom
post #10 of 15
As someone who tried something similar if you are going for a very trim fit, when you pin the shirt, take some very deep breaths. The place I messed up the most was around the bottom of the rib cage...

Good luck!
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Awesome! Thank you gentlemen and Kabbaz for your sound advice. What a great community! I'll let you all know if I ruined my shirts. Thank you again.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by chrisc
Thank you gentlemen and Kabbaz...

Good job with keeping those two distinct groups separate.
post #13 of 15
You sure you don't want darts? I'm no shirtmaker, but it seems like you're only taking fabric in at the hip. If you want the shirt to taper in at you midsection, you'd need a different alteration...
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cantabrigian
Good job with keeping those two distinct groups separate.

LOL. We all know what Kabbaz does, so I appreciate him leading me into the right direction.

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Originally Posted by Renault78law
You sure you don't want darts? I'm no shirtmaker, but it seems like you're only taking fabric in at the hip. If you want the shirt to taper in at you midsection, you'd need a different alteration...

I was thinking of darts as well, but I don't think I'm capable of pulling it off nicely. Come to think of it, maybe I should practice on some of those old t-shirts that I never wear before pulling this off. Practice makes perfect!

Thanks again guys.
post #15 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisc
I was thinking of darts as well, but I don't think I'm capable of pulling it off nicely. Come to think of it, maybe I should practice on some of those old t-shirts that I never wear before pulling this off. Practice makes perfect!

If it's a shirt of which you're fond, I'd go with darts; they're quite straightforward, but more importantly, they're a piece of piss to undo if you mess up. When I first put darts into a few shirts, it took me several attempts to get it right, but that's a luxury one has when no scissors are involved!
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