Altering t-shirts

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  1. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    Is it possible to alter a t-shirt and essentially take it in at the shoulders, chest and waist to effectively make it one size smaller?

    This sounds like a really silly question, but I purchased a couple of t-shirts that I happen to like but happened to be in a suit at the time so could not try them on. I overestimated my size and the shoulders are a couple of inches too wide at each end, making the shirt look obviously too large if I raise my arms. I cannot exchange them because I am in a different city now, but the prints are memorable enough that I would attempt the alteration if I can find a cheap tailor.
     
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    Get them wet, then light a fire, and dry them over it with a stick. That might shrink it enough in every dimension for you. Unless it lights on fire. Then you're fucked.
     
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    Get them wet, then light a fire, and dry them over it with a stick. That might shrink it enough in every dimension for you. Unless it lights on fire. Then you're fucked.

    Over.
     
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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Get them wet, then light a fire, and dry them over it with a stick. That might shrink it enough in every dimension for you. Unless it lights on fire. Then you're fucked.
    I got this idea a few years ago since the dryer simply would not shrink my shirts to the extent I wanted. I did it at a friend's BBQ pit and the results were great.
     
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    but if you want it tailored, yes, you could do it...
     
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    possible yes. worth it no
     
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    Sentimental value, sorry. How would I get a tailor to make the alterations?

    Shrinking over fire may distort the print on them anyway.
     
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    Why don't you get a needle and thread (or a sewing machine) and have a go at doing it yourself?
     
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    Sentimental value, sorry. How would I get a tailor to make the alterations?

    Shrinking over fire may distort the print on them anyway.


    It is physically possible, but to narrow the shoulders, you are basically remaking the t-shirts. So you have to consider the cost/benefit ratio.

    TM
     
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    Can't you just mail them to the store and ask for an exchange? What about just buying new ones from the store over the phone? Better yet, just get a friend to exchange them for you.
     
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    It is physically possible, but to narrow the shoulders, you are basically remaking the t-shirts. So you have to consider the cost/benefit ratio.
    Yeah, I know, but the cost is not an issue to me for this one because there is certain sentimental value attached that I do not wish to explain further right now.

    I am unsure how to do it myself, and in any case, am too clumsy to trust myself to do it.
     
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    If it has sentimental value why would you want it altered at all? Wouldn't you want it in its original condition?

    The answer is YES, you can get anything altered, including a t-shirt. It has seams and is made of cotton. It can be altered.

    /thread
     
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    Er... because I might want to wear it without looking like a tent?

    Yeah... how is it done?
     
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    Er... because I might want to wear it without looking like a tent?

    Yeah... how is it done?


    Are you being purposefully dense? Take it apart at the seams. Cut away some fabric. Resew new seams.

    If you're doing the shoulders they'd have to take off the the sleeves, cut away some fabric, and reattach the sleeves. Anything can be done. It's a cotton shirt with no interlining. You can take the whole thing apart and recut it.

    My last post in this thread.
     

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