It Turned Out Pretty Well

A few weeks ago I bought a new shirt for Derek. He had been mentioning how he needed some more shirts, and I found on on clearance for six bucks!

However, it must have been on the wrong hanger, because when Derek got around to trying it on, it turned out it was a size small. I am sure it was on a medium hanger, because there is no way I would buy Derek a small shirt - I know his size.

Of course by this time I had lost the receipt, and they won't take back clearance items without a receipt. I know because I tried to take it back, and they wouldn't even let me exchange it. And we don't know anyone who could benefit from a size small men's shirt.

I figured we just wasted six bucks, but as I got to thinking about it, I wondered if I could alter the shirt to fit me. Now, I've never attempted to alter any piece of clothing before, much less a major alteration like this. But I figured I might as well give it a go, since the money was spent anyway.

I tried it on so I knew how much I'd have to take in.



Then I turned the shirt inside out, pinned up the sides, and just started with that. I actually used a Sharpie to draw a line on the inside of the shirt - it had two layers of fabric, so it wouldn't bleed through, and I'm not the best at sewing straight lines yet, so this worked for me.


After sewing up the sides and trying to figure out how to take in the shoulder seam, I realized it would be easier to do that step if I just took in the sleeves first - so I continued the line that I sewed on the side down to the end of the sleeves.


Then I cut off the extra fabric on the inside.


I knew I was going to have to do something about the shoulder seams, because they were too big - so to take those in, I turned the shirt right-side out, then I stitched around the sleeve hole/circle from the inside (this is wear I'm glad I was working on a button-down shirt, because it made this way easier). So it narrowed the arm hole and made the shoulder seams shorter at the same time.

I ended up doing a little rouching (I think that's the right term) on the sleeves. The rouching around the sleeve started out as a mistake I made on one side (just being honest) - but then I kind of liked it, so I did it intentionally on the other side. I think it adds some feminine detail.



And this is the finished product.



I think it turned out pretty well! Not perfect, but not too shabby for my first try. So I guess if I ever accidentally buy a small men's shirt again, and I can't return it, I know what to do!


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Kristy said...

I would say it turned out great! It fits you perfectly!

Amanda said...

very clever!!!! it turned out cute! i need to get a sewing machine! :)

Kelli Herrington said...

Girl look at you go. It looks amazing and I think you are rocking that 6 bucks. Great idea BTW!

Lauren said...

that looks great! I totally would have just given up and tossed it in the garage sale pile!

Leeper's said...

I think it turned out great!!!

Unknown said...

That turned out FAB! I need to really learn how to sew!

LeAnna said...

Very cute!

deanna@delirious-rhapsody said...

you did an amazing job! it looks great!

Felicia said...

That's great! Hi5 :)

Sarah said...

Excellent! Looks cute! :)

Kayla Rae said...

It looks great! Wish I could do that!

Meghan said...

Look at you Miss crafty! Way to go Momma. :)

Julie S. said...

Wow, I am impressed! :) And it fits you perfectly!

Kara @ Just1Step said...

That's so impressive, Callie!! Very cute. And I must say that I love your hair. :)

DaisyGirl said...

WOW! Can I bring you some shirts? ha!! You look so cute!

Melanie said...

Miss Crafty herself! Way to go it turned out perfect!!

Ashley said...

Cute! I might have to try this out on some of my husband's shirts:) And I also like your hair! And, might I mention you don't look like you had a baby at all!

Jessica said...

It's so cute!! Great job :-)

Claire said...

Looks cute! A wide belt around the middle would step it up another notch and make it even more feminine! Great idea!!!

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