My brother recently cleaned out his closet, which means I got first dibs on all his old Star Wars shirts. I took a few for myself because they were super soft and I loved the designs. After trying them on, I realized that the shirts were way too big and boxy on me. So I took matters into my own hands and made them fit me! Here's a guide on how to cut up shirts in unisex or men's sizes and sew them to fit a girly figure.
What you'll need:
-Girl's T-shirt that already fits you
-Sharpie marker or tailor's chalk
I chose a comic-book style Star Wars shirt for this example. As you can see, the print is a little off set so I expected it to look like that and even more pronounced in the finished result. When choosing a shirt to resize, make sure the design won't get cut off too much if you're small like me and have to take off a lot of fabric on the sides.
Step 1: Iron your shirts and turn them inside-out. Line up the template shirt at the shoulders and trace around it with a Sharpie. Lift the sleeves of the template shirt back and trace where the sleeve seam is onto the shirt that you're resizing.
Step 2: Pin along the new side seams, and cut off the sleeves at the new armhole. Sew the sides of the shirt where you drew tracing marks, except for the arm holes. Cut off the excess fabric on the sides of the seams you just made.
Step 3: Lay out the old sleeve under the template t-shirt and mark the new underarm and armhole. Sew the underarm, then cut the shoulder curve.
Step 4: Flip the sleeve right side out and set it inside the armhole of the shirt. Pin both sleeves into their armholes. Now sew the sleeve seams and turn right side out. Viola! You have a new shirt! (Optional: Hem the bottom of the shirt if it's too long before you turn right side out.)
This project took me about 30 minutes to complete from start to finish. I highly recommend it if you're like me and have a bunch of shirts hanging in your closet that are too big and never wear. May the Force be with you and start sewing!