From XXL to medium: Men's shirt tutorial
Many people have been asking me to get onto men's clothing, mostly my guy friends and readers. It's something I haven't done much of, aside from tailoring or mending. While I've made custom clothing a handful of times, nothing serious, and nothing recently. I think it's finally time to start with men's clothing professionally. This is my first tutorial and real attempt at something a man will actually wear.
Walter and I were at Every thing's $1 on Washington Road last Saturday. It's like a really bad Salvation Army, with no air conditioning and the most random things you will ever find. I've bought everything from new vintage sunglasses to Magnavox camera straps to repurpose for fanny packs. When Walter saw this shirt he said he loved the plaid pattern but it was clearly not his size. So we decided he'd be my model and I'd repurpose it, and cut it down to his size and make it something he'd wear all the time.
Start by cutting off the sleeves. Set them aside.
Turn it inside out, still buttoned, and lay your pattern shirt over top of this, lining it up at the collar and buttons. Cut the sides leaving a seam allowance.
After sewing the sides, I checked to see how it fit. I hadn't yet cut into the shoulders to make new armholes. Do this next. I layed the shirt over top of the new, smaller shirt and carefully lined up the armholes, cutting them the same, be sure to leave a seam allowance here too.
Now to cut out new sleeves from your long sleeves. Lay the shirt over the sleeves you set aside earlier. I cut them longer to leave fabric for the cuff (pictured later).
Your new sleeve, cut another and close the bottom.
Attach the sleeve to the shirt. Line up the seams, pin at the armpit and top of the shoulder. This can be tricky to sew. If the fabric doesn't line up the armhole and sleeve are not the same size. Have a seam ripper handy just in case.
Sew the cuffs of the sleeve. I did a 1/4 hem, then carefully folded the sleeve to give it a 1 1/2" fold on the outside of the sleeve. Then I top stitched along the edge.
Now the only remaining step is sewing the bottom hem. I used a 1/4" rolled hem and followed the length of the original shirt, shorter on the sides and longer in the front and back. The end result was a perfect
The end result looked great, and Walter loved it! The fabric is super soft and short sleeves make it perfect for the fall weather in Georgia.
Now onto the rest of the women's dresses I have cluttering up my room. Still getting ready for Arts In The Heart. It's coming up so fast! Have a great day everyone!