How to Modify a Men's Button Down Shirt

When a button down shirt doesn’t correctly fit you, it makes your body look unappealing. Creases and wrinkles form in weird locations and your torso ends up looking bigger than it really is. Modify a loose fitting button down shirt to form fit your body. You don’t need to be an expert tailor to modify or take in a button down shirt, but you do need a helping hand, so ask a friend to assist you.

Things You'll Need

  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread


    • 1

      Turn the shirt inside out.

    • 2

      Wear the shirt and button it all the way up. Stand straight up and hold your arms out to your sides so they are level with your shoulders.

    • 3

      Pinch and fold the loose material on the sides of your body together until it fits your body correctly. Keep the folds neat and tight; they should form a straight line. Work one side at a time.

    • 4

      Insert pins into the folds to keep it in place.

    • 5

      Pinch and fold the material underneath your arms until the shirt fits your arms correctly. Work one arm at a time.

    • 6

      Insert pins into the folds to keep them in place.

    • 7

      Unbutton the shirt and remove it.

    • 8

      Thread a sewing machine needle with thread that matches the color of the shirt.

    • 9

      Sew along the folds, keeping as close to the edge as possible. Sew in a straight line.

    • 10

      Turn the shirt right side out.

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