How to Make an Oversized Shirt


Oversized shirts are great as beach and pool cover-ups and as relaxed summer wear. They can make you look slimmer, and give a breezy, graceful look to jeans, leggings and straight skirts. Making an oversized shirt is easy when you use an already-made, regular fitting shirt as a pattern. Very little sewing is required and you can easily complete the project in an afternoon.

Things You'll Need

  • Shirt, regular size
  • Dressmaker’s chalk
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread/sewing machine
  • Two yards fabric
  • Fold the fabric in half and lay it flat. Lay out the regular sized shirt, front side up, on the fabric. Make sure the sleeves, regardless of their length, are positioned out from the body of the shirt.

  • Trace the outline of the shirt, keeping one to two inches out from the actual shirt, onto the fabric with dressmaker’s chalk.

  • Remove the shirt and cut out the shirt outline, cutting through both pieces of the folded or doubled fabric at the same time.

  • Separate the two shirt cutouts, put the right sides together and sew the top of the shirt together by stitching from the neck hole down the top of the sleeve, on both sides. Stitch the sleeve underside and side body of the shirt by sewing from the end of the sleeve down the underarm to the bottom of the shirt, on both sides.

  • Hem or add trim around the raw edges at the neck hole, around the bottom of the sleeves and around the bottom of the shirt.

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