How to Cut an Oversized T-Shirt

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If you have an oversized T-shirt that is too large to wear comfortably, or perhaps you would rather have a T-shirt with a fit that is more conformed, there is a no-sew option that will create a whole new T-shirt out of the oversized T-shirt.

Follow these simple instructions, and in a few minutes you can have a cool new T-shirt with a completely different style and feel. The materials necessary are few, and the steps are easy.

Things You'll Need

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

Place the T-shirt on a flat work surface with the front facing up. Cut the hem from the bottom edge of of the T-shirt as high as necessary to make the T-shirt your desired length. Set the removed hem aside for later use.

Cut the ribbed collar off, if desired, and make the neckline look the way you want it by shaping it carefully with the scissors.

Cut the hem from the bottom edge of the sleeves of the T-shirt at the desired length for the sleeves.

Try the T-shirt on. While you are wearing the shirt, place pins at the point of your natural waistline at each side seam of the T-shirt. Take the shirt back off carefully.

Lay the T-shirt out on the flat work surface with the back side facing up. Measure 4 inches in from the side seams toward the back center at the point you placed the pins, and place a small mark at each point. Make a 1/2-inch vertical slit at both points.

Take the set-aside hem piece and cut it, if necessary, to make it about 1/2-inch wide.

Bring one end of the hem piece up through one of the slits from under the T-shirt. Bring the other end up through the other slit from under the T-shirt. Pull the hem piece ends together, and tie them in a bow to gather the back of the T-shirt and make it a more conformed fit. Trim off any excess hem piece if it is too long after you've tied the bow.

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