How to Cut Big Shirts With a Cute Pattern

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Cutting big shirts with a cute pattern is a great way to breathe new life into an old favorite. Cut big shirts with a cute pattern with help from a independent clothing and graphic designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Gaby Jimenez with, and today I'm going to show you how to cut a big shirt in a cute pattern. And by pattern, I do mean style; we're not going to use any actual patterns today. So, we start with the shirt flat with the center back facing us. So, you want the center back and you can get by matching up the shoulder seams and matching up the side seams so it does a perfect a cut. Match up your side seams and your shoulder seams. And what we're going to do first is we're going to cut off the bottom end and just cut outside the stitch line. Okay. In about halfway in the shirt, go ahead and cut almost to the side seam, I would say, well give it about two inches from the side seam. So, that's your first cut. And then, we're going to cut about an inch or maybe different strips, about the same size, but the first one is the longest. Okay. Open up the shirt and you can stretch this if you want, you don't have to, I'm going to stretch them. And the, I'm going to find that center by just kind of looking at it, finding the center and cutting. Okay. Now, I'm going to start tying. And for the first cut, you can tie that the tightest and just double knot. And then gradually as you go down you can get a little looser. You want to create like a corset for the back 'cause this is basically what we're doing. Okay. And now we could try it on. A couple of things you can do with this shirt is that you can stretch out the top to give it more drape. You can adjust the ties to make them looser or tighter. As, now it works as a corset, as you can see now the side seams have become a princess seams or a corset seams. And that's how you cut big shirts in a cute pattern. I hope this tutorial has been helpful and if you like more tips, you can visit Thanks for watching.


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