How to Make a Dress Shirt Larger

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Go ahead and keep those favorite shirts that have seen better days in the fit department. And don't worry about buying that perfect shirt that's a bit too small, because with this simple alteration technique, you can make any shirt fit like a glove.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
How to Make a Dress Shirt Larger

Business in the front...fancy in the back.

Posted by eHow on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Too small shirt
  • Seam ripper
  • Needle and thread
  • Sharp scissors
  • Pins

Remove the buttons on the sleeves with a seam ripper. Then, resew them closer to the edge, which will give your arms much more room to move.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Cut up the center back of the shirt and stop when you get to the yoke.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Press the raw edges under a half an inch.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Find some pretty lace or coordinating fabric to insert into the back.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

With the right sides of both fabrics facing up, pin the coordinating fabric under the opening you made in the back.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Sew down both sides of the opening, close to each edge.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Trim the extra fabric from the inside of the shirt, and leave a half-inch seam allowance.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Now, you not only have a shirt that fits and isn’t busting at the seams, but one that's pretty in the back, too.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

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