How to Make a Dress Shirt Larger


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.

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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

Step 1: Remove and reposition sleeve buttons

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)

Step 2: Cut up center back

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

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Step 3: Press raw edges

Press the raw edges under a half an inch.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 4: Choose an insert fabric

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

(Image: Beth Huntington)


  • If the fabric you use is from an old shirt, you can make use of the existing hem and place that at the bottom of the shirt.

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Step 5: Pin insert fabric into opening

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

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Step 6: Sew

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

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 7: Trim

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

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Step 8: Enjoy!

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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