Fitting a Large Shirt to Fit Me

Yesterday, I walked in our local Hospice 5k in memory of my grandmother who passed away a few years ago (comfortably, as she was in Hospice care). I currently volunteer with our local Hospice so I was really happy to walk in the race, remember my grandmother, and support a wonderful organization.

I received a 5k shirt for remembering the event, and I really want to wear it through the summer; but, like many t-shirts I have had in the past, they are too long or too wide to feel fashionable (as fashionable as a basic t-shirt can be).

I found and love this tutorial about how to make a large t-shirt into a smaller t-shirt. I always enjoy learning something so simple and will be so useful in the future. I tried it with my Hospice 5k shirt and I think it turned out well. Check out the tutorial for step by step directions (all you need is a shirt that fits you perfectly, a pencil, and a sewing machine).

Shirt before
Trace a fitted shirt onto the larger shirt
Larger shirt after sewing the new seams
Shirt after :) I like it much better!


  1. I like it better too! I'm trying to get familiar with my sewing machine. Maybe I can do this!

    1. Danni,

      This is such an easy project - give it a try. It only includes tracing and then sewing on that line. I rolled up the bottom of the shirt b/c I wanted it to be shorter, so that's an additional step if you want to do it.

      Let me know how it works out :)

  2. I'll have to try this out, too! Thanks!

  3. Nice idea! So glad you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

  4. Thanks for linkin up to the party! Pinned it :)

    Looking forward to following your adventures!

    Kristine from TheFoleyFam - Unedited

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  6. Thank You for sharing. I'm usually a small so every giveaway shirt is huge on me ( last one was a men's XL) Now, if I learn to use my sewing machine, they can all fit. Yipee!