Thursday, March 17, 2011

It’s a Lucky Fix-Up

Lucky Shirt 1

My daughters’ school has “Camp Read-A-Lot” during the month of March. They bring home a calendar for the month with a simple assignment each day promoting reading. Today’s assignment is to wear a shirt with words on it. Well, that and it has to be green because it is St. Patrick’s Day. I hunted high and low for shirts that would work and didn’t require work from me. And, since these shirts will only be worn once or twice, I wanted cheap! I finally ended up with t-shirts from Wal-Mart (I’m kind of stuck on Wal-Mart lately—have you noticed? ;) but one was way too big. My daughter insisted that she wanted this particular shirt, so I had to work on it anyhow, but it wasn’t too bad.

(I should have had a “before” picture, but you all know what a too big t-shirt looks like! )
I snipped the inside of the hem of the shirt, threaded a 3/8 inch wide piece of elastic through the opening and…it fits!
Lucky Shirt 3

For the hem, I had to cut off quite a bit, then I just flipped it under about 2 1/2 inches and sewed it down twice (a little wonky in some places, admittedly). I sewed 1/2 inch “channels” along the hem piece, snipped into each of them on the seam (inside) and then threaded more elastic through each one.
Lucky Shirt 2

My daughter was thrilled with her shirt—I was just happy it all worked and it’s done!

I was pleased as punch to see that she chose to wear the St. Patrick’s Day hair clip I made last year. I love this girl!

Nancy, from Nancy’s Couture has shared a great tutorial for downsizing a t-shirt if you need more information about making a t-shirt much smaller, especially if it is for a boy and you don’t want the ruffle-y girl-y look! Just sayin’!


Nancy,  said... March 17, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

Ooooo how I LOVE the girly downsizing. I'm gonna have to do this for my little girl. I have some shirts that will take her a couple of years to grow into.

Erin @ In Between Laundry,  said... March 27, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

Tammy, This is SO smart! I never would have thought to alter t-shirts like this. Love it!

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