I have a bunch of great logo tee-shirts but they’re cut for men and I don’t like the way they fit, so today I’m going to show you how to mod your t-shirts into a flattering shape that you’ll actually wear.

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Check out the complete tutorial on Make: Projects. For this project you need:

  • a boxy unisex tee that fits you in the collar
  • a girlie tee that fits (your template)
  • tailor’s chalk
  • pins
  • scissors
  • a serger (overlock machine)

First, iron your shirts and turn them inside-out. Line up the template at the shoulders and trace around it with tailor’s chalk.

Pin along the new side seams, and cut off the sleeves at the new armhole. Run the new side seams through the serger.

Lay out the old sleeve under the template t-shirt and mark the new underarm and armhole. Serge the underarm, then cut the shoulder curve.

Flip the sleeve right side out and set it inside the armhole of the shirt. Pin and serge the edge, repeat on the other sleeve, and you’re done!

You can also hem the bottom of the shirt if it’s too long.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Lynz

    Thanks for such an easy to follow tutorial. I’ve had a selection of boy cut tees for years, but never had the confidence to modify them. That’s all changed now! My first try has been a success, now I can’t wait to mod the rest!

  • Becky Stern

    That’s so great! We’d love to see pics in the CRAFT Flickr pool!

  • Art Mulder

    Came across this via Make and I passed it onto my wife. She promptly ripped up an old t-shirt to practise, and then went on and fixed up a couple more to make them fit much better.
    So I wanted to drop you a big Thank-you, Becky! This is a simple, elegant, and very useful project. The hardest part for most people is probably the serger requirement.
    Best wishes
    Art mulder (www.wordsnwood.com)