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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.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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