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T-Shirt Mod: Boxy to Foxy

Craft & Design Yarncraft

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.

6 thoughts on “T-Shirt Mod: Boxy to Foxy

  1. Lynz says:

    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!

  2. Becky Stern says:

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

  3. Art Mulder says:

    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 (

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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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