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147: Cheap Tailoring

January 12, 2013

Over the last 6 months, I’ve lost about 65 pounds. It’s been hard, and rewarding, and I still have some weight to lose before I hit my goal, but that topic is for another week.

I’m bringing it up now because it relates to this week’s topic. None of my favorite clothes fit anymore!


This shirt isn’t the best of my collection, so I figured I could try to tailor it without risking much.


My plan was to wear it, and have Megan pin the flab back until it fit, but she’s working, and my clone is being used as a lamp. I guess I’m on my own.

So, here’s the quickest and sloppiest way to tailor a large shirt by yourself:


I own a grand total of one shirt that fits well at this point. So I turned the bad shirt inside out, laid the good shirt on top of the bad shirt on the floor, and started pinning.


I pinned the bad shirt along the outline of the good shirt, and then sewed along the pin line. (Sewing not pictured, because I forgot)


I tried it on for a quick test fit, while I could still reverse my progress. I look like a flying squirrel.


Once I was sure I liked the result, I cut off the excess.


And, Boom! Now I have two shirts! That was remarkably easy. I don’t know what to do about pants. Pants seem harder to fix, but I can totally do this to all my shirts.


That’s what accomplishment looks like. It’s kind of gross.


Once more, while I have the camera out. This hoodie was purchased a long time ago, and it never really fit well. Now that I’m thinner, it really doesn’t fit. So, let’s see if I can fix those stupid cone arms and sphere body (Honestly, who is shaped like that?).


Boom! Three shirts!

The emblem is a little close to the armpit now. I probably should have sewn in some darts in the front to move it over, but I don’t really care that much. If anyone asks, I have a cool story.

I’m going to do my whole closet. See you next week!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2013 5:25 pm

    don’t forget to serge those edges, or the knit will unravel!

  2. Mark Hepworth permalink
    January 12, 2013 5:57 pm

    In case I just keep getting larger can I have your extra material to sew back onto my shirts? -Dad

  3. January 12, 2013 6:13 pm

    Congratulations on the weight loss as well as the brilliant tailoring!

  4. January 12, 2013 6:14 pm

    You could also zig zag the edges or do a french seam.

  5. January 17, 2013 4:58 pm

    good job

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