How to take in a Shirt: An introduction to sewing article How to take in a Shirt: An introduction to sewing article
Knowing the technique of taking in a shirt or a sweater can be the difference between a shapeless garment and a flattering outfit. Applicable... How to take in a Shirt: An introduction to sewing article

Knowing the technique of taking in a shirt or a sweater can be the difference between a shapeless garment and a flattering outfit. Applicable to almost any type of garment: tees, blouses, sweaters and, even some dresses; this technique can be used for converting bland garments into something more trendy and fancy. Bulky sweaters, especially ornate tops, or any other outfits that zip down on the side are probably not the best candidates for taking in, but besides that, anything works just fine!

Materials Needed

To take in your old tees like polo t shirts, blouses or sweaters and turn them into something new and trendy, all that within 15 to 20 minutes, you will require following materials.

  • Sewing machine
  • A roll of matching thread
  • A shirt that fits for patterning
  • Pins
  • A light marking pen, pencil, chalk or crayon

Taking In Your Shirt

If you plan on showing up your creative side, then this happens to be the right opportunity for you! These methods will help you to take in your shirt without having to spend much on anything. Go ahead and give it a try and you will be surprised to see as to what you can do!

The first step in the procedure that you need to do is to take in your shirt, turn it inside out and lay it down on a flat surface. Next, turn the shirt you have chosen as the template for patterning inside out, as well, and lay it on top of the shirt to be taken in. Now, line up the shoulder and collar seams of the two shirts as best and neatly as you can, and using a pencil draw around the edges of the template shirt. Pin along these drawn lines.

Moving on to the next step, thread the sewing machine using a thread of matching color, and sew along the traced lines that run from undersides of the sleeves down to the bottom hem. Measuring about ΒΌ inches away from the seams, trim the rest of the cloth. Now, putting on your freshly trimmed and sewn shirt, decide if you want to shorten the sleeves and mark how short you would like them to be. Trim about an inch away from these lines. Keep in mind to cut a half an inch away from the side seams you just sewed, as well.

For finishing touches and to get rid of the raw edges, zigzag stitch along the seams. Now, fold the zigzagged edge over to the wrong side of your shirt and pin it in place. Sew along the folded edge and repeat this process for all other edges.

Voila! Your old shirt looks completely new and no longer fits like an over-sized potato sack not meant for you. So, put it on and do something to celebrate!

Michel Lean