Making It Fit!

I just joined the Bearden Josey Women's Bicycling Team and we are in the process of ordering matching team kits. In the meantime, we are having a fund raiser so they gave me this leftover shirt that was an unusually large extra large. Basically a big box with sleeves. I practiced on an old shirt I had and got it too tight so I was very caution with this shirt. The key to getting it to fit is getting the shoulders right. Makes no sense to me why they make them so large through the shoulders for anyone. I used a tshirt that fit for a guide and just jumped right in. I took the sleeves completely out, cut down the shoulders and sewed the sleeves back in. I basted the front and back together and it was still too big in the shoulders so I took out the basting, cut the sleeves out again and trimmed the shoulders back some more and put the sleeves back in again. I basted the front and back again and got a pretty good fit in the shoulders. Still a big big in the underarm but that's ok. Once I fixed the shoulders, the sleeve length was perfect. I like the longer shirt and was able to make it a little bigger in the hips but more fitted at the waist and underarm. I'd do this again. Here's the tutorial I followed:

Cindy Moore

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Jean (Saturday, 26 February 2022 08:13)

    Looks great

  • #2 (Saturday, 26 February 2022 08:37)

    Super job! In a previous life I taught jacket fitting, sleeve armhole is key for sure. You look great in the custom fit T

  • #3

    Karla Milota (Saturday, 26 February 2022 10:12)

    What a great fit

  • #4

    Linda Sanita (Saturday, 26 February 2022 15:29)

    Cindy, you did a real good job - it looks great!!