DIY: Resize a Too-Small Shirt and “Dwell in Possibility”

Next time you’re thrift shopping and you come across a nice, but too small shirt, you don’t have to wistfully hang it back on the rack, you can do what American poet, Emily Dickinson said and, “Dwell in Possibility” instead. It’s such a great place to live!

This cute, polka dot, thrift store shirt was busting at the seams. I almost left it behind. The sleeves were too tight, the buttons were stretched to their limits and it was leaving nothing to the imagination. But you know how much I love a good polka dot, so I took it home anyway, determined to make it fit somehow.


With a few simple alteration tricks, you can make a too small shirt much more wearable. Today’s eHow post shows you how. Click here to see the entire tutorial.



In other news:

Remember, you are all invited to the Book Launch Party in October. I’m SEW excited. Rick and Evie Mugrage will be filling the studio with their amazing music throughout the night. The champagne will be flowing as well as sewing themed cocktails and mocktails. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and prizes given away throughout the night, including a few books. Books will be available for your early Christmas shopping. 😉 If you live anywhere near Eastern Oregon, it would be so fun to have you there and meet you in person.


But, since I know that many of you live too far away, I’d still love for you to be a part of the big celebration, so we’ll be posting pictures throughout the night on Instagram. Plus, I’ll be giving away a few books that night to a few of my followers on Instagram. You can find me there as the_renegade_seamstress

Instagram Fun

Well, I’m off the the studio to paint a few walls with a couple of my sweet friends who have offered to come and help today. I love you Carol and Linda!!!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

For refashion inspiration:

Refashion Tutorials

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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17 Responses to DIY: Resize a Too-Small Shirt and “Dwell in Possibility”

  1. I grew up sewing clothing for myself, well into my early 30’s. Then I bought a decorating business and ceased to sew. I took up quilting 4 yrs ago and now am leaning towards altering clothing. I love your blog and ideas. I have a mans cotton shirt with sailboats all over it that I got from a yard sale. it is super comfy but it is a man’s shirt so I’m thinking up ways to fix it. It has a button down collar so I thought making a V neck, shortening the sleeves to a cap like sleeve, and doing something with the curved hem. It also has a bulging back so darts would be nice. Next project after I finish the quilt I am working on.

    • So nice to meet you, Carol! Thank you for your nice comment. Sounds like we’ve got a lot in common! 🙂 I like the idea of making cap sleeves and a v neck from a man’s shirt. I just finished refashioning one myself and I’ll be publishing the post in a few weeks. Happy sewing!

  2. Oh, YES!…I have a few tops like this!…ha, ha!…maybe I’ll give this a try…sounds fun!

  3. I just told my daughter today that I had a shirt for her that I just bought for myself but was too tight across the bust. I really like the shirt. Maybe I’ll try this instead.

  4. Mother Deer says:

    This is a great refashion, Beth. You are so brave to cut these items up…I’m still struggling with that! As for finding an appropriate shirt to try this on…I have a closet full of too-small items 🙂 Thanks for the continuing inspiration.

  5. Colleen P. says:

    I’ve had this problem forever, what a great idea!

  6. This tutorial is perfect! I just bought a plaid shirt because I loved the colors but it’s definitely a size too small with the bust and arms way too tight. I’m going to give this a try, although I might have to cut the sleeves off as I’m not sure how to loosen those up.
    Thanks again for sharing your wonderful tutorials!

  7. lizard100 says:

    I’m always impressed by refashions but usually cry off from actually doing them. But this one really appeals to me. The fit of many shirts doesn’t quite work for me but this could really help and be possible.

  8. Jo H. says:

    Yay! I love tips on making too-small garments bigger! This is a great way to get some extra inches.

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