Adding Sides to a Skinny T-Shirt

To be honest, this is a t-shirt expansion, but who wants to write that in a title? 

Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 1

Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 1

I bought this shirt a few years ago and wore it once.  Typically, the problem I have with t-shirts is that they shrink in length, even washing in cold and drying on low.  I’m long-waisted, so that really doesn’t work for me.  However, this particular shirt kept its length, but shrunk around, and it wasn’t particularly stretchy to begin with.  I could get it on, but breathing was an issue.  I’m not even going to talk about those arm holes.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 2

In order to add more space, I decided to add a knit panel to each side.  I happened to have a black t-shirt that someone had clearly worn in the kitchen and splattered something oily across the entire front of it, so I cut up the undamaged back.  The good news is, now I have an apron.  If you don’t have a throwaway shirt to cut up, a piece of knit fabric will work as well.

Lay the shirt out flat with the side seam up.  Measure the underarm seam from the edge of the sleeve to the bottom of the shirt.  Make a note of the measurement.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 3

Remove the seam by cutting close to it on both sides.  You’re welcome to use a seam ripper and unstitch it instead, but I figured since I was adding fabric anyway it was not worth the extra time.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 4

You should be able to open out the shirt like this.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 5

Cut two pieces of knit the width you want to add (remember you’re adding it to both sides) plus one inch.  Cut the length the measurement of the side seam plus 2 inches.  I reused the existing hem on the t-shirt I cut up, so I only added one inch.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 6

Hem the top and bottom edges by folding under 1 inch, pressing and sewing.  I used a narrow zig-zag stitch.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 7

Lay the panel face down on the side of the shirt.  Match the ends to the sleeve and bottom hem and line up the edges.  Pin generously.  Repeat with the other side.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 8

Stitch with a 1/2” seam.  Again, I used a narrow zig-zag, then went over the edges again with a wider zig-zag stitch to finish.  Fold the panels out.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 9

Bring the back of the shirt down over the top, so the right sides of the shirt and panels are facing each other.  Pin in place and stitch, just like you did with the front of the shirt.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 10

Turn it right side out, and…it looks really weird, right?  I was a little worried at this point, but it’s really cute once it’s on a body.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 11

See?

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 12

The inserted panel looks like it belongs there.  T-shirt saved!

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 13

Friday Favorites–My Birthday

I would swear I just had one, but according to the calendar today is my birthday.  My oldest child is graduating from high school soon, so my husband is taking me shopping for a dress.  I feel like I need a button to wear that says “Call me ma'am and suffer the consequences.”  But they’re welcome to ask for my ID, should I choose to order a beverage containing alcohol.  Wait until you see how cranky I’ll get when I have really big birthdays.

I came across a few things that made me much less cranky though.  For starters, how could I, being a crafter, not smile at this little beauty?  It can be found at Joann, and I just can’t get over what a great job Singer did combining the old and new.

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When I was a kid, in the olden days before computers, I actually loved to type.  My husband gave me a tablet for my birthday last year, so this USB Typewriter from Uncommon Goods just seems like a perfect fit.

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Speaking of my little tablet, the reason I wanted one in the first place was to read books on it.  I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but I think my next one will be Imagine:  How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer.  I always find it fascinating to hear a scientist try to explain why we do what we do.

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If you understand the references on this t-shirt, you know why it’s one of my all-time favorite movies.  If you don’t, go find The Princess Bride and watch it.  Right now.  But don’t read the book – it’s truly awful.  Inconceivable.

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I have ridiculously sensitive teeth.  Not because I’m getting older – they’ve always been that way.  I rarely even bother trying to drink something cold without a straw, so I’m pretty sure I need these Bent Glass Straws from Etsy seller ManyMinis.

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I already got a fabulous coffee cup for my birthday from my sister.  It came from Amazon in a GIANT blue velvet bag, which made it extra fun to open.  In case you’re new here, I’m a big Wonder Woman fan.

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I’ve been on a search for some cute red heels.  I don’t know where I’m going to wear them, it just seems like something that should be available in my closet when I figure it out.  This pair from DSW might be The One.

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As a graduation gift, we’re taking our daughter and her friend to Disneyland.  This cute Dooney & Bourke bag might not be in the budget (after high school comes college), but I will have to find it there, just so I can see it in person.  No really, I just want to look at it.  Really.

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When my husband and I got married, almost 21 years ago, we decided we didn’t need or want formal china.  A few years ago, I found my “china” in Fiesta ware.  I have quite a bit of it now, but there’s always a new piece or color on my radar.  Right now, it’s this chip and dip set.  Love.

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Do you remember the brownie/cookie dough/cake dessert from last year?  It was heavenly.  This year, I’m leaning toward these Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars from Made with Pink.  Tell me your mouth is not watering right now.

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I’m off to do some celebrating.  Have a great Mother’s Day this weekend!