How many bad-fitting men's tees like this do you have in YOUR dresser drawers?? (No comments please about the groovey PJ pants!)
It's time to remake them into something a little more flattering on a woman's body
If you have a choice, buy the men's tee 2-3 sizes larger than you would wear. This gives you some wiggle room for placing the front pictures, etc.
First, cut apart the tee.
1. Cut off the sleeves at the seam attaching them to the tee. Cut apart the underarm seam so the sleeve lays flat. Keep the sleeve hem intact for later.
2. Cut the sides of the tee where sideseams would be.
3. Cut off the neckband. Save for another project or toss it.
4. Cut apart the shoulder seams.
When you're done cutting, you should have 5 pieces which look similar to this:
Next, fold the front of the tee in half vertically and lay your front pattern piece on the fold, and cut.
You may need to redraw or reshape the pattern neckline if the tee's original front picture/design is in the way. Since all logo tees are different, this step may take a bit of fiddling to get both the best picture placement and pattern placement where the fabric is.
My original pattern neckline is shown in pink in the photo to the right. In order to be able to include all of the tee's front design, I had to cut this neckline as shown by the blue line. Don't forget to include seam allowances if you're planning to turn the neckline under. I bound my neckline so my tee remake was cut without neckline seam allowances.
What helps to make the remakes more flattering — besides the overall better fit — are (1) the lower neckline, (2) the shaped sideseams, and (3) the shaped hemline. All of these features can easily be incorporated into the tee pattern you use for the remake.
Next, fold the back of the tee in half vertically and place the back pattern piece on the fold and cut.
I like shortcuts whenever they make the most sense. So, I lay my sleeve pattern on the tee sleeve pieces so that I can keep the hems. If your sleeve pieces allow enough room for you to do this, don't pass up the opportunity to save the step of hemming later!
(Those yellow and pink tabs you see are stickers I use to mark the front and back of the sleeve piece.)
Sew your "new" tee pieces together as instructed by your pattern, or using your favorite method.
Here's a close-up of my bound neckline, applied using my coverstitch machine.
Below are more football tees I've remade.
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