on t-shirts (fitted)

I am not usually a t-shirt person.

I’ve known women who rarely wear anything other than jeans or jean shorts and an assortment of tees.  There is nothing wrong with that, of course–t-shirts are very comfortable, modest, and relatively cool most of the time–but I never liked the way I looked in them.

I’ll admit it:  I’m a short, bitty, hobbit-ish woman, and I need that curve of definition at my waist if I don’t want to look like a 13 year old (no offense, 13 year olds).

So, when “girly” tees started gaining popularity, I was thrilled.  A comfy, modest shirt that fit my feminine figure: win!

Not everyone caught on, though, and there were still some fun tees that I wanted, or earned, or was given that I would have worn, but didn’t like the way they fit.

Well, now I can fix that.  A few chalk markings, some cutting and trimming, some new seams, and presto!

girly fit:

5th anniversary present from my husband

I found the tutorial here (via Pinterest), and tried it on a few shirts I wasn’t too attached to (didn’t want to mess up my favorite tee on the first go).

I don’t have a serger, so I did a straight stitch along the seam, and “finished” the edges together with a zigzag stitch.  Certainly not as pretty as a serger seam, but still functional.  And it’s on the inside anyway 🙂

So, happy camper here.  The shirts have turned out well.  Now, off to fix the tee I earned at my first 5k since high school!


  1. Renee wrote:

    You’re so talented with that sewing machine. I am always jealous!

    • renidemus wrote:

      Well, if your husband and kids were away from home all summer, you’d be pretty talented at sewing, too, I’ll bed 😉 In your new house, you just need to set up a sewing corner and keep your machine/stuff out and more accessible. Then whenever you have 20 minutes here and there, sit down and sew a bit. I started sewing a lot more once I could keep my machine open all the time 🙂

  2. kayleen wrote:

    Sooooooooo very cute! I need to give this a try for sure, when I can find some time!

    I am the same as you – I have never felt comfortable wearing tee shirts and jeans (or hooded sweatshirts for that matter) I’m just too girlie for that and I always felt like they made me look even shorter, too! So this looks like fun, though I only own like two tee shirts and both are more fitted already. I guess I could steal some of my husbands…. 😉

    You look beautiful!

    • renidemus wrote:

      Thanks Kayleen! I don’t have a plethora of tees either, but I really wanted to wear the .free shirt, so I’m glad the tutorial worked out 🙂 You should totally snitch one of Mike’s tees–it’s a really easy project and if you already have a girly tee, that’s your template for alterations 🙂 good luck!

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