Living in the Nashville area, I guess it’s only fitting that I have a great love of music. Of course, my tastes runs more towards the pop-punk genre than country, but there’s still a plethora of great concerts that come into Music City. And I take my girls to as many of them as I possibly can. So after the show wraps up, we head to the merch booth and stock up on stuff to remember the event, as well as add to their t-shirt collections. Me personally? Because I’m a plus size girl, I was always afraid to buy them. But after seeing my absolute favorite band, I knew I had to snag one – then I got it home and couldn’t wear it. Bummer, huh? You know me, though! I’m gonna make it work. So I figured out how to make a t-shirt bigger. Yeah, I did! Wanna do it yourself?
Alrighty, now we’re gonna cut it. That’s the hardest part. I almost cried a little when I cut into mine the first time. Take a deeeeep breath, then you’re going to flatten it out and cut all the way up the side through the bottom of the arm. You also want to cut off the hem on each arm, just right past the stitches (sorry, no photo of that step.)
Now you need something to fill in to make the sides bigger. You can do it with t-shirt material from the fabric store, but I found a couple of other solutions that work way better. Either take a matching maxi skirt (I always do black) or you can use yoga pants. Look for them on the clearance racks and you can do 2 shirts out of either one. If you use these, then you’ll already have a hem on the bottom edge, making the whole process much faster. If you can’t find matching, then get coordinating ones – that would look good, too. I just always buy black tees, then I know I need black filler fabric. Easy peasy.
Cut a piece, starting with the hem, and make it a little longer than the side plus sleeve – but you want to taper it slightly from the hem up. To take an XL shirt to a 3X, I cut about 6 inches wide at the bottom and go up to about 5 inches on the top. Slightly tapered is perfect. Just make sure you don’t have any hems on the cuts, and you can cut both pieces at once if you just lay out the pants/skirt out flat.
Starting from the bottom, line up the hems right side together and sew it up one side, from the bottom all the way up through the bottom of the sleeve.
Now on the other side of the same cut, line up the other edge of that same piece and stitch it together. (Make sure you back-stitch at the beginning and end.)
After you finish the first side, then you can use the second piece to do the other side. When it’s all sewn together, each side will look like the one above. ^^^^^^^
After you do both sides, you’ll have the excess dangling from the arms, so just trim it off using the already trimmed sleeve as a guide to make it straight.
The very last step is cut out the neck (because it’s probably too small, too) and luckily t-shirt material doesn’t unravel, so it just gives it a fun/edgier look. Works great with concert tees, huh?
Got questions? Drop them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them down there!