I found this thrifted shirt that was too big and a bit frumpy, and turned it into something that I love. The tie-neck was what appealed to me initially so I kept that feature and got to work on the rest.
I’m sure there are more correct ways of altering a shirt to fit, but here is how I do it every time. First, I needed to take in the sides and the arms were a bit too large as well. I like to try on the shirt and get an idea how much I need to take off. Remember that it is always better to sew little by little—I’d much rather not have to unpick! You can see how I curve the stitching so that I will get a better fit around the bust and waist.
Try it on and see if you still need to take it in a bit. I needed to and so I just stitched with my pressure foot edge along the already-stitched line. This way it’s little by little and I don’t end up taking the shirt in too much. Repeat on other side of shirt.
Such a quick and easy refashion! So next time you see a shirt that has great fabric or great details, don’t pass it up because the fit isn’t right or it’s too big. Chances are you can work with it for a few minutes for something great!