DIY Alter a man's Cubs shirt to fit a Woman

My husband bought me a fabulous Blackhawks shirt a couple of years ago and it has become the standard by which I judge all other t-shirts. It is cut for a woman, not a girl, a full sized woman and I love it. He keeps trying to find me other shirts that I will adore as much. He got me another Blackhawks shirt that was way too small even though it was the same size and manufacturer. Recently he ordered me a Cubs shirt, same size and manufacturer and it was way too big.

Cubs shirt re 1I didn’t want to wear a jersey so I threw it on for the Wild Card game and they won. Obviously I have to wear the shirt again as it is now a lucky shirt. So I decided to alter a man’s Cubs shirt to fit a woman.

I spread out the Cubs shirt which even had the size tag cut out of it. Grrr. They knew they were sending me the wrong shirt. I put my prized Hawks shirt Cubs shirt re 2on top of it.

It should be easy enough to change, right? I took a marker and drew a line allowing for seams all along the side seams of the shirt.

Then I pressed it and folded it in half. I wanted the sides to match even if I cut it wrong.

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I pinned it together and cut along the line. I used the new pins I had gotten from the kind folks at Wawak Sewing Supplies and wrote about before. I have to say, I really liked them for their visibility and glide.

Next I tackled the sleeves. This is where I made a choice that I would do over. I matched the cutting by the shoulder seam. ICubs shirt re 5 should have used the hem of the sleeve.

I didn’t think of it at the time. The width of the sleeve was fine, it was just too long in the bottom seam. I had to redo the hem and I am not happy with it.

I am going to fish those hems out of the garbage and sew them in the sleeves as a false hem. But not tonight as it’s after midnight.

Yes, it is important to me to have this shirt to wear while I watch Friday nights game. And yes, I do think my shirt is super important. I am sure you agree with me!

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I then set in the sleeve but didn’t sew the seam, the original shirt had that sewn with the side seam. I wanted to do mine the same way.

Cubs shirt re 8I finished up by sewing up the side seam. Those sides matched like a dream. I was pleased.

And even though it is really late, I had to try it on. And yes, my Cubs fan husband took my picture at this late hour. Why? IT’S FOR THE CUBS!

Here I am tired but ready to cheer my team on. And dying to fix up another shirt only this time, do the sleeve cutting at the top and keep those hems intact.

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Who knows, maybe those goofy sleeve seams will be lucky!

That would make me Sew happy!

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Have I ever done other alterations? Sure here’s a post on that. However, I mainly make t-shirts into quilts. You can read all those posts here.

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