Maybe you remember my too small t-shirt to plus-size raglan tutorial over here? Well I’m showing you version 2 today. The raglan is good if your t-shirt is WAAAY too small, or you don’t want a sportier look. The method I’m showing you today would be good for sports shirts, logo shirts, plain shirts, anything that would look good with a contrast stripe, and it’s good for shirts that are one or two sizes too small.
First, assess your size difference.
I started with a men’s XXL slim fit tee that I bought several years ago and never wore. Yay WordPress!
I needed to add about 8 inches total to make a comfortable shirt, 4 inches on each side. I figured out this number by laying the too-small shirt out flat on a table, then laying a shirt that fits on top of it and measured the difference on each side. Then I doubled each number and added them together. So my difference on each side was two inches, but the fabric is folded in half, so double 2 inches makes 4 inches needed on each side.
Next, cut off the sleeve and bottom hems completely. I find men’s tees too long for me in general so I actually cut off about 2 inches from the bottom hem.
Next, turn the shirt inside out and cut off the side seam allowance all the way from the bottom hem to the end of the sleeve. Cut off as little as possible.
Now cut two strips of contrast fabric the width of your addition on each side plus seam allowance (at least a half inch), so I cut 2 strips of white fabric 4.5 inches wide. I measured the length of the side seam which was 24 inches, and that’s the length of my side strips.
Serge the side strips into each open side seam.
At this point you can either re-hem the sleeves and bottom, or add contrast cuffs. I added contrast cuffs to the sleeves because they weren’t long enough for me and it gives the tee a ringer look, and hemmed the bottom normally.
And now I have a sporty little WordPress shirt I’ll be proud to wear! I might still redo the neckline in white but I didn’t really see the need for now.
If you have any questions leave a comment 🙂