How to tailor your own shirt

Recently, we received a video submission from John Paul. He wanted to know how to make a baggy shirt fit, because we all know how expensive it is to get a shirt made specifically tailored for you.

We're going to show you a little method that we think is the best called the "Pinch and Pin"

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1. First you will need to take your baggy shirt, turn it inside out and put it on.

How to tailor your own shirt


2. Make sure you have a friend help you with this step. Get our a bunch of pins and then pinch the excess fabric and pin it so it fits how you want it to.

Be sure to pin all the way to the bottom of the shirt and don't forget under the arms. Repeat on the other side.



3. Once you've got your shirt pinned, you are going to start sewing a seam starting above the armpit all the way down the side.  

4. After you're done sewing both sides, try on the shirt to make sure that it's the right fit. If you're happy, you can cut off all the excess fabric and you've got yourself a shirt that fits!

5.If you're serious about make a shirt from scratch, we recommend purchasing "Shirtmaking" by David Page Coffin.

Happy sewing!


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Steve on Mar 10, 2010:

You make it sound so easy. I hope it is! Maybe I'll get up the courage soon.

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