How to turn an XL T-shirt to a Small T-shirt

18 May

If you follow the NBA or live in the OKC area you probably know that the Oklahoma City Thunder have made it to the second round of the playoffs and are now in a series against the Lakers. At work during the playoffs they let us wear Thunder t-shirts. Last year they let us wear jeans and Thunder shirts every single day of the week while the Thunder were in the playoffs which was a bit of a problem laundry wise since I only had my Nick Collison Thunder jirt. While it might have been fun to buy four new Thunder shirts, it also could have gotten a little pricey.

I’d collected several free thunder shirts while attending games, but it was the usual story. All free shirts are XL, and I prefer to wear my t-shirts in size XS. In the past I’d toyed with the idea of cutting XL shirts down and re-sewing them to fit me, but I just didn’t know how to go about it without the shirt ending up looking weird. But I needed extra shirts ASAP, so I started doing research. There are a lot of how to videos out there detailing different ways to cut up and re-do your big t-shirts, but below is the very helpful and basic one I followed. The only things I did differently was measure the sides with a ruler to make sure I was cutting similar amounts off each side, and pin the front and back together so that they stayed in place better while sewing.

And here’s how one of my shirts turned out:

I am pretty happy with it, and I’m always getting complements on it because you can’t buy a shirt like this. You can probably see in the picture that the shoulder seams do come down a bit far, but really it’s not too noticeable and doesn’t bother me. One of these days I might try out a shirt where I cut off the sleeves and bring the shoulders up to their correct spot and then sew the sleeves back on.


One Response to “How to turn an XL T-shirt to a Small T-shirt”


  1. Thunder Up! A new XL shirt made small « The Blog Days of Sommer - June 18, 2012

    […] would be nice and cut up another XL one I had. I made this one with short sleeves (rather than the 3/4 length). It was a little more work that I intended, but my grandma who is a sewing genius helped me out […]

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