Thursday, August 8, 2019

Taking in band tees!

Hey! I was requested to show how I took in the Cure shirt (and made it into a dress), so I decided to take in the Aeternus shirt I was wearing so I could take pictures of the process. The only difference here is that I kept the sleeves, if you don't want to do that you can just cut all the way up.

Here's the Cure dress

And this is what it looked like before!

Ok, let's get into the tutorial!
I am by no means an expert, but if I can help anyone, that would make me happy! 

This is what it looked like before.
Even though it was a girlie, it was still too big for me.

The first thing I did was put it on, go stand in front of a mirror, and pinch the excess fabric on the sides - and place safety pins to the front to mark the bust, waist and hips. If you're not keeping the sleeves, place pins to mark how wide the straps should be. If you're keeping the sleeves, place pins under your armpits - I added those after taking the picture below.

Then you cut! I cut outside of the pins for seam and error allowance.

Throw it on again and check if you need to cut off more, and that you didn't cut off too much (if you did, you could use safety pins or even add grommets and corset lacing to close it again). When you're satisfied, it's time to start sewing! The quickest would of course be with a machine, but not everyone has (access to) one. I like to sew by hand anyway, it's very relaxing. Put on some music, a movie or a TV show - I'm currently watching Passions, a soap opera I watched as a kid, haha!

Turn it inside out, and line up the edges. You can use pins to keep them in place if you need it. I used a thick nylon thread with a leather needle. I sew ''loops'', meaning I push the needle through the side facing me first every time. I don't know if there's a technical term for it or if that's the best way to do it, but it works well for me! I pay extra attention to the corners and the armpit, areas that are under more tension. But on the rest you don't need to sew super close together.

Finished sewing!
The shape looks a little weird, but I need the extra room in the chest / armpit area.

What it looks like from the outside!

And there you have it! Far from professional, but it's DIY after all. I also have other DIY posts, just click on the DIY label at the very bottom of this post, or in the sidebar! 

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