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Date: 4/30/12 9:58 PM

Hey, I was wanting to resize some of my bigger t-shirts, but I was wondering how I would go about resizing the actual collar. Because once they're all resized, the collar will still be huge, so I was hoping there would be some possible way to cut that down with the rest of the shirt.

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Date: 4/30/12 10:17 PM

Well, you have 2 places that you could possibly size the collar down at. Make a seam down the center of the back...or take it in at the shoulder seams. which is the route I'd take. Yes, there will be seams, but who looks that close? Just cut off the excess if there's more that 3/4" and tack the seam down near the edges.

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Date: 5/1/12 1:16 AM

Thanks a lot for the reply! :)

So it'll be safe to cut some of the collar off and re-sew it back together then? Sorry, I'm still really new to all of this, I haven't actually sewed much before, so I'm still learning it all, haha.
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Date: 5/1/12 11:45 AM

On a t-shirt, I wouldn't even loosen the collar, just sew the collar and shoulder as one piece. If ya need a visual, I can post a pic.

The way a collar is sewn to a t-shirt would be more work than its worth to remove and restitch. They use a coverstitch in the factory to cover the raw edges and sew the pcs. together, and it's very tricky to replicate that.

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Date: 5/1/12 1:48 PM

Thanks again for the help! A picture would be great, thanks! :)

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Date: 5/2/12 7:42 PM

Ok, here are some photos. This tshirt happens to have the bias tape running down the shoulder seam, and I would remove that just to the collar. Also, if you're going to be cutting down the shoulder at the sleeve, you'll want to remove the sleeve first and then sew your shoulder seam

The 1st pic will show the pinning. Just put the tshirt on and pin out the fullness. Then take a flat measurement, and that will be your seam allowance.

2nd pic shows the mark to make for a seam guide.

Nice thing about tshirts; they are stretchy, so you can "make it work". Pressing will steam most of the wonkiness out. : )

You can cut out the excess seam allowance and finish the raw edges how you want, and then press flat to the back and tack it down at the neckline so it lays flat.








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Date: 5/5/12 11:04 PM

Thanks a lot for the help and the pictures, I really appreciate it! They helped a lot! :)

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