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Date: 8/30/12 8:30 PM

I am almost sure I heard on PR that there was a sewing pattern that one could use to make a men's tee into a women's tee. Is this a specific pattern? I am pretty sure I saw some reviews on PR about it a while back. I have a number of 'race' tees from bike rides, sailing regattas, etc. and I would wear these with jeans and maybe under a jacket even, kind of an urban casual chic look, but they have to be a lot more girly.

I could use a regular pattern that I already have, has anyone done this? I have two that I like, one that is shapely and the other has a perfect cap sleeve - both are Christine Jonson Patterns (base wear two tee and the keyhole tee has the cap sleeve). But I'd love to see those example tees that I'm sure I saw on PR if anyone remembers those. I wouldn't even know who the designer was of the pattern to begin a search.

Thanks in advance!

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Date: 8/30/12 8:48 PM

Debbie Cook has a tutorial on her blog.

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Date: 8/30/12 9:07 PM

Pamela's Pattern's sells a pattern for this Pattern. However, it is really easy to do if you already own a TNT t-shirt pattern.

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Date: 8/30/12 9:55 PM

Yeah, I actually prefer just to trace a T shirt that fits well on to the too big top, and add seam allowances. The sleeves you do have to be careful with. I try to preserve the hem of the original sleeve so I re-trace from the hem up. Then you stitch your new tee and use a double needle on the bottom hem and its pretty good. There are a few youtubes on the direct tracing method. It saves you from having to take all the seams apart and try to lay a full pattern over top if you don't have enough room for all that. Plus it is pretty quick and dirty. Some things you just don't want to overdo especially if you are going to be wearing a blazer or sweater over it 90% of the time. I had to do 4 of these for my friend. He's slim and fit, but had a drawer full of too big concert tees.

Here's a fun one. I prefer a neater sewing job, but she gives good instructions:

Resize a tee
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Date: 8/31/12 4:10 PM

n45, That's a cute video! I'm amazed that she does all of it, including the sewing, on the FLOOR! Maybe that was the best place for the camera? Also, she's a little (okay, a LOT) younger than I am.
Now I'm inspired to go remake a blood donor T-shirt that has a great design, but is way too big.

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Date: 8/31/12 7:10 PM

She is adorable isn't she?! I remember cutting on the floor at that age. Hated it! She doesn't let space limitations get in her way at all. Now when I find tees on sale that have a nice design, but may only be in mens sizes or too large, I don't hesitate to pick them up. As a more advanced sewer, you can add more finesse to the details like the bottom hem and the shaping of the arm hole, but overall her method is very easy and effective. I think it's a good project to teach someone to sew also.


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Date: 9/1/12 11:00 AM

Awesome! I checked out all the links - I have a Christine Jonson tee that I really like (Base wear two, it's simply the best fitting tee I've ever used), but I didn't know what to do with the sleeves - the you tube video was super helpful. I traced new sideseams on the tees - they were S so they were not so super XL on me, but just not shaped and too long - but I was clueless on the sleeves. I can now see they need to be cut off, shaped and then reused. I have about six tee shirts I am going to remake, thanks all for the help! I do like the curvy hem on the Pamela's patterns one, I might try that with one, but when I laid the CJP base wear two tee on some of my men's small ones there was little hemming (only the M's needed hemming shorter) they were actually a good length for over my jeans. I used a kids' yellow washable colored pencil for the markings on the dark tees.

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Date: 9/1/12 4:10 PM

I also have the basewear 2 CJ and it is a great pattern. When I sew knit tees from scratch that is my standard.
That's good news about the length. Anywhere you can preserve the original hems is a good idea. Enjoy!
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Subject: Making a womens tee out of a mens tee Date: 9/3/12 11:04 AM

I have re-sized T's for my DD by just serging the seam smaller from hem to armpit. It's a quick and dirty and takes less than ten minutes per shirt.

Yes you can lay a shirt that fits over the big t- so you can eyeball how much you need to remove from each side seam.

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Date: 9/3/12 3:13 PM

There is also a fun corset-like garment you can make. I'd do it if I had a waistline.

http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/78004


http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/reviewgallery.pl?submit=1&pn=22&order=a.LastUpdated




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