When I last worked at Trefoil Ranch, we ordered staff sweatshirts. I was super excited about mine! I got a white one so I could tie dye it. (Because everyone needs a tie dye sweatshirt in their life!) Sweatshirts are tricky. If they are unisex or ladies cut, it changes my sizing dramatically. I've had sweatshirts in the past that I ordered my size, but they were a ladies cut and it didn't fit. :(
This one I ordered a size larger just in case it was a ladies cut (because we didn't know when we ordered them). Well, it was (and still is!) way too big. Really comfy and warm, but too big. So I don't wear it!
As I have been learning and searching, I found ways to alter t-shirts. I figured if you could alter a t-shirt to fit you better, you could alter a sweatshirt. I thought about just taking in the sides, but realized I didn't like the way the shoulders fit.
I turned the sweatshirt inside out, and started to pin together trouble areas. I found as I took the shoulders and sleeves in, it made the rest of the sweatshirt fit so much better. I ended up taking 1" out of the shoulders the tops of the sleeves.
As I tried it on, the chest and sleeves were still weird and baggy (which made me nervous...I can't do much more than straight lines!). I experimented and figured out if I took the armholes in a little bit, it shaped it up a lot nicer. I ended up taking in a 1/2" on the sleeves.
Where the sleeves and shoulder alterations met were tricky, but I ended up hand stitching those corners so there wasn't a divot there.
I'm super excited! It fits much better, and I know I'll actually wear it. (And be more confident and not a floppy frump.) It's still not perfect, and I'll continue to make adjustments and learn, but I'm so excited it worked!
My next project:
A Wonder Woman cape and tiara! :) Wish me luck!