My girl is tall for her age. At 2.5 she is about as tall as a number of the 3-year-olds she knows.
But she is also skinny, so just buying bigger clothes is not really a great choice when all her trousers turn capri and her stomach begins showing. I have been known to say she wants a 3T in length but an 18 month .
A bunch of her T-shirts were becoming much too brief when I had the thought to modify them in this way, but at the time it took me to get to my sewing machine spring has created a fairly convincing look (it had been 78 yesterday) so I decided to test it on a short-sleeved shirt instead. It is my hope that this will make it last a little longer through the hot season than it’d otherwise.
This is a quick and easy project when you’ve got a shirt of the exact same size it’s possible to harvest the hem from (say, something stained or that has a hole in it), however you can achieve this with a hem out of a top that’s bigger — even one of your own — also. All you have to do is measure the length of the hemline of this shirt that you want to elongate, measure out and cut a bit more than that length on the shirt you’re cutting upward, then sew a seam to make it a loop. Then follow the identical method outlined here in order to make your shirt longer.
What You Will Need
a too-short shirt
a stained shirt or one you’re prepared to sacrifice, in precisely the exact same size or larger and a colour that works with the original shirt
ruler or measuring tape
sewing machine and thread which coordinates with if not fits the initial stitching onto the shirt
How to Lengthen a Shirt
set the shirt you are keeping on top of this top you are harvesting and decide how much of the next shirt you need to display. I decided two inches seemed nice.This length appears good to me and ought to keep her belly better coated.
Cut the second top, leaving a little more length than you want to show for sewing purposes.The hem and additional length of the top is trimmed down.
Pin the tops together, matching the side seams if possible.The seams are lined up but they lie to opposite sides to limit majority.
Sew the shirts together, lining up with the first stitching as best possible. But this is so cute no one will really notice.I’m not the best sewer, but this works for me.
So there you have it: a fast and effortless way to extend the life of your children’ tops and reuse shirts which would otherwise be unusable. It is worth noting that you can do this for yourself, too, to give a layered look without the bulk or warmth of wearing two tops.