Sew Easy Men's Shirt to Women's Shirt Refashion (Video Tutorial)

Learn how to alter a men's t shirt to fit a woman. This easy t-shirt refashion will help you sew yourself a better-fitting piece of clothing in just a few minutes.

Easy Mens Shirt to Womens Shirt Refashion
Easy Mens Shirt to Womens Shirt Refashion

Ever had a shirt in your closet that had potential but was too large? Or maybe it was the last one at the store but it was a size too big?

No need to head to the tailor. Instead, consider a DIY t-shirt refashion. Mary Beth Temple, an expert tailor, is going to walk you through how to do it yourself, and easily!

With this Sew Easy Men's Shirt to Women's Shirt Refashion Video Tutorial, you can watch her in action as she alters a t-shirt to the correct size. You can also read along with the instructions at your own speed. This works for nearly any type of shirt.

Once you learn how to alter a men's t-shirt to fit a woman, you will never be let down by an oversized shirt again. You can use this for a men's shirt to women's shirt refashion or simply for a style you like but would like hemmed to perfection for your size.

Even if you would rather use written instructions, be sure to watch the video below to see exactly how it's done. It's much easier to get it done correctly and the first time if you watch it being done.

You don't need a lot of supplies or know-how to master this clothing alteration technique, just see for yourself with this easy-to-follow t-shirt refashion tutorial.

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Project TypeLearn a Technique

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • T-shirt
  • Coordinating thread
  • Straight pins
  • Ball point or jersey machine needle
  • Optional: Body form, ruler, fabric chalk

Men's Shirt to Women's Shirt Refashion

T-Shirt Refashion Instructions:

  1. The easiest way to measure the t-shirt modifications you need is to try it on inside out and have a buddy pin it! But you can also use a dress dummy, or measure it compared to a t-shirt you already own that fits you well.

  2. First, you want to shorten the cross back measurement. Pin the sleeve seam so it’s closer to the neck, taking the excess fabric out of the body of the t-shirt, not the sleeve. Stitch over the original seam and the folded fabric, taking the most fabric out of the top of the sleeve and going down to nothing at the underarm, using a narrow, short zig-zag stitch, or a serge if available.

  3. Pin out the bulk of the underarm fabric for a tighter fit.

  4. Pin out waist shaping with the widest part at the natural waist, tapering off to nothing/the original seam over approximately 2.5” above and below the waist.

  5. Seam from the sleeve seam to the hem, taking out the underarm bulk and adding the waist shaping in one seam, leaving the hems alone so as not to ruin their lines.

  6. Trim all seams close, without cutting into the machine stitching.

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