No-sew altered shirt

I’m so used to buying men’s band shirts that over time, I forget what size I am in women’s… so when I get a shirt that’s too small and uncomfortable, I take the opportunity to change it into a one-of-a-kind, breathable summer tee.

In the most recent case, I got a women’s small Propagandhi shirt in support of the Rainbow Resource Centre here in Winnipeg. What sweethearts, hm? If you’ve never had the pleasure of listening to Propagandhi, put on their most recent album Failed States while you do this project. YOU’RE WELCOME.


  • a tight-fitted shirt
  • scissors


STEP ONE: Cut off the sleeves. It’s up to you whether you want to cut off the seam with the sleeves or keep it. Personally, unless the seam is super restrictive and uncomfortable, I keep it.

STEP TWO: Cut off the hem around the neck. I suggest cutting the front and back at the same time so they’re both even. You can use a white pencil crayon to draw a cut line, or you can freehand it.

STEP THREE: Fold the shirt in half, so the holes for the arms and side seams line up. Then cut half inch strips into the back side of the shirt. (Not through the decal!)


STEP FOUR: Try it on! Sometimes the strips will be tight, other times they’ll be loose and will droop down. If you’re looking for a tighter fit, cut vertically through the middle of the back of the shirt, and tie each strip together in a knot.

What ways do you like to alter your shirts? Share your ideas in the comments!


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