When I first moved to Seattle, I noticed there was a sort of "uniform" that locals subscribed to: jeans and a black North Face fleece jacket. Comfort is king there. And I loved that no one cares what you look like--they take you as you are, even if you show up at the Symphony in jeans and fleece. It was very freeing. My first week in Iowa City I noticed a different kind of local uniform: Iowa gear. Anything and everything that says Iowa, Hawkeyes, or Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes are like a religion here. No, more than that--a way of life. College kids, moms, babies, old men, it doesn't matter--they're all walking around proudly promoting their team. It's always appropriate, like the jeans and fleece in Seattle. I had to get in on it.
Saturday was a big day. The first game for the Iowa Hawkeyes football 2011 season. The first game in which I would be in attendance. Which means I had to get some Iowa gear, quick! Do you know how hard it is to find college team maternity wear? At least under $30? It's hard people, very hard. So I decided to make my own.
Here are some simple steps to alter a men's t-shirt into a womens size, even if you're not looking for maternity. Just take in a little more than I did.
Alter A Mens T-Shirt Into Womens (and/or Maternity) Size Tutorial
*T-shirt 1-2 sizes larger than your size (for maternity), or your regular size for non-maternity
*1/4" elastic (about a yard will be plenty)
*Sewing machine, matching thread, scissors, ruler, sewing marking pencil
1. Get a t-shirt. If you're not going for maternity, a t-shirt that fits like a men's size should will be fine. You'll mostly be altering the neckline and sleeves. If you want some room for baby, go bigger, like 1-2 sizes up. I would normally wear a men's small, so I went with a large. Found this beauty at the consignment shop for $4.99.
Repeat for all your markings. Cute, huh!
Lay the fitted shirt's sleeve on top of the sleeve you cut off and trace around it. Again, I left 1/4" for my seam allowance (although I didn't end up hemming my sleeves, so you could leave that off if you don't want to hem yours, either).
5. Before we can re-attach the sleeve, we much first tighten up that giant armhole.
If you're not making a maternity shirt, you can also use this step to make your t-shirt more fitted. Lay your fitted shirt on top again and trace the sides of the shirt from the armholes down to the bottom hem (or half-way down if you're making it maternity). Maternity will taper off slowly. This will leave more fabric to give you room for your bump (I want my shirt to last all season!). Sew along this line and trim excess, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
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