Too Small Henley

I love it when I find shirts like this for only .99 cents!!!

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…and HATE it when they’re too small 😦

Of course, Muffin lit up like a Christmas Tree when I modeled it for him. “Do you think this is too small?” —“NO!”

He’s just a little biased, which is really cute πŸ™‚ but it is definitely too small…

This thing already has lace (crochet, actually) on the front so I’m going to have to get more creative than I was the last time I made a shirt bigger. I’m going to add a panel in the back, instead.

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Navy stretchy material in my stash. IOW, free! πŸ™‚

The scrap is uneven, so that’s why I marked it with chalk… I left the bottom hem as-is so I could adjust it to the hem of the new shirt after I put it in.

Navy stretchy material in my stash. IOW, free! :)
Cut… do you see where I’m going with this?

Now, I’ve got to cut the back of my shirt so I can add the panel in to it.

It's wet from rain. Indiana has been a monsoon all summer long.
It’s wet from rain. Indiana has been a monsoon all spring and summer long.

Sidebar: aren’t you proud of me for doing all this measuring and marking??? πŸ™‚ I dare say I’m getting slightly less lazy with my sewing.

Cut
Cut

Right sides together, pin the extra panel of the fabric onto one of the new raw edges of the back.

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I sewed this in place with our Unity Sewing/Embroidery machine by Baby Lock. I haven’t done overcasting on a Baby Lock and I wanted to try it.

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Unity’s overcast foot is different than what I’m used to… I actually really like the flange/guide in the middle of the foot as opposed to the right edge of the foot. I was able to feed the material under the needle a little better.

Attach the other side of the panel to the back of the shirt, obviously.

Voila
Voila

The Navy color is slightly darker on the panel but… oh well. I cleaned up the bottom hem to match each other.

Elephant in the room: It’s still too small

At least, I think so

*sigh

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Taking advantage of the sun!

It’s definitely more comfortable with the extra panel. I don’t know if I’m just a little too hard on myself (I pride myself on being realistic where body image is concerned, though) but I still think it’s just a little too tight.

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Candid

This was an easy way to add extra material. In fact, I found it easier than adding panels to the sideΒ of a shirt. I’ll save this technique for future jobs… and I’ll be more liberal with the extra material πŸ™‚

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