Too Small Henley

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


…and HATE it when they’re too small ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

Navy stretchy material in my stash. IOW, free! ๐Ÿ™‚

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??? ๐Ÿ™‚ I dare say I’m getting slightly less lazy with my sewing.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


This was an easy way to add extra material. In fact, I found it easier than adding panels to the sideย of a shirt. I’ll save this technique for future jobs… and I’ll be more liberal with the extra material ๐Ÿ™‚


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