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™‚


MMM14: Day 27

Today’s refashion was a generous donation from my friend Desiree. Translation: this cost me NOTHING. More importantly, I’m so “popular” now from this blog, that people are giving me their items to be refashioned! I think that can only mean I have, officially, “arrived.” ๐Ÿ˜‰


It’s not bad… It actually reminds me of that outfit J. Lo wore in “Maid In Manhattan”.


The thing is, J. Lo is a real size 6 (or smaller)…

…I am not

I’m an 8, but I feel MUCH larger in this get-up ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Sad face

I did get it to zip so… that’s some consolation ๐Ÿ™‚

I ripped out the lining, and seam ripped out the zipper.

The zipper was IN the turtle neck. Weird. I then sewed up the gaping hole the zipper left behind and made an asymmetrical cut. We’re turning this into a shirt!


Did the same thing with the sleeve.


I cleaned up the raw edges with an overcast stitch:

Then, I folded the edge under and sewed it down with a straight stitch.

I’m ashamed to admit this but I let OUT the darts in the back to give me extra room ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

This bought me 2 extra inches..

These darts are “French” because they curve, as opposed to just being a straight line. Google darts if that doesn’t make sense ๐Ÿ™‚ I left the darts in the front in tact because my vanity just wouldn’t permit me to let them out!

The shirt was all fine and dandy but I had gone a little crazy with that asymmetrical cut! It was too short on the one side ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Then, I remembered a scrap I had left over from my Weekender’s top ๐Ÿ™‚

Save your scraps!

This bottom scrap will save the day!


Are you seeing my vision?

Trim it

Pin the black scrap into the white top (right sides together) just like you’re sewing on a sleeve


Sew it down.


I have to admit, I’m rather proud of this one ๐Ÿ™‚


I probably should’ve worn something patriotic to church… oh well.


You gotta cover it up at church!



27 down, 4 to go ๐Ÿ™‚