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Fixing a Shrunken Fitted T-Shirt

By April 30, 2013

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One of my favorite go-to pieces of clothing is a fitted t-shirt. Shaped for women, these shirts look and feel great... for about a year. As much as I pamper my fitted shirts in the wash (cold water only, always hang dry), they slowly shrink, threatening to choke out my armpits with their deadly baby sleeves.

To save my fitted t-shirts, I've experimented with a lot of t-shirt transformations. However, those that I've made so far start with a regular boxy t-shirt, not those that are already fitted for women.

Tomorrow I'll be posting more on my latest design that works with fitted t-shirts, the Trident Braided Racerback. Here is a preview of the before and afters:

With three textured straps at the middle of the back and braided sides to gather the fit, this is a t-shirt transformation that doesn't look like 80's punk. It has a smart, finished look to it. Stay tuned tomorrow, when I post the full tutorial for this shirt, as well as the t-shirt scrap rosettes trimming the collar.


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