I can’t even remember where I got this little top, I think maybe at a thrift shop for a dollar or two. Maybe it was a freebie. I love the eyelet material, so even though it was a girl’s size 14, I tucked it away with my fabric.
Here it is on my cute little 2.5-year-old. I thought it would make a great dress for her… And the neck is elasticated, so that works, but clearly the width of the body at the sleeves just doesn’t work.
Thankfully, there’s an UBER-easy, two-step solution. It takes just minutes and is SO simple!!
STEP 1: Just turn the shirt inside out, and sew a “V” down one side and up the other of the armpit seam. Make sure the leave a comfortable opening for the arm to fit through the sleeve.
[When the get half way through your “V,” just plunge the needle into the fabric, lift the foot, and turn your shirt around, so you can sew the other side of the “V.”]
So you’ll end up with something like this.
[I actually would make my “V” wider if I did this over again because I ended up going back later and curving that seam up towards the edge of the sleeve later, so the sleeve wouldn’t have a droopy shape.]
Then just cut a slit up the middle (I used pinking sheers to avoid fraying). [Or cut a “V” if you sewed a wider “V.”]
And that’s it! Turn it right-side-out, and you’re ready to go! Wheeeeee!
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