Small amounts of thin fabric
Needle and thread
Who doesn’t hate it when a shirt comes out of the laundry and it has shrunk. Yes, I said it shrunk in the laundry and I’m sticking to that. So, what to do with that too-tight top? Add some bows to it and it will fit right again. You might not think that a few bows can fix a top that’s too snug but they will. I’ll tell you how:
The type of shirt that you can make larger with bows is one that has no collar. It can be short sleeve, or long sleeve, and it can be stretchy or not. The shirt should be one without buttons down the back but it can have buttons down the front. When you split the back, and add the bows, you instantly have more room in the back and the bust.
Fold the back of the shirt down the center and crease it well. Cut on the fold to split just the back of the shirt. Cut two pieces of thin fabric to cover the cut edges. Cut the new pieces to be as long as the cut area of the shirt, and a couple of inches wide. Lay one piece on each cut – on the right side of the fabric – and pin it in place. Sew along the cut edges to attach the new pieces. Fold the new pieces to the backside of the cloth, and press. At the top and the bottom of each new piece, sew it to the shirt back.
Make large bows or little ones, depending on what you want. To make any bow, cut two rectangles of fabric to be as long and as wide as you want for the bow. Stack the two pieces so that their right sides are facing each other, and sew almost all the way around. Start and end on one long side of the rectangle, leaving an open space in the middle for turning. Turn the material right side-out, sew the opening shut, and press.
To make the tab that goes around the bow, cut two small rectangles. Scrunch the bow in the middle, measure around it, and make a tab to be that long. The tab can be very narrow, or much wider, depending on the style that you want. Stack them, sew around the arrangement, turn it, and sew the opening shut.
Wrap a tab around the center of a scrunched bow and sew it in place. After making as many bows as you want, pin them to the back of the shirt. Lay the shirt out so that the back is facing up, and so that the area where you cut the shirt has a space between the two sides. Lay a bow across the top, pinning it to the left and the right sides. Go down a few inches, lay another bow, and pin it to each side.
After tacking the bows to the shirt, and trying it on, you’ll find it to be much roomier. The cute bows down the back serve as a nice accent and make the shirt look completely different. Do the same to a too-tight dress – but only above the waist.