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Thread: I put new sleeves on a tee shirt

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    I put new sleeves on a tee shirt

    I had bought a very cute v-neck tee shirt at Sam's Club, the fit was great everywhere but the sleeves.
    Since the shirt was only $8, I bought another one and used it for making new sleeves. The hardest part was taking the old sleeves out and then used one of the sleeves as a starting point for the new larger ones. I used the existing hem on the bottom of the tee shirt when I laid the sleeve pattern on it.
    The original sleeve was 7.5" from shoulder to hem and 14" around the arm. I added 4" in width 4" in length.


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    Great idea! Sleeves that reach the elbow are so much more comfortable than the short cap sleeves that look like they shrank in the wash.

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    That is a good idea -- I will need to remember it when I see a t-shirt that I like. Thanks for the idea.
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    What a great idea Sharon! You certainly are resourceful. Hope you enjoy your new T-shirt.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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    Never thought about buying another shirt for the fabric. I bought one that the sleeves were tight so I thought I would make new sleeves from lace. Yea, it's still sitting there waiting for me to get to it. One day....
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    Lace or another shirt for sleeves is a great idea. I don't like the new shorter sleeves either.

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    Same here! They seem to want to bunch up into the armpit and very uncomfortable.
    Quote Originally Posted by Clarice29 View Post
    Lace or another shirt for sleeves is a great idea. I don't like the new shorter sleeves either.

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    This reminds me of when my son was young. He had a blue snowsuit that was a bit big for him but he loved it and he did look adorable in it. I figured he would grow into it by the following winter. Next winter the suit fit great except for the sleeves...they were too short. I used heavy yarn and knit some wrist cuffs and sewed them to the end of the sleeves sewing them into the lining. I amazed myself! They were perfect fit!

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    What a great idea! I really dislike those cap sleeves! Not becoming on these 59 year old arms!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapper View Post
    I used heavy yarn and knit some wrist cuffs and sewed them to the end of the sleeves sewing them into the lining. I amazed myself! They were perfect fit!
    I have done this for a jacket I wanted to wear, but the sleeves were a little short and were wide open at the end so the wind could go right up my arms. I also sewed the knit cuffs onto the lining and had beautiful warm sleeves, and they were long enough.

    Many times I find really nice clothes at St. Vinney's that has really long sleeves. Someone else didn't want them because the sleeves were too long. That's just what I need.
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    Same here; I hate the short, short sleeves; feels like I'm constantly digging them out of my armpit; like an armpit wedgie. I won't even buy items when the sleeves look like that.

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    I tried to post of picture of me wearing my tee shirt, however it wouldn't load. Then I put the link to my flickr page and it got removed. Dang it.

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    How did you make the sleeves 4" larger and then fit them into the (smaller) sleeve opening?
    Sue

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    What a great idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    How did you make the sleeves 4" larger and then fit them into the (smaller) sleeve opening?
    I kinda pleated them. It looks a little odd, but its wearable.

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