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So I have an exceptionally large shirt from my son's preschool that I'm going to be expected to wear on a weekly basis all summer. It is a men's XL, and I can't believe it is not an XXXL, it is HUGE. I'm uncomfortable in it and I'm feeling the urge to get crafty. Has anyone ever converted a men's t-shirt to a more fitted maternity shirt? I found these <a href="http://www.spunkyhats.com/boogie_pregshirt1.htm" target="_blank">instructions</a> online, but I'm a little worried about getting a good fit in the arms.
 

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I'm going to have the same problem soon. I direct a summer camp and while I don't have to wear a camp t-shirt every day, I feel like I should a few days a week to look official.<br>
Here are some tutorials I've found. Neither deal with the sleeves but you could maybe combine them both if the shirt is really big, then roll up the sleeves, or just cut them shorter.<br><a href="http://www.berninausablog.com/read/t-shirt-makeover-tutorial" target="_blank">http://www.berninausablog.com/read/t...eover-tutorial</a><br><a href="http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2010/03/big-tee-to-maternity-tee-refashion.html" target="_blank">http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2...refashion.html</a>
 

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Do you have any other maternity shirt patterns? You could probably use the pattern to shape the armholes/sleeves. In my experience the sleeves are the hardest part to alter on shirts.
 

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How cool!! I wish I was crafty. Would love to see the end result!
 

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Oooh I've been thinking about doing this with my school staff shirt, I have always hated it, and now I have an excuse to chop it up and personalize it! I mostly planned on making the neck hole bigger b/c it chafes my neck and then chopping off the bottom part (too tight, it's a men's so it's looooooong over my baby-hips!) and replacing with a nice long gathered jersey section. But I've been afraid of it being so unfitted on the top... eh I won't care if I ruin it though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You should post in the Sewing/Crafty forum (which I obviously don't post in because I'm not sure of the title! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). I bet there will be some great ideas, there!
 

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What about trimming the sleeves to make them like (okay, I don't know the proper terminology here) fluttery? Like cut the bottom seam open and then scallop the edges? Does that make sense at all? I have had shirts with sleeves like that and it's a very flattering cut for pregnant arms.
 

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Can you buy a really cheap enormous shirt to play with first?<br><br>
Sleeves are a bit tricky, but if you had a few practice shirts, I'm sure it would be easier. And then I'd just shorten, and go for the gathered sides---what a fun project! Bet it would turn out great!
 

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I think that's what I'll have to do... I like all of the suggestions others have posted... I'm sure I'll have a few hybrids (flutter sleeves, gathered backs, raw hems, etc.)... if I work up the energy I'll post pics!
 
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