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Something for the little boy who lives with me

2012 August 28
by elizabeth_admin

Whoo boy.  Lots of changes at Chez Elizabeth right now.  We put an offer on a house finally and have to move to a hotel to establish residency for Jack’s new school since the house is not in the district for which I originally registered Jack.  We raced around yesterday with offer letters, filling out the new school forms, checking in at the hotel, and getting them to the new school 5 minutes before the office closed.  Talk about stress!  Jack is registered now, but can’t start Kindergarten until tomorrow.  We had hoped for today, but Wednesday is good too.

Everyone knows how important the first day of school is including me.  I knew Jack would want to wear something new or one of his favorite shirts.  A few weeks ago I ordered a Sonic the Hedgehog t-shirt on-line as well as various other Sonic paraphernalia for his back to school supplies.  When the package arrived, the t-shirt was youth size small instead of a child size small.  And it was way too large for Jack.

Here’s a picture of the new shirt (the white one) with one of the shirts that fits him well (the blue one).


I thought I could just serge new side seams and continue through the sleeves, but I wasn’t sure if doing so would affect mobility when wearing the shirt since it would significantly alter the sleeves.  The sleeve seam is about 2-3 inches over his shoulder point.  So I asked my more advanced sewing friends on Facebook what they thought.  A little while later, I had my answer:  That’s what they did and it works.

After aligning the neck openings, I traced the outline of the blue shirt onto the white shirt to establish the new seam lines.  I cut off the sleeves for the new sleeve hems and did the same with the hem of the shirt, being careful to preserve the design of the graphic on the front of the shirt.  Then I took it to my serger and hoped for the best.  It was a perfect fit!  So I hemmed the sleeves and the shirt hem on my coverstitch.  Et voilá, a new back to school shirt for the little boy who lives with me.


Now he’s all set to meet his new teacher and new friends.  Can’t wait for Wednesday!

4 Responses leave one →
  1. August 28, 2012

    Exciting times for Jack – he looks so relaxed about the whole thing.

  2. August 28, 2012

    Awesome, I’m glad the t-shirt re-fashioning worked!

  3. annie permalink
    August 28, 2012

    Ooh. That ‘s a perfect alteration. Looks like he’s pleased anyway. I had a super-skinny boy who thrived during the surfer-shorts craze. Finally had to make some, a compromise over purchased shorts that slid right off him. Didn’t want waist darts, etc, etc. Boys can be fashionistas too.

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