I've been rebuilding/remodeling a lot of t-shirts; I almost never sew knits from scratch.
I cut them down, I rearrange the parts, I cut out the stuff I like and sew it onto something that fits. And sometimes, I take it apart again.
|This is the second shirt for this dragon and there will be a third|
I do these shirts in batches. Which means that I've been sitting on a couple of these for awhile.
This is the standard remodel. The order of work is important.
Shorten the shirt (fold up, pin, sew, THEN trim excess)
|Fold up hem to taste|
|Stitch with wide overlocking sort of stitch|
|Trim off excess (try to keep excess in a loop)|
Bottom excess will be the new neck band (sew new collar line, stay tape the back neckline, THEN trim old collar off. Unless you like a reaaaaaallllly wide collar)(then fold over and stitch in the ditch from the front) (then trim it)
|The bits so far|
|keep old seam tape (unpick its stitching)|
|old fabric from bottom is sewn around old collar for new collar|
|super narrow zig zag stitch for stretch|
|1/4"/ 1 cm seam allowance|
|Join ends and sew together, then stitch over for continuous loop o neckfacing|
|NOW you can cut off the old collar|
If you like a wide neckline for your shirt, you can cut off the old collar first. Believe me, it will grow very wide once you start cutting into that knit.
|I kept the old seam tape out of the new seam...|
|and then it's sewn onto the back collar with a straight stitch|
You can leave the seam tape out of it, but the new collar is going to be much wider than the old one. Which may be what you want.
|Fold over and sew over seam allowance for new collar|
|Tiny zig zag in the ditch|
|NOW you can cut off the extra on the new collar|
|Sleeves are too long and too narrow at hem. No, I'm not retaking this photo. I look better blurry.|
|New Hem point|
|Match the hem distance marks sleeve to sleeve|
|Folded up and overlocked stitch|
|Second hem! Matching at top of shoulder seam|
|Better. I am out of focus all the time.|
|Bringing the sleeve cap up a 1/4/1cm - ish|
|The seam starts halfway up the sleeve, tapers out and tapers back on the other side, same distance down|
|And I am not taking any more photos of my blurry self today.|