+ How to shorten a top without cutting or hemming!

Have you ever had a shirt that was too long for your body or you could only wear it with certain pants. That is my problem, I am too short to wear shirts that are way long unless I am wearing leggings (so it can cover my badunk of course). So, here is my solution….give the shirt an option to be short or long! To do this, I sewed an a peice of fabric that will button up and shorten the bottom. Check out the instructions at the bottom. 
Beck’s Uncle Isaiah gave him a miniture, and dangeriously heavy might I add, golf club and he will not put it down. He carries it around like a teddy bear, it is adooooorable. Thanks I-yA-yA as Beck would say. He loves it to peices :) Just like I love these -new to me- vintage shoes that I thrifted for $10 last week. Got to love a good find.
2 buttons
sewing machine or needle and thread
flexible measuring tape
fabric pen or marking chalk


1. Create the piece of fabric by cutting off from the sleeve or making it from something else entirely. 
2. Then pin right sides together and sew the two long sides and one short side, turn inside out and topstitch to make it flat. 
3. Then sew a button hole on one end (make sure it is the right length for the button) then cut out the inside. 
4. On the opposite end of the piece of fabric, sew it to the inside of the shirt to an inch or so above where you want the shorter length to hit. 
5. Then on the outside, a few inches or so above where the fabric piece was sewn, sew a button.  Done!


  1. oh my gosh, beck’s tiny Uggs are THE best. they stole the post;)

  2. Clever! Love your new shoes and Beck’s coat!

  3. I LOVE this!!! I gotta copy it.

  4. What a neat idea. And think of all the fun you could have with the button, if you were so inclined. I love it and I’m gonna try it. Soon!

    Coffee & Inspiration

  5. i SO needed this!

    thank you thank you thank you!

    i have a short torso and i always see super cute shirts in the store…but they end up maybe me look like an oompa loompa…and let’s face it the whole oompa loompa thing doesn’t work for me.

    “sew” goin to try this! haha

    AlphabetSoup Style

  6. So smart! Great boots, by the way. : )

  7. this is so great! gosh girl! you are magic!


  8. this is genius! :)


  9. I have a huge fixation on stripes so I loved it right from the geck!

  10. Genius. Serious right now. Pure genius. I am green with genius envy right now!
    -Heather from

  11. What a nice idea! BTW the outfit looks very Kate Moss.

  12. Love this genius idea how to shorten shirts! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely sunday.

  13. this is a great idea!!!!

  14. omg, thank you for this post! you are a genius!

  15. What a great idea! I have really long shirts that I bought when I was preggers & now I’m not & they are way too long & used to only wear them w/leggings. So, this was so easy, yet so smart! I had a “why didn’t I think of this” moment :) Love your blog! Followed & will for sure come back & check out all your next posts! Would love it if you passed by my blog or my new fb page & check it out! :)

  16. This helped me rescue a Danskin polo – comfy, but too long. Great, simple idea.

  17. Samantha says:

    Would love to to know where you got those adorable boots ?


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