I snatched up this $7 hanes sweatshirt from target because it was so soft and perfect for refashioning. Oh and did mention cheap?! It happened to be a little tinsy big in the mid section and instead of the usual boring take in, I decided to vamp it up with a zipper instead. This will be the first of a couple refashioned for this sweatshirt.
This zipper take-in technique can also take in shirts and dresses too, what an awesome and simple added metallic touch that doubles as an alteration.
7″-9″ metal zipper
sewing machine or needle and thread
marking pen or chalk
1. Mark how much you want to take in your sweatshirt in the mid section. I wanted to take in 4 inches, so I marked the center back of the sweatshirt and marked 2 inches out from both sides for as long as the zipper. My zipper was 7″ – 9″. Start marking below the armpit, then 7″-9″ below.
2. Take the zipper, lay the zipper’s front right side unzipped and line it up with the marking on the left. I wish I had put the zipper end at the top instead, so it can unzip at the bottom there for you can use this while pregnant or what not.
3. Do the same with the opposite side of the zipper, but stop when you get near the bottom (or top depending on the side of the zipper). Then zip up the zipper and finish the end of the zipper that you didn’t get to finish.
*Optional – take in the sleeves using this tutorial if you need. Just take in the sleeves and taper an inch or two before the armpit.