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DIY Acting Shirty

Posted by Liv Heeney Oxfam Fashion blogger

8th Jul 2013

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Just as you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story, you should never let the size of a garment get in the way of you purchasing it. I got this shirt for £7.99 from Oxfam Bold Street a while ago and it's been waiting patiently on my 'to alter list'.

Although it is 3 dress sizes bigger than my usual size I could not resist the beautiful 50's car print collar. As this week was the week in which I finally passed my driving test, I thought it would be fitting to finally get my car collared shirt to fit me. In my opinion a well-fitting garment instantly makes it appear far more expensive looking as well as being more flattering to your figure. 


• A sewing machine 
• Scissors
• Thread which matches the colour of your shirt 
• Pins
• An un-picker

Firstly, it is important to work out how much you need to take your garment in by, accurately measuring can save a lot of un-picking. Roughly mark this out with pencil or chalk.

Secondly, pin alongside the side seams of the shirt to the desired amount you want to take your shirt in by. Remember to follow the shape of the shirt instead of just pinning in a straight line to maintain the fitted style of the shirt. 
Finally, sew along the side of your shirt using the pins as your guide. 

Why not have a browse on the Oxfam Online Shop for a fantastic range of items.

Blog post written by Liv Heeney

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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