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How To Save Your Husband’s Favorite Work Shirt

10 Mar

Elbows. My husband has razors for elbows. He’s busted through two shirts this week alone. Luckily for him, the weather is warming up and I can take his beloved work shirts and make them short sleeve work shirts!
Side story: he thought it would be hilarious to hulk the bottom off the sleeve of the first shirt and it ripped it so completely that it was not something I could fix, so don’t let your husbands hulk their sleeves off. Unless he wants to wear a sleeveless shirt to work.

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So, first things first. Hack off the end of the sleeve.  I used the elbow hole as a guide and then measured the other sleeve to match.

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Turn the shirt inside out and press in 1/4 inch all the way around each sleeve.

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Then press the sleeves in again 1 inch, making sure to keep the 1/4 in under. This creates a nice finished hem.

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Sew around the sleeves as close to the edge as possible without going over. The sleeve is most likely slightly too big for the new hem, so you’ll want to try your best to ease it in. I had to make a very tiny pleat in each sleeve. Just make sure you line that up on the under side of the arm so it’s not visible.

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Press one more time and you’re done! Now kiss your hubs and tell him how much you love him, especially his razor elbows 🙂

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