One of the worst things that can happen to your favorite clothing item is that it, one day, becomes too small on you. Maybe you gained weight and it no longer fits, or maybe you accidentally put it in the dryer for too long and it shrank. It happens to the best of us, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck. Wearing something that is a little too big is doable, but wearing something that is too small? It’s uncomfortable, it looks obvious, and it doesn’t feel great. Hard pass. Clothes that are too small usually end up being given away or getting thrown out, or just getting shoved into the back of a closet hoping for different days. Either way, you lose out.
But wait! It doesn’t have to be that way! (Does this sound like an infomercial? Don’t answer that.) There are some easy ways you can fix too-small clothing items to make them fit again, even if they are a full size too tiny and not just a little tight. By using some simple sewing tricks and adding in a little more fabric, you can hold on to the items you love that you’re slowly growing out of – and you definitely don’t need to be a crafting expert. Check out these tips and save your clothes!
1. Add lace to the side of a shirt to make it bigger.
This looks cute and gives you extra wiggle room. And of course, you don’t need to do lace – pick a solid color/fabric or a different pattern if you want.
2. Add lace to the back of a button down top.
A small panel of extra fabric can make it much easier to button a shirt that’s a little bit snug.
3. Get rid of the waistband of your jeans.
Remove the constricting waistband on a pair of jeans that won’t zip up right anymore, and add in a panel of stretchy fabric. This is great if the legs fit but the waist doesn’t.
4. Add extra fabric to the back and bottom of a shirt.
This isn’t exactly super simple, but it does have very cute results. Adding extra fabric to both and the bottom will fix a shirt that’s way too small.
5. Or add lots of lace to the back.
It’s cute, it’s easy, and it’s trendy right now.
6. Change up the whole back of the shirt.
Adding a lot of extra fabric to the back can look cool and can really give you a lot more wiggle room with a tiny shirt.
7. Turn a sweater into a cardigan.
If your sweater is snug around your chest and stomach, just snip it up and make it a cardigan.
8. Add a lace insert to shorts that are a little tight.
If the legs of your shorts are snug, add some extra fabric for a look that is both cute and more comfortable.
9. Add some fabric to the back of a shirt so it fits and looks cute.
This looks trendy and adorable – adding a bow is a cute and unique idea.
10. Add fabric to the side of a shirt that’s too small.
The back of your shirt isn’t the only place to add extra fabric – the sides can look really cute too.
11. Transform a denim jacket that’s a little too small.
When denim jackets are too small, it’s usually most obvious in the arms. Fix a denim jacket that’s a little small by changing up the arms with sweatshirt sleeves. It’s more comfortable, looks cute, and extends the life of the jacket.
12. Fix the waist of jeans that won’t button.
Not able to button or zip up your favorite jeans? Try this trick and you should be able to wear them for much longer!
13. Fix a dress that’s too small.
You can even transform dresses that are too small! This easy DIY shows you how.
14. Add this to your jeans if they’re just a little tight.
Adding some extra fabric to the button part of your jeans is an easy solution if they’re just a smidge too tight.
15. Add extra fabric to a small dress.
This is a clever way to make a tiny dress fit – and to totally change the look of it.
Are you going to try any of these DIYs? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!