Oversized (wrong size) Baseball Jersey to Cute Fitted Jersey

My 26th birthday was on Monday, June 10th. We decided to celebrate by going to a National’s baseball game. I really wanted to wear a jersey but all I had was this funky oversized XXL women’s jersey my dopey husband mistakenly bought online thinking it was a men’s jersey. He looked like the Incredible Hulk when he tried it on, and I looked like a child wearing an adult’s shirt. It hung in the closet since last summer all lonely like so I decided to try my hand at altering it. So the jersey went from size XXL….. to size me.

altering a baseball jersey DIY

Here’s the before:

altering a baseball jersey DIY

altering a baseball jersey DIY

How I Resized the Jersey:

I started with my trusty fabric marker and marked where I wanted the sleeve to be moved. Then I traced the line onto a piece of wax paper and cut out the strip to form a template. I traced the line onto the back of the sleeve then on the front and back of the other sleeve.

altering a baseball jersey DIY

altering a baseball jersey DIY

altering a baseball jersey DIY

Pinning & Sewing:

I used my seam ripper to detach the sleeve. I also pulled out the stitching for the black fabric tag on the bottom right of the jersey since it was placed too close to the side seams and would be otherwise gone once I took in the jersey.

I pinned the sleeve against the new line and sewed the sleeve to it’s new location, making the shoulders smaller. I was careful to make sure the seams in the armpit area still aligned. That was a little tricky. After the sleeve was sewn in place, I continued to sew down the sides of the jersey to take it in on the chest and waist area.

altering a baseball jersey DIY

altering a baseball jersey DIY

oversize to fitted baseball jersey

oversize to fitted baseball jersey

altering a baseball jersey DIY

Replacing the Black Fabric Tag:

Then I repinned the black fabric tag and sewed it in it’s new location, which was about 2″ to the left of it’s original spot. If you look closely, you can see where the old tag was.

altering a baseball jersey DIY

altering a baseball jersey DIY

altering a baseball jersey DIY

Clean Up:

Did I mention that the game was actually in a few hours and I decided to do this whole thing about 2 hours before we were set to leave? Yeah. I did that. Well then I had the disappearing fabric marker ink to deal with. I would usually wash a sewing project or give it a few days to disappear on it’s own but I needed this thing gone right away. So I used Shout spray with a paper towel to remove the ink, which worked like magic and right away.

altering a baseball jersey DIY

Then I was done! I really wish I had a photo of me in the jersey before it was altered so you could get the full effect of the change. I ended up taking it in about 2.5″ on each shoulder and about 3″-4″ on the waist. Much cuter than the baggy version, I’d say.

In case your wondering… I’m more of a watch HGTV and Food Network kinda girl, definitely not ESPN (can’t stand sports on tv). But I love actually going to games. And I love baseball games. My husband is addicted to any and all sports and I swear he follows every team and can tell you anything about any player. Period. He’s crazy. So now I actually look like a fan too…

altering a baseball jersey DIY

altering a baseball jersey DIY

Before the game we went to our favorite restaurant for brunch, Warehouse Bar & Grill on King Street in Alexandria. Lobster Cobb Salad and a Seafood Omelette along with champagne and strawberries. It doesn’t get any better than that!

altering a baseball jersey DIY

Then we were off to the game. Go Nats!!! ….But they actually lost 😦 We still had a ton of fun though!

altering a baseball jersey DIY

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4 Responses to Oversized (wrong size) Baseball Jersey to Cute Fitted Jersey

  1. Pingback: Happy 1st Birthday Design Waffle! | Design Waffle

  2. I really wanted to wear a jersey but all I had was this funky oversized XXL … jbaseballb.wordpress.com

  3. Emi says:

    This is terrific! Thanks for posting this. I was desperately looking for a way to resize a men’s XL baseball jersey to fit me (ladies S). I don’t have the best sewing skills but I think this will work. I have 2 days before we are heading to a game. 😀

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