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Old 10-15-2002, 01:06 PM
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Question Saving my favorite shirts that are not long enough.

Some times my favorite shirts are not long enough. Does anyone know of a way that I can add some lenghth to them. I thought about crocheting a stripe then inserting it into the shirt but I don't know if this will work or not. It seems like it would look OK on the front but not the back. I have had success using the material from a long sleeve shirt that I cut off to make short sleeves then using the extra material for pockets to cover up flaws or other repairs. But the few shirts that I need to lenghthen are already short sleeves. It seems like they fit OK till they are washed and dried then they don"t seem to be long enough. I am not young enough to wear them with my belly button showing like the teens wear.(nor would I when I was younger!) but I love some of the patterns and material they are made of but they are no use to me if they just hang in the closet. Help!
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Old 10-20-2002, 04:18 PM
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I like your idea of crocheting a stripe, and I think it would look nice on a lot of different styles of shirts. I've also seen this lengthening trick using various types of fabric, especially for kids' clothes when they grow out of them--both on the front/back and the sleeves.

You could also make a lovely crocheted, knit, lace, or other detail for the bottom to lengthen the shirt, and maybe repeat the pattern somewhere else on the shirt to tie it together, such as a bit on the top of a pocket, on the sleeves, or at the tips of the collar. Or you could use a matching or contrasting fabric in place of cut-off sleeves for your previously successful lengthening/pocket trick.

If your shirt has a front and back yoke, it might be fun to replace the yoke with a different fabric, only longer than the original yoke.

Hope those ideas help!
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