Kate Alyse

Kate Alyse

Kate is a proud mama to four amazing little sweeties {through birth + adoption} and wife to the best husband a girl could ask for! She considers herself blessed to be able to stay home with the kids, and is just starting to get into the world of homeschooling. In her "spare-time" she enjoys sharing many of the projects, stories, and gluten-free recipes that are a part of their every day lives!
  • Kim

    Ok, I think this idea is ingenious!! And if I knew how to sew, I would be all over it haha! Sharing your post on my facebook page, hope that's ok!

  • Thanks! I love how it turned out 🙂 And it's absolutely ok that you share – thank you!

  • Shawna

    Thanks for a great solution that looks great!

  • Thank you!!

  • Jessica @ Sunny Tuesday

    That is ADORABLE! And completely unexpected! 🙂

  • What a cool idea! I never would have thought to do that. I always end up giving my short/shrunken shirts to the goodwill (so someone else can deal with it? how mean!) Now I know what to do! yay! 🙂


  • hehe – thanks!

  • That's usually what I ended up doing as well. I just REALLY wanted to figure something out with these particular shirts so I didn't feel like a complete failure for buying so many lol.

  • Cute idea!! 🙂 The belt looks good too!

  • Clever!!  And super cute!

  • Thanks! Yeah, I like it with the belt 🙂

  • aww thanks amy 😀

  • Julie Reger

    Um Kate…this is BRILLIANT!

  •  thanks!! 🙂 i love how easy it was… hope for several other shirts lol

  • This is so darling! I love it with the belt! You are very clever to come up with this! 🙂 thanks for sharing your idea!

  •  Thank you! 🙂 && absolutely 😉

  • Daniél at threeblindwives.com

    I love this! What a great idea!!!

  • Thank you! I loved how simple it was to actually pull off – I have very basic sewing skills so I knew it couldn't be anything too complicated 🙂

  • Since it's extended with woven fabric (read: no stretch), do you have a difficult time getting it on and off?  It's gorgeous!!

  • Ldavistodd

    This is a great idea!  I haven't been pregnant for 36 years, but some of my tee shirts do draw up in the length more that I would like.  Plus, it really looks cute.

  • Thanks! There is a little bit of "resistance" when I'm pulling it over my chest, but it's not too bad. A stretchier material I'm sure would be easier!

  •  I honestly have never understood why the "powers that be" don't just make shirts long enough to begin with! But yeah, I love how it turned out with the band in the middle 🙂

  • Leighseale

    What a cute shirt. I think I May try this on some of my too short shirts Thanks for the idea!

  •  I'd love to see them if you do! I've yet to try it on any other "styles" of Tshirts 🙂

    && absolutely!

  • Krista Wilde

    Interested to know what happens after it's washed.  Let us know!

  • This is a really good idea, I have so many short top and yesterday I was wondering what to do with them?  Now I know thank you for this idea!!!!

  • Promommytwo

    sometimes the simplist, most obvious answers to a problem are the ones you never think of.  Thanks for sharing.  I'm going to try this. 

  • Vildacyaya18

    That is really clever.  But, why are we doing this?  So the shirt does not go into the trash?  I have to say that t-shirts are super cheap at Target and Walmart similar stores and the time and effort it takes to do this is expensive.  In the time it would take me to complete this project, I could call 20 clients and set up meetings where I would make money to go out and buy the t-shirts.  

    Now, all of that said, I really, really do like the idea and I may try it.  I am not 100% a curmudgeon or naysayer.  Just part time…

  • Vildachaya18

    If you pre-wash the fabric, nothing should happen.  You should use fabric of similar content.  For example, I would not use a cotton t-shirt and rayon material as many rayons are not washable.  

  •  Hey Krista! I have washed it and have not noticed a discernible difference with any shrinkage or change in size. Like someone else replied to you, it would probably depend on the type of fabric you chose and perhaps pre-washing {which I did not chose to do in this case} Hope that helps! 🙂

  •  absolutely! 🙂 I hope it works for ya!

  •  isn't that the truth?! Good luck!

  •  lol -I guess it depends on your personal situation! It's great that you can afford to just go buy something new when what you have doesn't work – not all of us have that luxury :). I already had the Tshirt and materials on hand {though fabric quarters are usually only .99 – $1.99 and I only used half of one.}

    I hope it works out for you if you decide to try it!

  • Jessica Mz

    You can go to Joann's or Micheal's and get fabric swatches for at most $2. Or when they have sales and you have coupons, even better! I love the idea Kate!

  • That's great! I think next time I'm going to look for a "stretchier" fabric and see how that goes 🙂

  • Barbaramartin

    Great idea!

  •  thank you! 🙂

  • If you have a long torso some t-shirts, even new, barely work. They're just too short to start with and then when you wash them you can't wear them.

  • LH

    This is seriously great! I have shirts that I wore a few years back that were ok at the time and they still fit ok, but like you, I'd rather have a longer shirt. I'm totally going to try this with those! Thanks for posting this!

  • I'm going to redo all my short t's.  Hey, I'll have a whole new wardrobe! THANKS, cathy

  • Jennifermatthews84

    love this!

  • Pabon N

    I am so going to try this…Have been wondering how to and now i know…thanks!

  •  Awesome! – that's kind of how i felt about these shirts after I got them – just "ok" – and I was pretty bummed until I figured this out 😛 Good luck!

  • that's great! you are very welcome 🙂

  • thank you! 🙂

  • awesome! I hope it works well for ya 🙂

  • Hprum53

    Wow, I have so many shirts that I can try this with…Great idea!!

  •  Awesome, I hope it works out well for you!

  • Michele

    I love this idea!  thank you for sharing.  It will be so nice to try this.  I too had the same post-pregnancy problem and already being tall with a long torso doesn't help.  I am so excited to try this.

  • Katherine

    So smart!  I definitely want to do this!  Thanks!

  •  o I know know what you mean with the long torso. I'm probably "average" height, but most of it is my torso lol. I hope this works well for ya!

  •  awesome! good luck 🙂

  • Sar

    I was going to ask the same question about it being difficult to pull on.  After two kids, I shouldn't have any "resistance" pulling it over my chest.  Hardest part might be finding a bustline to measure to.  lol  I'll give it a try.  Found it on pinterest – thanks!

  • Kris Lieb

    I did it!…. I mis-measured however and the top  of the fabric is right on my boob LOL.  Came out super cute though. Thanks for sharing!

  • Bjm

    We do tend to get into the rut of thinking the only additions to length must go on the bottom. This is a great idea and really looks super.
    THANKS EH?  🙂

  • o no!  glad it's still cute at least! 😛

  •  Thanks! Yeah I think the addition to the middle of the shirt just makes it seem less obvious it was changed up.:)

  •  haha! I know the feeling my dear – "things" just aren't the same after being pregnant 😛 I hope this works out well for ya 🙂

  • Your "NEW" shirt looks so pretty! I'm a beginner sewer, sorta, and I could do this easy. This gives me some great ideas for Christmas!!! I start early cause I have 107 gifts to… MAKE!!! Thanks for the great idea!

  •  Thanks! Yeah I'm definitely no sewing expert – learning as I go! I hope it goes well for you 🙂

  • Guest

    that shirt looks like it belongs on what not to wear

  • Such a great idea! I'm going to have to try it with some of my shorter shirts.

  • Bev M.

    Cute idea, but I think you looked fine in the shorter shirt, too.

  • Kathiescreations

    Just one question, since you're putting non-stretch fabric in the middle, how do you get this shirt over your head and chest?

  • Felicia @ All Things Fee

    Found you via pinterest! Super cute, can't wait to try!

  •  ha! I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you mean the "before" 😉

  •  Awesome! I hope it works out well for ya 🙂

  •  Thank you 🙂 Yes it was fine just standing, but once I got to moving around or bending over to do something there was a little too much skin for my liking!

  • Since the shirt was moderately loose to begin with, there's enough fabric where it only gives a little "resistance" when I pull it over my chest. {I didn't have any issues getting it over my head} I'm sure using a stretchier fabric would make it easier, especially it someones has a smaller/tighter shirt to begin with – I was just trying to use fabric I already had on hand 🙂 If I do this again, I'll definitely try with a stretchier fabric!

  •  Thanks! I hope it turns out well for you!! 🙂

  • Melanie

    This is FANTASTIC…I too, like many of the other comments here have short t-shirts and have tried them when tank tops underneath…looks good for the first five minutes after you put it on, but as soon as you're in and out of the car etc, it's just a wad of material around my middle!!  This is such a wonderful solution…and with the belt…wow!!!  It looks so stylish…this with simple jeans is a whole new look to just a basic tshirt and jeans…I love it!!!  Fantastic tutorial as well 🙂  

  • Melanie

    …forgot to say…saw this on Pinterest…so glad someone pinned it already for me to find! 🙂  

  •  aww thanks 🙂 this is definitely one of my favorite "discoveries"!

  • Bren Shipman

    Terrific idea. I've got a boatload of shirts that need lengthening, so can't wait to get to this project. Very creative way of literally "stretching" our wardrobes!

  •  Awesome!! I know, it's so much fun to make something new out of what you've already got!

  • Blissful_and_domestic

     I just wanted to let you know that I featured you today on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and Check it out!

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic


  • Slacksharon

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I am 6 feet tall and have an identical twin who is 6' 1", and it's ridiculous finding shirts that are long enough, and we've had to toss many a cute shirts because they were unflatteringly short, and shopping at the store has always been a bummer because the shirts are always too short because our torsos are soo long.  This solves everything!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  • thank you so much! i will definitely check that out soon 🙂

  • aww, i so glad! I'm only 5'5", but I have a long torso too… I can only imagine how much trouble you guys have! Hopefully this works out well for you guys!! 🙂

  • Laura Lowe

    What a great idea! I have a long torso and get so frustrated with short shirts. I'll definitely be trying this solution!

  • awesome!

  • Peggy

    Bloody brilliant!!!

  • lol, thank you 🙂

  • very creative!! looks beautiful on you!

  •  thanks! i was pleasantly surprised with how well it worked out 🙂

  • An Exercise In Frugality

    Just wanted to tell you that I love love love this idea. One of those things that is so simple yet completely changed my life! I always have shirts that are too short. lol Thanks so much for posting this tutorial. I run a frugal blog and featured this as one of the Frugal Pins of the Day (featured today, since I discovered it on Pinterest!) Thanks so much for sharing, you can read the post featuring your tutorial at http://anexerciseinfrugality.com/?p=646. Thanks again for the awesome tutorial!

  •  thank you!! I will definitely check out the post 🙂

  • Huhhm

    this is pretty ugly. not cute. really.

  • well, it's clearly not for everyone! I'm happy with it, and it seems to have helped a lot of other people 😉

  • Joanne

    OH.MY.GOSH. That is the best idea I've seen in a looong time! I'm not a great sewer but I figure the worst that can happen is that I wreck  the shirts | haven't wanted to wear anyways! Wondering if I can slice a piece of one shirt to add to another. Is it easy enough to sew two stretchier materials together? Thank you for posting this, and I have to say, you are very gracious regarding less than kind comments…:)

  • aww, thank you! I'm sure it would work to use another Tshirt… and it would actually probably be easier to get on and off with a stretchier material! My only suggestions would be to use a lower "tension" on the foot, and go slowly. Also if you have lots of pins it should keep all the material lined up well. I'm certainly not an expert either, so I hope that  helps! && yes, I'm not sure why some people feel the need to say the things they do, but ya just gotta roll with the punches 😉 Thanks for checking me out, I hope this works well for you!

  • The Practical Mom Shop

    I just did this project in about 15 minutes! I used a serger, which I'm hoping will make the knit/non-knit seams have a little "give." I'm thrilled with how it worked! Thanks!!

  •  great idea! glad it worked well for you!! 🙂

  • Lucia

    That is not a kind thing to say.

  • Lucia

    That is an ugly thing to say.

  • Claudia & Topastro

    Great idea! Claudia

  • thank you! 🙂

  • I love this, I wish I sewed! And the belt really looks great with it. Shirts are either too short or too long on me. I might have to experiment with a not so favorite shirt and Stitch Witchery and see how it works.

  • Lulu

    So cute! I have a ridiculously long torso, and normally do the t-shirt/camisole layering thing, but this is brilliant! I love it!

  • Tabatha

    Great idea and excellent directions! Thanks!

  • thank you! I hope it works out well for you should you decide to try it 🙂

  • thanks! i know what you mean, i rarely wear tops without a tank under them… and I'm not even that tall! It's awesome when shirts are just long enough and you don't have to worry about it :-p

  • thanks! it was surprisingly easy to pull off {I'm no sewing expert!!} so I hop you don't have too much trouble with it…. good luck! 🙂

  • Cat

    You may have the money to go out and buy 200 shirts, but they'll still all be too short. 🙂

  • What an amazing idea! I never thought of that, thank u so much for sharing! will definitely be doing this to some of mine:-) and it looks so great on u too

  • Kristi

    Do you think this would work with polo shirts? I have to wear polos at work and bought some from the women's department and they are quite short. I bought some others from the men's department and they are much longer…

  • Yes! This is brilliant. I can dig out those shirts that are too short due to increased boob size and wear them again. Thank you so much!

  • I also have a long torso at 5'8". Isn't a pain in the butt to find shirts that are long enough? Ack!

  • thank you!! I hope it works out well for you 🙂

  • I don't see why not… the biggest "concern" would probably be just finding another material that works well with the polo fabric, but I wouldn't think that would be too hard? I always hated finding long enough polos back in highschool… most of them were barely long enough to tuck in! Sounds like they haven't improved much :-/

  • haha! I definitely know that feeling 😉 I hope it works out well for you!

  • i know! Target's "long and lean" tanks have been a long time favorite of mine since I have VERY few shirts that were made long enough on their own lol. crazy sauce 😛

  • hehe, i know right?!

  • Amanda

    I love this and added it to StuffDOT. I think you just save about a half dozen of my tshirts 🙂

  • thanks! that's awesome 🙂

  • Fredeac

    I love that idea ! Why I didn't think about that bymyslef before ???? 😉

  • hehe thanks! 🙂

  • Guest

    no I meant after it is hideous

  • Guest

    the truth hurts sometimes

  • Brilliant! Can't wait to try it!

  • awesome! good luck 🙂

  • Shelley

    What a mean, nasty thing to say! There's no need to be rude to her. You might think her shirt is hideous, but I think you have an ugly heart, and that is much, much worse than anything anyone could ever wear.

  • bethrnich

    What a great idea! I'm 5'11'' and usually have to buy tall-sixed clothes (yes, even t-shirts, and boy does it narrow my options =/) Can't wait to try this.

  • Jindry

    That is a really smart and cute idea!!! I am not a big fan of orange but with the brown in the center it looks great!! I can't wait to see how the other shirts turned out. Kudos to you for finding a solution to the ultimate fashion problem most of us have.

  • Hope it works out well for ya!

  • Thanks! I was super excited when it actually turned out haha 😛

  • blueeyemama

    So darn smart!!! Won't be sending any more of my favorite t-shirts to goodwill!!!

  • O good! It's fun to make favorites work instead of having to say goodbye :- P

  • Great idea! I must say though, you do NOT have any kind of muffin top!

  • Hehe, well thanks 😛

  • Tracy

    Wasn't it hard to put on since cotton doesn't stretch much?

  • There's a little bit of "resistance" – but nothing too awkward/difficult. Since it was a fairly loose shirt to begin with, there's enough room 🙂 I'm sure a stretchier material would make that easier though!

  • Danni

    I love love love the colors on that shirt. This is a fantastic idea!

  • Many times I find sale t-shirts I like in coordinating colors. I could buy two in coordinating colors and then be able to use the same fabric for the band. It should look even more 'designed' that way. I have struggled with a long torso all my life and am now in my 60s.

  • thank you! 🙂

  • that's a great idea!

  • thanks!! 🙂

  • Carol Alexander

    it is a very Cute shirt and Idea, Quit Trolling.

  • Mikescustoms76

    so very darling! love it, i like my tees a bit longer then most sell and this added material is the perfect way to do so!!! thank you

  •  thanks! yes, it would definitely be great if they could just sell shirts a bit longer lol.

  • that is an awesome idea, I have a few t's that are to short for me. gonna take them out and do this.

  •  awesome! let me know how they turn out 😉

  • Stacie

    I am taking my first sewing class on Tuesday. I am super excited to try this on some of my post-pregnancy too short shirts. What a great idea! Thanks for posting (I pinned on Pinterest.)

  • MMbaby

    Nice job! Too bad I don't sew… at all….

  • Nlg1965

    I decided I wanted to do this today with one of my shorter shirts. Measured, cut, stitched then tried it on. Love the way it looked, BUT, the additional fabric has NO give and I had MUCH trouble getting it on my chesty self, then it is too form fitting for my comfort, although very cute! Supposing I will disassemble and try a fabric with some stretch to it. Great idea though

  •  That sounds fun! I usually have to enlist my grandmother's help when I don't know what to do lol. & thanks for pinning! 🙂

  •  Thanks! This actually came together pretty easily {I am by no means a sewing expert lol!} Of course if you don't happen to have a sewing machine, then yes you are pretty much out of luck 😛

    • Violet Marie Fegan

      The stitching can be done by hand. I enjoy that method because it’s very relaxing and I can do it while watching a movie or listening to music. I’ll even take my sewing with me when I go to a coffee shop or anywhere where I’m going to hang out for a while. 😀

      • Violet Marie Fegan

        Another idea would be to add a lace piece at the bottom. Some lace have scalloped or other types of edges. Think about weaving silk ribbon in and out of the lace and tying it into a bow in front.

  •  That's been one thing I've gotten the most feedback about lol! I think I got lucky that it was a loose enough shirt that it wasn't really a problem – however if I were to do it over, a stretchier fabric I'm sure would have made it easier! Sorry it didn't work out for you 🙁 Hopefully the new fabric helps!

  • AFTER, would be a good thing. Before is what's bad. And you're insane, this shirt is adorable.

  • I don't see any muffin top! You look awesome:) I love this idea. Your instructions are great. It is going on my sewing stuff before summer list.

  • thanks lol 🙂 I'd love to see any pics if you end up doing this!

  • Earla

    I am sure a lot of people feel the way I do when I think, Why didn't I think of that?. Nice job and tutorial! I have 4 shirts that I recently bought and am going to be doing this to them!

  • loveyourshirt

    Excellent! Fabulous idea. . . you fixed what I hate about t shirts. . . You look great by the way. . .can't tell you recently had a baby.

  • Thanks! & good luck 🙂

  • Thank you 🙂 & I know! Why can't they just make them long enough to begin with??

  • Rebecca

    Just want to let you know that I love your tutorial so much I shared it on my blog today. I hope that's okay. 🙂

  • mmsseej

    Thanks for the GREAT idea!! I am going to try it with some knit fabric, because I like having stretch. I'll let you know how they turn out.

  • Wow, thanks for the feature! 🙂

  • Thanks! I'd love to know how it works out for you 🙂

  • Addie alexa

    This is really an awesome creative work that you have shared for us.I am really glad to see this.


  • MLY

    Thank you! I like longer shirts so that when I lift my arms up my belly isn't showing and I have a long torso already. This could do the trick. 🙂

  • CraftyGirl4Life

    What an awesome idea! I never would have thought to do that. LOL.

  • Yarnhugger

    This is a great idea! I can see putting a panel of knitting, crochet, hairpin lace, etc. instead of fabric. Super excited to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

  • Evie_L

    Wow – what a fantastic idea! I have a really long torso, so a lot of my shirts are too short on me. I was planning to add to the bottom, but this is much more flattering!

    • Judy Holcomb

      I did this with a couple of small hidden pockets in the addition to tuck in money or cell phone, keys, if didn’t want to carry a purse or if working out in the yard … glad to see people are doing so much repurposing of good clothing.. the second hand stores are filled with nice clothing that can be repurposed or altered if someone has the time and means to do it… I make beautiful gifts out of some of these great buys..
      also good quilting materials if I find embroidered or theme clothing that provides unique quilting squares (logo t-shirts are another idea for memory quilts of kids’ clothing) I have accumulated so many project ideas from people like you guys that I want to try them all but don’t enough years left to try everything… such talented and creative people out there.. thank you for sharing..

  • Jessica

    Usually not many women wear a belt with jeans then also wear a belt around their waist, but clearly it works very well and looks great! That solves your fitting problem, very creative!

  • Jessica

    I forgot to say why. 🙂 I'm tall and thin and so my jeans usually require a belt, like you sometimes my tops are short, and I see a slight belt bulge under my shirt. This idea draws attention away so you don't even notice the belt I'm wearing underneath so my pants can stay up LOL but I'm guessing seeing two belts at once wouldn't work?

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