- Turn shirt inside out.
- Thread the needle through the edge of the opening at the bottom of the opening. Be sure to thread it from the inside so the tail of the thread is hidden.
- Using stitches that aren’t too tight, slowly align the opening closed as you desire and stitch up until the hole is closed enough for your taste. The stitches should be tight enough to keep the two sides of the opening together but no so tight that it pulls the fabric.
- Knot the end of the thread on the inside of the shirt (which is facing out, like in the photo on the right) and you’re done.
To solve this problem, I sew a few somewhat loose stitches to connect the shirt between the buttons along the “seam” where the two sides of the shirt come together and button up along the middle of the torso. These stitches will permanently close the shirt so it now pulls over your head, but it will also keep the space between buttons flat while you’re wearing it. The stitches are attaching the shirt itself and aren’t integrated with the button holes or buttons themselves.
- Put the shirt on to determine where the pucker problem plagues you (i.e. between which buttons it puckers). Make a mental note. Then take it off, obviously.
- Button up the shirt and turn the shirt inside out.
- Recall between which buttons the shirt puckers.
- Start stitching from the inside layer of the shirt (which is currently on the outside because the shirt is inside out, as shown in the bottom right photo below). This is the layer to which the buttons are generally stitched. Let’s call this Layer 1. Consider Layer 2 the piece of the shirt that is slightly under Layer 1 as your work but which would sit on top while wearing it and through which you’d push the buttons while wearing it.
- Thread through Layer 1.
- After pulling the thread through Layer 1, catch just a few threads of Layer 2. Catch just enough of Layer 2 to hold the two pieces together without allowing the thread
to show on the front of the shirt.
- Thread the needle back through Layer 1. Assuming your started at the top of the area that puckers, travel down the shirt an inch or two, being sure the thread is hidden behind Layer 1. Repeat steps 4 – 7 until you’ve reached the bottom of the section that puckers.
my bra straps sneaking out from under the shirt ~ not cool at work, thank you.
The back has a single button at the neckline. I moved the button just an inch
or two so the neckline closed a bit tighter and now the undergarments stay
where they belong. The button used to sit right on the edge of the fabric where you can see a small cream thread dot. I moved the button a bit closer to the shoulder so the boat neck was slightly smaller. So simple that even the most
novice of seamstresses could muster up the courage for this
And If you have some items in your closet in need of just a tiny dose of TLC, go give it a shot! Aside from 30 minutes of your afternoon, what do you have to lose?! I’m rooting for you!