How Do You Make Your T-Shirts Tighter?


Tight t-shirts go in and out of fashion, along with other t-shirt fit and style fashions. Right now, tight t-shirts are definitely in fashion. Celebrities as well as people of all walks of life are wearing tight t-shirts to show off their figures and to stay in style. Below are a few options to make your t-shirts tighter.

1. Shrink Your Shirt

If you have a t-shirt that just isn’t fitting as tightly as you want it to, there are several options to make it fit more tightly or to make it look as if it does. One of the easiest things about making a t-shirt fit tighter is that most t-shirts are made form cotton. Even if they are not 100 percent cotton, they will generally be composed mainly of cotton. Because cotton will naturally shrink under certain conditions, an entire t-shirt can be made smaller, and therefore tighter.

The main ingredient in getting a t-shirt to shrink is heat. The easiest way to get enough heat to shrink a t-shirt is to wash it in hot water. Another way is to put it into the dryer for half an hour or more on high heat. Either method will shrink a t-shirt to make it fit more tightly. If you don’t have a washer or dryer, simply place the shirt in a sink full of hot water.

2. Side Knot (1980’s) Your T-Shirt

If the t-shirt has been shrunk but you still want it tighter, there are other options to make it look tighter without changing the actual size of the t-shirt. A side knot is a fun way to make a t-shirt tighter around the torso. To make a side knot, twist one corner of the shirt into a tight roll and then tie that roll into a simple knot. This will hold your t-shirt tightly around your abdomen for as long as you keep the knot tied. As a bonus, this is also a retro look that was popular in the 80s and is gaining popularity now as a throwback to the 80s look.

3. Cut / Sew Modifications to Your T-Shirt

Another way to make a t-shirt fit tighter is to actually change some of the dimensions of the t-shirt. If you have any sewing skills, you can turn it inside out and to sew a line of stitches ahead of the existing seams to make the t-shirt smaller. This also allows you to make any part of the shirt tighter that you wish. You can tighten just the torso while leaving the sleeves as they are, you can tighten just the sleeves to change the look of the shirt or you can make any other spot changes that will customize the fit of your t-shirt.

4. Layer Your T-Shirts & Clothing

If you have a t-shirt that fits too loosely and you want to change that look without changing the size of the t-shirt, you can wear another shirt under it to make it look like it is fitting tighter. This can quickly make your shirt look a little dressier instead of loose and casual. A thin camisole, crew-neck shirt or sleeveless t-shirt can make your shirt appear less loose quickly and easily.

6 thoughts on “How Do You Make Your T-Shirts Tighter?

  1. Vicky

    Hey i have a 100% cotton long sleeve shirt and its one size too big I want to shrink it at least half a size!! Can you help? I’ve already washed it you in the washer and drier once and it didn’t shrink almost at all. PLEASE I CAN’T RETURN IT!!! D:

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