Below is another shirt that is not disastrously tight, but the buttons still pull a little at the chest, the armholes are all up in my armpits' business, and the gapping at the bottom indicates that the shirt doesn't fit properly around my hips. Therefore: too small.
In one of the quickest top makeovers of all time, I was able to solve all three of the above problems. I simply cut off the sleeves and used the as triangular inserts in the side seams to make a fun little swing top!
I love this silhouette as a fun, casual, springtime top, but if I'm feeling a little too swingy, it also belts really nicely to create a peplum shape instead!
1. Cut up side seams and cut off sleeves.
2. Cut sleeves into long triangles (make sure the sides are as long as your side seams).
3. Pin and sew triangles into open side seams.
4. Double fold and sew armholes.
5. Hem triangle insert.
And that's all, folks!