Monday, June 18, 2012

Toddler Flared T-Shirt


As the weather begins to heat up I've been searching for more t-shirts for my little girl.  As I open her drawers, I find there aren't that many in there!  So in the true DIY attitude I decided to make some instead of buy them!

I took one of her basic shirts and set to work making a pattern from it.  I don't have pattern paper so I used old wrapping paper.  It works great except for the fact it keeps wanting to roll up!

I traced the front, back and sleeve of the shirt onto the paper the best I could and added a quarter inch seam allowance.

My mom's been cleaning out her fabric stash, and lots of it is finding it's way to my house.  I picked out some of the cute cotton she brought over and started tracing and cutting away.

As I started to sew the bodice together I was encouraged and excited.  Then I put it over my little ones head to test it.   Uh-oh.  It went on okay, but it was a stinker to get off of her!  The material I chose had no stretch to it.  And as many of you know, that's a VERY undesirable trait for a toddler shirt.  Especially for my little girl.  She has a big head!  Seriously!!  We're talking in the 90th percentile!

You can see some of that stretchy material on the side in this photo.

So after thinking about the problem for a day or so, and talking to my mom about it I came up with a solution.  My mom had also brought me some white gathered elastic material that's meant to be used at the top of skirts.  Perfect!  I had to sew two strips together to make it long enough, but it worked great.  I added it to each side seam and it gave the shirt just the right amount of stretchiness so that it easily goes on and off.

I made my own bias tape from the same material to go around the neck.  I know I could have used some white bias tape, but I liked the matching look better.  I attached a button on one side, then rolled up a small piece of fabric to create the loop that attaches to the button.  A simple way to create a clasp for a shirt.


And now for the fun part.  You know, the part where I try to get a picture of the two year old wearing the shirt.  Ya right!  Here were some of the first attempts....


And finally the money shot.  Phew!


I haven't had a chance to make another one yet, but if I do maybe I'll try to come up with a tutorial...

9 comments:

  1. So, so sweet and looks easy to make!!!

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  2. Absolutely precious (the shirt is wonderful, too;)! So glad I found you at Live. Laugh. Rowe.'s blog networking party.... I have a little girl, too! This would be precious for her!! I may just have to try! Would love to have you visit my site soon...

    Hope you're having a wonderful start to your week!

    Your newest follower,
    Heather
    stringtownhome.blogspot.com

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  3. You are to talented! And Indy looks so adorable!!! Miss you all!

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  4. This is so cute, thanks for sharing!
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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  5. what an adorable shirt! i'll have to make a similar one for my niece! New follower, can't wait to catch up on your posts :)

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  6. Great work on the t-shirt - and what a good save with those side elastics!! Brilliant! I'll have to remember that!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  7. Wow great job, what a cutie!

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  8. This dress is so cute,thanks for sharing!
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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  9. what a cute top! just discovered your blog and I love it! I'm your newest follower - hope you can check me out too! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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