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...


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

  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,

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

  4. This is so cute, thanks for sharing!

  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 :)

  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

  7. Wow great job, what a cutie!

  8. This dress is so cute,thanks for sharing!

  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


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