Here’s one of my latest Guest Post, taking it home from Titicrafty… just in case you missed it 🙂
As you may know, I have a deep passion for refashion and tutorials, so today I’d like to show you how to transform two t-shirts from the Thrifty Shop (or from Hubby’s drawer) into the cutest pajama your daughter’s will ever have, with a smart touch: re-use some original feature to save your precious time and some headaches too!
Let’s talk about materials you need:
- 2 t-shirts, the bigger the better (I went with two contrasting colors/patterns because I love colorblocking!)
- an old pj (right size or small/short)
- 2,5 cm height elastic for the waistband (long as your model’s waist, mine was 50 cm)
- sewing machine
- serger (optional)
Consider that I made this pj for my daughter, who is 5 years old.
If you need to make a bigger one, you should consider:
a) find Very Big T-shirts
b) sew together fabrics from different t-shirts to have bigger fabric pieces to work with!
Start trying to figure out how to lay your pj’s pieces on t-shirts, to have less leftovers.
I decided to reuse the neckline and shoulder seam from the dark blue one (it was small for an adult head, then perfect size for a girl) and the hem from the pink one: this will save me a lot of time and worries!
Maybe your T-shirts aren’t exactly the same as mine, but this is the what I love in refashioning: no twin clothes! Leave your imagination fly, no patterns here!
One more thing: seeing we’re sewing with knits, remember you’ll need to use a ballpoint needle and, if you like, check some more tips (my 30 best ones) in one of my latest posts about this topic!
If you have T-shirts similar to the ones I used, or you’re a beginner in refashions, I’m showing you step-by-step what I did: feel free to ask me for help or suggestion if you’re stuck!
Cut out sleeves (and set aside) from the t-shirt you want to keep the neckline and cut horizontally a couple of inches below the neckline on both front and back. Don’t do like me that I forgot to cut sleeves first (as you can see in this picture and the others to come!), it’s better if you cut them out now!
If your T-shirt is long enough, you won’t need to add more fabric at the top, to create the waistband; if you see that’s not enough long, like mine, simply cut an extension from leftovers, when you have finished cutting all the other pieces required.
I’ve created the elastic casing for the waistband using the original T-shirt sleeves: cut two rectangular strips (height = 2 times your elastic height+1 cm, length = pant’s piece top edge’s length) and if you scroll down the page you can see them in the same pictures of cuffs, since to create it you need to follow the same steps and it’s faster & smarter if you sew them at the same time!
From the pink T-shirt I cut out my bodice. To do that simply create a simple pattern from the old pj, outlining it on a sheet of paper.
Mark shoulder line:
Then join lines to create a pattern (eyeballing missing lines, like sleeve seam
For a more feminine look, I’ve added some room in the middle, that I’ll go sewing in a central opened pleat (but it could be gathered, or more pleats). Add a couple of cm on center front of the pattern.
Now you have a pattern piece for cutting front and back bodice. Remember to add seam allowances while cutting your fabric.
Create the pleat with a couple of pins and set aside.
I’ve decided to add them in both sleeves and pants, also if I could skip them, at least in pants, having original T-shirt hems.
I chose to add them because:
a) they were a touch of pink, increasing chances my daughter would love this pj
b) she says that pjs without cuffs tend to “climb” her legs/arms and leave her cold (poor little thing!)
From the Pink Tee, cut two couples of cuffs using these measurements for a size 5yo:
Leg’s cuffs heigth = 18 cm length = 16 cm
Wrist cuffs: height = 11 cm length = 18 cm
Press the seam opened if you used your sewing machine, or to one side if using a serger. Turn inside out cuffs and fold in half widthwise, wrong sides facing, pairing long raw edges. Set aside. Let’s put together that pj!
Legs: Sew both front crotch and back crotch, matching right sides facing legs pieces.
Fold in the other way your pants, matching inside leg’s rag long edges; pin and sew, then finish seam allowances.Add the elastic casing extension: Sew together in loop matching short sides, right sides facing.
Add the elastic: Sew in round the elastic paying attention not to twist it,
Mark with a pen quarters on the elastic, starting from the seam to mark the other half, then fold to match these first points to see where the other two are (where the fold falls!) Mark on elastic casing extension’s raw edge center front and back, then pin the elastic to wrong side of the casing, putting elastic loop’s seam on center back. Leave the elastic a couple of mm inside the casing, so it won’t show! Sew together using a 3 step zig-zag stitch, or any other elastic stitch you have on your sewing machine. Turn the elastic inside its casing and repeat the 3 step zig-zag seam all around.
Into the bodice!
Pin front pleated piece to the shoulders/neckline piece, matching starting and ending point. Sew and finish seam allowances as desired. Repeat on back.
Tip: Pay attention to the pin(s) you’ve put in for the pleat: do not sew (or, worst, serge!) on it…
Sleeves Set in sleeves, pinning starting and ending points and the middle of the shoulder on both bodice and sleeve’s pieces, right sides facing. Sew and finish seam allowances. Right sides facing, match side seams and sleeve’s seams and sew them in one only seam.
3. sew and finish seam allowances:
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