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!

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

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!)

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ Other things you’ll need:

  • 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
  • scissors
  • pins
  • thread
  • paper
  • pen
  • 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!

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJFold the old pj in half, aligning legs one above the other. Fold in half vertically your T-shirt’s front and back as they are (Wrong Sides Facing) and lay above your old pj keeping it folded.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJOutline with chalk the shape to cut (remember to add 1 cm – 3/8″ of seam allowances all around!) or simply cut around. Remember to add some length or width if your old pj is short or tight!

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJTIP: Stretch the elastic waistline while outlining (or cutting) to have more room for belly!

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

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!

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJFrom the same T-shirt (my dark blue one), take leftovers (sides) and lay them flat wrong sides together.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJFold in half vertically; use your old pj to cut out two sleeve pieces (adding seam allowances).Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

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:

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJAnd side seam:Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

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.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJSlice off the top piece of the pattern, since you already have the neckline and shoulder part: just fold it and overlay it to the pattern and cut, considering seam allowances.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

Now you have a pattern piece for cutting front and back bodice. Remember to add seam allowances while cutting your fabric.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

Create the pleat with a couple of pins and set aside.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

Cuffs:

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

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ To create cuffs, simply fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew along short side, using 1 cm seam allowances.Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

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. Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ Let’s put together that pj!

Legs: Sew both front crotch and back crotch, matching right sides facing legs pieces.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJI’d suggest you to use a triple straight stitch plus finishing seam allowances with a zig-zag or, better, a serger (if available).

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ Fold in the other way your pants, matching inside leg’s rag long edges; pin and sew, then finish seam allowances.Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJAdd the elastic casing extension: Sew together in loop matching short sides, right sides facing.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJSew the elastic casing to the top edge of the pants, matching side seams.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

Add the elastic: Sew in round the elastic paying attention not to twist it,

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ Open seam allowances…

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJand make a zig-zag squared box to secure it closed and flat.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJMark 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.  Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJTurn the elastic inside its casing and repeat the 3 step zig-zag seam all around.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJIf you want, you can now add the cuffs (or you can do like me and wait the end of the tutorial, because you’ve lost one of your ankle’s cuffs…)

Into the bodice!

Pin front pleated piece to the shoulders/neckline piece, matching starting and ending point. Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJSew and finish seam allowances as desired. Repeat on back.Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ
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. Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJSew and finish seam allowances. Right sides facing, match side seams and sleeve’s seams and sew them in one only seam.

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJFinish seam allowances. Add cuffs, as you did on elastic casing extension:

1. match:

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

2. pin:

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

3. sew and finish seam allowances:

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJEt voilà… You now have two less t-shirts on your refashion pile and one more Cute PJ…

Serger Pepper - Guest Post on TitiCrafty - Refashion T-Shirts to PJ
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