Simple Kid's T-shirt transformation

I recently started sewing for my son. I did sew a few things before he was born but after that, I could never find the time to make him (or myself) anything. Now my son is two years old, and I'm able to sew when he naps or throw him in daddy's arms and lock myself up for a little sewing before he starts banging at my door, crying because he wants his mommy.

You don't have to be a mom to know that there is far more clothing styles for girls than for boys and with this online shopping craze, I found some gorgeous knit fabrics I wanted to get my hands on and make something for my little dude and here's what you need:

  • A T-shirt pattern (If you don't know how to draft one yourself) I used the day camp set by Peek-a-boo patterns.

  • Pattern paper (click here for patter paper suggestions)

  • The usual: rulers, pins, the fabric, scissors you know the drill.

The first thing I did was trace the original pattern. On my new pattern I drew a diagonal line across the front piece. After cutting through the line, I glued the piece on to pattern paper to added 1/2 inch seam allowance on each piece. If you are a more experienced sewer, you can add 1/4 inch.

Nothing changes for the back piece.

The only alteration we are making is on the front. The font piece alteration is called color blocking and it gives you room to play with design. Now, with right sides of the fabric together, sew the diagonal pieces to form the front part of the shirt an if you have a serger, go ahead and serge it and give it a top stitch so that it lays flat. I used a stretch stitch and loosened the tension so the fabric wouldn't pucker or get wavy along the seam.

Join front and back pieces at the shoulder seams, remembering to place right sides together and sew.

Fold the sleeves in half and mark with a seam that center line. Align this center line with middle of the top portion of the armhole and now you are ready to sew the t-shirt closed.

For the hem, I used a coverstitch, but you could use a double needle on your regular sewing machine or a zig zag stitch and you are done!

you can do many color block variations with this pattern, just let your imagination go wild.

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