Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Finally, a onesie pattern! ...and a recon too.
Okay I finally got my lazy bum around and am posting this pattern! It is for an infant size 12 through 24 month onesie or t-shirt! The pattern is pretty self explanatory for avid sewers except for the sleeve might be a bit confusing. Either way, beginners might want some instructions here so I am going to explain how it all works. To use these, right-click and "Save Target As..." and choose your desktop. The print from there. Here are the pattern pieces:
In this example I am going to be applying the pattern in a recon way. But this pattern would work using material and making the whole thing from scratch (which at some point down the line this lazy bum will explain that too!).
Here is what I started with. It was a size 7 girls t-shirt that my niece outgrew. It was really small. Here is the original shirt:
I laid out the t-shirt nice and flat and smoothed out any wrinkles. I also make sure that the shoulder seam is where it should be at the top and same for the side seams....perfectly flat and in place. This is critical because I am a lazy sewer at times and am using the neck from the original t-shirt as well as the shoulder seam. It will save you a lot of work if you can do the same.
Fold the t-shirt in half lengthwise with the back together and the front will be on the outside. The lay down the pattern, lining it up with the folded edge as well as the top neckline and shoulder line. Pin and cut around armholes, along the side, and the bottom. See below:
Turn sleeves from original shirt inside out and lay flat. Lay pattern on sleeve, matching folded edge and using existing hemmed edge of sleeve, if possible. Pin and cut.
Sew the sides of the t-shirt up using 5/8" hem. Attach sleeves. Hem bottom of the shirt. And that's all she wrote!
Any long-time sewer will know exactly how to sew up a shirt without any or very little intruction at all. If you are a beginner then I apologize for my cruddy instructions but I am sure that you can find a website on the internet that will better explain t-shirt construction and sewing. It is super easy. Anyhow, here is the action shot on my daughter....
One last thing, the pants shown here we also made by me. The pattern is mine and can be found here. I made them from a pair of girls (size 7) sweatpants.