4.03.2012

Baby Shortall From Adult T-Shirt: Pattern and Tutorial

I'm so excited to share the baby shortall pattern and tutorial today!  I have loved making these little shortall's for my son and hope you do to! They come together fairly quickly, and it's so fun to see your t-shirt on your little one.
 
The pattern is for about a 6-12 month size. My baby is long and skinny with a smaller than average head, so you might have to adjust the pattern for your baby. If you have a chunky baby, add width to the sides of the body pattern. I'll give you tips in the tutorial for adjustments.
This is for personal use only. Please do not make shortalls to sell or sell the pattern.

What you need:
One adult t-shirt in any size, I used a male medium.
Baby Shortall Pattern size 6-12 mos
sewing supplies and sewing machine

1. Lay out your t-shirt and place the neckline of the pattern on the neckline of the shirt.
 
2. Pin through both layers.
3. Cut out. At the neckline cut straight up then cut across into the neck hole at the top of the pattern. (If your neckline is really big, you might not need the whole neckline.
 
4. Cut out the other pieces. When cutting out the sleeves, place the bottom on a hem so you don't have to hem the sleeves. You should have one front and one back, four leg opening pieces, two sleeves, and one crotch piece.
5. Perfect the shoulders by angling in the edge so that the neckline ends in a point.
 
6. With the back on the bottom right side facing down and the front lying on top facing down, overlap the points by 2".
*This is where you can alter the pattern for head size and shoulder width. If your baby has a big head and wide shoulders, overlap less. If your baby has a small head and small shoulders, overlap more.
7. Find the center of the sleeve by folding in half.
8. Line up the center of the sleeve with the center of the 2" right sides together.
9. Sew a zigzag at 1/4".
This is what your neckline and shoulders should look like.

10. With right sides together line up the sleeve seams at the armpit. There will be a difference in length because of the size of the neckline. Also, the white arrow is point to the corner where the side should meet the sleeve. It doesn't meet because I overlapped my neckline 2". If you overlap yours less, I left room on the patter so that you will have more room in the sides.
11. I drew a line from my sleeve seem to my hem and pinned. (It's hard to see in the picture.) Sew with a zigzag at 1/4" from sleeve hem, pivot under the sleeve and then sew down to the bottom.
12. Trim off excess.
13. Now lay down your shortall and cut off the excess so that the back to matches the front.
14. Fold the back and the football to find the center of each.
15. With right sides together, match the centers together.
16. Pin together. This is a little tricky because the two pieces are opposing curves. Sew at 1/4".
This is what it should look like.
17. With right sides together sew with a straight stitch at 1/8" on the outside curve. Do the same to the other two.
18. Turn right sides out.
19. With rights sides together pin the inside curve to the front inseam. Sew with a straight stitch at 1/8".
20. Flip over to the inside and sew with a straight stitch at 1/2" from the inseam.
This is what it should look like.
21. With right sides together pin the inside curve to the back inseam.
This is what the inseam should look like.
22. Pin up the bottom 5/8" and sew with either a zigzag or a double needle.
23. Apply the closure of your choice. I did both snaps and buttons. I prefer buttons and buttonholes.
Put it on your cutie and enjoy upcoming summer!
 
Don't forget to add them to the flickr pool once you're done!

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79 comments:

  1. Fantastic refashion!!! It's great how you've used the existing ribbing at the neck! Thanks for sharing such a detailed tutorial!!!

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  2. This is fantastic! I love it! Great job, Heather, definitely saving this one for the future!

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  3. What a stinkin cute idea! I will definitely be saving this for tiny baby to be, what perfect timing! You rock :)

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  4. Wonderful tutorial! I seen some ideas like this, but this one was the best explanation.

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    1. Oh I'm so glad! It's kind of hard because there are a lot of different size shirts and different size babies, so I'm glad the explanation was good!

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  5. Hello,
    Thank you for this beautiful model and great blog!
    I read you several months from France.
    Even if I do not understand English well, I use the google translator.
    It is with the translator that I write, I hope it's understandable for you.
    I love what you do!

    Bonjour,
    Merci pour ce beau modèle et ce super blog!
    Je vous lis depuis plusieurs mois depuis la France.
    Même si je ne comprends pas bien l'anglais, je m'aide avec le traducteur de google. C'est avec le traducteur que je vous écris, j'espère que ce sera compréhensible pour vous.
    J'adore ce que vous faites!

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you like it! Thank you for telling me!
      And I could understand the translation! (Hopefully you can understand this translated!)

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  6. Great way to recycle Daddy's old tees that shrunk in the wash! I have a snap tool that I got at Joann's that would be perfect for attaching snaps to the crotch for these shortalls. The snaps come in super cute colors! (Be sure to use a 40 or 50% off coupon when buying anything at Joann's!)

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  7. Love these, and that button bottom closure is so stinking cute. Well done!

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  8. This is awesome, my baby is at that size right now and only has long-sleeves, so I am for sure doing this! I am going out to buy snaps later today, buttons would never work for us the baby crawls away too fast, or rolls over or just wiggles!

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    1. I did a full blog post on how I changed your idea into my own, I linked back but if you don't mind checking it out and let me know if it steals your idea too much. I am copying it because I loved your idea but I also don't want to steal any of your thunder because you came up with such a good idea. Thanks!

      http://monzarts.blogspot.com/2012/05/sleeveless-onsie-from-adult-t-shirt.html

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  9. you are so talented! this is adorable!! (and so is your baby!)

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  10. How fun; I've seen this all over pinterest the last few days but didn't realize it was YOURS until I checked your blog as I do weekly. Such a great tutorial.

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  11. Wow this is awesome! I saw this on pinterest and I want to give it a try although my sewing skills are still pretty basic...but I'm learning! I just became you're newest follower! Oh and I too am a BYU grad. ;-) The Y shirt caught my eye.

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  12. OMG you are AMAZING!!!! Thanks soo much for the tut! (found it on pinterest and now i am following your blog) Im new to sewing and my partner thinks its really lame. Lol maybe he wont think its soo lame when i turn his pile of band shirts he was giving to salvo's into amazing onie's for our son!! Thanks again this is just fantastic :D

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  13. Hi Heather, I've featured your Shortall Tutorial today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/04/threading-your-way-features.html

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  14. Cannot wait to try this! Thank you!

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  15. Thanks for the CUTE idea! I was just wondering if you tried it without the "football" piece? I was looking at some Carter's outfits I have like this and they don't have that extra piece in there. Wondering if the fit would be okay to skip that? Thanks for any help! I have a TOTE of T-shirts to use for fun stuff like this! :-)

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  16. Thanks for the CUTE idea! Wondering if you've tried it without the "football" piece? I was looking at some of my son's outfits like this and they don't have that extra fabric there so wondering if it would fit okay without that step? Thanks in advance for any help! :-)

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  17. I need some help, please. I'm pinning my pieces together and I'm stuck somewhere between steps 8 & 9. After pinning the sleeve to the neck/arm hole, I sew that seam first right? Should I leave a1/4 in space at each end of the sleeve so I can sew the sleeve seam at the armpit? And then when sewing the side seam how do I keep from getting a hole where the armpit is? I hope these questions make sense. I'm a beginner but eager to learn.
    Becky

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    1. You do sew the shoulder seam first when you're connecting the sleeve to the neck/armhole. Sew from end to end and don't leave a 1/4" space or else you will get gaps. If you sew from end to end, then when you sew the side seams you will sew over the shoulder seam. This will prevent holes/gaps.
      Does that answer your question?

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    2. Thanks! For some reason I thought you sewed the seam under the arm by itself. Once I realized you sew the arm seam and turn your work and keep going down the side it worked out. Thanks for the pattern!

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    3. Sorry for the confusion! I'm glad you figured it out!

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  18. Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

    We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for the home sewist.

    Grab a brag button!

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  19. Thank you SO much for sharing this tut! My little guy is going to look adorable in Mom & Dad's old shirts this summer! :) Is there a Flickr group to share what I've made?

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    1. Yes! I just started one so feel free to add to it!
      http://www.flickr.com/groups/tshirtshortalls

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  20. You are so talent!It looks really good!

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  21. Super cute outfit! Defiantly going to use it for my little ones. One thing I am curious about is do you realize that red stripe is a beer? Thought it a little funny you have one for BYU and one for a beer... Didn't think the two got along.

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    1. Ya, I assumed so. But the T-shirt was a free hand-me-down, and who rocks a bottle better than a baby with their "stubby" hands and feet?

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    2. The Y shirt is for Yahoo not BYU.

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing this! I LOVE using old t-shirts to refashion outfits for my little ones. I just got through making several play dresses for our 3 yr old from thrifted t-shirts. Now the baby needs some outfits! :)

    I didn't see this anywhere, but maybe I didn't read well enough: approximately what size is the outfit and pattern if printed at 100%?

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  23. Wonderful. I'm going to try this one.

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  24. My daughter is almost two and we haven't started potty training yet, but I'm bummed the pattern is for 6-9m! Out would be nice to figure one out for a toddler :) very awesome idea, I love it

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    1. I don't think a regular adult t-shirt neck would be big enough for an overlapping neckline. It might just work to use the regular neck and not cut it up? Maybe when my son becomes a toddler I'll have a model to try it out on!

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  25. My daughter is almost two and we haven't started potty training yet, but I'm bummed the pattern is for 6-9m! Out would be nice to figure one out for a toddler :) very awesome idea, I love it

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  26. Cool. Cute baby too!! My son told me no new baby clothes 'cuz they just got a boatload from friends... :-(

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  27. Ok, I almost have one made...I love the pattern...thank you! I am a little confused about the two curved pieces at the bottom though. Where exactly do they go and how do they fit on? I think I got one piece around the crotch "football" piece but the other one seems like its upside down or something. I seaweed the pieces a you showed but it seems like I went wrong somewhere. Thanks

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    1. The curved pieces are the facings and added stability for the closures.
      The inside of each curved piece will be sewn onto the inseam of the front and the inseam of the back. One will be attached on both sides and look like it's apart of the shortall and the other will be attached on one side so the other side will flop around. (I always think the floppy one is out of place. It just looks weird.) That is so it will fit with the other side.
      There is a picture between step #21 and #22 that shows what it should look like. The curved piece is attached on both sides on the front, and the curved piece is attached on one side on the back and it is floppy.
      Does this make sense? I want to help you finish!

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    2. I think so...I understand a little more than before and I think I got it. Thank you so much for the reply. I have never sewed anything before so I am a complete novice all the way around :)

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    3. Oh good. I'm so glad you're trying this out! I hope it works out for you! Let me know if you have anymore questions!

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  28. Help!!! I am trying to do this right now and am so confused about step 8-9 i dont understand how to pin the sleeve to the neck/arm hole?!!! I have little to no sewing experience! lol

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  29. Help!!! I am so confused about steps 8-9. I have no idea how to pin the sleeve on to the neck/armpit hole or where to sew it together?!?! Im a beginner! Please help!

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  30. So your front piece should overlap you back piece at the pointed ends near the neck. You can the the overlap in the picture right after step 8. That will form one big curve. This curve is where the the sleeve will attach. The curve of the shoulder area is opposite of the curve of the sleeve. You'll have to open the shoulder curve so it will fit the sleeve.
    If you look at the picture right after step 8, you can see the overlapping of the front and back piece. The sleeve is sitting right under it making the shoulder area curve to fit it. Does this help?

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  31. this is so cute!!! do u think i could make it for an 18 month old? i love one piece outfits!!

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    1. I'm curious too - I REALLY want to make some for my son but he's in size 18 month clothes. I have a ton of Tshirts that would work great and I adore the romper look. Any tips for altering the pattern to an 18 month old size?

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    2. I'm not sure because my son is in six month clothing so I haven't tried it in a bigger size.
      It would need length and width for sure, but the overall shape would work. You might be able to just increase the size before you print it and piece it together. The original neckline would probably be too small to do any overlap on the shoulders. You might be able to just use the existing neckline how it is though. Sossy I can't be of more help!

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  32. Just made one in about 2 hours from start to finish!! I LOVE it!!!! Can't wait to try it on my little man!!! THANK YOU so much for taking the time to make a tutorial for all of us!!!!

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  33. It looks beautiful! thank you so much :)

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  34. The combo of the Red Stripe Beer shirt and BYU shirt crack me up, either you are one cool Mormon or a blonde like me, either way I like it.

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    1. Ha ha thanks! I knew what it meant, but who rocks a bottle better than a baby?

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  35. What a cute Idea. I have some cute tee shirts that I never wear but don't want to toss. I may just have to do this one. I am pinning you too.

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  36. You are so talented! Wonderful. I'm going to try this one.

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  37. I love this tip! I hate it when the hubs won't wear a shirt because of one spot on the hem! I pinned it on my baby clothes sewing pattern board so more people would find your pics.

    If you would rather I didn't, just contact me via the addy posted on the footer of my website and I'll take it right down.

    Jan
    Baby Nursery Ideas

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  38. Very cute idea! I guess for cold weather make sleeves & legs longer?!? Sew very fun!

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  39. how incredibly cool! too bad my kids are too old for these now, but there are always gifts to be made! :) lisa

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  40. Loved the tutorial! Months after pinning, I finally got around to actually doing and posted it on my blog. : ) http://southernscgirl.blogspot.com/2012/09/t-shirt-turned-shortall.html

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  41. LOVE the tutorial..and TY so very much for sharing...sharing is a thing many don't do :-( Back in the day this style outfit was my "go to" when my son was young, he too having a long torso. Fast forward today, and his 5 month old daughter is built the same way! And here you are showing Nana how to make these for next spring!! Gives me time to collect t-shirts for her...hehehe!

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  42. I thought I was crazy and odd when I cut up some t-shirts to make rompers/short overalls for my grand kiddies about 10 years ago. Now I know I am not alone. it is a brilliant idea.

    Now I have a new baby grand niece, I supposed it is time to start reconstructing adult t-shirts again...
    In the past I used 1/2" snap button. Sturdier and easier to manage.

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  43. I love your idea to make jumpers out of tshirts. I am due in the beginning of June, and had no idea what I could make that would be weather appropriate for my little bub :) I found this cool stuff at Joannes tho, that just has snaps pre-attached, and I use a zipper foot to attach them (I cheated lol) definitely saved time from making 6 or so buttonholes and handstitching buttons on :) Thanks for the tutorial!

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  44. This is such a great tutorial! I'm totally pinning it for maybe someday next baby ;) I recycled some old husband tees into envelope shirts for my 3t/4t toddler. Love the look. I wish I thought I could get a shirt big enough to do this in a 2T for the little one but from experience I don't think an xl would do it! Thanks for sharing this.

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  45. When I print the pattern what scale should the print out settings be I so cant wait to make this for my little one

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  46. I would like to know if I could make this with a polo or a golf Tommy Hilfiger collared shirt?

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    1. Well you would be able to do the crossover shoulder. You might be able to just leave it how it is, but then the collar would be oversized for a little kid. It might work though!

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  47. K, this was nowhere near as easy as I thought it would be from reading your post, but I am finally done my shortall. It took a lot of help from my sewing-master mother (even she was a bit baffled by some bits of the tutorial). We especially struggled with the sleeves and with sewing on the U-shaped bits at the bottom, but we've got it sorted now. I'm willing to try it again with another shirt, since I love my son in rompers for the hot summers here!

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  48. Love this tutorial. Will be making some for grand daughter. Will have to expand as she is 18 months. Getting a Henley T to start. Wish someone had thought of this in the 1970s when my kids were babies. Many thanks.

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  49. Do you have a more printer friendly pattern for this? Every time I try to print it out, it cuts part of the pattern off. It keeps wanting to print the body on 2 pages instead of one. I have no idea how to fix it.

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    1. Have you tried removing all the borders and margins? That could be effecting it. I should've put it on two pages, so it's really borderline too big for one page.

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  50. Hiya:) you're probably sick of beginner sewers asking for help, but I've come this far and I'm absolutely baffled by step 16 (where to position and sew the football shape.) how should I be laying out the main shortall as I pin and where do I pin/sew? Please help or I'll have to skip that step and wing it. Thanks!

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    1. Lay the shortalls with back face up looking at the inseam/crotch arch. Pin the football right sides together to the center of the inseam/crotch arch. It will not reach to the hems, but will float in the arch. The picture right before step 17 shows what it looks like when it's sewn in, so you can see how it floats.
      I hope this helps!

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  51. Hi Heather,
    I love this tutorial, it's such a great idea! I just wanted to let you know that although you say at the beginning of the post that you don't want people to sell clothes made from this pattern, it is totally legal for them to do so. Under copyright it is illegal to sell the pattern itself, but you cannot legally stop people from selling the product made from this tutorial.

    Anyway I thought I'd let you know.

    Ariel.

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  52. Well you would be able to do the crossover shoulder. I supposed it is time to start reconstructing adult t-shirts again...
    In the past I used 1/2" snap button. Thanks for the tutorial!
    http://infoeminent.com/T-shirt.html

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