Tutorial: Rockin’ Baby Gown {t-shirt refashion}

Supplies:

Large t-shirt, sewing machine, iron, rib knit (optional)

Download pattern HERE

Follow instructions to put your pattern together & read through the picture tutorial before you start cutting.  There is a neck hem variation you might want to try!  I would suggest making your first gown out of a shirt that isn’t your favorite.  Sewing on knit can be a little tricky and hemming the curved neck edge takes some practice,  but you’ll get the hang of it.

Remember, if your favorite shirt is too small to cut out the entire pattern, grab a contrasting shirt to make color blocked sleeves.

Now, you’re ready to sew!!

Fold and press neck edge 1/4”on front and back.

Sew folded neck edge (front and back) with zig-zag stitch. Don’t allow neck edge to stretch too much.  Hem will still be a bit wavy (this step is the trickiest and can take some practice).  VARIATION: Cut out pattern using the “rib knit finish” lines.  Use the neck binding technique used in the “90 minute shirt Tutorial” to hem the neck edge. The contrast overlock stitching looks great (see K2 Skis gown for example).

(Neck Edge Hem Variation using rib knit binding)

After you have finished the neck edges, press to flatten out any “waves”.

Overlap back over front at shoulders, matching marks. Machine baste to hold in place.

Place the flap pieces on sleeve pieces, right sides together as shown in the picture.

Fold sleeve in half and pin flap now “sandwiched” into sleeve.

Starting at sleeve edge, sew >1/8″ seam (making sure to catch flap edge inside sleeve) gradually running off folded edge at mark

Open sleeves and press flap toward back half of sleeve.

With right sides together, sew in sleeves.

Flap should be facing the back and look inside out when not in use.

With right sides together, sew side seams from underarm through bottom of gown, making sure flaps are on the back half of the sleeve.

Press 1/2″ hem.

Press 1/2″ hem on sleeves (unless you have cut sleeves using existing hem of shirt).

Sew hem on bottom of gown leaving a 1” open space. Insert 14” piece of soft stretch elastic (from 1/8” wide to 3/8” wide). Sew ends of elastic together and close up hem opening.

Sew hem into sleeves (flap will be hemmed with the back sleeve)Flip the flap over the front of the sleeve to cover baby’s little hands.

You’re all finished!

This tutorial & the project created is for personal use only & not for commercial use.

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Brianna November 14, 2012 at 8:35 am

I’m so glad I saw this, I had a t-shirt I loved that the side seams twisted on and was hoping to find a new use for it.

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Michele December 27, 2012 at 7:01 am

I can’t wait to make these for my grandson that is to be born soon. Thank you so much for the terrific idea!!

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brandie January 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Just wondering if you have ever used this pattern and adjusted to make onsies? seems like it would be similar to start…just curious. if so could you link me to that pattern! :) Number 4 is coming soon and i have given away all my clothes…so gonna try to make these! Thanks for sharing…found you through pintrest if your wondering/tracking! :)

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peter February 4, 2013 at 2:00 am

Thanks for the tutorial, but what is the name of the fabric used?

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denisa February 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm

wonderful idea! thanks for the tutorial, it is great! very clear to follow.
i just made one for a friend, and it looks terrific! thank you!

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Melissa February 26, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I made 3 of these out of my hubby’s too small shirts before my little munchkin was born and I loved them! Great instructions! I can email pics if you would like to see?

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Lisa A April 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I just got an invitation to a baby shower today. I’m headed to the thrift store tomorrow. How adorable is this!

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AnnabelleC May 31, 2013 at 1:20 am

Hi, my niece was born yesterday and I would love to make her one of these. She is 8lbs 6oz and I’ve already made the newborn version from the pattern but think this may be a bit small for her. I’m no pro, so could you tell me how to adjust to take it a size up?
Thanks very much. Brilliant pattern by the way!

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donna June 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I made this yesterday for my daughter to give as a gift. I kept putting it off because I was afraid it was going to be difficult and I didn’t want to ruin the t shirt she wanted me to use. It was so amazingly easy. I will be making more of them since my granddaughter will be here soon.

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