I know I have been really bad at documenting the process that takes place with my re-fashions. I am making an effort to do better starting with this post. I found this Kiss t-shirt at a Goodwill in Jax. I think it was $2, woman’s size small. I wanted to make it into something for a child, but not necessarily a girl. I thought about a hoodie, but the cotton is thin and there wouldn’t be enough of it to make one anyway. I suppose I could have done the easy thing and just made a smaller t-shirt, but I have a bunch of baby patterns I wanted to try out, so I picked one… It ended up being New Look 6399.
Right off the bat, my intentions were to leave off the weird collars and appliques called for in the pattern. I was going to make one of the sleeved versions, but when I started looking at the pattern pieces, something looked off. I cut the pieces anyway, trusting the pattern, once I had them initially laid out for photographing it was obvious this wasn’t right. Even if I had allowed an inch for seams on all sides the 12m version would have ended up big enough to fit my 6-year-old nephew! The thing was HUGE! I lined it all up and started some creative cutting of my own and ended up with a slightly more shapely, and a much more correctly sized pile of pieces. I improvised the collar, leg cuffs, snap closure area and did away with the back buttons. The original had a button crotch, but I wanted snaps.
I started out by sewing the side seams together and then the shoulder seams. Second, I stitched the under sleeve seam and attached the sleeves (made from the original t-shirt sleeves, preserving the cuff). Next I reverse sewed (on three sides) a strip at the crotch and then folded it over and sewed along the top. I repeated this on the opposing crotch piece to reinforce the snaps. Next, I attached the legs, which were pieces I cut from the bottom hem of the t-shirt. Making a small fold at the beginning and the end (inward) and sewing it down into place. I repeated this on the other leg as well. The last thing I made with the machine was to sew the collar into place around the neckline; I just used the original neck from the t-shirt, which I shortened a little. The very last thing to be done was to sew on the snaps, which I did by hand; putting one on each leg edge and one in the center of the crotch. What I ended up with is about a 18m, even after drastic resizing of the pieces.