Thursday, April 22, 2010
T-Shirt Nightgown Tutorial
Happy Earth Day! I love Earth Day & I'm really excited to share this eco friendly sewing tutorial with you today. :)
My clever sister-in-law, Lilia, came up with this great idea to make nightgowns for our little girls out of adult size t-shirts. So using t-shirts from your donate pile or ones that you've picked up from the thrift store, you can make some easy breezy night shirts for your little ones that are adorable & cost next to nothing. Plus it's eco friendly as you are giving something headed for the trash a whole new life & a whole new use.
I picked up this Bruce Woodbury t-shirt at Goodwill this weekend for .75 cents. I think it's awesome & hilarious because when I was a little girl we had a bunch of t-shirts from this local politician that we wore for pajama shirts. Remember that, my sisters?
Anyway, start with an adult size t-shirt. A size small works really well because the neck hole is smaller.
I was making this nightgown for Sadie, so I took one of her existing nightgowns & laid it on top of the t-shirt, folding the sleeves over like this:
Using the nightgown as a pattern, cut up the sides and around the arm hole openings.
Now you'll need to cut smaller sleeves out of the original t-shirt sleeves. We just free handed this. Cut a shape like shown below.
Just make sure the sleeve looks like it will fit the size of the arm hole plus 1/4 inch for the seam allowance at the underarm of the sleeve.
Next, with right sides together, sew the bottom of sleeves together & the sides of the t-shirt body together. Use a serger if you have one. Or check out this video on how to sew stretch fabrics without a serger.
Okay. Now turn the sleeves right side out & insert them into the arm hole opening this way.
Pin it in place. Then take it to the serger or sewing machine & stitch into place, removing the pins as you go along.
Turn your nightgown right side out. At this point you can leave the nightgown as it is, or you can cut a curve along the bottom like I've done here:
Then just serge along the edge to finish it up & you've got a cute, comfy little nightgown that looks like this:
Here are some others that I've made. They're not all perfect, but they look adorable on the little girls. They are light & perfect for summer. Not to mention super cheap to make & great for the environment!