Come visit me over at sewinharmony.com to see more pictures and get a bonus tutorial for adding a gathered cuff to a pair of shorts..
You ready to get started? Let's gather materials.
You will need:
Fabric (about 3/4 yard for a child's shirt)
Coordinating Piping (optional)
Step 1: Math and Cuts
(All the math in sewing! I wish I paid better attention in geometry!) You will need your child’s chest (C), hip (H) and strap (S) measurements. Place those numbers into the following formulas to get the measurements for the cuts you will need to make. All seams are 1/2" seams (Except where piping is used). If you want a looser fit, simply increase the ease in each formula.
Front Band Width (FBW) = (C ÷ 2) + 1” (ease) + 1” (seam)
Back Bands Width (BBW) = (C ÷ 4) + 0.5” (ease) + 1” (seam) + 1” (button placket)
Body Height (BH) = Desired length from chest to hip + 1.25” (hem allowance)
Body Width (BW) = (H ÷ 2) + 5” (ease) + 1” (seam)
Strap Length (SL) = S + 1” (seam)
Ruffle Length (RL) = S x 1.5 (gathering ease-increase or decrease as desired)
Cuts to Make
Front Band: 3” x FBW (Cut 2)
Back Bands: 3” x BBW (Cut 4)
Body: BH x BW (Cut 2)
Straps: 4” x SL (Cut 2)
Ruffles: 3” x RL (Cut 2)
Note: For my 18 month old, I shortened both the band and the ruffles to 2.5”
Step 2: Make Ruffles
Finish the rounded edge of the ruffle using a narrow hem or rolled edge.
Gather the unfinished long edge of the strip.
Step 3: Make Straps
Reopen and fold raw edges into center and press.
Press strap closed. Should be 1 inch wide.
Mark 3/4” up from each end of the straps.
Sandwich the gathered edge of the ruffle pieces between the strap pieces and pin. Make sure the hem of the ruffle matches up with the marks.
Stitch strap closed close to the edge and top stitch along the opposite edge if desired. Press.
Step 4: Make Bands
Press seams open.
Optional Step: Attach piping to the outside band. Stop piping 1½ inch from the left bottom edge.
Step 5: Attach Straps to Bands
Try this on your child to be sure straps are the correct length and in the best position.
Baste straps to facing in seam allowance.
Step 6: Finish Bands
Pin top edge and sides.
Stitch from bottom of curved side all the way across the top and down the other edge. Leave the bottom open.
Clip corners, turn and press, making sure that facing is completely invisible from the front.
Step 7: Sew Shirt Body
Finish your seams and press towards back.
Gather the top edge of the body piece.
Step 8: Attach Shirt Body to Band
Match up side seams and adjust gathering as necessary.
Overlap ends of the band. The end of the band with curved piping goes on top.
Stitch body to band, making sure to stich very close to the piping. Note: It was a little finicky for me when I got to the overlapped ends. Just go slow and double check that you are stitching close enough to the piping.
Finish seam and press up toward band.
Step 9: Finishing
Along the hem press under 1/4 inch and then fold up another 1 inch and press.
Stitch close to the fold to secure the hem.
Step 10: Completed!
I would love to see your creations! If you make one of these sweet shirts or a variation thereof, please come add it to my new (very new) Flickr group...Sewing with Harmony.