Friday, January 3, 2014

Pajama Pants into a Toddler Shirt

I have been busy doing project after project and keeping up with the little boys, which is why you haven't heard from me. Not that anyone reads this blog anyway...
But I thought I'd update you with a project I did about six weeks ago (I picked this one because I actually  have photos of it... haha)
So Riley was in dire need of some winter clothes. All the warm clothes I bought him this summer in preparation for the winter don't fit, because he had a crazy growth spurt in the fall.  Of course the thrift store was picked clean, and when I tried the 'normal' stores... well, I just can't bring myself to spend more than $5 on a kid's shirt that I know will be stained after it's worn once or twice. I know, I'm cheap!  And since we rarely leave the house on these winter days (and when we do leave the house we're wearing jackets), it didn't have to look particularly great.
I found some old (like, from the year 2000) pajama pants in my closet that didn't fit anymore, because I'm not 12, and decided it would make a great shirt.  I thought about making my own pattern but was too lazy and ended up using this free pattern from Small Dream Factory in size 24 months with long sleeves. I just added some cuffs at the bottom of the sleeves (which I accidentally sewed on backward, don't tell!) because without them I thought it looked too much like a pajama shirt. I also added a pocket because he's a boy, and boys have to have pockets. It's like a rule or something.

The original pants
modeling his new shirt made from my old pants

Hafta say, I absolutely loved the pattern! (especially for free!) It fit more like a 2T-3T, which is exactly what I was going for. I will definitely be making more from this pattern in the future. (and teaching Riley how to model... thats the best photo I could get after almost an hour of begging!)