Next on the list for the Winter Upcycled Challenge was some pyjamas. The Beast is currently completely in love with Superman. She found a DVD box set in the bookcase last week and would not stop asking to watch it. After endlessly telling her she couldn’t as there was fighting in it her Daddy finally gave in and showed her the clip of Superman saving the kitten on You Tube, and there was no going back. I think she is in love with Christopher Reeve. So, when I saw this T-Shirt in a local Cancer Research charity shop for £1, I couldn’t resist.
I had bought the MBJM Harem Romper pattern a few weeks ago and had been waiting to try it out.
This seemed like a good time. So I printed and cut the pattern in an age 3 (the beast wears 18-24 months but is long) and set to work.
I lined the pattern up over the T-shirt, which was a men’s size small. And it looked like I could use the existing neck band. I’m all for an easy life, so I just basically cut up the sides and around the crotch. Leaving the shoulder seams as they were and not trimming the bottom hems.
That then left me with this.
Then I opened the T-shirt out, right side up and pinned the arms around the arm holes and stitched them on using my overlocker. You can use a regular machine if you don’t have an overlocker, just use a stretch stitch.
The fabric used for the arms was just a 4 way stretch, cotton/lycra jersey that I had in my stash.
Hemming the arms was next. I’m going to show you a trick for this, which is a total game changer. A fake cuff. You fold 2cm of the edge of the sleeve fabric wrong sides together, then fold it back on itself another 2cm, like this.
Stitch along the edge, like this.
You get this on the wrong side.
You get this on the right side.
See what I mean? Game changer and it takes seconds.
Then you have to sew it all up. From the arm cuffs, along the under arm and then down to the leg cuffs.
Repeat for the other side. Then sew the crotch together.
Weave in your ends and you’re done. That’s right, it’s finished.
Mine took half an hour and cost £1 plus a little bit of fabric from my stash. However, if you bought a long sleeved T-shirt you could just reuse the arms.
The Beast loves it and is currently snoozing in it all snuggled up in bed.
If you’re wondering, as my husband did, how to get it on your child. It has an adult sized neck, so you just step into it through the neck hole. Brilliant! Alternately, you could follow the MBJM Romper Pattern instructions for making neck poppers or crotch poppers, but I was basically looking for quick and easy.
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