Basic Childs Shirt Pattern

Basic Instructions

Join the front to the back, by sewing the side seams together.
Sew each sleeve, separately, by joining the side seams together
Turn the sleeve right way out.
Take note of the top of the sleeve. The higher point goes to the back while the lower point goes to the front.
Pin the sleeve, right side to sight side, to the body of the shirt.. Make sure the sleeve seam and body seam line up.
Sew the sleeve to the body of the shirt.
Fold over hems, and sew.
For the neck, you can hem it as you have the wrist section of the bottom of the shirt, or add ribbing. I just hemmed it as I did the bottom of the shirt.

Seam allowance on the shirt is only about 1cm
This was made to fit a 4-6yr old
To make it bigger or smaller, you will need to either increase or decrease the size.
Always measure your/the child so that you can work out how best to alter the pattern.

(Please note that the pattern is a little too large to fit on this post, so if you want it, please contact me for it via the comments and leave your email addy or email me at

Kids PJs

I had some time, some spare material and kids who wanted things made for them.

E6 was given the brown checked flannelette and it was being kicked around the house. I was going to make shopping bags out of it but she wanted something made out of it. Since she has grown up, not out, the majority of her clothes are getting a little short so I decided on a pair of pjs for her. The pants were made off a basic pants pattern I already had, which I just lengthened and made a little larger. The top was made by roughly following a draft-it-yourself pattern with not enough fabric left so the back and front have seams in the middle. I wanted it pull on style so it has some more material sewn down the front with a slit in it. I like this idea and may use it on some tops myself. We had some pink unicorn flannelette left so a few patches went on to brighten it up a little.

Tie Shirt

I did it again and made another piece. This time I fixed up a top that I had made ages ago and just didn't fit right.
I ripped off the sleeves, made a collar of sorts, changed the bottom a little, added a belt and now I have a tie up top that I shall wear as an over shirt. It is cool and comfy, and silky smooth.
I won't tie it up about my waist as that makes me look 6 mths pregnant but instead I will tie it up under my bust which is more flattering.

The other day I made M11 a pair of pj's for winter, and tomorrow I shall start a pair of pants for J9, who is wanting to help (provided she isn't still getting ready for junior convention).

It arrived

My material arrived today. 4 meters of black faux suede and 1 meter of tan faux suede. I was sure i asked for the brown, but I am happy with what I got as the small peice was just for some other small project.
Next week, I think I will start the jacket I want to make.

Red Dress - Finally Done!

It is finally done, complete and sits nicely.
I took off the gold band, the shirring, and a large portion of the back.
I added in a couple of darts (which also make the skirt fall nicer also) in the back, and a zip.
At the front, due to the gaping I added some beading to hopefully detract from the low cut neck line. The beads are attached by a couple of loops of tigerwire over some small buttons on the inside of the dress.
I am yet to try it on with the beads but I am sure it will sit nice still.
It needs a quick iron (and a damp cloth on a couple of spots) and it is officially done! Finally!!!

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