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Topic: Toddler Boy T-shirts Recon using my hubby's old shirts...yo gabba gabba  (Read 3434 times)
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« on: November 13, 2008 01:02:02 PM »

So between patching up my husbands jeans constantly and sewing my sons Halloween costume, I managed to make him some T-shirts from my husbands old shirts. I am very proud! I didnt have a pattern, so I made my own & it has progressively gotten better. I still have a lot of trouble with the neckline & usually have to pull out the seam ripper at least twice per shirt, but its worth it. IF ANYONE HAS ANY TIPS ON SEWING A NECKLINE i WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!!!

Anyway, here is MUNO from Yo Gabba Gabba...I <3 this shirt soooo much!

This was a shirt from the Gap & looks identical to the original before the recon

This was originally an American Eagle polo style shirt, but I dont know how to make a collar like that, so it ended up as a regular T-shirt

Originally a converse shirt , during recon I added orange stars and an orange ringer neckline to match so cute (until my son got a stain right in the center, now I just need to add another star as a cover up)

Thanks so much, let me know what you think!
Any criticism is welcome!

I am currently working on a white long sleeved T-shirt with Brobee on the front...YAY!!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2008 01:30:07 PM »

I absolutely love the first one! <3
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2008 01:35:15 PM »

Hi Betty - They are very cute!  How are you making the necklines?  I haven't been very successful with 'regular' sewing kid t-shirt necklines.  Have you tried using ribbing?  It makes necklines much easier.  It looks like you might be on some.  I often pick the ribbing out of the original so that it matches (you can cut it thinner so if you think its too wide), and it uses it up too.  I know Burdastyle has a thing on how to attach ribbing.  Heck, there are probably instructions here on craftster somewhere.  If you use the Burdastyle one, I found that the '2/3' measurement was too small (you will understand what I mean if you check it out), but maybe my kids just have big heads.
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2008 02:16:28 PM »

Excellent recons!! They look so good!

My only helpful hint re: necklines....practice, practice, practice. I'm getting better, but not as good as I'd like to be.

2/3s is never enough for my tyke, either, so I go with at least 70%, but it depends on the stretchiness of the fabric.


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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2008 02:43:47 PM »

Thanks for the tips, I do usually try to use the same neckline form the original shirt, but ocassionally it cannot be salvaged. And I have also foudn thru trial and error that I need a little more fabric for the neckline that suggested...plus my child has a big head (no lie) and thick hair, which at times can be quite troublesome to pull a shirt over his head.

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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2008 03:02:51 PM »

That MUNO shirt is the best thing ever! I am totally swiping your idea and making this for my kiddo for xmas Smiley

« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2008 07:23:46 PM »

Fantastic job!  I haven't been brave enough to cut into my old shirts to try this.  I need to... the shirts are just sitting there!
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2012 02:31:14 AM »

One of my little cousins would love that monster shirt!
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