Learn how to use a t-shirt or a dress to make a romper or dress for kids. Get inspiration for the Kid Upcycled T-Shirt Romper and Dress Sewing Pattern!
The Kid Upcycled T-Shirt Romper and Dress sewing pattern just released, and I’d like to share some sewing inspiration for this pattern to give you motivation. There are so many details and pattern hacks you can do to make this pattern work for you!
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The best part of sewing patterns are hacking the patterns to make it unique and fun. With a basic sewing pattern, there are so many simple pattern alterations you can do for lots of different outcomes.
Usually when I create an inspiration post, I find a lot of ready-to-wear clothing with cool details that would be easily hacked with the sewing pattern. When I started looking for inspiration, I had a very difficult time finding anything.
I kept sewing a bunch of versions and started doing my own hacks, and I realized I could do a inspiration post with some of the projects that I made. I hope this will get you inspired to make something amazing!
Lengthen the Bodice to Make a Regular T-shirt
I wanted to make something for my son, but I knew he wouldn’t wear any of the versions provided in the pattern. Luckily, it’s so easy to length the bodice to make a regular kids t-shirt. It was so fun to take one of Dad’s t-shirts and turn it into a shirt for him!
I use the yoke, the sleeves, the front and back pieces for this hack. I lengthened the bodice about 8 inches (don’t forget hem allowance), but the length needed will depend on the child and what size you are making. Sew the t-shirt the same way and then sew a hem around the bottom.
Use a V-Neck T-Shirt
This is almost not even a hack, but I did a v-neck dress for my daughter and she loves it. It creates a little more space at the neckline and a different look.
Everything can be cut the same, but when cutting the front bodice pay attention to the center front line and the shoulder seam at the top of the neckline. Those to points need to match up and then the v-neck will be slightly lower than the curve of the neckline pattern.
Sew everything as the pattern instructs.
Use Two T-Shirts for Colorblocking
If a t-shirt has a stain or you’ve already used parts of a t-shirt, you can combine two t-shirts for one romper or dress and play with the colorblocking.
In this version I did the shorts and the yoke from one t-shirt, and I did the sleeves and the front and back bodice from another t-shirt. It created a pink and gray colorblocked romper.
I love how the colors contrast but look like it was supposed to be made that way. I almost wish I would’ve done the sleeves two different colors for a really unique look!
Use a Henley T-Shirt (or dress)
For the jumpsuit that I made my daughter, I started with a henley midi dress that had cuffed sleeves and tabs. There was some different style lines throughout the dress.
I reused the henley neckline to make the jumpsuit. It worked great since the neckline was a little more open, but my daughter said the collar was stiffer and made it a little tricky to get on and off.
Everything can be cut the same, but when cutting the front bodice pay attention to the center front line and the shoulder seam at the top of the neckline. Those to points need to match up and then the henley neckline will be slightly lower than the curve of the neckline pattern.
Sew the pattern regularly with the instructions.
If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!