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Learn how to upcycle a men’s shirt into a baby romper with this free sewing pattern. It’s perfect for toddlers and babies!
I have really, really loved making boy clothing. Everytime I make something new or am inspired by something, I am grateful I have a boy and get to experiment with his clothing.
Well, I was first inspired by this shirt romper. I thought I would make it from scratch, but I knew I could easily make something similar by using parts of a man’s button up shirt. Today I have a pattern and tutorial to share!
If you use a lightweight shirt, it’s perfect for the hot summer months, and the front buttons or snaps are functional because you use the original shirt front button placket.
Button up shirts are one of my favorite things to refashion. There’s so much fabric, and so many possibilities! Look at all these button up shirt refahion tutorials!
what is a pdf sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
how do you use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.
Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again.
Men’s Shirt Baby Romper Free Pattern and Tutorial
- Lightweight man’s button up shirt
- sewing tools
- snaps or buttons or other closure
- Button Down Shirt Romper Sewing Pattern – at the end of the post
With right sides together, sew center back seam and side seams of the body pieces at 1/4″. Finish edges.
Take the collar pieces and with right sides together sew 1/4″ on all edges except the neck edge.
Trim the corns and turn right side out.
Poke out corners (I’m lazy and just use the tip of my scissors.)
Edgestitch around the sewn edge at 1/8″.
Take yoke pieces and sew center back seam at 1/4″.
Pin one yoke to the collar matching the center backs.
Let the he yoke should extend past the finished collar edge 1/2″.
Pin from the outer edges to the inside so if there is any excess, it will all be in the center. (The excess will be different depending if the yoke is cut on the bias.)
Resew center back seam of the yoke taking out the excess fabric.
Trim seam allowances of the center back yoke.
Take in the same amount you took in on the other yoke piece.
Flip collar over and pin the other yoke to the collar’s other side.
Pin so all three layers are together.
Sew straight across at 1/4″.
To finish the front edges of the yoke, turn inside out and sew across the edge at 1/4″. Don’t catch the collar underneath.
Trim corners and turn right side out.
*I wanted my yoke to extend out a little bit, that’s why I sewed mine at 1/4″. If you don’t want yours to extend then sew at 1/2″ or 3/4″.
When turned right side out, pin the two yoke layers together. There will be three straight edges, the two fronts and the back.
With right sides together sew each front straight edge to the top front of the body pieces at 1/4″. Sew the back straight edge to the top of the top of the back body piece at 1/4″. Finish edges.
Topstitch the seam allowances up towards to collar so it copies a man’s shirt yoke.
With right sides together sew sleeve seam at 1/4″. Finish edges.
With right sides together sew sleeve to armholes of the body piece at 1/4″. Finish edges.
On back body piece, fold the back inseam at 3/4″ and sew down at 5/8″.
Line up the inseam facing on the front of the body piece at the inseam. Pin the button placket together at the bottom.
With right sides together, sew the inseam at 1/4″. Clip the curve.
Either fold under the edge 1/4″ or serge edge.
Pin down and topstitch at 5/8″ to front.
Hem up each leg 1″.
Add snaps, buttons or other closures to the front inseam.
Put it on your baby and enjoy the cuteness!
Special thanks to my photographer friend for sharing her skills!
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!