Upcycle a men’s button up shirt into a romper, a dress, or a shirt with this PDF sewing pattern in toddler and baby sizes. Choose between a collar and a bias binding neckline.
I’m so excited to share this pattern with you! The Upcycled Men’s Shirt Romper, Dress, and Shirt sewing pattern comes with six baby and toddler sizes and multiple views.
I came up with the idea for this pattern about 9 years ago. I had a beautiful toddler boy and I wanted to sew for him, but I wanted to use what I had. I had a bunch of leftover men’s shirts that inspired the idea of making a romper. The original had a couple of different pattern pieces and different construction methods than this final pattern I’m sharing today.
It’s so inspiring and challenging to me when I can figure out ways to reuse parts of the original garment to make the sewing quicker and easier. I figured out how to reuse the front button placket and the collar. I originally made a bunch, shared a free shirt romper pattern in size 6 mos, and then left it at that.
Fast forward to about a year ago when I decided to expand the pattern. It has been a long and slow process. It was really important to me to finish this pattern and share it with you. I wanted you to be able to sew and save money, sew and save time, sew and save memories, and sew to help prevent so many men’s shirts from going to the landfill.
Get inspiration for all the amazing projects you can make with this sewing pattern!
Upcycled Men’s Shirt Romper
The first view of the pattern is a romper with either short or long sleeves and short or long pants. The neckline can be either a collar or a bias binding finish. It’s perfect for boys and girls, and it has leg openings for easy diaper changes.
It’s great for a toddler to wear to look dressed up for church, for a wedding, or for the holidays. The collar is even designed so that it can be worn with a bow tie or tie.
Upcycled Men’s Shirt Dress
The second view of the pattern is a dress with a gathered skirt and with either short or long sleeves. The neckline can be either a collar or a bias binding finish. It’s perfect for little girls and is a little easier to sew than the romper.
Upcycled Men’s Shirt “Shirt”
The third view of the pattern is a shirt with either short or long sleeves. The neckline can be either a collar or a bias binding finish. It’s perfect for little girls or little boys, and it is really fast to sew.
T-Shirt Romper Variations
In the process of perfecting the pattern and making tons of rompers, I also made a dress with a bias binding neckline on the outside so that it shows, and I pleated the skirt instead of gathering it. I just think it’s so cute and versatile!
If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #upcycledtshirtromper or#heatherhandmade and tag me!
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather