Monthly Archives: July 2013

Owen’s Sunday Pants

I finished some church pants for Owen last week. I wanted to take a picture of him in them before we left, but we were running late like usual.

Then, I had to leave church a little early because Owen is at such a hard stage right now. He usually takes two naps a day, and church is right in the middle of when he would be taking his morning nap. He won’t sleep anywhere but in his crib so by the last hour of church he’s so tired it’s terrible.

I left early so he could take his nap. Then when he woke up, Jon and his amazing camera skills were gone to a meeting. So I had to hurry and take a picture of him in his pants before I took his clothes off to feed him lunch. He’s super messy so naked it is for eating!

My pictures aren’t as good as Jon’s, and Owen has an I-just-woke-up-from-a-nap face on, but here’s a picture of the pants:

They’re a bit big right now, but that’s good because I don’t want to have to make new ones when he grows a little next month. Also, he needs a new Sunday shirt, but I made that one he’s wearing in January so I’m happy that it’s lasted this long. Oh and I made that tie for Easter so that’s why it’s got purple in it.

I love Sundays! We went on a family walk this afternoon. When we left, it was cloudy but pleasant so we were all shoeless and some of us were shirtless and pantless.

Jon with a shirtless Ezra and a pantless Owen.

After we’d been walking for about 10 minutes, it started pouring rain. Huge raindrops fell from the ground and landed in loud splats all around us. The wind picked up something fierce and it was cold.

So we took cover in the entryway of an elementary school. We had fun in there and the boys thought it was so cave-like.

Owen decided he needed to play in the rain. Even though this picture’s not in focus because Owen is running, I think it’s pretty cute:

 It finally stopped raining and we made it back home. But not without walking through every puddle we found first!

My Favorite

Awhile ago I bought some rayon fabric that I thought would look really good as t-shirts for my boys. But after the first shirt was about half finished, I had to admit that rayon doesn’t work well for boys’ clothes (it’s too drapey) and abandon the project.

So I inherited the fabric. I already used part of it to make a maxi skirt a few weeks ago. This week I used the rest of it to make a top for me. I shirred the sides of the shirt by serging rubber elastic into the side seams of the shirt and tugging the elastic as I serged it in.

I think this is my favorite top I’ve made so far. I broke it in today by wearing it on our family hike.

About halfway up the butte we were hiking, we realized our little doggie Lucy wasn’t going to make it. She was so hot and panting so hard that Jon took Owen and Lucy back to the car and I went up the rest of the way with Seth and Ezra.

We saw some fun stuff on the way up.

A little lizard hiding in the sticks.

A pretty dragonfly.

We made it to the top and it was really too bad that Jon wasn’t there to take the pictures. When I’m in charge of taking the pictures, they turn out like this:

I did get a cute one of Ezra though.

On the way down, it had cooled off enough that the trail wasn’t hot anymore and we could take our shoes off and hike down barefoot. Oh my goodness, there is something exhilarating about bare feet moving through dirt. It feels so wonderful to dig your toes in deep.

Now the boys are asleep and Jon is watching Star Trek (he’s a total nerd) and I’m eating apples and chocolate while I sit next to him on the couch. But shhhh! Don’t tell my kids I’m eating food out of the kitchen.

Tops And Bottoms

I finished another t-shirt for Seth. That is one wonderful thing about boys-they are easy to clothe. My boys live in t-shirts and I have to bribe them to wear anything else.

I also finished a pair of shorts for Seth. I drafted this pattern myself, and it turned out pretty good. I think I made them a little too long, but they always seem to shrink more when I wash them after they’re finished. Even though I wash the fabric a couple of times before I make them.
These shorts have pockets with a pocket bag. That’s my second attempt at pocket bag pockets, and it was a little easier than the first time. I still had to watch my class with Kenneth D. King as I did the pockets, because I can’t remember all the steps unless I have Kenneth there to help me remember.
Also, the twill I made these shorts out of is the twill that keeps on giving. I can’t remember how many yards I bought of it, but it must have been a lot because I’ve already made three pairs of pants out of it for Seth, a pair of shorts for Ezra, I have a pair of pants cut out of it for Owen, and there’s still a lot more there.
I love the shirring down the front of the swim suit Jon made for me (see last post) so I decided to make a shirt with shirring down the entire front. I used my scoop tee pattern and a scrap of fabric I had left over from a cardigan I made a couple of months ago.
I had to use some maneuvering skills to be able to have enough fabric there to cut out all my pieces, but I did it and this is all that was left of what was 3 yards of fabric before I cut the cardigan out:
I love the feeling of using every last bit of a big load of fabric.
Here’s the shirt:
I couldn’t gather it as much as the swim suit since this fabric is really thin and it would have looked ridiculous. But I’m happy with how it turned out and I’m going to make more like that for sure.

My Swim Suit

Yesterday we went on a trip to Lava Hot Springs. When we were planning the trip, I reminded my husband Jon that I would need a new swim suit because mine was old and saggy.

He told me to just design one and then sew it up. But I was busy sewing other things and I didn’t really want to. So, he designed and sewed me a swim suit.

He doesn’t like fashion or clothing or anything like that. But he has a PhD in Physics, so he’s crazy good at math and engineering and spatial reasoning. He saw designing me a swim suit as a giant math problem, I’m sure.

He drafted the pattern one morning, and then sewed the suit up one Saturday. Here it is:

That’s the cheapest swim suit I’ve ever owned!

My boys had a blast at the Hot Springs.

Kickin’ it in the kids’ pool.
It started raining when we were in the hot tubs. It felt sooo good.

My boys loved the rain too.

I’m going to take that swim skirt pattern and make me some running skirts with it. But first, I have to finish a few other things I’ve got sewing on!

Skirt Conversion

I’ve been making more children’s t-shirts like this one:

I’ve had to break up the monotony though and make a couple of things for myself in between t-shirts.

I made another v-neck, this time with a regular hem. This shirt cost me about $3 to make. That’s pretty sweet.

And, I made a skirt for me, too. I’ve been a pants and shorts only kind of girl for my entire life, only wearing skirts on Sundays because I had to wear them to church. In fact, my mom has told me how she was so excited to have a little girl when I was born (her first 3 kids were all boys, and then she had me) because she could put bows in my hair and put dresses on me and stuff.

But as soon as I was old enough to protest, I wouldn’t have any of it. My hair hung in messy tangles and I never wore dresses or skirts except when I had to.

When I was pregnant with my third baby and found out it was another boy, I was very happy to be having another boy but just a little disappointed for the bows and dresses that would never be. But I consoled myself in the fact that if it had turned out to be a girl, it would probably be a girl just like me and she wouldn’t want to wear bows.

Anyway, I used my maxi skirt pattern to make a shorter skirt that would be nice and cool for Summer.

It’s very comfy and I even rode my bike to the park with my boys while wearing it today.

Yeah, I’m thinking I like skirts.

Free Children’s Pocket T-Shirt Pattern And Tutorial, Size 4T

Update: The complete pattern is now available for purchase. Buy it here at ¬†Children’s T-shirt Pattern

My t-shirt pattern is finished now. I’m going to share the size 4T pattern (free) for anyone that is interested.

The complete pattern has sizes 2T-12 years.

This is a pattern for a basic t-shirt (with or without a front pocket), and it would work for a boy or a girl. Since I only have boys, you will get pictures of boy shirts!

Here we go.


About 1 yard of knit fabric, such as jersey. I prefer some with a small amount of spandex content. I used fabric from

A small amount of contrasting fabric, such as ribbing, for the collar. (You can also use the same fabric as the main fabric for the collar if you prefer.)


A small amount of 1/4″ clear elastic to stabilize the shoulder seams.

**I will be giving instructions for using a serger, but you can easily use your sewing machine instead. For tips on sewing knit fabric on a regular sewing machine, click here. You can follow the tips on that post if you don’t have a serger. You will also find some suggested tools to use to sew knits on a sewing machine.

Pattern Assembly:

Children’s t-shirt pattern Size 4T

Click the link above to download the pattern from Craftsy and print the pattern pieces. Follow the instructions at the beginning of the pattern to put the pieces together before cutting them out.

Cutting Instructions:

Fold fabric with right sides together, selvage to selvage.


Cut pieces with the grain arrow parallel to the selvage.

Cut one front piece on the fold, one back piece on the fold, and two sleeves. We will cut the collar piece later.


**All seam allowances are 1/2″. Press all seams after joining.

Front Pocket

**If not using the pocket, skip the front pocket steps.

1. Fold pocket facing down one inch toward the front of the shirt, so right sides are together.


2. Sew the outer edges of the pocket facing and the pocket together (using 1/2″ seam allowance).

3. Clip corners and trim seam allowances.


4. Flip facing so right side is out. Gently poke corners until they are crisp. Press facing. Press the other sides of the pocket in 1/2″.




5. Sew or coverstitch facing down by sewing across pocket, about 1″ from the top.


6. Pin pocket to shirt front, using the pocket placement mark on the pattern as a guide.


7. Sew or coverstitch the pocket to the shirt. Press the whole pocket.


Shoulder Seams

1. With right sides together, pin shoulder seams together.

2. Serge the shoulder seams. Press seams toward the back of the shirt.

Note: You can serge 1/4″ clear elastic into the seam as you serge it. This will give the seam better recovery. Don’t stretch the elastic as you serge it. If you are using a sewing machine, you can sew the elastic in as you sew the seam.


1. Cut a strip of fabric (from either a contrasting fabric or your main fabric) that is 2 1/2″ wide and 10″ long.

The long part of the strip should be perpendicular to the selvage, because that is usually the direction of most stretch in the fabric. You need the length of the strip to stretch so the collar will fit over your child’s head.

2. Fold strip in half with right sides together and the short ends together. Serge the short ends of the strip together.

3. Press the seam to one side. Press the strip in half lengthwise, right sides facing out.

4. Mark the center back of your shirt. Lay the shirt out, right side up.

5. Pin collar to shirt with right sides together and the raw edges of the shirt and collar aligned.

First pin the collar seam to the center back of the shirt. Then gently pull the collar and shirt until they are the same length and pin in the front. Gently pull again and pin one side. Repeat for the other side.

Now your collar is quartered to the shirt.

6. Baste the collar to the shirt 1/4″ from the edge by using a long stitch length on a sewing machine.

Press the collar and make sure it looks how you want it to. A 10″ long collar piece works perfectly for my size 4T t-shirts when I use ribbing. You may need to adjust the length of your collar piece if your fabric has more or less stretch.

If it’s too floppy, rip it off and shorten the collar piece by an inch or two and repeat the collar steps.

If it looks too tight and there are puckers, cut a new collar piece a couple of inches longer and repeat the collar steps.

7. Serge collar to shirt (using 1/2″ seam allowance this time). Press seam allowance toward the bottom of the shirt.

8. Coverstitch or topstitch the seam allowance down just below the collar.



(Complete steps for both sleeves)

1. Lay shirt out, right side up. Mark the center of the sleeve. Pin the center of sleeve to the shoulder seam, right sides together. Pin the edges of the sleeve to the edges of the shirt.


2. Serge sleeve to shirt. Press seams toward bottom of sleeve.


Side Seams

1. Pin the side seams and sleeves, right sides together.


2. Serge side seams and sleeves in one continuous line from the ends of the sleeves, past the armpit, and all the way to the bottom. Press seams toward back of shirt.


Sleeve Hems

(Repeat this step for both sleeves)

1. With shirt wrong side out, press the edge of the sleeve under 1″, wrong sides together. Coverstitch or sew the hem down just under 1″ from the edge so you can be sure you catch both pieces of fabric. Press.


Bottom Hem

1. With shirt wrong side out, press the bottom of the shirt under 1″, wrong sides together.¬†Coverstitch or sew the hem down just under 1″ from the edge so you can be sure you catch both pieces of fabric.¬†Press.


You are finished!


I hope you enjoy the pattern. If you have any questions, please ask!




P.S. I added this tutorial to a link party.

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