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Color Blocking A T-Shirt


I made Ezra another t-shirt (with my pattern), color blocked this time. He had a friend over who had on a great color blocked t-shirt.

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So I based Ezra’s off of that one.


First, I decided where I wanted to have the color blocking start and then I marked that on the front and back pieces of my pattern. I made sure the lines would match up on the front and back by aligning the pieces at the bottom of the armscye and marking where the lines should go.

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Can you see the cut lines I drew on there?

Then, I cut the pattern pieces apart and added a seam allowance to the new edges I just made.

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I added seam allowance to the new edges of my front and back body pieces, and my new front and back yokes.

I cut the body pieces out of one color, and the yoke, sleeve, and collar pieces out of another color. Then I serged the yokes to the body pieces and then topstitched the seam allowances down.

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I assembled the rest the usual way. I like how it turned out, and Ezra likes it too. Although he was sad there were no stripes on the sleeves of his shirt. Next time maybe.

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I got new clothing tags and I’m happy about that. My old ones were too girly to put in any of my boys’ clothes which was a real bummer since 4/5 of the time I’m sewing for boys. Now I can tag everything I make.


More Owen Clothes

I made Owen another pair of pants from my Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants pattern. I left the cargo pockets off this time because I think they still rock without them, and they take awhile to make.




I used a poly/cotton twill from fabric.com for these and I really like the fabric. I like having some polyester in there so the pants aren’t so wrinkly.




I also decided to use up the last of my camo fabric to make a t-shirt for Owen (using my pattern). I was hurrying to get the t-shirt done and I made the neck opening too tight. I knew I should have ripped it off and put another strip on that was just a bit bigger. But I didn’t because I thought maybe it would be ok if I just ironed it.

When he’s wearing it, he looks like he has an itty bitty pin head since the opening is waayy too small. Oh well. You can’t win them all!


Upcoming Changes + A Couple Camo Shirts

I found some camo knit fabric at girlcharlee.com that I knew Seth would love so I bought a few yards. I made a t-shirt out of it for him with my t-shirt pattern. I changed the pocket to be small and square, like in his last t-shirt.

Then, I made Owen a polo out of the camo fabric. Again, I used my t-shirt pattern, but I used a polo collar instead of a t-shirt collar and I added a placket.

This is the first polo I’ve made for Owen out of my own pattern, so there were some things wrong with it that I will fix for next time. The biggest issue is that I made the collar too narrow. I will definitely add about an inch to the width of my collar piece for next time.

With his binky collection.

But I am happy that it turned out wearable and I like it in spite of its flaws. One of my goals is to get the polo made into a children’s pattern over the next few months.

Speaking of my goals, I have thought a lot over the past several months about what I want to do with my itty bitty pattern shop. At first I was overwhelmed and decided I wouldn’t make any more patterns. But then I realized that duh, I can make it as overwhelming or not overwhelming as I want. Last year I tried to make too many patterns too fast and it consumed all of my free time.

So I have decided that I definitely want to make more patterns, but at a more doable pace for me and my family. After I decided that, I decided to change the name of my business because it definitely needed a change.

When I was deciding on a name last year, I really wanted my name in the business name. I saw other pattern shops that were named after the designer and I thought it was awesome. So I went ahead and did that.

But soon, I realized that my name is a terrible business name. It is hard to remember and it has no flow. I wanted to change it but I was worried about all the work it would involve. I finally decided that it’s better to change it now than to try and change it later.

So Jon and I are in the process of changing this blog and everything else over to our new website, which is called sweetshopsewing.com.

I am pretty excited about the change and I hope that my (few) readers will follow me over to the new site when it’s ready. Even after it’s all set up and running, this blog will redirect to the new site so it won’t be too complicated or anything. We’re getting things done and hopefully the change will happen soon!

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

Update: The complete pattern is now available for purchase. Buy it here at craftsy.com: ¬†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 girlcharlee.com.

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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