* Fabric (Jersey or Interlock) - 150 cm x 50 cm (60 in x 20 in) (long sleeve)
* Fabric (Jersey or Interlock) - 3,5 cm x 35 cm (1.5 x 14 in) (neckband)
* Two buttons
Approximately from 1 year old until 1,5 years old.
Download the free sewing pattern here.
The pattern is without seam allowance. Keep in general 0,5 cm (0,2 in) seam allowance. Cut the bottom of the back and front piece and the bottom of the sleeves with 2 cm (0,8 in) seam allowance. Cut the neckline without sew allowance.
Cut out a front piece (marked green (upper part) and yellow (lower part)), a back piece (marked blue (upper part) and yellow (lower part)) and two sleeves (marked orange). The long sleeve closes with buttons on the left shoulder, therefore cut the left shoulder with hems and the right shoulder without hems.
When working with knits, it is important not to stretch or pull the fabric while sewing. Also use a stretch needle and a stretch stitch. In this pattern all seams are sewed with a twin needle. Only the neck seam is sewed with a straight stitch.
Fold the end of the sleeves and sew the hems in place. With right sides facing: pin the front piece to the back piece. Sew the sides of the shirt and the right shoulder seam together. Turn right-side out. Fold the sewing allowance of the left shoulder hems to the back and pin down. Sew. Fold the back hem behind the front hem and pin down.
Pin and sew the sleeves right sides together, into the armholes. With right sides together, fold the sleeves in half. Sew down the entire side. Turn right-side out. Topstitch.
Align the raw edges of the neckband with the raw edge of the neck opening, wrong sides together. Sew 0.4 cm (0.2 in) from the outer edge. Stretch the neckband a lot while you sew, but be careful not to stretch or pull the long sleeve fabric. Sew around the whole opening. Fold the edges and sew. Trim. Fold the neckband over the cut edge, re-fold and pin down. Sew very close to the edge.
Sewing the neckband is quite complicated. Try it a few times with some scraps of knit fabrics before sewing the final neckband.
Using a ruler, mark where your buttons and buttonholes will go. Stitch the buttonholes. Sew the buttons on properly to make certain that they function well and last for years.
© small dreamfactory
intended for non commercial use only