Friday, June 11, 2010

90 Min Shirts

Dana over at MADE posted a great tutorial for making envelope neck t-shirts or "The 90 Minute Shirt" a while ago and last night I finally got around to giving it a try.  We're definitely a t-shirt and jeans kind of family, so now Olivia will fit right in.

So far I've made two.  This one was my first attempt.  A "How will this turn out?/Will I like it enough to make it again?" attempt.

Well, I was being really careful so you know something was going to go wrong.  I ended up sewing the back on backwards (so the wrong side is facing out).  Oops!

See that cute little tag sticking out?  That was supposed to be on the inside.  Not that I wouldn't ever put a tag on the outside just to be cute, but, in the case, it's proof of my mistake.  Oh well.

And in the spirit of "This might end up looking terrible so I don't want to use up all my cute fabric," I ended up using these random scraps for the sleeves.  A little strange for a girl?  Yes.

But, actually, this shirt is really starting to grow on me.  Once you get the pink shoes on her feet and the little clip in her hair so she doesn't look like an Oliver, I think it really is pretty funky-cute.

Here's more proof of my little... uh... "alteration", shall we say?  Lovely.  This messier part was supposed to be inside.  Now it's right up front for all the world to see.  Ah well.  There's always next time, right?

Right!  This one was my second attempt.  All the pieces are facing the way they're supposed to be facing.  (Success!)  I remembered to add a cute little accent tag to the side this time.  The accent tag in the back actually ended up on the inside.  (Yay!)  And I got ambitious/brave and added the little heart embellishment on the front.  This one's definitely a step up from my first attempt, I'd say.

Here's the drooly girl wearing her new threads.

I am seriously in love with the little side tag.  Weird, I know.  But it's always the little things, right?

Funny girl.  This picture gives you a good look at how that envelope neckline works.

Don't you just want to kiss that little nose?

Here's a view of the back.  Cute, no?

Here's a close-up of the little embellishment on the front.  I've seen tutorials for this kind of thing all over the place, but basically all I did (before I sewed the shirt together) was cut out some little hearts and sew a line down the middle of each heart.  I sewed the hearts on one at a time, starting at the top and working down.

For the tags (both the side tag and the tag in the back of the shirt) I just used little scraps from another t-shirt.  Just cut a little rectangle, fold in half, and stuff inside the seam before you sew it shut.  I really think adding these little tags helps give it just a tiny pop of added color and makes it look just a bit more professional.  But maybe that's just me.

So, will I be making more 90 Minute Shirts?  Yes.  Most definitely yes.  In fact, I already have two more cut out, just waiting to be sewn.

For those of you who've seen this tutorial and been too scared to try it (umm... like I may have been) let me just say that it is:

1. Totally worth cutting up a onesie
2. Really simple and easy, especially if you use existing hems (like I did on the sleeves and bottom of both of these shirts)
3. Definitely still worth making even if you don't have a serger
4. Not hard to make with a regular sewing machine
5. A totally worthwhile and fun project

Thanks Dana!

Oh, and P.S.
If you're wondering what to do with all your left over t-shirt scraps, you could always try THESE.  Kids love them.


Samina said...

wow I love this. very cute and you did a great job. She is so adorable. Thanks for the link I am headed over to "Made" to check out the tutorial.

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

ADORABLE!! So makes me want to sew today instead of scoring BORING old SAT's.

Emily said...


alee said...

Does it really take 90 minutes?

Katie Lewis said...

The first time it definitely took me a bit longer since I had to make the pattern and think more about how things went together. The second time it went a lot faster for sure. I tried to time myself, but I got totally side tracked and cut out pieces for several shirts before I actually got around to finishing one. So I'm not sure exactly how long it takes me, but it really is fast. Especially since I don't serge the edges and I just use the existing hems on sleeves and the bottom the shirt.

dana said...

so cute! They turned out great and I love how you used red for the sleeves. What a fun idea!
Thanks for sharing with me katie!

Karin van Dam said...

It's really cute. They both are. And I understand your love for tags, I share it with you, nice touch!

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

adorable! Love the side tag, I agree with you, it makes shirts look polished! unfortunately, I ALWAYS forget to do it and then am too lazy to fix it. lol

Kathy Haynie said...

Very cute shirt. Adorable model. Clever mama. Good job!

Bridget said...

I actually really like that first one. It's super cute, even the random sleeves!

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

We're having fun looking at old posts because I have a VERY cranky 3 yrs old who is demanding "Livie pictures!!! LIVIE!!!"