I love Dana's 90 Min Shirts. Have you tried them yet? You probably have because they are great. So versatile. So easy. And such a fun, comfy kid shirt. Olivia loves them. Or at least she better because I sure love them.
The adult-size (more like teen-size) Elmo shirt this one was made from was one I had been hanging on to since high school. Well, I wore it in high school an I had been hanging on to it ever since. I had always kind of envisioned making a pillow out of it, but when I spotted it in my stash yesterday I finally decided to make it into a shirt for Olivia instead.
I don't really have a lot of love in my heart for clothing plastered with licenced characters, but I love the classic, iconic look of Elmo and I love the color palate on this t-shirt. Also, Olivia has a little friend who loves Elmo and now she kind of does too. So what do you expect? Of course I wanted to make her an Elmo shirt.
One of the problems I ran into with this shirt, though, was the fact that the Elmo graphic was so high up on the original shirt that I couldn't use the original bottom hem and not cut off Elmo's face. I think this is a pretty common problem with turning adult-sized graphic tees into kid tees, so here's quick run-down of how I worked around it.
- Start by carefully cutting off the original ribbed knit neckline. I don't pick out all that serging, I just cut above the original seam line.
- Position front pattern piece over the t-shirt so the graphic is where I want it to end up on the finished kid shirt.
- Cut the back piece out lining it up with the bottom hem, like normal.
- Use the original sleeves, like normal.
- Below where I cut out the front piece, I cut a couple 1" strips* to use for binding the neckline (like in Dana's tutorial). This is also what I'll use to bind the bottom edge on the front piece. (*Depending on the size of the t-shirt you're working with, you could make wider strips. I just went with 1" strips because this t-shirt was on the smaller side to begin with.)
- Before sewing front and back together, I sew one of my 1" strips (ironed in half and sandwiched over the edge) onto the bottom edge of the front piece.
- I use the original ribbed knit neckline piece on the neckline edge of the BACK and the extra 1" strip of t-shirt on the neckline edge of the FRONT. (Obviously this is just my own personal preference, but since a lot more of the back neckline is shown, I prefer to have that be the nicer looking/more contrasting.)
- Sew the side seams and sleeves on as usual.
Olivia was super excited about the Elmo shirt when I finished it yesterday. I think she'll be wearing it today. :)