Monday, September 5, 2011

Men's Shirt Re-Do # 1: Vest Applique

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I have seen so many great tutorials recently about cleaning out stashes and re-purposing old clothes, and I thought it was about time that I tried it for myself. My husband had this old shirt that is really soft but doesn't fit quite right, so I wanted to find a few ways to make it work for a little guy instead. It turns out that a long sleeved mens shirt is a lot of material, so I got 2 projects out of 1 shirt. Come back next week for project #2!

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I thought this pattern and material was pretty cool and a bit dressy for a little boy, so it must be turned into a little vest applique!

Project #1-Vest Applique

My first step was making a pattern. I lined a piece of paper up on a plain white onesie and roughly traced where I would need to cut the paper away for the neckline and sleeves.

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I cut along those lines and laid the paper onto the onesie.

I lightly sketched one side of a little vest, making sure to extend the middle piece slightly past the middle of the onesie.

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I traced the vest pattern onto some fusible webbing, flipped it over and traced the pattern again to make the left and right sides of the vest.

**Do not forget to flip the pattern over before you trace the other side of the vest! Otherwise, when you go to iron your applique onto your onesie, you will realize that you have 2 left sides and this will not work. Ask me how I know.**

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Iron the fusible webbing onto your fabric, and trim around the edges.

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I made the little black tie using the same method as in my Little Man Tie Applique tutorial, ironed it onto the onesie, and then sewed the edges down with a zig zag stitch.

Next, I laid my vest appliques down exactly as I wanted them, ironed them on, and then sewed those edges down with a zig zag stitch as well. I made sure to pin a fabric stabilizer to the back as I was sewing to keep the fabric from stretching as I sewed and it worked like a charm.

(New to sewing appliques? Read some of my beginner tips here.)

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I made sure to use thread in coordinating colors so that it wouldn't draw too much attention to the stitching.

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I selected a few dark gray buttons to complement the vest and hand stitched those on, centering them above the point in the tie.

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There you have it! A onesie any little cool dude would be happy to wear.

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Men's shirts are PERFECT for little boy ties, tie appliques or vest appliques. I challenge you to rummage around your husband's closet and see what old duds can be transformed into something perfect for your little dude! :)

Also, have you seen the fun new series Decorating with Portraits over at Kristen Duke Photography? Kristen has an all star cast of bloggers lined up for the whole month of September to share the ways that they decorate their homes with portraits, and we are thrilled to be participating! Look for us on September 18!


I'll be linking to some of these great parties! Happy Labor Day!

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Biz September 5, 2011 at 4:41 PM  

This is TOO cute and if we ever have a baby boy, I'll def. make one of these!
In the mean time I'm trying to figure out what a good girl equivalent would be.


Patrice September 5, 2011 at 7:41 PM  

I love it! What a cute, cute onesie!

Jennifer Dawn September 5, 2011 at 10:26 PM  

Too cute! Love it!

TBonesMom September 6, 2011 at 7:54 AM  

This is stinkin' adorable! Great job Erin!

Lauryn Ashli September 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM  

i want a baby boy!!! this is so cute. pinning it!
{love} lauryn @

Kayla's Creations September 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM  

I LOVE this! so so cute I'm def. going to be making one for my little guy thanks so much for sharing! =)

Jen @ My Own Road September 7, 2011 at 10:07 AM  

This is so cool! Perfect for baby boys...I made mine an actual vest, which my little guy was not too thrilled about...wish I had this idea a few months ago! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown September 10, 2011 at 11:09 PM  

This is freaking adorable! I'd love for you to stop by and show off your work any time.

Corie @ Design DNA

Kara @ Mine for the Making September 12, 2011 at 11:55 PM  

This is crazy cute!!! LOVE it :)

Would love for you to link this up to my new diy fashion linky party! Little boys need fashion too ;) DIY Diva Thursdays runs from Th-M...Hope to see you there!!


Sarah Jones September 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM  

i rushed to your etsy site to see if this was available there... are you taking orders?? i'm still fitting timmy into the tie shirt i ordered from you! :)

Sofia L December 7, 2011 at 8:56 PM  

Thanks for the idea. Here is a link to the one I made using your tutorial

Unknown December 15, 2011 at 12:54 AM  

You make this look SO EASY and yet I can't get this pattern drawn!!!! I am not a very crafty person...obviously. I wish you would post the pattern up so we can just print it off. :( PLEASE! There is another lady that posted the tie pattern she used from google. I hope you will think about posting the pattern because if anyone is like me...I can't get it right! LOL!

Vonnie May 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM  

I remember the first time I sat down to sew the Tie on I wasn't thinking AT ALL and I sewed through front and back argh then I had to take my seam ripper and take it back out. I think I caught it before I finished but still not one of my shinning moments lol Just thought I share that give some one a laugh, maybe some one else has done some thing similar.

Fresh Juniper August 16, 2012 at 8:34 PM  

I love this sweet little vest and tie onesie! I shared your tutorial on my blog post Baby Stuff - Best Onesie Makeovers on Pinterest here:

Thanks for teaching something wonderful!

Whitney Soup April 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM  

wow that is impressive! will you please make another so that I purchase it from you??

Juanita B May 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM  

Genius and cute all in one baby outfit. You are extremely creative and TFS.

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