April 12, 2010

The "Always Tuck Me In" Shirt

Today's tutorial is a response to an e-mail I got a couple of weeks ago.  It read:

Could you turn a boys button down dress shirt into a onesie so it stays tucked in when they are crawling and walking and falling down every 5 seconds? You're crafty. I'd love to see how you did it before I screw one up.


First of all, GREAT IDEA, Kathryn!  Thanks for asking.  I thought of a few ways to do this, but I decided to go with the simplest one.  It's going to look like this.  Can't see it?  Only see a white, tucked shirt?  That's the point.  Here we go!


1) Find an old onesie.  I think we all have stained, dirty ones.


2) Cut off your dress shirt at the lowest point possible to make it straight across the bottom.


3)  Cut off the bottom of the onesie.  How much should you cut off?  You want the final product to be a little longer than a normal onesie because the dress shirt doesn't stretch at all.  So, figure that you'll lose about an inch when you sew them together and make it an inch or two longer than a onesie that currently fits him.

Notice that the dress shirt and the onesie have completely different widths?  Not to worry.  We will fix that easily.


4) Prepare to sew them together by inverting the onesie botton and placing it over the dress shirt (as shown).

5) When you sew them together, use a ZIG ZAG stitch.  This is essential.  A zig zag will allow it to stretch a bit after it's sewn.  A normal straight stitch won't have any give and it'll be really harder to get your little guy into it. 

Now for the width compensation.  Start sewing at the side seam of the shirt.  Stretch the onesie fabric as you sew so that when you get to the other side seam, they will match up.  Make sense?  It will spring back when you're done and it will gather up the dress shirt a little.


That's it!  It didn't take long to do and I must say it was nice to have his shirt stay put at church. 


He can crawl, run, jump (well, once he learns to do all those things) and that shirt will still be tucked.


Thanks again for the great idea, Kathryn.  Hope that helps!

Thanks so much for all your comments.  I don't always get a chance to respond to all of them, but they really do make my day.  I can't wait to try out all those fabulous smoothie tips you guys left.  THANKS!!!

61 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea! I was just telling my friends at church last sunday that someone needs to invent a way to keep collared shirts tucked in!

    (Hmmm, I wonder if I could convince my six year old to wear a onesie, ha ha!)

    ReplyDelete
  2. So smart!!! I will have to try that when the new baby arrives!

    ReplyDelete
  3. You are so smart! That is a GREAT idea! I tucked in DS's shirt for Easter and before I even got his coat on, he had one side untucked. :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I needed you during easter Sunday, well before I guess so I could have kept his little shirt tucked in! Thanks for this wonderful idea, I am going to his closet now! :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a great idea! You are so creative!!! Woder if it wold work for my pre-teen!?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Awesome!! Now if I could just get the waist band to fit him (problem when he's skinny but tall). Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a great idea!
    Just a pity that my ones are too old already :(
    Greetings from Loch Ness
    Shippy

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great idea and tutorial! Love it. The little boy is SO darling!

    ReplyDelete
  9. That is one of the smartest things I've ever seen. Great job!

    Does your son have craniosynostosis? Or did he? Hopefully that's not a rude question! My daughter had it, though she didn't have to wear the helmet because we did one of the other methods. That surgery was so rough! So glad that part of her life is better now.

    ReplyDelete
  10. You are A-MAZ-ing! In a perfect world I would love to be as crafty as you! ;) I think I can handle those instructions! I can't wait to attempt it! Thanks so much for doing this tutorial. I cannot believe how fast you got it done! You really are so so talented! I'm so glad I found your blog! ---your children are darling btw.

    ReplyDelete
  11. You are seriously BEYOND fabulous. I have looking for onesies just like this. Now I can make my own. Perfect!! Love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am totally doing this. Happiness.

    ReplyDelete
  12. BRILLIANT! Your amazing...and that little guy is absolutely beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Fabulous idea!!! Thanks for sharing.
    -Erika

    ReplyDelete
  14. I did this 19 1/2 yrs ago for my son. Should have patented it. haha Love it cause then the little boys look put together.

    ReplyDelete
  15. so one needs to start SELLING dress shirts like this - how clever!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I've onesies dress shirts, but they are the stiff fabric all the way through. This is a great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a great idea and way to go figuring this simple transformation out! Thank you!!

    I'm your newest follower :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love it! I'll definitely be trying that.

    ReplyDelete
  19. what timing. I JUST saw a kid at church yesterday and his parents were constantly tucking in his button down shirt. I thought, that kid needs a onesie on that shirt! haha. hilarious! And here you are. Brilliant Cheri.

    ReplyDelete
  20. A couple years ago, I saw an Old Navy baby dress shirt that snapped under the crotch and thought, "why hasn't someone thought of this sooner?" I have never seen one since, until now, and yours is better because now we can all transform our super darling (but annoying) dress shirts into something functional and handsome.

    ReplyDelete
  21. What a great idea!! My boys shirts are always untucked!

    ReplyDelete
  22. years ago, probably 30 or so? my mom got frustrated with the shirts not staying tucked in on one of my many little brothers, and she just sewed on a pair of little girls underwear. no easy access to the diaper change, but she figured she could handle it for a few hours once a week at church. a onesie bottom would have solved that problem. and you can get "extensions" for onesies, too, so if they suddenly sprout up, or you made it too short, just snap on the extension.
    fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Brilliant! I can't wait to try this. I've added to my list of projects to try on my blog.

    Thanks, Polly @ http://helpinglittlehands.blogspot.com/

    P.S. I've got a giveaway for a little boy's applique and knee patches on my blog this week. All you have to do to enter is comment.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Yay! I love this! And I also wanted to tell you our son jax just got his DOC band/helmet off last week and I loooove how yours looks! He is such a little stud! :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. That is genius! I should have called you last night because I was in the heat of a project and it wasn't going well at all. I'll show you my results later. I needed your zig zag advice a few hours ago.

    ReplyDelete
  26. well ~ I am never getting rid of another onesie :-)
    this is such a great idea!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Brilliant - that is such a good idea.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Genius! LOVE this. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Hello!

    I have been enjoying your blog! I decided to pass along to you an award that I received. Please come to my family blog to receive it!

    ReplyDelete
  30. stopping over from Ucreate!! LOVE this! it is the perfect solution for my soon-to-be-ring bearer son, and that pesky dress shirt!!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Great idea! This is going to be my next project for my little man. And, I must say, I LOVE his helmet. My litle man had to wear one too.

    ReplyDelete
  33. What a fantastic idea this is!

    Please feel free to add this to my Baby Week link party, running until Saturday this week. It can be found at:

    http://theherberfamily.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. Wow!! Absolutely brilliant idea!! My son is pass that stage of the shirt coming out, but I probably will try it out for the next one..or...perhaps, I can present it as a gift..hmm..*considering the thought*

    ReplyDelete
  35. What a smart idea!

    I would love it if you joined my "Saturday is Crafty Day" party on April 24th! Stop by my blog for details.

    ReplyDelete
  36. now if we could only figure out how to keep the 3 yr old's shirt tucked in we will be in business!

    ReplyDelete
  37. great idea. Now I just want a sewing machine and this is a great reason to add to my list to get one.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hey, I just found your blog, linked through ucreate. I just wanted to say that your son is ADORABLE! I haven't looked around too much yet, but I'm just curious as to whether the helmet is for Craniostynosis or not? My little guy had that, (if its not I can briefly fill you in, its a premature fusing of the sutures). Sometimes it can be corrected with the use of helmet therapy, for my dude we had to do surgery to re-build his forehead. The helmet wouldn't have worked for him as it was the metopic suture. Anyway all that to say he is adorable, and I love your work.

    ReplyDelete
  39. SUCH a smart idea! Too bad this won't work on a 4 y.o. who needs to use the potty!
    Sarah

    ReplyDelete
  40. how cute is that !! great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Hi Cheri! I just saw your clever onsie shirt on One pretty thing and had to stop by and say hello!
    This is ingenious! wish I had thought of it when my boy was a toddler :) x

    ReplyDelete
  42. Oh my goodness, this is awesome! I can't wait to try it. I only wish I'd seen this or thought of this with my first son instead of my fifth.

    ReplyDelete
  43. I just posted about this on my blog. Thanks so much!

    deliacreates.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  44. I had a dress shirt onesie like this but after being picked up multiple times at a wedding the bottom stretchy part ripped from the top part. So now I use dress shirt onesies from here: www.charmedlifeclothing.com

    ReplyDelete
  45. Absolutely brilliant! I paid a bungle at Baby Gap for the same thing! I can't wait to make my own!

    ReplyDelete
  46. Such a great idea! Thanks! I am so amazed at how common craniosynostosis is. My daughter had THREE helmets and TWO surgeries to correct her head. And she's still a little bit crooked. Good thing she's a girl, her hair can hide it! It's mostly just her ears that are off, but that's no big deal. Your little man is rocking the helmet. Ours were all clear. I love the colors and patterns I'm seeing now.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Your model is SO CUTE! :>) Love that hair peeking out. I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks for sharing the super idea!

    ReplyDelete
  48. I consider this craft a revelation as a mom to two boys! oh and the baby wearing the shirt sure is cute!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Oh my goodness, why haven't I thought of this before? Love it. Gotta make one before church on Sunday.

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  50. I made this here. Thanks for this great idea

    ReplyDelete
  51. I just started reading your blog and I've been reading through all your stuff from the beginning (you have amazing creativity and talent!), and I just had to say that this is truly a brilliant idea! I love it!!

    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

    ~Stephanie

    ReplyDelete
  52. Awesome! I'll be featuring it on my blog tomorrow!
    seemesew.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  53. LOVE this! I have three boys and for each one I wished for exactly this. Thanks for showing me how to do it!

    ReplyDelete
  54. I was looking for a tutorial to give me the courage to attempt what I thought would work, and I am happy to say, it was worked perfectly. It was super easy too. Thanks so much! Now my little man will look sleek, not sloppy, at church this Sunday.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Thanks so much for this! I have been looking all over for an oxford bodysuit (3 month size) with no luck and wondering if I could make one. I can't wait to try this!

    ReplyDelete
  56. What a great idea! I did this today and it worked perfectly, thank you!! :)

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for leaving a comment! If you are asking a question and you do NOT have your profile linked to your email address, I will respond in the comment section, so just come back to check it later. Thanks!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails