Note that this post will be a bit lengthy and loaded with photos.
One of my ways of saving some monies is to recycle our t-shirts for my dolly family. (^_~)
Let me try to share on how I do so for my SD17-sized boys: Mikado and Tetsu. You can get my pattern for loose-fit SD17 T-shirt here. Please ignore my untidy scribbles and hairy lines as it is hand-drawn. (*^_^*)
This is a very basic pattern. You would need to adjust the neckline depending on your design. You see the pattern I have posted won’t go through your boy from legs up. You would need to cut the neckline wider and deeper or you may want to consider opening it with zip or eyelets etc.
Step 1: Fold your material into halves, pin the pattern pieces in place and cut out the parts with seam allowance. Two parts for the body and two parts for the sleeves. The alignment of the pieces should be vertically parallel to the t-shirt’s fabric grainline.
Step 5: When joining the sleeve to the armhole, I find it easier to sew with the sleeve on top of the body piece. Sometimes, you might need to adjust the fit of the pieces as you sew along. But it’s fine since the material is stretchable.
Step 6: Fold the t-shirt with the right sides facing in and pin the sleeve and side together. Sew along the arrow markings as shown. Do so for both sides. Then finish off by sewing up the seam allowance for the bottom of the t-shirt.
And here are my two models. As you can see, Mikado’s orange t-shirt is cut with a wider neckline so that he can wear it from legs up without having to take off his head. Tetsu’s blue t-shirt is done with a placket opening like polo-t style. You can also mix and match the colours.
Well, if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line. \(^_^)/ Meantime, enjoy sewing!