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Date: 6/18/13 1:01 PM

I want to make my daughter a t-shirt but all the patterns I have for girl's t-shirts have a back button which is something she hates. Is there a way to adjust a pattern with a back button to not have one. I know if I just took it out with out alterations it would probably be that the neck hole would be too small to fit over her head right? That's why they add the button, right?

The pattern I want to make is McCall's 6593.

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Date: 6/18/13 1:08 PM

Take a T shirt she has that lacks the button and copy the neckline. Or if she has none, you could take string, measure around the largest part of her head, then draft a neckline that size. (Or even a tad smaller--since a knit will stretch.) The "scooping" can be more in front than in back (common) or equal, if you don't want it so deep in front.

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Date: 6/18/13 1:11 PM

I just did that with a Kwik Sew pattern which I sewed up for a 4 year old. She wasn't around when I cut and sewed it so I just took a deep breath and went for it.

It went over her head without any problems at all and she loves her new knit dress.

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Date: 6/18/13 6:24 PM

Try using elastic for the button loop instead of fabric tubes. If regular elastic doesn't go with the fabric, try hair elastics.

Not only does it make buttoning easier, it might be enough give to get the shirt on/off without unbuttoning.

edited to add - I'm thinking of very thin elastic (1/8 " wide) or a elastic thread
-- Edited on 6/18/13 6:26 PM --

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Date: 6/18/13 6:34 PM

Measure her head. As long as the opening is at least that big,it will fit. You can add ribbing to make the opening smaller. It will stretch.

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Date: 6/18/13 9:59 PM

Agreed. Button backs on knits are just insane. I think they are a remnant from very old, old sewing patterns that have simply never been updated with modern techniques in mind.

Any Kwik Sew pattern for a knit top, be it for an adult or a child, will give you a modern way to go at it.

As has been mentioned, the critical dimension is the size of the victim's head: If the binding will go around it, it will work.

This is Sarah Veblen's wonderful, all purpose video on how to do necklines on knits.
-- Edited on 6/18/13 10:03 PM --

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Date: 6/19/13 6:56 PM

As long as the binding you plan to use is very stretchy and has good recovery, I don't see why you can't. Also, I'd lower the back neckline a tad, making it less curved, to help with getting it over her head.

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Date: 6/20/13 9:28 AM

So many good suggestions, thanks all of you! I will try these suggestions when I make this t-shirt.

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