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Changing neckline on infant clothes
Want to have an overlap type neck instead of snaps
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Date: 4/7/13 8:07 PM

I want to make my daughter some t-shirts and dresses with the overlap/envelope type neck opening. I love the Kwik sew sewing for babies book, but it only uses snaps.

Looking at a onesie I have, it looks like I can just extend the shoulder down the other side for a little on both the front and the back, following the shape of the armscye and neck. Will that work? Is there more to it?

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Date: 4/7/13 8:26 PM

Oh, and I want to bind the neckline instead of a cuff. How do I figure the length of the binding? Is there a ratio that works best or is it trial and error?

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Date: 4/7/13 9:37 PM

I have made grown up persons and babies knit shirts that way. I did have both times though a real sewing pattern made on purpose like that to do it. I think that might be called something like overlapping, envelope style shoulders.

But yes, you could use maybe your pattern and then add a lot of extra to the top shoulder seams to get that going on. I don't think you decide before hand how much binding or self fabric to cut for the binding of all that though, instead I think better to just use a piece way large enough, and after sewing it on, just cut off any left over unused and unneeded length of it, or at least that is what I would do.

When they make and sew that kind of shoulder opening shirt for real in the stores, when I have seen it, the body is neither drawn up or gathered up or stretched out longer onto the binding there, it's just more in it's relaxed state even and more a one to one ratio I believe.

If wanting to get it over a babies head though with no other openings, and no pattern on purpose for that, I think you are going to have to try it on them, in middle of doing it, not just sew it up and try on later, just because babies have kind of large heads compared to the rest of their bodies, and not all shapes and all amounts of stretch fabric (particular if it had sleeves and small tiny armholes in it) may even work out all good or quite the same way on the enveloping part of it.
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Date: 4/7/13 10:01 PM

Tutorial: Making a child's t-shirt pattern. This is a tutorial about drafting a T-shirt pattern from an existing T-shirt. First, she shows how to trace off a T-shirt pattern from an existing T-shirt. Scroll down a bit and you can read the section where she shows how to turn the pattern into a lap-shoulder T-shirt pattern. (Starts with the sentence: "And you can use this pattern to make another pattern for a lap tee.")

You can use this technique to alter the Kwik "Sew Sewing for Babies" T-shirt pattern to make a lap-shoulder T-shirt pattern.

Tutorial: Sewing an Infant Lap T-shirt This is a tutorial explaining how to sew lap-shoulder T-shirts. Lots of photos and sewing instruction details.

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Date: 4/8/13 1:09 AM

Thanks! Beauturbo, my little girl won't arrive for a month or so, so I can't try them on yet. I do know that the kwiksew patterns fit my son well though, so that is why I want to use them. CM_Sews, those tutorials are great--thank you so much! The second link is pretty much my situation--cloth diapers (so t-shirts work better than onesies) and a huge fabric stash (although I did buy some cute girly prints today.. ). Hopefully I can get some made soon so she has something to wear when she arrives!

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Date: 4/8/13 2:17 PM

Sky, on further reading of the "How to sew a lap-shoulder T-shirt" tutorial I see that the second paragraph in this post includes a link to a PDF pattern for the 0-3 month size T-shirt the author is sewing in the tutorial photos.

0-3 month size T-shirt pattern, from Sarah, The Busy Bug Life

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Date: 4/8/13 5:19 PM

The Jalie onesie pattern has the type of opening that you describe (as one of the views) and includes a binding piece. I love this pattern, and it runs true-to-size based on their weight chart.

Jalie onesie pattern

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2014 Fabric IN: 47.63 yards
2014 Fabric OUT: 70.5 yards
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Date: 4/9/13 1:31 PM

Hmm.. I'll have to think about that. We didn't like the onesies on my son as they didn't work well with the cloth diapers, but it is the neckline I like.

I posted another post about bubble romper patterns--have you used any that you like? (I think you have a girl, I may be mistaken though) There are so many designers making girls patterns, it's hard to search through them all.

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Date: 4/9/13 4:04 PM

You can always take a onesie pattern and just hem off where you would like the tshirt to end rather than cutting the bottom for a onesie. For your binding length, it does depend on your fabric and your binding method, rule of thumb I usually start with is 70% of the total neckline. I find it handy to cut the binding longer than what I need for the neckline so that there is a little "handle" to help feed that bulk through evenly when attaching the sleeves.
If you're looking for a collection of really cute baby patterns, you may want to check out Ottobre. There's bubble rompers and lap-neck tees in the Summer 2011 issue here

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Date: 4/9/13 7:45 PM

Thank you for that link! I forgot about Ottobre. I looked at it when my son was born, but it seemed that the boy clothes were mostly variation on t-shirts, which I had a fine pattern for. But for little girl clothes it'll be perfect!

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