Baby clothes are so cute, aren’t they? The other day I found myself in the baby section at Target and it took willpower I didn’t know I possessed to walk away without buying something for Juliet. The thing is, we have more than enough adorable clothing that has been gifted by friends and family or handed down to us.
As a first-time mom I’m realizing how some super-cute baby clothes just aren’t as practical as the tried and true onesie. No matter how precious they may be, dresses and t-shirts on Jules drive me crazy by the end of the day because I am constantly pulling them down and adjusting them.
But I’m torn daily as I pick out Juliet’s outfit…I want her to be in a cute t-shirt or dress, but I don’t want to spend the day fighting with bunchy clothes. Seriously, how adorable is she in this t-shirt?
From looking at this picture you wouldn’t know that I spent at least five minutes trying to get a good shot of the t-shirt. A wiggly and rolling baby plus a bunchy t-shirt makes for a challenge.
This morning during her nap I had a lightbulb moment and in less than 10 minutes had turned my favorite Elmo t-shirt into a onesie. Anyone with the most basic sewing abilities could do this transformation. Heck, I’ll bet you could do it with some iron-on tape (like Stitch Witchery Fusible Bonding Web, which could be found at any craft or fabric store), though it may not hold up as well over time.
- Pick out the t-shirt you want to transform and any onesie you don’t mind cutting up. I chose a plain white onesie that was too small for Juliet in length. If I’d been patient enough to wait until I’d be at a store I probably would have used a cheap pink onesie.
- Lay out the t-shirt flat with the onesie on top and decide how long you want it to be when completed.
- Cut the onesie an inch or so higher than the bottom of the t-shirt. If you use zig-zag shears, you don’t have to worry about it fraying.
- Pin each of the side seams of the onesie under the side seams of the t-shirt. Continue to pin the rest of the way around.
- Choose a complementary color of thread (if I had a lighter color of pink I would have used one that better matched the existing hem) and sew the onesie and t-shirt together all the way around. Be sure to stretch the material a bit as you sew, or the seam will rip if the shirt stretches at all.
All that’s left is putting the t-shirt/onesie on your baby and make a fool out of yourself getting her to smile for a picture before she rolls over.
By sewing the onesie into the t-shirt an inch up from the hem, you can even put a cute pair of shorts or a skirt on and part of the t-shirt will hang over the waistline. All the perks of a onesie with the look of a t-shirt!