April 12, 2010

Summer Pocket Shirt

My daughter was wearing a long-sleeve shirt the other day - but it has gotten really warm here.  I asked her if she wanted to wear a summer shirt and she said that "this one has a POCKET".  Oh, THE pocket.  She does love pockets - whoe doesn't!  So I thought, I should just whip her up a summer shirt with a pocket.  This was an easy project - I got it done with plenty of naptime to spare.  Here's a quick "how to sew a shirt with a pocket"
First gather your stuff.   I had a tank top for the main shirt, a too-small shirt for cutting up (why oh why can I not get fuschia to photo well?!), and the long-sleeved shirt with a pocket that I used as a pattern.  But really you could eyeball the pocket if you don't have anything to use for the pattern.

Next cut trace the pocket onto a piece of paper, lay the paper over your sacrifice shirt and cut out the pocket.  The reason I used a shirt instead of some cute designer fabric was because I wanted the stretch factor that knit brings with it.  Then turn under all the edges and stitch into place (I didn't turn under the bottom edge because the shirt I was using had a scalloped ruffle to it which I wanted to keep).

If you want to embellish the pocket any, now's the time.  Then pin the pocket in the right spot and stitch it to the shirt - try not to pull the fabric as it sews (the hassle of working with knit).  Also don't sew the curve part where the hands go in - or the hands won't go in.

I felt like the shirt needed a little something more.  I cut the trim off of the sleeves on the sacrifice shirt - they were almost a perfect match to the new shirt.

I just slid the trim under the edge of the new shirt and sewed it in place.  You could pin this if you're nervous about freehanding it.

And that's it!  Summer Pocket Shirt done.  You should have seen her face when I told her I made a shirt with a pocket for summer - at that moment I knew I was cool.  A friend was over who said "Man-dyyy, can you make ME one of those?!" 
I'll be linking this to several great Link Parties - you'd better check out all they have to offer!


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

15 Fabulous Comments:

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What a cute summer shirt! You did a fantastic job! The pocket really pulls it all together.

What a cutie! I love the shirt and the model is adorable! Very creative idea!

This is darling! I wonder if I could make a non-ruffley version for my son... :)
We have a Friday Fun Finds party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link to this!

That is super cute, what a great idea!

Thanks for such a great idea! The shirt is really cute!

I want a sewing machine!! You are the second link on "Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays" that feature an awesome project useing a sewing machine. Love this idea, so cute. (so is your model)
Thank for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"

I always feel better when I have pockets, too. Good job, mom! Look how happy she is :)

So cute!! DD age 2 loves pockets. Most little girl shorts don't have pockets, so this would be a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

This is really sweet, a great tutorial! Thanks so much for linking up on Craft Schooling Sunday and nice to "meet" a new visitor! Hope to see you again next week!

How fun!! My girls would love one of these!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!!

Very cute. I love the pocket and the detail. Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

Too cute! I love the ruffle sleeves! :)

Mandy, that turned out so cute. Pockets are fun!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Very cute! I'm thinking I'd like this on a couple of MY shirts! Thanks for sharing! I've posted a link.

Thanks for linking up. Hope to see your fabulous DIY again at Make My style Mondays.


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