Monday, November 8, 2010

diy project: romper from your mans old shirt

You Need:

You Need:    

Step 1: Cut Your Pieces

Step 1: Cut Your Pieces
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Step 2: Make the Back of the Shorts

Step 2: Make the Back of the Shorts
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Step 3: Add Fabric to Make Shorts Legs Wider

7. Next, we need to add more fabric to accommodate the roundness of the human butt.;-) Take one of the sleeves you cut and pin it under the left side of the back piece of the shirt, underlapping the shirt's center back about 3/8". (sleeve right side directly under shirt wrong side- use the photo as reference). Allow the shirt sleeve to have about 1/2" of fabric below the hem of the shirt piece.

8. Measure 2.25" to the right from the bottom hem of the shirt piece, and mark on the sleeve fabric. (shown below in photo 1)


9.(photo 2) Now measure 2.75" to the right of the point on the upper part of the straight area of the shirt CB, and mark on the shirt fabric. Draw a line between the point you marked and the point you measured from.


10. (photo 3) Measure 0.75" straight down from the point you marked in the previous step.


11. Connect the point from 10) to the point on the upper part of the straight area of the shirt CB, using a gentle curve.


12. (photo 4) Now connect the point from 10) and the point from 8) in a straight line.


13. (photo 5) Fold the sleeve fabric under itself so it's doubled up. Cut out along the lines you made, through both thicknesses of fabric, without removing the pins. Remove the pins once cut, and cut the bottom layer with the same 3/8" seam allowance to the left that the top layer had.


14. (photo 6) Pin each piece you just cut onto each side of the shirt piece, right sides together, still allowing the inserted pieces an extra 1/2" below the shirt piece hem.


15. (photo 7) Sew each insert onto the shirt piece.


16. Press the seam open with an iron.


17. (photo 8) Fold up the raw bottom edge of each insert twice, and topstitch to create a rolled hem.


(photo 9) Hem length should match the already-hemmed bottom of the shirt piece.

Step 3: Add Fabric to Make Shorts Legs Wider
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Step 4: Sew Crotch of Shorts

18. (photo 1) Lay shirt piece flat, this time matching the right and left pieces of the back. Pin down the center back, all the way down the curve but NOT down the shorter straight part at the bottom of CB.

19. (photo 2) Sew along the pinned line at a 1/2"" seam - and reinforce that seam by sewing it again, within a scant 1/8" on the outside of the first line of stitches. This is now the center back of the shorts, complete with curving crotch line.


20. (photo 3) Turn the piece right-side out and with the front side (with the buttons) up. Button up the front by turning the buttonhole placket under itself (to the right) and buttoning it into the buttons on the layer below, so all the buttons are now hidden but the shirt is still buttoned up. On the inside, sew two lines of stitching halfway between the second button and the third button from the top, only on the button/buttonhole plackets. DO NOT ALLOW your stitching to go through the front of the shirt - i.e., keep it on the placket only.


21. (photo 4) Cut the buttonhole placket directly under the lines of stitching. Use the seam ripper to remove buttonhole/button placket and buttons below the stitching lines.


22. (photo 5) Fold the piece in half. Measure 3.5" down from the button placket, and make a mark. Cut two gentle curves: one from each side of the placket edge to the mark you just made.


23. (photo 6) Pin the curves together.


24. (photo 7) Sew in the same manner as the back of the crotch: a double-stitched seam at about 1/2" from the edge. Go all the way through the placket slightly above the two lines of stitching.


25. (photo 8) Flatten the shorts out and pin them together at the legs (the straight seams that are still unsewn). Sew front to back in the same way (using two lines of stitching). Unbutton that turned-to-the-inside button placket and place a pin in the layer that goes on top to keep the placket flat.


You now have a pair of flat-front shorts with the buttons on the inside of the fly opening.


TIP:
Try on your pieces repeatedly during the process of making them. (i.e., when you get the shorts done, when you finish the shirt piece etc. This allows you to adjust the fit if you're not liking something BEFORE you sew everything together.)
Step 4: Sew Crotch of Shorts
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Step 6: Fit the Top to Your Shape

Step 6: Fit the Top to Your Shape
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Step 7: Make the Waistband

Step 7: Make the Waistband
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Step 8: Attach Shorts Part to Shirt Part

Step 8: Attach Shorts Part to Shirt Part
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Step 9: Finish Front Opening

Step 9: Finish Front Opening
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