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Tutorial: Men’s Shirt to Reversible Baby Waist Coat

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It’s been a while since my last tutorial, so I thought why not make something for my new nephew + make it a DIY.

I used my dad’s old shirt for this and -cough- I didn’t really use “accurate” measurements…let’s say I kind of winged it. In my defense, this is for a newborn so it’s hard to actually measure one.  But, you guys should probably measure your little one to ensure best fit. Measure their shoulders, armhole, neckline, chest, and length. Mine came out pretty good w/o measuring tho. – What can I say, I’m really good at winging stuff ;)

Okay since mine is for a newborn, I only had to use the front laps of the shirt. If you are making this for a larger size, you’ll probably need the whole shirt.

**Click pics to make them bigger**

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For the front laps click the pics to see the measurements I used. But this is the basic shape you’ll need.

These are the over all pieces you need:

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-2 identical back pieces

-4 front pieces

-2 fake pocket pieces

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Sew on your fake pocket pieces first. Mine is about 2″ above the bottom edge

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Sew the shoulder seams and the side seams of the pieces together so you should have:

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-Woah wt’s that horse doing there??

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Anyways, overlap your pieces together so that right side meets right side, and wrong side is out. Sew the pieces together. **Do not sew the armholes together, and leave a 2″ space on the bottom edge of the coat so you can squeeze out your fabric.**

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So now squeeze your fabric from the bottom hole and press into place.

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Tuck the armhole pieces inward towards each other to hide the frays. Then sew the armhole in place. Be careful not to stretch the armhole while sewing…it’ll look really wonky.

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Top stitch everything in place, and you are done! :) You little one can wear it like this….or like this:

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Yeah…I shudda ironed it for the picture ;) Oh well… laziness got to me.

Well there you have it folks :) Your very own reversible baby/toddler waistcoat. I hope you all found this tutorial to be helpful, even though I’m sure there are better tutorials out there. Let me know if you have any questions. Have an awesome day everyone!

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Here is a link to my other tutorials if you are interested. =]

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Author: Veiled Purl

I love to crochet, sew, and knit! =] My blog is www.crochetpurl.com

4 thoughts on “Tutorial: Men’s Shirt to Reversible Baby Waist Coat

  1. That’s a great idea, I like them, the top one is so GQ :-)

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