MADE’s Sprinkle Tee and Basic Pant

I did it!  I made my first applique shirt. What a victory!  Well, not really, but it does feel pretty dern good to know that I can now make my son clothes if I need to.

I mentioned a few weeks ago my love for Dana’s blog and her Boy Tutorials.  The top two things on my Sewing To Do list was Dana’s Sprinkle Tee and her Basic Pant.

I started working on the sprinkles the day my family drove up for their visit.  My niece got so into it she couldn’t wait to start a letter for herself.  She took it home with her so Mimi can sew it into a pillow for her room.

I don’t think you can really tell how many pins I had used when I attached the letter to the t-shirt.  I was so scared of messing up and the letter shifting I think I may have actually used a whole package of pins.

But truly, this was really SO COMPLETELY easy to do.  Dana gave such simple instructions and it’s so cost effective to make since I used a gray t-shirt that Little B had already grown out of.

I lucked out and got a couple long sleeve tee’s from Walmart on clearance since they are starting to get their summer clothes in. Since it’s still cold here, I decided to do my first one on a long sleeve tee and then do a couple more on short sleeve tee’s for the summer.

Made’s Basic Pant’s are so simple to make.  I couldn’t wait to sew something out of a pattern and the style of these pants are so much better than most you find for toddler boys.  You just print the sheets of paper and then tape them together to form your pattern…voila!

I folded my fabric in half and then pinned the fabric on.  I don’t know why, but I always get so scared when it comes to cutting my fabric.  I just down want to mess up then waste the fabric I just bought.  At Off The Wall, if we messed up, it was just paint.  You dry it then paint over it.  But you can’t really re-cut fabric.

Whew!  I did it.  Already lookin’ good.

Okay, so here’s where I really started getting excited.  I just sewed together the first part on my first pair of pants.

Then Dana told me to pin the inseams rights sides together.  This part took me almost half an hour.  Again, a little scared I was going to get the fabric all lined up wrong, so I was EXTREMELY meticulous.

Note: Dana wasn’t really there speaking to me, I was reading her instructions on her website, but it helps to think of it as a one on one lesson.

Once I was done pinning the fabric in place, and sweating buckets from stressing over getting the fabric pinned in place perfectly, I sewed the inseam together.  Then I did the same thing to the outer sides.

Look!  They look like pants all sewn together.

This is where Dana told me to begin the waist band.  I didn’t get a picture of this part because I got so excited that my pants looked like pants, I lost focus.

Next, I measured for the width of my waist, then pressed and pinned.  Guess how long that took!  Once I had that done and stitched all the way around I left about a 2″ opening to insert the elastic.

THIS IS IMPORTANT:  You HAVE to pin a safety pin to the end of your piece of elastic before you insert it through the waist. Why? Because that is what Dana said to do.  And she knows her stuff!  If you don’t use a safety pin, then it’s nearly impossible to get the elastic to move through the fabric.  The pin gives you something to grab onto.

So after a lot of tugging and pulling I got the elastic all the way through and the waist completed.

I used some pants of Little B’s to measure for the hem length.  I turned under a lot of extra fabric so I could take out the length as he grows.

And there you have it, i just made two pairs of pants.

I gotta really give it up to Dana from MADE.  She really does a fantastic job with her tutorials.  Now I can’t wait for it to get warm enough for Little B to wear his new seersucker pants.

Check out the full tutorials and get the patterns from Dana herself:  Sprinkle Tee, Basic Pant.

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6 Responses to “MADE’s Sprinkle Tee and Basic Pant”

  1. Lynn McKee March 31, 2011 at 1:59 PM #

    You are really getting into this sewing. You go girl

  2. Stephanie Norris March 31, 2011 at 3:03 PM #

    Great job, Melissa!! I haven’t used Dana’s pattern, but I make mine similarly…where did you find the red seersucker? I love it!! Great way to make PJ pants, too!

    Our clothing construction professor would be so proud! ;)

    • melissalewis April 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM #

      Thanks Stephanie! I got the red seersucker at Joann’s. I can’t wait to make more, they look so comfy!

  3. Jean Gross April 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM #

    See, you remember!

    • melissalewis April 1, 2011 at 2:07 PM #

      Haha, funny how it does come back to you. Thanks for helping me get there.

  4. Donna Schmidt April 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM #

    Love them! Someday you’ll have to come share your talents & help me get un-afraid of my sewing machine!!

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