A Shirt To Celebrate Dad

If you haven’t already noticed, Bret doesn’t care for me sew for him. He can never find a pattern he likes and let’s not even talk about him selecting fabrics. So for this Father’s Day, I decided that Easton should wear a shirt that Bret could appreciate – an “I catch bigger fish than Dad” tee.
This shirt started out as Taylor’s several years ago, but since it is way too big for Easton at the moment, I re-sized it:

Not only does it fit, I managed to cut off some of the unsightly stains that had buried themselves into the fabric. Want to make one for a little one in your life? Read on to find out how!


For this project, you’ll need an oversized shirt (this is when I really wished I had kept all my old concert tees, Easton would have a rockin’ wardrobe if that was the case!) and your favorite t-shirt pattern (I chose one from Ottobre 3/2009)
Next you’ll want to split the shirt in half, remove both sleeves, and the neckband. If it helps, do as my ‘assistant’ chose to do and sit on your shirt for awhile. While he was there he removed threads and even ‘sampled’ a few – that part isn’t necessary, but it sure was entertaining.
Fold your shirt in half, centering the design in the middle of the shirt (if you so choose). If your logo is larger than your finished shirt size, it’s a good idea to trace your pattern onto tissue paper or Pattern Ease so that you are able to strategically place the print where you want it. Pin the front (or back) pattern piece over the design and cut. Do the same with the back of the shirt. By the way, if your original tee has a ‘pocket logo’ don’t forget to put it to good use and incorporate it into your resized design – it would look just a great as a pocket logo on a tiny tee or on the upper back of your new shirt.
When it comes to the sleeves, I like to leave the hem – it saves a ton of time (and who doesn’t love quick to whip up projects?) and keeps it looking ‘ready to wear’. To do this, open out your sleeve by cutting the seam and place the pattern on top, making sure to leave the hem allowance hanging off the edge of the sleeve hem. Since you’ll be omitting this step of construction you don’t need this part of your pattern unless your looking to extend the finished length of your sleeve.
Now construct your t-shirt according to the pattern directions. Be sure to recycle the original, ribbed neckband (or if it’s in horrible condition make a new one) and skip hemming the sleeves. Once your done, you’ve got a cool new shirt to show off!

4 thoughts on “A Shirt To Celebrate Dad

  1. Erika Mulvenna

    So cute! I can’t sew a stitch for Tom, either, he’s just too picky. Love this idea, I have a stack of t-shirts waiting to be recycled into other projects, and baby Kate would look great in some!

  2. MelissaB

    That turned out so cute! I made a few last summer for my boys and they loved them. Such a great way to recycle a shirt that might be headed for the rag bag. Yay Easton, you’re such a great help! 🙂

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