Sewing: Recycled shirt with a touch of ladybug

After the success of sewing the Ladybug pants, I wanted to try to sew a long sleeved shirt for my cute baby girl. I didn’t have a pattern, but I thought “how difficult can it be to make my own pattern” and went right ahead and did just that.

Shirt in the making

I used one of my daughters shirts as a template.

Template shirt

As this was my very first attempt at sewing a shirt, and even also just making it up as I went along, I didn’t want to use some nice expensive fabric, so I recycled one of my long sleeves shirt that I never use.

Original shirt

Shirt in the making

Shirt in the making

I also wanted to try out some of the fancy decorative stitches on my new machine, so I tried making a square using a leafy stitch and writing my daughters name in the middle. It wasn’t so easy getting it nice and centered, but it all adds to the MadeByMum look. 😉

Fancy stitching

Fancy stitching

I used some of the ladybug fabric, leftover from the pants, for a detail on the inside of the shirt.

It's all in the details

I wanted to try using the twin needle for hemming the sleeves, but I realised I needed two spools of thread for that, so I just top-stitched twice.


Attaching the sleeves was actually easier than I had thought.


And it was so easy to use an over-lock stitch to them on.

Over-lock stitch

And before I knew it, the shirt almost looked like a shirt. If you look closely you can see that I added a little detail on the side of the shirt (a little tag made from the ladybug fabric).

Almost a shirt

Now the neckline was not so easy to do. I’ll try a different approach the next time I make a shirt.


The last touch was double hemming by top-stitching twice as done on the sleeves.

Almost finished

And… tadaa….

Finished shirt

My baby girl just loved it!

I love my shirt

Here are some close-ups of the details I added.

Details are important

Details are important

Details are important

And the shirt in action.

A shirt fit to play in


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