I think we have inadvertantly conditioned Ellie into liking the aforementioned cartoon sea sponge. Daddy has maintained that she seemed to like watching it more or less from birth (yes – coincidentally he also loves spongebob). As such he has it on constantly at every opportunity. To the point where Ellie now does seem to respond to Spongebob – she lets out a massive grin if she sees a picture and she loves the theme song (Daddy sings it to her. A lot).
On a recent supermarket outing we spotted this rather dazzling spongebob T-shirt, which Ellie was grinning at when we showed her. I had to have it! But the smallest size was age 5-6. A bit on the large size.
To modify this shirt into baby size I first pinned out a smaller outline for the shoulders, armholes and neck. This changed the T-shirt shape into an A-line long tunic top.
I cut out the new shape and salvaged the sleeves from the original. I didn’t resize these but added gathers at the sleeve tops to use up the excess fabric when fitting them back into the smaller armholes that I had cut.
The neck opening was modified further to make an envelope type opening (I used bias binding to finish the raw edge as I had cut away the previous edging). This was necessary in order to get the shirt over Ellie’s big baby head without the need to add any type of fastening to widen a more conventional neckline. It was also more straightforward to cut a more or less straight-across neck shaping and make the envelope opening.
This project was really quick and easy as there wasn’t really any pattern work to be done – I pretty much just worked it all out by eye and by testing the fit as I went.
The finished resized shirt looks pretty snazzy though – you can’t tell that it wasn’t originally made in baby Ellie size and she loves this top. It is covered in sequins and they catch the light to create a disco effect when the sun is right. She loves sitting and waving her arms to make the reflections ‘dance’ on the floor.
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