Make It Fit Longer with Simple Sewing

You may remember a while back I mentioned I’d be doing a project that had to do with these:

What you DIDN’T see was that in the full picture those shirts looked like this:


You see, we bought those little shirt-collared rompers for Tommy and Teddy to wear to church back in April, and by this fall they’d grown too tall for them to snap at the crotch any more.

Now, normally I don’t alter clothes once they’ve been outgrown, I just stick them in a bucket for the next kid. This time it was different for a couple of reasons, but the biggest one was that these are pretty much Tommy and Teddy’s most favorite clothes ever. (Plus, unless I altered them we’d have to go shopping for something else for them to wear before Sunday!)

Awww. It's okay, Tommy.

You can see here that Tommy is in tears because I won’t give him his shirt. You should have heard him wail when I took scissors to it! Poor baby.

Just cut off the shirt straight across above the crotch snaps. Then, turn up the hem and sew across, turn it up again and sew it down. Ta-da! If you can sew a straight seam, you can alter a romper into a shirt.

Now they can still wear their favorite shirts!

Don’t worry. Tommy and Teddy were soon reconciled to the change and they are still some of their absolute favorite clothes. Hurrah for sewing!

(Random side note: you can tell I didn’t think to get a picture of them wearing their altered shirts until a long time after I’d done it. Just look at Teddy’s face in the top picture versus the bottom one! There they go, growing up on me again!!!)


  1. bezzie says:

    I’ve actually done this with some of my old clothes (empire waisted dresses from my youth that ahem, shouldn’t be worn by someone in their 30s!). Very cute!
    And I am SOOOO glad I’m not the only one with a toddler that gets attached to clothing. I swear Moochie had a pair of tennis shoes that he outgrew/wore holes in that I had to sneak away in the night because he would NOT let me throw them away!

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