sadie shirt sew-along info

I am so excited to announce my first sew along tutorial! I am going to be posting step by step instructions on how to make this cute shirt:
I’ll show you how to make your own pattern-and how to construct the placket, ruffle, button closure in back, collar, and sleeves. Does that sound like a lot? It’s not bad, I promise! That’s why I’m breaking it up into manageable, bite-size pieces. ;D
Starting October 18 (next week!), and running through the 22nd-each day will have a post with a tutorial for a new part of the shirt-and by Friday-you should have a completed shirt!
Day 1: Make the pattern and cut out pieces
Day 2: Bodice and placket
Day 3: Button closure
Day 4: Sleeves
Day 5: Hem, collar and buttons.
Supply List:
1/2 yrd-1 yard of fabric, depending on your child’s size (a nice lightweight fabric works well)
1/4-1/2 yd or so of coordinating fabric for ruffle and collar
small piece of fabric for placket
1/8″ elastic (a couple of inches)
3 buttons for front and 1 for back closure
Sewing stuff (machine, thread, iron, pins, seam ripper-just-in-case, rotary cutter, scissors, bias tape maker if you have one)
a loose(r) fitting shirt in your child’s size
wrapping or tracing paper
So! If you’re down for some sewin’ every day next week and want to make a (super duper cute) shirt, then sign on up! Just leave a comment here on this post if you want to be a part of this sew-along. If you’re shy, that’s ok…you are more than welcome to sew along silently! Spread the word amongst your bloggy friends too! I would love to showcase the shirts you make on my blog 😀

sadie shirt button

Here is the button code if you’d like one-just pop it into an HTML gadget!
ALright! The countdown begins!

Today I’m blogging over on the SEI Lifestyle blog with my silhouette tutorial!


  1. I’m coming with you!
    count me in! count me in!
    the t-shirt is so cute,I can’t wait to sew it 😀

    My blog is:

  2. I am so excited for this sew-along! I have been wanting to learn to make shirts, but haven’t found anything like this to help. I can’t wait to get started!

  3. count me in! I can’t wait to start =)

  4. I’m so in! Lookin forward to it!!

  5. I’m really excited about this, but I don’t have a little girl to make one for. Maybe I’ll just have to clothe one from the street.

    PS Your sew along coincides with my “Top-toberfest” celebration starting on the 18th. I am definitely going to direct send everyone your way.


  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I added my carseat strap covers to your Flickr group.

  7. I’m really looking forward to this! Thanks so much!

  8. I’m in too! This shirt is adorable! I can’t wait to learn how to make one.

  9. I’m planning on it.

  10. I’m so excited to join in on this sew along! Can’t wait!

  11. HOORAY! Okay, maybe I’m a little overly excited. But I can’t help it. :) And I’m super glad that this is going to be a week-long, bite-size thing instead of an overwhelming tutorial. And you even let me know ahead of time what I need to have on hand. Yay! I really am so excited.

    Also, I have a couple of questions about this (that may pertain to just me):

    1. I’ll be sewing this for my (very) petite one year old. She still fits in anything from 3-6 to 12-18 month clothes. Anyway, do you think 1/2 yard of the main fabric will be enough for a shirt for yer?

    2. All I have on hand is 1/4″ elastic. Do you think this will work okay or should I get some 1/8″ elastic?

    Okay, that’s all. I’m off to add your little sew along button to my side bar! :)

  12. Oh, and, P.S. I like the name you picked for the shirt. :)

  13. Hooray! I’m excited. I’ll be a day late and hopefully not more than two days. . . . Great name for the shirt. :)

    Also loving all of your other posts on SEI lifestyle.

  14. I’m in, Jess. I hope I don’t mess this up too badly… My daughter is already looking forward to a new shirt! Can’t wait!

  15. Yay! Can’t wait

  16. so cute! i’m going to try really hard to join in :)

  17. so cute! I definitely want to try and join in. :)

  18. Im looking for a new project and my last attempt at sleeves was pretty bad. Hopefully this will give me some more practice and a cute new shirt as well!!! Thanks for the work on your part for this.

  19. This looks adorable, count me in please!

  20. so excited, can’t wait! i’ve already been digging through fabric & trying to decide what to use!! 😉

  21. Can’t wait! Are you planning on having a flickr group going so we can see how everyone’s turns out??? I’d love that! :)

  22. I’m in! Anything to take my mind off of school….. I need to get some down time with sewing :) Can’t wait for everyone’s creations! Thanks for doing this!

  23. What a cool idea! I don’t have a Sadie to sew for, but I’m bookmarking all of these pages for when I do! I absolutely adore your blog – it’s one of my favortes!

  24. Check me in!

  25. Oh I wish I could sew! I don’t have a sewing machine or any basic knowledge but I really wish I could! I read your blog so I can sew vicariously through you, haha!

  26. I’m in. I have a darling cute knit fabric I am going to try. Love your blog!

  27. I’d love to be included! Will you please recommend a fabric? I can’t tell from your picture what exactly you it a knit? Is it 100% cotton?

    Looking forward to it!

    Lauren Ontario, Canada

  28. I’d love to be included! Will you please recommend a fabric? I can’t tell from your picture what exactly you it a knit? Is it 100% cotton?

    Looking forward to it!

    Lauren Ontario, Canada

  29. This shirt is adorable! I am a new follower of your wonderful blog:)

  30. Hi there. I’m in. Thanks for the invitation!

  31. I’m so excited to participate. I have this exact fabric too :)

  32. I will be sewing along one week late- this is my last week of work before my maternity leave! I will post a photo on my sadly-neglected blog when I finish!
    Thanks for doing this!

  33. Count me in Jess! Looks gorgeous. Thanks so much and hope all is wonderful with you and your lovely little ones :)

  34. I’m in ! It’s so cute :))

  35. I love your Sadie shirt!!! It is adorable!!! Especially with gathered sleeves!!! :) I would love to try this out for my little one!


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