Garb your Children!


Measurements needed:

Inseam – I

Outseam – O

Waist – W

Front of waist between legs to back of the waist – C (make sure this measurement is comfortably loose)


Length of fabric is 2xO + seam allowance (I used 2in.)

Width of fabric is C + seam allowance (I used 1in.)

This will become the legs.

Fold in half with the short ends together and mark the center. Hem the short sides.

Waist band is W + seam allowance (I used 1in.) long and 2 – 3in. wide (make this wider for adults). Fold the waist band in half along the length (final waistband is folded in half).

Gores are O – I for the sides on a right triangle. Fold in half and mark the center of the long side.

Fold waist band in half and mark center. Hem short ends.

Leaving about an inch open in the front fold the sides in to the center mark, the gap accounts for the seams) mark at both folds. This is where the center mark on the gores will attach.

Using the marks on the gores for the placement, sew the gores to the outside of the waistband.

Using the center mark on the legs, sew the back of the waist band to the legs stopping at the ends of the gores.

Fold the legs up and sew the other sides of the gores to the legs and waist band mirroring the back side.

Sew the sides of the legs closed.

Fold the waist band over and sew the waist band to the inside of the waist.

Thread cord/drawstring.

To make your own drawstring take a length no more than 2W long and 2 inches wide. Sew one end closed and down the side, turn it right side out and close the other end.

See image of drafted pieces.


6 Panel Hat

Measurements needed

Around the head + 3in – H

Each panel is 1/6 H wide

Each panel is 1/6 H + 1 tall

Measure one inch straight up each side before making a gentle curve from the center point at the top down to the top of the inch straight part.

It works best to make a paper stencil. I measure one side, fold it over and cut the whole thing out together to make sure the sides are even.

Cut 6 pieces for the inside and 6 pieces for the lining.

Sew panels together in sets of 6 and press the seams. Turn one set inside out over the other set and sew the edges together leaving enough space to turn. Turn the hat and run a seam around to close the edge.

If needed tack the top through to hold in place.

See image of stencil.


Measurements needed

Around chest – C

Desired length – L

Around arm near shoulder – A

Around head – H

Using paper draw a pattern for the desired vest shape. Cut 2 of the back (outside and lining) and 4 of the sides (outside and lining making sure to have 2 in each direction).

Sew back to left and right sides leaving the shoulders free. Do this for the outside and the lining.

Pin the outside to the lining inside out and sew the sides, bottom, neck and armpits leaving the shoulders open.

Turn the vest through the shoulder.

Sew the top of the shoulder on the outside together and press. Sew the inside of the shoulder closed (I did this part by hand).

See pattern pieces.


Pillowcase Tunic

Measurements needed

Around head – H

Around arm by shoulder – A

Neck to shoulder – S

Desired length – L


Measure S from the center of the top seam and mark. Measure A down the side and mark. Connect S mark to A mark on the diagonal and cut along the line.

If L is shorter than the pillowcase you can either hem it to the desired length so that it can be lengthened later as the child grows or it can be cut and hemmed to the desired length.

Using H as the minimum size of the hole cut the desired neck shape from the top of the pillowcase.

Turn the pillowcase inside out and reinforce the edges of the seams where the cuts were made.

Edge holes as desired. I used homemade bias tape made from the cut off fabric. Trim can be added of so desired. If the pillow case isn’t long enough for the child additional fabric can be added to achieve the desired length.

See diagram.


Homemade bias tape is created by taking a 2 inch wide strip of fabric. Fold in half and press well. Unfold and press the sides in to the center.


White and Green Outfit was made with previous tunic and neckline tutorial. Square neckline was used.

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