Urban Baby: Upcycled Jeans & Tee

It’s boys week over at Project Run & Play!
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I had so much fun sewing something for my little man for a change. Since he is always on the go I made this outfit specifically for him: durable and comfortable.
The jeans started out as a pair of my shorts (which were once pants). I deconstructed them completely and then used my skinny jeans pattern to cut out the pieces. I added 1/2″ to the side seams since my material doesn’t have any stretch and then cut the pieces out saving the original front pockets and hardware.
I love how authentic it looks! I sized down the original waistband and then reattached it so I could keep the original Lucky button. The original rivits and and pocket edges really add to the finished look
I saved the original belt loops and tag and reattached those at the end. I love his little Lucky Brand bum. I know I’m biased, but seriously I just love it! And it turns out those belt loops are super useful for catching my little runaway :)
I had some teal vinyl in my stash just begging to be made into baby moccasins.
Let’s take a look at the hoodie! This was the piece I based the whole look around and I love how it turned out. All of the fabrics are repurposed tees so they are super soft and comfy
Want to make one for your urban baby? Catch the tute after the jump…
1. Start with a basic tee pattern and then color block the front and back. I kept the original hemline on the bottom piece. I was planning to use the neck ribbing but ended up cutting it off so ignore that
2. I used the hemline of the blue shirt for the front edge of the hood. Use a hood that fits well as a guide to cutting out your pieces and then sew the back curved edges up with right sides together.
3. Add a little kangaroo pocket if you want spice up the front a bit
4. With right sides together sew the front and back together at the shoulder seams.
5. Colorblock your sleeves. Make sure you cute the pieces so the pattern will line up when you attach it to the tee (see next photo)
6. With rights sides together attach the sleeves to the armholes
7. With right sides together sew up the sleeve inseams and side seams of the tee (sorry no photo)
8. At this point I realized the tee wasn’t going to fit over Will’s head so I added a placket using this tutorial over at Melly Sews
9. Attach your hood and then topstitch the seam allowance in place with a double needle.
and you’re finished!
Happy Sewing :)

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Amy is the founder and owner of Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop. She is a wife and mother to 3 children. Amy loves to sew, read and spend time outdoors.

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  1. 32


    So cute! I used to always resize jeans for Vincent before my sewing machine literally fell apart during! I guess I was too ambitious! I haven’t done any jeans for a while now, because I’m scared of my super crazy industrial machine and I don’t want to break my new sewing machine! ahha

  2. 41


    Wow! I couldn’t tell that you had made those pants because you kept all the important details! I did realize the sweatshirt was pieced either; I thought you had found fabric printed like that! It’s such an adorable outfit, and I’m so impressed! The moccasins are the perfect touch! Great job!

  3. 45


    Seriously amazing! The jeans are so great. Were they a size 0 to begin with? I cannot get over how fabulous the pockets and waist band look! Also love the hoodie color block. The sleeves look perfect!

  4. 51


    Nicely done! Your look caught my eye over at PR&P so I had to click on it. Great look. I love upcycling so seeing all the details you saved for the jeans made me smile and the shirt is adorable. As for the mocs I want some in my size!

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