When I first found out that I was having a boy, there was one sewing project that I KNEW I wanted to try. I wanted to upcycle adult t-shirts (preferably with really interesting graphics) into newborn gowns.
Lydia had some of these newborn gowns and I decided that they were my absolute favorite infant clothing item, especially when baby is really little and requires LOTS of diaper changes. Unfortunately, they are a dress shape and I haven't seen a lot that I like for a little boy. I had seen a few tutorials online, but I am not one to follow a pattern, so I just dug out one of Lydia's gowns and used it to make a pattern. I started by laying everything out to decide on the placement of the design.
I cut the new gown with about an inch of extra space for the seam allowance.
I cut the shoulders so that the flaps could overlap at the neckline.
Once I had one side figured out, I mirrored that shape to cut out the other side and then to cut out the back.
Here is one finished gown shape from one t-shirt.
I used the finished edge of the adult short sleeve to create an infant sleeve with a finished edge. The only other thing that I needed to figure out was the binding around the neckline. I couldn't come up with anything for the Mickey Mouse gown, so I switched to working on a different shirt/gown. I had a blue hula shirt and a few old socks that matched it.