September 13, 2012

Cheesehead Tutorial

This tutorial is for the shirt. The pants are done the way I always do pants. LOL Just click the link and it will show you how. The only difference is, when I hemmed the bottoms I then turned the hem to the outside and top stitched.

On to the tutorial!

What I Used:

1 1/2 yards of main

1/2 yard of contrast

1 package of bias tape

1 package of Velcro circles

1" elastic (for the pants)

1 button-up shirt to use as a "pattern"

***Always remember to PRESS after doing any stitching***

The first thing I did was study how a button-up shirt was put together.

I paid special attention to the back yoke, back pleat and the curve of the bottom.

Here are the pieces you will need:

2 pieces for the back yoke in the contrasting color. You can draw out the back yoke on a piece of paper to use as a pattern, if you want.

2 pieces for the front out of the main fabric. You can use the button-up shirt as a guide when cutting, if you like.

1 piece for the back. This will be shorter than the front pieces because it will be attached to the back yoke.

2 sleeves out of the contrasting fabric.

Sewing It All Together

Step 1 -

Sew the back yoke pieces together, leaving the bottom open.

Fold IN the bottom by 1/4 inch and press.

Step 2-

Put the back pleat in, lining up the sides with the back yoke, pin and press. Insert the bottom of the back INSIDE the back yoke, pin and top stitch closed.  Press.

Step 3-

Part 1 0f Step 3-

Attach the back to the front at the top (shoulders). I always do a finishing stitch first and then the straight stitch.

Part 2 of Step 3-

Pin the sides together and sew up the seam.

Part 3 of Step 3-

Sew and finishing stitch along the edges of the front pieces.  Fold over 1 1/2" and press.

Step 4-

Edge stitch and top stitch along the folded edges.

Step 5-

Part 1 of Step 5-

Hem the bottom of the sleeves by folding up 1/4", press, fold another 1/4" and press. Sew the hem.

Part 2 of Step 5-

Insert the sleeves into the arm holes and pin. Sew the seam.

Part 3 of Step 5-

Open the bias tape and pin into place around the neck line. Stitch the bias tape. This is not the "proper" way to do bias tape, but I have found that it is MUCH MUCH easier and works just as well, if not better. ;)

Open the bias tape and pin into place around the bottom. Stitch it on.

Step 6-

Stick your Velcro circles on the inside of one side and the outside of the other, lining them up to match the opposite side. Then you will need to put a couple of stitched into each piece.  Press.

You are all done!!!!

I apologize that this tutorial isn't as detailed as they usually are... I wasn't quite sure if I would be doing a tutorial for it and I kept forgetting to take the pictures. LOL

Anyway, I hope it is clear enough to help you!!!

I will be working on Cailey's Packers skirt and t-shirt today! Hopefully I will have a tutorial for you by Saturday! Tomorrow is my busy day, grocery shopping and bill paying... such fun. :/


  1. How cute, the jams aren't bad either. Now to find some MTSU material for my grandson and a Christmas present is in the making! Thanks.

  2. Stacy.. these are too cute and the tutorial is easy to follow.. [Wow are good.. a button up shirt and no pattern.. TALENTED!!!]
    Your model is adorable too.. And looks very happy in his packer outfit.. yea.
    Eeeeeh, I hate grocery shopping ,bill paying day.. I did it this fun.
    Much rather..head to Hancocks, JoAnns or Hobby
    Happy sewing and hugs sent your way.

  3. LOL!!! Is that Middle TN State?? I haven't heard that in a LOOOONG time!! LOL

  4. Thank you SO much, Judy!!!
    LOL YES!! I would MUCH rather be fabric shopping! SIGH....
    I won a $25 GC to Amazon and I just spent it on some WVU fleece! LOL

  5. You had me at cheesehead. These are really nicely done!

  6. We included you in our DIY fall kid clothes round up today. If you like you can find it here


  8. Great tutorial and super cute pj's!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us at Keep Calm & Link Up this week! We love getting to see your new projects and ideas each week! Have an awesome weekend!! :)

  9. Adorable ensemble and more so, the model! Your tutorials are always clear, easy to follow, and look fun!


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