Hello and welcome to another episode of Make
Thrift Buy, the show where you send in items of clothing or accessories that you’ve found
on the internet, and then I do my best to recreate them. In today’s episode, I will
be attempting to recreate a onesie, also known as kigurumi, of the animal variety, because
this is probably the most requested item that I’ve had on my youtube channel since I started
this series. And – I’m going to be trying to recreate this even though it’s currently
summer in Australia where I live, and it’s about 30 degrees outside right now – like,
I have a sweat moustache forming on my upper lip! You see how dedicated I am to you guys??!
Anyway, let’s get started! I went to the craft store and bought 2 and
a half metres of polar fleece fabric. First thing that I did was fold this fabric
in half lengthways. Then, I lay down on top of the fabric so that
the middle of my body was directly on the fabric’s fold!
Then, starting at my legs, I began tracing around my body using chalk. I wanted the onesie
to have a dropped-crotch, so I started about 7 inches below my crotch. Then, I traced around
my leg with about 4 inches to spare either side. I also drew a line straight across at
my ankle. I did the same thing for my body and torso,
tracing around my body, adding about 4-5 inches. When I got up to my arm, I stopped just a
couple of inches below my armpit. Then, I made a mark 1 inch above my shoulder,
and a couple of inches beneath my armpit, 5 inches away from my body.
Then, I connected these two marks up with a slight curve.
I also made a neckline by first going straight across from the shoulder point 2 inches, and
then curved down to the fabric’s fold. And, this makes the bodice pattern.
So, this is the pattern for my onesie! I stuck pins in the fabric, and then carefully
cut through both layers, following the chalk lines. Unfolded, the piece looks like this – but we actually want to keep it folded to trace
out our front pattern! So, I place this folded piece down onto another
piece of folded-over fabric, but I placed it so that this edge is 3 inches away from
the folded edge of the fabric below it. Then, I traced around these lines with chalk,
onto the fabric, to make the front pattern. For the front pieces, I am also going to be
dropping the neckline a little bit. And now the front piece is traced out, I cut
it out, making sure to also cut right down the fold! So, these are my main body pieces. This is
the back, and these two are the front pieces. The next step is to sew these bits together! With the fabric’s right-sides together,
I put the front pieces on top of the back piece and I sew them together at the shoulders,
down the sides, and inside the legs. You should also pin the fabrics together before
stitching them. I used a zig zag stitch to sew the pieces together, and I’m also using
a walking foot attachment – because this is a knit fabric so it helps slightly – but
if you only have a regular sewing foot then that should work perfectly fine for this type
of fabric. When you get to sewing the crotch part, make
sure that you pin it reaaally well. At this point you should also pin the button
plackets so that they are out of the way by folding them in half up their length, and
then only sewing up to THIS point. Once that was sewn, I then sewed down the
button plackets like this, with my sewing foot right on the raw edge. At this point, I tried my onesie on, and it’s
looking pretty good and perfectly oversized so far! The next step is the sleeves! I put a piece of folded-over fabric underneath
one of the armholes. The fold of the fabric should be at the top, with the fold running
straight across from the shoulder like this. Then, I lay down on top of the fabric again,
and placed my arm so it was about 3-4 inches away from the fold at the top. First I made
a straight line up and down at my wrist. Then I traced around the underside of my arm, adding
about 4 inches extra underneath. I also copied out the curve of the armhole.
That gives me my sleeve pattern, which I pin and cutout. Unfolded, it looks like this.
But, I also actually want to keep this folded in half, and then, I sew down the arm here.
I copy out this sleeve exactly to duplicate it, so that I have two, and I also sew the
other one in the same way. To attach the sleeves, first I turn the sleeve
the right way around so that the seam is on the inside, and then I position it so that
the armhole curve is at this end. Then, I push the sleeve inside the armhole,
matching up the underarm seams, and then matching up the raw edges of the fabrics. The curves
go in slightly different directions here so I put in a lot of pins to hold them in place.
Then, I sew all the way around the armhole, like this.
Again, I’m using a zig zag stitch. Inside out, it should look like this once
the arms are attached. And… like this when it’s turned the right
way around! The next step is to add cuffs onto the arms
and legs. I measure the size of my wrist, and with some
ribbed jersey that’s been folded over, I draw a rectangle onto it. Unfolded, the rectangle
would be the same width as my wrist, and 3 inches long.
Then, I sew the folded-over rectangle together like this, turn it around so that the seam
is on the inside, fold it in half lengthways, then place it over the top of my sleeve, matching
up the raw edges. Then, I sew it onto the arm like this, using a zig-zag stitch. And,
while I sew, I also stretch the cuff, making sure that it’s stretched evenly all the
way around. Annnnnd – I’ve got myself a pretty cuff!
I repeat this on the other sleeve, and also on both of the legs! The next step is making a hood, and to do
this I grab a hooded jacket that I own to copy. Luckily for me, the hood is detachable,
but you could easily also copy out a non-detachable hood by folding it in half and tracing around
the neckline. Anyway, I place down two layers of fabric,
right-sides together, and put my hood on top, folded exactly in half. Then, I trace around
the hood, adding about an inch of seam allowance all the way around. I pin the pieces together,
cut them out, and then sew down the curved edge, like this Once that’s done, I also hem the edges of the hood to make it look neater. To do this,
I fold them back about half an inch, and then sew down here on both sides.
And then I turn it the right way around so the seams are on the inside, and that’s
the hood done. To attach it to the body I line up the middle
seam with the centre back, and then I pin the hood on, right-sides together, like this.
I pin the hood on, all the way around, as far as it goes onto the front neckline, and
then with the remaining unpinned fabric at the front I make a small hem by pinning these
pieces down like this. Then, I sew around like this. Make sure that
you sew the hood on first, then, only when the hood is sewn on, sew these front pieces
down. Again, I’m sewing everything together using
a zigzag stitch, with thread in a matching colour to the fabric so that you can’t see it. And that’s the hood done. Now it’s time to add buttons! I grab six identical buttons and place them
evenly down the front of the onesie, on top of the button placket.
Then, I make chalk marks where I place each button, on the same spot on both button plackets.
Now, I’m going to make buttonholes on this top side, and I’m going to sew the buttons
on afterwards, on the other side. To make buttonholes, I’m using the buttonhole
foot which came with my sewing machine. If your machine doesn’t do automatic buttonholes
then you can also create a buttonhole using a really narrow zig zag stitch, and making
sure that the button hole is big enough for your buttons.
Here’s my buttonhole! I carefully cut a slit down the middle to open it up, and I
repeated this 6 times for all 6 buttonholes. Then, I sew all 6 buttons onto the other side,
in the appropriate place for the buttonholes I just made, using a needle and a thread. And, now the base onesie is DONE. And it’s time to turn it into an animal.
Now I originally had plans to make a pink dragon, but I totally ran out of fabric and
I only have small scraps left, SO I decided to make a pig onesie with the scraps instead! For the pig onesie, I’m going to need to
make ears, a nose, eyes and a little curly tail. For the ears, I layered two pieces of fabric
together, right sides together, and I traced around my hand to get a sort of ear-shape.
I cut these out and then used them as a stencil to trace out 2 more identical shapes. So in
total I end up with 4 triangle bits of fabric, each pair layered together, which I then sew together like this. Then I turn the ears inside out through the
gap, and I put some stuffing inside them for shape. Then, to make the ears more pig-like,
I fold a crease up one side of the ear, and, while hand-stitching the gap closed, I hold
this fold in place and stitch over the top of it, which in the end gives me two ears
that look like this. For the nose, I draw out a kind of oval, that’s
about the length of my hand, and I cut two of these. On one of the ovals I want to make
nostrils, so I draw vertical lines in the middle like this and then I stitch back and
forth over the top of these lines using a straight stitch on my sewing machine, in a
black thread. I place the nose pieces right sides together,
sew around the edges like this with a small gap, turn it inside out, fill it with a bit
of stuffing to give it a nice shape, and then hand-stitch the gap closed. Next, I figure out where I want the ears to
sit on the hood, by trying it on and making marks in the right places. Then I lay it flat to figure out the correct
placement for the ears and snout, and the eyes.
I make two marks HERE just below the ear marks for the eyes, which I then stitch onto the
hood using the same method that I used for the nostrils. Now to attach the ears. I cut slits on the
chalk marks that I made earlier, insert the ear through the gap, pulling it through a
little bit, and then hand-stitching it in place on the inside of the hood. I repeat this for both ears. I also attach the nose onto the centre front
of the hood, again by hand-stitching it into place. To make a curly tail, I trace this shape on
top of two layers of fabric, which I then cut out, sew together, turn inside-out, fill
with stuffing, sew the gap closed, and attach to the back of the onesie in the correct spot for a tail in the same way that I attached the ears. AND I’m FINALLY done!
So, after all of that – How does it actually look? [electronic dance music plays] So – can you make your own onesie?
[scissor snipping sound effect] Yeah! You absolutely can! Just make sure to pick up enough polar fleece
material, and you’re good to go! I would recommend this project for anybody who is
comfortable with a sewing machine, because it’s really not that hard to do – just
a little bit time-consuming! Don’t expect to finish it in a day – this actually, all
up, took me about 3 or 4 days to complete, with a few hours at a time – so, maybe like
8 hours all up? But the results are amazing and it is sooooo comfortable – I can’t
wait to wear this every single day of winter in 6 months time! SO I also wanted to mention that there is
now a Make Thrift Buy community that you can join. What is it? Well, it’s kind of like
a monthly book club… but for clothes! Each month you get to join in and try and recreate
the item of clothing that the community has picked for the month.
For example: this was the first challenge, the challenge for October – and I’m sorry
for everyone who participated that it’s taken so long to upload! But – here it is!
It was very Halloween-themed and some wonderful people made some really amazing attempts at
recreating this! Anyway, if you want to join in – and, please
only join if you have a genuine interest in participating in some of the challenges – then
look up the group “Make Thrift Buy Community Challenges” on facebook and request to join
and you’ll be added in! We’re currently voting on December’s project, so if you
want to have a say on that, then make sure you get in fast. It’s a really fun group and
I hope to see some of your faces there! Anyway, that’s it from me! I hope you’re
all having a really good day, and I’ll see you all for my next video. Bye!