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Little Girl’s Dress from Daddy’s Shirt

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If you are on Pinterest I am sure you have seen this adorable up-cycle:

I do not have a little girl yet but I love the idea of this project, and I have inherited a few of my husband’s old button downs and have been dying to do something with them.

Now, as I do not have a wee one’s dress to use as a pattern, I am pretty much winging it here.

Remember to BE CAREFUL when removing the pocket because you can put a hole in the shirt (like I did).

I drew out the silhouette of the dress then pinned on the inside of the line and cut along the lines I had drawn.

With right sides of the little dress together, pin the sides, remember to leave the openings for the arms and the neck.

After sewing up the edges I discovered that I had not made the arms wide enough.

My solution: made the dress sleeveless.

I dug thru my patterns and found the front piece to a toddlers bubble onesie.

I laid the pattern on the dress and traced the arm and should edges with my white fabric pencil. Then I cut along those lines.

To finish the neck and arm hole edges, I grabbed white single fold bias tape and ironed it open, then in half. I pinned this to the edges on the arms and neck – right sides together.

I sewed the bias tape on and then finished it by hand.

Now I have a very cute summer dress for my future little girl 🙂

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Baby Girl Bubble Onesie

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I have been on a baby clothes kick recently. While my husband and I currently do not have any kids, I still love making these little outfits!

This project was a simple one, and a great use of left over fabric from a seersucker sundress that I made for myself recently.

This project used snap tape, which I have actually never used before.

There was a lot of handwork for this outfit. The bias tape on the neck and arms needed to be hand sewn, and the elastic for the legs needed to be threaded by hand.

 

 

All in all, this is a cute simple outfit for a summers day.

Completing the Up-cycle: A Skirt

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Some of my followers who have been around for a while might remember when I up-cycled a maxi dress into a mini dress and promised to make the rest a skirt.  Well, that moment has come!

Here is the up-cycled skirt process:

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I took the left over skirt that I cut off the maxi dress and put it on inside out. From there I pinned the sides, much like I did when I took my pants in a few weeks ago. Once pinned I sewed the sides up like a dart using a zig-zag stitch to accommodate the stretch in the fabric. I then trimmed the excess and folded the top over and ran a zig-zag hem around the top.

Tada! Super easy skirt from dress scraps!

Altering Pants – because you always wanted that one pair to fit better

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Hello all!

I recently did my first pant alteration, and it was much simpler than I thought!

First thing I did was put the pants on inside out and pinned the sides on the side seam so they would fit to my body.

Then I sewed what was essentially a dart on each side where I had pinned. Make sure that you have any waist band seems matched and that you stay on those side seams so the alterations look natural.

And that’s it! It really is that simple!

Done Dresses

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I wanted to show you the final versions of the rehearsal and wedding guest dresses that I have been busting my butt on for the last few months!

 

My rehearsal dress at the rehearsal

 

Wedding guest at the reception (with my mother in law)

Looking forward to a bit of a break between projects!

Belt, Hem and Done?

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I went to work on the belt. A quick, straight forward project. I sewed the ends of the pieces together, ironed the seam open, sewed the edges together making a tube, turned the tube right side out, ironed the tube flat, threaded it through the button holes on the wings and then tacked the center back of the belt in place next to the zipper so it would not get lost and would hold straight when worn. I am debating tacking the edges of the back wings in place as well, but I will make that decision after I have it hemmed and have tried it on to see how everything lays.

After completing the belt, I tied it in. It was then that I noticed that I had made an error. When I lengthened the bodice I did not think to lengthen the sleeves. Thus the belt that weaves through the sleeves sits an inch too high on the dress. Also in addition to this, I am not a fan of how the dress has turned out over all.

Upon further consideration, I have decided to remove the wings and make a lace over lay to wear over the green sheath dress.

It is unknown at this time if these dress alterations will be done in time for my brother in law’s wedding. If they are not, I have a back up dress and will complete this dress for my cousin’s wedding in October. I would really like to wear it to my brother in law’s wedding so I am going to give it the ol’ college try – check back next week to see how it goes!

Now for the Wings

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One of the reasons that I picked this dress pattern is because of the sleeves. They look like butterfly wings. The pattern calls it the capelet, I call them wings.

Yesterday, I started with the continuous bias strip. It was trickier than I had thought it would be. Imagine, if you will, a Möbius strip. Now try cutting it. Okay not so hard, but when it is made out of flimsy fabric it is a little tricky.

First thing I had to do was to mark the dots. The ends are sewn together off center so marking the dots was very important. Next, I had to mark out all the lines from the pattern. As you can see from the picture I tried it a few times before finding a method that worked. That method was to measure all the way across the fabric using my measuring tape and using my basic math skills to determine the width of each strip. At 15 inches across and needing 6 strips, each strip needed to be 2.5 inches across. I use soap to mark the dots. Next I pinned and sewed the ends together as the pattern called for and flattened the seam. I then began to cut the strip. Because the ends are sewn together off center the strip ends up being super long.

Next, the sheer part of the wings. After cutting them out I added the reinforced button holes for the belt. Upon completion of that, I pinned the strip to the edges. Once pinned, I sewed the edging along the edges of the sheer wing. Once that was completed I began the tedious process of folding the edging over and hand sewing all along the edges finishing off the edging. I left the bit at the shoulders open because I wanted to sew the shoulder straps in to the sleeve to be sure that everything laid properly. I attached the wings by sewing the edging around each strap.

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Over all, this took a lot longer than anticipated, but it is coming together nicely. Just need to complete the belt and hem everything. I should even be done with time to take in my dress for the wedding!