this post about the Skirt to Dress creation, but it has been quite some time since then. I finally finished this dress for Widget almost a month ago (wow, time sure does fly), and she has worn it many times since then. This usually means that the garment was a success in Widget's eyes :) And it cost me under $10-the skirt was a Garage Sale find, the fabric I got at Joanns with a coupon, and I already had the eyelet ribbon in my stash.
*This is not a full tutorial, but summary of the things I did in the process of making the above dress.
What I used:
- 1 Jr's Skirt-with shirred waist band (a strapless shirt with shirred top would work too, like this one)
- White cotton fabric
- T-shirt-I used one that is a little big for my child (to trace for the pattern)
- 2-3 yards of cotton eyelet 'ribbon' (as binding)-bias binding would work as well
- Scissors, pins, thread (of matching color), marking pen, etc.
- Sewing Machine
- Fancy button-for back closure
- Thick elastic cord-loop for back closure
After sleeve binding is sewn on, turn shirt wrong side out and sew up the sides (creating side seams). Once shirt and binding is complete, place it into shirred skirt and pin like crazy. I marked the center of the bodice, etc, with a disappearing pen so as to be able to match up the two pieces (skirt and shirt).
I did not take a good picture, but I did sew a shiny button to one side of the back opening. On the other side, I sewed a piece of thick cord elastic in a loop-to loop over the button and use as a closure.
I am super happy with the results, and it washes well. I love the 'peasant top' effect that the shirring creates over the shirt, and it's kid friendly and cool (temperature wise) because there is not a lot of layering.
AND since I have extra cotton eyelet ribbon, I made a few rosettes to attach to the dress.
Now you know two different ways to use a Jr's skirt or strapless top to make a dress for your child. Good thing it is garage sale season-you can snag all the shirred top skirts and tops for your future project s:) (I know I would be if I was stateside). Enjoy!