Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Skirt to Dress #2

I gave a little hint in 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
 I later cut the actually sleeves off of the pattern and used the binding only to make an arm opening. I also cut the back piece of the shirt down the middle to create an opening for a later step. I pinned and sewed the eyelet ribbon (binding) on the arm area, then around the neck and back opening.

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 used the binding to finish the edges of the back 'slit.' I wanted to be able to slip the dress on and off Widget without a lot of force, so I did not connect the back edges of the shirt. Also, I only tacked the shirt to the skirt in strategic places (the front middle area, side seams, back slit) so as not to restrict the stretch of the shirring.

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.

 Note: The Jr's skirt already had the awesome eyelet flowers along the bottom edge-and I had the cotton eyelet 'ribbon' in my stash...and I don't remember where I picked it up.
Widget wears the dress with black capri leggings or black lace leggings (depending on the day). I don't know what she was saying to the older boy in the picture (above), but it seems quite serious...don't you think?!!?

AND since I have extra cotton eyelet ribbon, I made a few rosettes to attach to the dress.
I have not actually attached the rosettes to the dress itself, I'm worried they would not stay so cute after a few cycles in the washing machine. What are your thoughts? Does the dress even need the rosettes? Should I attach the rosettes to the dress? Or try to figure out a way to attach the flowers, but detach the flowers for the wash? I'm open for ideas :)

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!

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