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So are you ready to start sewing? ready for a really easy re-fashion? This project has been on my mind for so long and i finally did it -once again successfully during the munchkin's nap time!
A shirt of your child's that is to small
One of your old skirts (and believe me this skirt has been screaming to be turned into a cute dress!)
First try the shirt on your little one to see where you'd like the empire waist to hit,then add 1/2 an inch for the seam allowance.
Then you'll need to decide how long you’d like the dress to be and cut off enough of the skirt to make the dress long enough and another 1/2 inch for a seam allowance,then cut.
Then you will sew a long gathering stitch - i did it a 1/4 inch from the top of the skirt all the way around.Leave long threads to pull so that you can gather the skirt.
Gather until the length is the same as the end of the shirt.
Place the Skirt and the shirt right sides together.
Pin and then sew 1/2 inch down from the top.
Turn right side out and wa-la! look what you made! come on how easy was that?!
This next step is totally optional
If you'd like to make a tie to go around the dress, then cut long strips from the remaining fabric an inch or 2 wide.
Next i ironed the piece in half,see the line?
Then fold in fabric from top and bottom (as pictured) to the middle line and iron
Then fold it in half again and iron.
Next place and pin your tie, i put pins where i wanted to sew,you'll be sewing the top and bottom of the tie. Go ahead and sew the tie down just across the front of the dress.
And then your done!
After finishing I decided to make the dress a little more girly so i made some ruffles by cutting 3 long strips from the remaining part of the shirt(remember that part you saved earlier?) Then i stitched a long gathering stitch across the top of those pieces,gathered and placed them where i wanted around the neckline and sewed them down one at a time.
Ruffles really does give it that perfect touch!
Last but not least don't forget to enjoy watching your girl twirl,spin and love what you made!
(this picture was taken before i decided to do ruffles but it's still cute!)