Mar 28, 2013

Easter Outfits

It's almost time for my favorite part of Spring- Easter! Every year my sisters and I get new Easter dresses. As we've gotten older it's been hard to find modest dresses at a good price, so I've been making them every year. No more matching fluffy, pastel dresses. Here are this year's Easter outfits.

My younger sister asked me to make her a dress like one she saw on Pinterest. I followed this tutorial from Sugar Bee Crafts. My sister and I loved the dress she made, so I even used the exact same ruffle fabric. For anyone else making the dress, my sister is five feet tall and we ordered two yards but I only used one and a half.

The only thing I did differently than her tutorial was making the dress a v-neck instead of a wrap. Simply because it was easier for me. 

I love this fabric! I was so nervous about cutting and sewing it because it's expensive but it's so forgiving and it came together really quickly. My only problem with the fabric is that it's very sheer so I had to line the skirt. Other than that, I'm very happy with how the dress turned out.

My youngest sister chose this lime green giant polka dot fabric for her skirt. I was thinking of a sweet little floral dress with a bow and a peter pan collar, but this fits her personality better.  It was definitely not my first choice, but it turned out cute and fitting for her. 

This was another skirt that I made a while ago, but it hasn't been worn because it needed some adjustments. I decided to finish it while I was doing the rest of the Easter outfits. The tiny polka dots remind me of Easter eggs too.

Here's my skirt. Tutorial coming soon!

Second Dress

     A week or two ago I posted the first dress I ever made and this is the second one. I made up my own pattern that just goes over your head and doesn't require any buttons, zippers, etc. When I say "made up my own pattern" that really means I just made it up as I went. It was also supposed to be a dress for me, but it ended up fitting my ten year old sister. So obviously it didn't turn out quite as expected, but it's still cute on my little sister.

     Because the dress gray and white I made this belt to add some color to it. I made a bunch of different flowers out of scraps, chose my favorite four and sewed them together on a piece of grosgrain ribbon.

Mar 24, 2013

T-Shirt Refashion Tutorial

We just did our closet "Spring Cleaning" and had a bunch of t-shirts to pass down to my youngest sister. We had a few shirts with holes in the elbows so I did a little repurposing to make them wearable. I love making something new out of clothes that would have been thrown away!

I started with two long sleeve shirts. The lighting was really weird in a lot of my pictures, but this picture shows the true color of the shirts. You don't need to have long sleeve or different color shirts, but you do need to have two. 

The first thing I had to do was fix the sleeves. If you like your sleeve length, just leave it how it is. My sister wanted half-length sleeves, ending just above her elbow. So I measured and cut twelve inches off each sleeve. 

My favorite (aka the easiest) way to finish knit fabric is to make a rolled edge.  I cut a one inch band off the sleeve. 

Put the band over to end of the sleeve so the edges line up. Also line of  the seams of the shirt and the band.

Sew down the middle of the band. I took the plate off my sewing machine so the sleeve would fit around the sewing machine arm. My machine has a "knit" stitch that allows the fabric to stretch. If you don't have that stitch you can use a zigzag stitch and it works just as well. 

It would be a good idea to use matching thread (unlike me) but you will never see this stitch on the finished shirt anyway.

Cut lots of circles out of the sleeves cut-offs and second shirt. I used 2.5 inch and 2 inch diameter circles. The circles don't need to be very precise, I just used glasses and lids as a template. Cut both sizes out of both colors.

To make the flowers, layer two circles, one of each size. 

Fold a little crease across the center. 

Fold another crease in the opposite direction.

Go through the neck of the shirt and sew down the center of each flower, keeping it folded. I also tacked down the ends of the petals in a few places.

Keep sewing more circles on the shirt until you are happy. My sister wanted the ruffles/flowers all across the shirt, but it would also be cute to do them just around the neckline. You could do more or less flowers to change how ruffly the shirt is.

Once the sleeves are washed, they will roll up and look like this:

Enjoy your new ruffly, flowery shirt!

Mar 10, 2013

Ruffled Minky Baby Blanket

Here's some photos of the baby blanket that I made this weekend for a family friend. I based it off of a picture that I saw on Pinterest from this blog. I just did a few things different from her tutorial. I used 1 1/4 yard pieces of fabric so the blanket is square and I also rounded the corners.

 I love this fabric- Marmalade by Moda. 

 I had to ruffle over thirty feet for the trim. I really should invest in a ruffle foot.

The ruffles and stretchy minky fabric were quite a pain to work with but I love the end result!

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