I'm not a clothes seamstress, but you guys have inspired me! Usually I'm over in the Purses forum, but wandered over here one day. Soooooooo here's my first item for my daughter who is 2.5 yrs old.
I started with a shirt of mine from the Gap that I no longer wanted. But I really like the fabric and the pintucking, so instead of giving it to the 'ol Goodwill, I added it to my fabric stash. Then today i realized I have nothing red-white-and-blue for her to wear in two days! I thought about going to the thrift store and getting a shirt to reconstruct into a dress, but then found this in my stash.
It's a Gap, women's size small, so I knew there was no way to turn it into a dress. As it was, I had to piece it just to make a shirt! Here's what I made:
I used the existing pin-tucking from the back of the shirt for the top part of the front. Then I had to piece it to make it long enough, so i did a french seam and ran some elastic through it for a bit of body.
On the back I did elastic smocking at the top (9 rows), then pieced it again and ran another piece of elastic at the same height as the front piece, only zigzagging this one on instead of running it through casing. The straps are another strip of the pintucking folded in half. They could stand to be a bit longer, but it works for now!
Here are a couple of action shots!
Thanks for all the inspiration!!!!