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Topic: button shirt to toddler dress recon *MINTY FRESH TUTORIAL*  (Read 660762 times)
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gottothinkpositive
« Reply #130 on: August 06, 2007 07:34:38 AM »

this is so dang cute...someday i will be able to be this crafty!!!!
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« Reply #131 on: August 06, 2007 09:32:24 AM »

The tutorial is excellent... give it a try... you can do this!
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« Reply #132 on: August 06, 2007 12:30:48 PM »

My toddler now has THREE of these dresses. About 2 hours after finding this tutorial I dug out the most obnoxious shirt in my scrap pile and made her one. Showed my husband, who was so impressed, he WENT TO THE THRIFT STORE with me to get 2 more shirts. 8-) She also has a purple one (which needs some work- the shoulder straps are too long) and a black silk one. The black one is a HIT any time she wears it! I've also altered the pattern some to make it a bit adjustable for the growing critter.
Here is the first one:


This tutorial rules my world.
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« Reply #133 on: August 06, 2007 12:55:06 PM »

this dress is so very adorable...
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« Reply #134 on: August 06, 2007 01:56:00 PM »

My toddler now has THREE of these dresses. About 2 hours after finding this tutorial I dug out the most obnoxious shirt in my scrap pile and made her one.

yay! it's fun to hear to stuff like this. Smiley i'd love to see the black silk one - it sounds fabulous! also, i'd be interested in what you did to make things adjustable (my girlie seems to be in the middle of a growth spurt!).
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« Reply #135 on: August 06, 2007 04:18:48 PM »

Genius! I'm going to try this tomorrow.
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« Reply #136 on: August 06, 2007 08:32:14 PM »

The knife pleats are amazing!  They might be a pain, but they were totally worth it!
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« Reply #137 on: August 07, 2007 07:08:14 PM »

This is such a cute idea!  I have a 4 month old little girl and I've just only now gotten my sewing machine out of storage (long, long story) where it's been since I was 3 months pregnant.

I can't wait to try this!

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« Reply #138 on: August 08, 2007 08:31:16 AM »

also, i'd be interested in what you did to make things adjustable (my girlie seems to be in the middle of a growth spurt!).
Ok, a pict is worth a thousand words and I have BAD pregnant brain so I have like 4 disjointed words. Look at my picts. 8-)

I sewed the body together with no straps in it, so it looked like a little strapless dress. You can see here how I folded the yoke under. I like to keep my seams neat.  Tongue
Then I sewed the straps so they stood alone. I've also been making my shoulder straps long- it's sunny in Colorado. You have to run a line of stitching on the elastic to hold it in. The straps are then sewed to the body of the dress- they aren't tucked in, they just hang out on the inside, so as the tiny gets bigger you can rip out the stitching and make them longer.

On the original pict I posted, you can see that it fits snug around her middle. I added ties to the sides that tie in the back and gather the extra bulk. I made them with what was cut off the bottom of the shirt.
I haven't had to, but I am open to adding a 'Growth hem'- about an inch from the bottom, make about an inch tuck and sew it. You have what looks like a ridge in the dress, but it can be ripped out when you need the room. Yah, I need a pict of that, eh?
Make sense?  Grin
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mamafox
« Reply #139 on: August 08, 2007 01:01:39 PM »

I just want you to know this is sooo awesome! I have found this and made one shirt dress, a skirt dress, a shirt outfit, and a dress outfit for my girls. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. When i get a working camera ill share them with you!
Thanks!!!!
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