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Topic: My shirt into baby dress *now with matching pants!* *Tute added*  (Read 35522 times)
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livvyloo
« on: June 21, 2007 11:03:29 PM »

First, let me say that I just found this site yesterday (where have you been all my life???) and I have already made 2 recons and had 2 trips to the thrift store. Addicting.

Here is my take on the shirt dress, the first pic is without the trim, and the second pic is with (so much better). And yes, these are the best pics that I could take of my little busy body.



Before eyelet trim



ADDITION:
***Here are some capri type pants that I made with the sleeves from my shirt to match the dress. I basically took the sleeves, laid them side by side and overlapped them on the inside a bit and then cut straight up the center of the crotch to the top. Then I stitched the middle of the legs together, added elastic to the waist and voila! They do fit my daughter but next time I will make them out of a bigger shirt and make them a bit longer.

Let me know what you think!

Front

Back



Here is my new tute:
Okay, for the pants/ capris you will need the 2 sleeves that you cut off of the dress. The bigger the sleeves the better if you have  a chunky monkey like I do:) I found this ladies shirt so the pants were a bit short, but still cute nonetheless.
1.Cut off the sleeves.
2.Cut off the tops of the sleeves, you will need these for your flutter sleeve straps on the dress.

3. Use your pinking shears to cut off the very tips of the sleeves. I do this so that they won't fray as much and so I only have to fold my edge once as not to compromise any of the rise for my tall baby.  Then overlap your sleeves enough so that where they meet in the center it is long enough for their rise plus around an inch for the foldover. Cut straight up this line to the top.
4. Pin the inside of the pants together right sides facing (inside out) and sew. Flip right side out.

5. Iron down the inside about an inch and sew leaving yourself enough space to accommodate the width of the elastic you are using. Leave a small opening so that you can insert the elastic of course:)
6. Insert elastic and sew closed.
7. Your done!
Voila, you have pants/ capris to match your dress!

Note that my pants are too loose in the waist for her. It helps to have her awake and not in the crib when measuring!




« Last Edit: June 26, 2007 08:22:50 AM by livvyloo - Reason: now with tute and action shots » THIS ROCKS   Logged

livvyloo
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007 06:36:35 AM »

I want this to be known that those ARE NOT my crocs in the background of pic #2!!! Those are my mothers I swear!
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2007 08:25:49 AM »

Very cute!  And welcome to your brand new addiction(s).  I'm not sure what I love more, crafting or craftster.  Anyways, welcome and congrats on the dress.  I love it, and your daughter is gorgeous.
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jutybo
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2007 08:31:43 AM »

Wow!  Perfect trim for the shirt/dress!!  Great job, and the ruffles on the shoulder straps look really good... I'm still having some trouble with mine.  Did you cut them wider or anything??  And what a cute model!
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mamakay
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2007 09:03:37 AM »

It's very cute (love the eyelet!!) and so is the little model.  Don't worry at that age no one is still for very long unless they're sleeping--and mine even moved about in their sleep.
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2007 02:47:27 PM »

***These pants were inspired by cheytown's button down shirt into dress, with the most fabulous tutorial found here
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170402.100***

Here are some capri type pants that I made with the sleeves from my shirt to match the dress. I basically took the sleeves, laid them side by side and overlapped them on the inside a bit and then cut straight up the center of the crotch to the top. Then I stitched the middle of the legs together, added elastic to the waist and voila! They do fit my daughter but next time I will make them out of a bigger shirt and make them a bit longer.

Let me know what you think!
Front

Back

Matching dress

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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2007 03:32:40 PM »

That is awesome!  I love the new addition.  I would love to see an action shot of the pants.  I have to admit that the action shots are my favorite.  Great idea.
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jutybo
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2007 06:17:37 PM »

The pants are GREAT!  I love making sleeve pants for my wee ones, but have only used stretchy knits before- great job using a non-stretch!!!   Smiley  *making mental note for next shirt/dress recon*
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2007 08:33:53 PM »

eeeeeee! what a great idea for the pants! brilliant! i love that you used the cuffs like that. too cute. can we pleeeeeeeeease see an action shot? i have some long-sleeved shirts ready to be cut up, and i was wondering what i could do with the sleeves. thanks for the inspiration.

the dress and wee one are adorable, too. but i can't say as much for those crocs! though i'm sure they look really cute on your mom. Wink

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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2007 09:10:26 PM »

Cute!  Cute!  I'd love a Tute!

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livvyloo
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2007 08:34:55 AM »

cheytown, they are actually "Crocos", which I guess is a knock off of crocs. When I picked my mother up from the airport she was wearing those and I felt like I was in high school again, I was pretty embarrassed.

I am going to make another dress/ pant set today and put together a tutorial.
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2007 02:01:06 PM »

cheytown, they are actually "Crocos", which I guess is a knock off of crocs. When I picked my mother up from the airport she was wearing those and I felt like I was in high school again, I was pretty embarrassed.
well, at least you can be thankful she didn't get you a matching pair. Wink

I am going to make another dress/ pant set today and put together a tutorial.
yay! i will be eagerly awaiting the tutorial. (not like i've had any time to sew since the little girl has decided naps are for sissys. but i can dream...)
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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2007 01:52:06 PM »

I'm afraid I HAVE to borrow your pants idea because they're bloody brillant!  Oh, I bet they only take minutes to make - I have to try it now!
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2007 05:40:50 PM »

Awww!  How adorable
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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2007 08:25:50 AM »

I added a tute, I also want to say that you can thread a cute matching ribbon around the button and through the hole and tie to make a cute cuff. I need to do this since the cuff is too small to button around my little ones calf. As it is now I have them folded up. Still cute, but I can't leave anything simple.  Wink
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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2007 12:27:24 PM »

The new tute outfit is just adorable! 
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2007 12:58:38 PM »

Very clever, and super adorable! This is an awesome way to have a set for almost no money.  Excellent recycle project, too. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2007 07:06:56 PM »

This is the most fabulous recon combo I have ever seen!!
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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2007 12:49:30 PM »

Very nice! I love the dress.
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« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2007 10:21:20 AM »

I have no kids, but I will be making those pants for somebody's baby - any volunteers??
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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2007 09:49:46 AM »

THESE ARE TOO CUTE - CAN I ADD A COMMENT ABOUT THE PANTS? ON THE BACK WHERE THE BUTTONS ARE, YOU COULD PUT A CUTE LITTLE BUTTON WHERE THE OLD ONE WAS OR EVEN A CUTE BOW. I WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH MY HUSBANDS CLOSET NOW!

HOLLIE  Grin
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Dona Leonor
« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2008 10:23:16 AM »

Oh my gosh...you ladies are so talented !!! Thaaaanks sooo much for the pants/capris tutorial
I will love to try this dress and pants for my toddler !
I'm new to sewing but I think I can make this....

I do have a question though... I lack the hability of visualizing instructions...sorry !
May you please explain me a little more about when you say to overlap the sleeves...?

Thanks !!!
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LindaEve
« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2008 08:11:05 PM »

Wow! The pants are fabulous, especially the ones where you used the cuffs. Excellent idea!. I have a few leftover sleeves from the cheytown dresses I made - now I know what to do with them. Thanks much, wonderful tute!
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hollybear117
« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2009 02:45:56 PM »

Oh SOOO cute!! I wish there were more time in the day so I could sew stuff like this!!
Thanks Grin

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poalgirl
« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2009 11:02:05 PM »

I love the dress...and I have to laugh because I have the EXACT same striped shirt!  It's in my pile of stuff to be "refashioned"!
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