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« on: October 30, 2009 04:41:05 PM »

Hey there beautiful craftsters!

Here is my latest recon...with a very basic tutorial to go with it ( I am still learning, so I apologise if I have made any Faux Pas.

These were my maternity pyjamas, too cute to waste but don't fit me anymore (yay!)

I just cut around where I wanted to image to go, using the original leg seams as the sides of my dress, and cutting out spaces for sleeves...leaving extra for seam allowance. (By the way if you dont have a pare of baggy but super cute maternity pants lying around. You can easily just make a tube shape instead! )

Then using some red cotton I cut 4 identical crescents. The pic makes them look differant sizes but I just folded the material over and cut them all in one. Use the neckline of one of your little ones other tops to get the size right and leave room for seams.

Then putting 2 right sides together sew around the outside leaving this space open...

and them repeat with your other 2 cutouts.
Next I did the hem and the sleeve seams. I just folded under and sewed but some contrasting bias tape would look good here too.

I forgot to get a pic of this step...but you are a clever bunch, you will get it! I turned the top part of the dress right side out and ironed it flat. Then folded the seams in for the open part and ironed them. Message me if that makes no sense!
Sandwich the bottom part of the dress into the gap and gather a little so it fits nicely. Make sure your seams are tucked in, pin and sew together.

Sorry about the blurry shot.
Here I made a mistake and put the buttonholes on the front straps instead of the back, or I would have had them down a little lower. So you choose where you want your buttons to sit. Put a buttonhole on either side and attach your buttons.

OK I think that's about it, hope you could follow my instructions ... Here is the finished product.

Cute and super comfy!!
Thanks for looking Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2009 09:02:13 AM »

That is so cute.  It looks like it might be easy, maybe not for me.   I will have to try this with some Christmas pj's.  The model is precious.

« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2009 05:48:14 PM »

That is too cute!
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2009 08:28:18 PM »

What a great idea! Thanks for the tute. I really like the neckline!

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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2009 10:42:39 AM »

Very very cute.

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2009 08:38:37 AM »

So cute! I was just noticing the other day how many pairs of pj pants I have. I may just have to do this! I tried with an old pair of my husband's pajama pants to make our daughter a dress the other day but your dress is way cuter.
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