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« on: April 01, 2010 03:08:25 PM »

I've never made kids' clothing before, but I was recently inspired to try my hand at a few things for my daughter's upcoming birthday. I'm really excited about them, and I thought I'd share them here.

First, I made a princess-style bubble skirt (using this tutorial. I had a twin-sized bed sheet that I'd cut down to toddler size for my daughter, and I realized the extra fabric would be perfect for a few other things too. Tada! A bubble skirt is born!

(It's reversible.)

For good measure, I snipped out one of the pictures from another piece of the sheet and attached it to a store-bought shirt (on clearance for $3!).

Then I saw some fabrics that were lying on the sewing table, leftovers from another in-progress birthday gift, and I thought, "Those would make a nice patchwork skirt." Bam!

The pink and green fabrics came from my mom's basement, where she'd been storing them since the '80s. She gave them to me recently, and I love their vintage look. The skirt also has a second, white layer underneath for a lining.

I pulled a little tank from my daughter's drawer, something she had worn under sweaters this winter, to go with the skirt. Why not give it an extended life instead of packing it away to be outgrown before next winter? Using some of the skirt fabric, I created some small ruffles and attached them to the tank.

But, wait! I'm not finished. I also used this tutorial and some reproduction '30s print fabric for a little pillowcase dress.

I added an off-white cotton lining and used pre-made hem tape for the ties.

Unfortunately, my model was uncooperative, so I had to guess at the length, later discovered it was two inches too short, and had to learn how to make a ruffle. (I highly recommend this site for all things ruffle.)

News flash: Ruffles are not so scary!

What was so great about all of these projects is how quickly they came together. I was able to use the very small amount of time I get during a week and come away with finished pieces I could be proud of. Every so often you need a little instant gratification, right? I think if I can continue finding such quick and easy patterns and tutorials, my daughter may have a very styling summer wardrobe indeed!

Mama of two, eeking out a few creative hours a day.

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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2010 03:24:13 PM »

They each get cuter as the post progresses! Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2010 03:59:46 PM »

Adorable, Adorable and Adorable!!!! I'm gonna have to learn how to sew like this since my best friend is having a girl next month!

« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2010 04:14:38 PM »

good job! I especially like outfit number 2!

« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2010 04:40:58 PM »

Love, love, love.  Perhaps I will spruce up my daughter's wardrobe.
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2010 04:55:22 PM »

Oh my, I love that princess skirt, and so would my daughter!


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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2010 06:02:37 AM »

You are very talented. I love them all!

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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2010 07:24:18 AM »

omg could you lil girl be any luckier.  I LOVE THE the sheet you used so romantic looking love it.... screams summer   and you ruffle is awesome of the pillow case dress

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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2010 08:55:26 AM »

Wow, this is inspirational. I am expecting my first child in July - a girl, so am looking for such clothes. Thank you for posting these, they definitely inspire me to do some of my own.
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2010 07:26:37 PM »

Good job mom!  Adding the ruffles to make a coordinating tank was a very cute idea.  I also love the pillowcase dress.  I'm hoping to make one for my littlest angel before summer. 

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