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!
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!