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« on: June 10, 2010 02:05:38 PM »

 While in a thrift store last week I came across a Hawaiian floral print woman's skirt. Unfortunately it was a size 1/2 too small for me, but the more I looked at it the more I thought it would be terrific for a dress for the baby.

 I had already cut it apart when I realized I didn't take a before photo. Oops.
 It started life as an above the knee length woman's size 10 skirt, double layered of ruffles with a zipper in the back. The fabric has a really nice hand. Its a cotton with 3% Lycra so it has a wee bit of stretch. I made Quinn the dress and headband. Then I decided to whip up a little pair of white bloomers for her to wear under it. There is still a bit more of the red floral fabric. I think I will make her a little skirt with a stretch band at the top made from knit. The skirt will be for next year. She should be able to wear the dress next year as a top. Quinn is around 14 lbs, will be 5 months tomorrow and wears about a 3-6 month or so. Depends on the outfit, just like _all_ women's clothing. :^/
 Its my first try at shirring fabric. It went pretty well. My rows could have been a WHOLE lot more even, but thankfully the technique is very forgiving. I didn't steam iron the shirring yet, either. That will help a bit. I think I need to play with the bobbin settings to get a better stitch with the elastic thread. I want to make a couple of dresses for myself, and the tension will definitely need more, ahem, strength. ;^)


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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2010 02:16:24 PM »

ADORABLE!!! You did a great job. I love the little ruffle butt bloomers. Isn't having girls to sew for fun? I have two of my own.

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2010 02:24:20 PM »

That's so cute!  I have a 5 month old too!  Only she's 16lbs14oz.... Big girl.... I may have to borrow some aspects of your design!  It's super cute!

« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2010 03:00:20 PM »

Such a cute dress! And the bloomers are adorable. Also, your baby has totally stolen my heart Smiley
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2010 03:10:28 PM »

DON'T touch that shirring with an iron! you could ruin it! It isn't supposed to be pressed and it looks just fine Good job!

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2010 03:41:07 PM »

cute, and an even cuter baby. I agree with Weeny the iron could ruin the shirring. the only time I use an iron when I shirr something is to steam the shirring to make it "ruffle" or bunch up more. Awesome job on the dress.

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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2010 04:15:46 PM »

Thanks all.  Grin
Yes feel free to use any of the design you like! Its not mine to own...I have cruised and borrowed ideas from here on Craftster and blogs and such and just pulled together the outfit to suit.
Oh trust me I won't "iron" it (press it that is).I meant hitting it with steam! I have a heavy duty Rowenta steam iron that I was referring to for the shirring. Smiley

I have a 15 year old and the 5 month old. Thankfully, my older daughter loves to pick out cool outfits for us to make (Japanese Lolly style, steampunk or costumes) so I get to make clothes for both. I just bought a second machine ($300 basic Viking...love my Vikings!) to help give her more extensive sewing lessons We also enjoy the Ren Faire and to have parties with themes and costumes. It allows us to fully exercise our creative sides!


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