So, my SIL has a habit of losing things. Any mom can identify with the "mommy-brain" I'm sure....I know I can. She has managed to misplace the only hat that fits my niece's giant head, however, and asked me to whip one up for her.
I went rummaging through my bins of fabric, and found this shirt that was bought for me, but I never wore. I decided that it was the perfect shade of pink to make into a little hat for her, and pulled it. Then I thought, "hey, why not turn this into a cute summer dress, too?"
So I sat down and got right to it, since my son was napping blissfully in his swing!
How did I do it, you might ask? Well, even if you don't, I'm going to show you, because I actually remembered to take pictures while I worked
First, start with a cropped women's fitted t-shirt and a sizing reference. Since this was a surprise, I grabbed a pair of 18 month overalls that won't fit my son for ages.
Lay them out overtop of the t-shirt and trace the top of the overalls like so:
Continue the line outwards, in an a-line to the edge of the t-shirt, and cut out front and back. You will end up with something like this:
Pin the sides together, and trim the excess off the bottom of the shirt at the desired length. I was making this to be worn with a diaper shirt underneath, and short enough to crawl in without getting caught.
Then, take your cap sleeves (or whatever type were on your shirt) and trim off the edges on a slight angle, like this:
Don't forget to cut the seam off the bottom so they are no longer a round tube!
Sew the side seams together, leaving armholes. Take the edges of the sleeves that you trimmed off, and pin with small pleats to the tops of the armholes that you have left, like this:
Sew them flat, and finish the bottom edges of your armholes as well. I left mine larger than is necessary for a baby, knowing that my neice likes to fuss while getting dressed, so this will be an easy on and off for my SIL.
Finally, finish the bottom edge in whatever manner you choose. This was made out of a super-stretchy jersey, so I just left it and pulled on the fabric across the ends to make it roll.
Ta-da! You have now finished a beautiful little sundress!
It only took me about half an hour, and my sewing machine kept crapping out in the process. And as an added bonus (this was pointed out to me later) as she grows up a bit, this can become a shirt, since I did leave the armholes and neckhole rather large.
Criticism welcome, I'd love to know how to improve on this, since my SIL loved it and wants more.