Monday, August 31, 2009

Shirt to Toddler Ruffle Dress Tutorial

So I thought Little Miss needed something to wear for the big game this weekend. And by big game I mean Oklahoma State v. Georgia. (Go Pokes!) Or if you're not a big OSU fan, you could make a similar dress for Halloween. Little Miss will probably wear this all fall, just layered with a long sleeve tee.

I've loved Jessica's T-Shirt to Toddler Dress Refashion and so this is my version. Some notes, the ruffles on the neck and hem were pieced together. I used material from a repurposed shirt sleeve so they weren't quite the length I needed. Use what you've got. If you plan on using one long piece you'll need about double the length to get the correct ruffle length. Make sense?? So say my neck and shoulder measurement was about 20 inches, I would cut a strip of fabric about 40 inches to ruffle. And longer is always better cause you can just trim what you don't need.

**don't forget click pics to enlarge**





Make your ruffles. More info here. Just remember long stitch length, high tension and sew. Refer back to my original dress, the straps came out from the armholes, not straight up from the neck. So place your ruffles accordingly.



In my last ruffle refashion, I used sticky back tear away stabilizer to help my knit from stretching out while sewing. **TIP: I used tissue paper this time. It's way cheaper than tear away stabilizer, and I've always got loads of used tissue paper laying around from birthday presents. I've used tissue paper before when sewing satin, to help it from sliding so much. So thought I'd try it again. It worked great! Just cut strips about two inches wide and place under where you're sewing your ruffle in place.




Little Miss modeling her new ruffle dress. And her new bow I made :).

Happy Sewing!

15 comments:

  1. How can I be the first person commenting on this?? This is just darling! :) Good work!

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  2. Beautiful! I love it! She is such a cutie! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Too cute!! Found on Pinterest and now pinning! Fellow Okie- when I'm not cheering for the Hogs it's for the Pokes!

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  4. Just found this on Pinterest. I saw the dress and thought, Ooo OSU colors! Lo and behold she even has an OSU bow! Can't wait to give this dress a try.

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  5. HAHA! Found this on Pinterest too! So freaking' cute. I'm off to cut up some of my hubby's t-shirts. ;)

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  6. Another Pinterest sighting as well--this is adorable. You made this super simple and so fun. Thanks!!

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  7. Wow! cant wait to do this project for my 3year old, this weekend

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  8. So adorable can't wait to make some for my monkeys :)

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  9. Great idea, will have to try it. And I've learned my lesson about not cutting enough fabric before! lol. Boy o boy that Lil Miss is adorable.

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  10. cute as a bunny ... thinking of making some of these for "dress a girl around the world"

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