Tuesday, June 19, 2012
There comes a time in every baby's life when onesies become irrelevant. Sisi still wears them from time to time, but I know the onesie phase is quickly coming to an end. I found this wonderfully simply tutorial on turning onesies into bubble dresses/tunics from my favorite sewing blog, Make It and Love It.
You basically cut the bottom off the onesie, make a bubble skirt, gather it using a basting stitch, and then sew it to the onesie. For all the details and step by step pictures, check out the Make It Love It post.
I was ambitious and cut up 3 old onesies hoping to make 3 dresses, but only had the energy to do one. I used an unwearable t-shirt of Joe's (paleo diet = grease stains galore!) for the bubble part.
Since I hate to measure or use straight edges, I just eyeballed everything and went scissor happy. It turned out wearable, but hilariously uneven (especially when she turns around!) Someday I will invest in a nice cutting mat and rotary cutter. For now, I'll just pretend it's from Naartjie, that crazy kids store with all the assymmetrical hemlines.
Bonus points for adding a cute flower out of the leftover t-shirt material.
Machine sewing is still really stressful for me, and I had to use the seam ripper and redo the whole thing once. But even so, I was able to complete this project AND blog it in a few hours. Sure, I could have bought one at Target for 8.00, but then I wouldn't have learned about basting stitches or helped save the planet by upcycling old greasy t-shirts. :)
EDIT: My friend came over when Sisi was wearing this last night, and she LOL'ed over my crazy hemline, so don't think I'm just being modest on this blog! I figure babies can pull anything off, but it's not so cute when teenagers are forced to wear wonky homemade dresses made by their moms. I have plenty of years to get this sewing thing down :)