Friday, August 14, 2009

Spunky Repurposed Ruffly Baby Top...and Tutorial!...


oneprettything

So, apparently I have some addictions.

1. I am addicted to naps...for my children. Mama is a better Mommy when the kids take naps.

2. I am addicted to sewing. I have experienced some major sewing binges over the course of my life. I am experiencing a sewing binge currently.

3. I am addicted to cutting up t shirts and repurposing them. Guess what? Jersey does not require finished seams. COULD. IT. GET. ANY. EASIER!?

Mash them all together and you get: Mama on a mad cutting up t shirt sewing during nap time spree.

First it was the maternity shirts. And don't even think I'm through with them! I have an entire pile in my bonus room awaiting their turn at my sewing machine.

Next up was the 'donation' pile of clothes. I may never donate another article of clothing in my life.

So, I'm just going to go ahead and warn my husband that his closet may soon be raided. Any t shirt that you haven't worn for a few months may be subject to my Fiskars, sewing machine and whim. Consider yourself warned.

During today's mad cutting up t shirt sewing during nap time spree I cut up an old shirt that someone had given me. It was old, didn't fit, and screaming to be sliced up. So I obliged.

Old blah shirt:



SLICE!



After an embarrassingly long time of hemming and hawing (tee hee, pun intended!), I cut out a simple front and back dress shape using the finished bottom shirt hem as the dress hem. I sliced long lengths to use as ruffles, one arm cuff to use as a headband, and some small pieces of the bottom hem to use as shoulder straps:



I sewed front to back and tacked on the straps. Next up I basted then scrunched up the ruffles:



Then started adding them wherever I felt like it. First up, the sleeves:



Don't be stingy with pinning, folks! They are necessary to achieve a nice seam with ruffles!



(p.s. it's MUCH easier to sew on ruffles BEFORE you finish sewing them to the back.)

(p.p.s. - yes, that IS coffee I was consuming in the afternoon. Don't judge me!)

Then I got so preoccupied sewing on ruffles that I forgot to take photos. So I made a quick little tutorial for you:


Here is the finished ruffly dress/shirt and headband:



Melikey RUFFLES. Melikey sewing ruffles.

Besides, Lil Chick was starting to feel left out of the yellow invasion and needed some spunky yellow wear:



See? She's already feeling decidedly spunky:



Off to chop up some more t shirts...

A

16 comments :

  1. OK now THATS just cute! Oh and the tee is not too bad either!

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  2. So cute!! I just got some random fabric from my MIL and you are inspiring me to do something fun and girly with it. :)

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  3. I agree with you on point one, however, point 2, not so much. Probably due to the fact that I was sent home from sewing class & told that I didn't have a prayer of ever getting it right (She was probably correct).

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  4. Cute stuff you are so super crafty!

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  5. Oh my gosssssssssssh! That is THE cutest thing!!!!!!

    m ^..^

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  6. Ok, I thought I'd stop by and check up on our cousins to the north and . . . are you kidding me? That girl is a card! And I love the dimples. :)

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  7. AHHH, that is so ADORABLE! I want to make one of those for my little princess. If only she hadn't just turned 49 last week . . . . But it could still work, don't you think?

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  8. OMG!! I have never been so excited about sewing!!! I SOOOO have to take up sewing class.

    p/s: Hope u dont mind i put this up in my blog.

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  9. I like to cut up things too...but they never turn out this well. I LOVE it!!!

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  10. That is SO cute! I cut up some t-shirts ages ago and turned them into one-piece pjs with legs, and snaps down the back. They were functional, but this is adorable!

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  11. That is SO cute! I cut up some t-shirts ages ago and turned them into one-piece pjs with legs, and snaps down the back. They were functional, but this is adorable!

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  12. Ok, I'm off to ramble through my Goodwill pile...

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  13. Wow! That's too cute!! I don't have a little girl, but after seeing how great that turned out, I'm considering making one for my dog... ;)

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  14. Jennifer - jenhil@acxiom.comSeptember 9, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Oh please, please, please sell your t-shirt creations! I will be more than glad to send you some to work with. I honestly have a hard time sewing on buttons. I really try.

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  15. So cute! I want one for Maddie. Wish I could sew!

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  16. Adorable! I am featuring this in our 'ruffle' post tomorrow. Thanks for sharing! :) -Shelley {www.HowDoesShe.com}

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