Saturday, September 11, 2010

White Tee's cont: All ruffled up dress

Remember the top that was left after the Crunch Crunch dress? I hope you kept it! (And if yours was like mine maybe used some advice I received and oxycleaned those arm pits ha!) What is so FABULOUS is that I received a call asking me to come pick up a big box in the mail room, yippie for mail! It was from Heather (she will be doing a guest tutorial next week!) and it was chalk full of fabulous knits! I was in HEAVEN. I have been DESPERATE for knits and look at these colors!
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There was also this GORGEOUS Anne Marie Horner fabric.
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I have never been able to use any of her fabric. I really started loving her designs after we left the states and my rule prevents me from ordering online so I was thrilled when I saw it! Immediately got to work making this fun mommy tuxedo dress:
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Again I think it would be better with funky boots and a fun sweater but whatcha gunna do right? ;)
What you need:
The top of your white T shirt
Some fun jersey knit (about 1/3 a yard)
Some fun funky fabric for the middle (just a tiny bit cut in a rectangle as long as your shirt is and as wide as you like, but not to wide I made that mistake and it looked totally weird and I had to unpick it all UGHHHHH)
And old skirt (I found mine at one of the many CRAZY old clothes market for a buck!)
Sewing Machine
Scissors
I am currently listening to the new Sarah Barellis when I sew. Really diggin it!


Okay so Grab your t-shirt, your rectangle and your skirt. I laid them on the table and lined them all up to cut them to the appropriate lengths.
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Trime where you need. Now sew up the side of your middle section so it makes a circle.
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Now slide it up over your skirt so that right sides are together.
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Then sew around the raw edges. Now when you flip it out it should look like this;
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Now you are going to do the same thing with the T-shirt. Slide it so that right sides are together and sew around
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Now you could just stop here if you like and how stinking easy is that?
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But since I don't usually wear sweaters here it needed a little somin' somin'. I would not have been able to do this if I hadn't JUST received Heathers knits, I decided to make my own ruffle tuxedo top. (this worked so well I am going to by some more plain T's and do it to them) It was not nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be. First I cut 9 strips of jersey fabric
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MIne were only about 1 inch wide and I would do them wider next time. I line them all up along the neckline to make sure there was enough
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Then I sewed right down the middle with a loose gathering stitch leaving long tails at the end for gathering. I gathered them all up
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Then placed them on the shirt. I wanted the ones in the middle to be longer and get shorter as I went out so I just gathered them accordingly
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Then I sewed them all down with a topstitch!
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Easy Peasey one two threesy! That is it! How fabulous easy is this dress! Add to boot our gardenia tree is in FULL bloom, our yard smells AMAZING! I wish I could send you all some in a little box with a bow! But a picture will have to do.
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I hope you like it! Thus endeth our first white t-s week. I am off to fly (we are already checked in, bags gone rearing to go, thats how much I love doing this blog!) wish me luck on our 3 flight 24 hour trip ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Bon Voyage and cheers!
Kelly


6 comments:

  1. oh love this!!! have a fabulous trip!

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  2. SO cute! Love the color for the ruffles :)

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  3. Love the dress.
    You will LOVE Rome. I did.
    It is worth the trip!

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  4. That is adorable!! The color is amazing.

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