Monday, February 4, 2013

turn a baby onesie into a dress

My latest project in my sewing adventure was turning a baby onesie into a dress for MacchiOTTo.  Now this project was really more like practice for me than anything.  I had $1 in the navy blue onesie with a white collar and $1 in the white fabric I found in the discount bin at a craft store.  If it worked... great then MacchiOTTo would have a dress to wear and if it didn't work then I was only out $2 and my time. 
As I said I used a onesie and some white fabric.  I cut the fabric to be 20 inches long and 12 inches wide.

I folded the fabric in half long ways and sewed the end.  This would become the side seam for the skirt.  I then choose which end would be the bottom of the skirt and hemmed that about 1/4 inch. 
(As a little tip: I ironed the fabric to help keep my lines straight.)
On the opposite end of the fabric I went almost all the way around with a basting stitch. As you can see in the picture below I did not back stitch any and I left about 1/3 inch between the two seams meeting.   On the back side of the fabric I took the two stings and tied them together with a sturdy knot. 
On the right side of the fabric I gently pulled the strings so the fabric would gather to get cinch the waist down to the width of the waist of the onesie.  Be careful not to pull to hard that you break the string.  Then tie the two string together in a very tight knot.
Next mark on the inside of the onesie where you want the skirt attached.  Turn the skirt inside out and pull over the onesie.  Then turn the bottom of the onesie back over the skirt to your marked line.  Then pin the skirt and onesie together and sew 5/8 of an inch from the edge.  
Ta Da!  I now have turned a onesie into a dress for only $2 and about 30 minutes of my time.
Then to see how I made the fabric flower as an accessory for this dress see my tutorial here

1 comment:

siteseer said...

what a cute idea. Three of my granddaughters are too big, but little Lilly is just the right age for this. Thanks for the idea.

 
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