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Friday, February 11, 2011

Ruffled Baby Skirt from Old T-shirts

Despite the fact that my sewing machine is out of order, I managed to get a bit of sewing done.  Don't worry, I didn't do any hand sewing.  I decided to try out the gathering foot on my serger, and I must tell you that I'm quite impressed (not with my skills, but with the machine).

 I started out with two old t-shirts that I'd thrown in a dye bath a while back.  I wasn't particularly fond of the t-shirts so dying them was a great option.

I'm no master at the ruffling/gathering foot and stitch, but it was rather easy, and the skirt was definitely a quick sew.  I made the skirt to be size 3-6 months. There isn't any elastic in the waist.  The knit material provides a bit of stretch, so fitting the waist band to the size of the  baby's waist should work quite nicely.

I used the hem of the t-shirt for the hem of the skirt.  I love it when half of the work has already been done for me.

To create the waistband I folded the fabric over, and serged the raw edge of the waistband to the seam of the top gathered tier, and the bottom of the waistband. I lost nearly all of the gather that existed prior to serging down the waistband, but I'm not too disappointed. After all, I didn't put in a whole lot of time or money.

I also created this little infant headband to coordinate with the skirt.  I simple served two layers of fabric together on either side, and attached a small knit flower to the top. Easy Peasy.

I'm still trying to decide what to applique or freezer paper stencil to the front of the onesie.  Any suggestions?

Thanks so much for reading, and being patient as I wait for the return of my machine (and my energy).  Clark had surgery earlier this week, he's doing well, but it took it's toll on his mama.


Emily said...

LOVE the outfit! I kinda like the onesie plain but it'd look cute with a flower or heart or something the family of the baby would like. :)

Hope Clark recovers well and soon.

Unknown said...

So cute! Anything in the pink to match the skirt will be adorable on the onesie -- flowers and birds and all that. So girly and so cute. :)

Hope you all continue to recover well!

Cath said...

Reminds me of something Raspberry.

Irēna said...

beautiful dress and colours!

Andrea said...

super cute! Purple is one of my favorite colors! when will your sewing machine be back to life?

Gabby said...

I think it is tres chic just the way it is. And fantastic colors! But a flower applique (to match the headband) would be great, too!

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

I don't know how you do it, but anything you make just looks so cute.

I bet those tshirts looked horrible before, old, and weathered looking, and NOW they look fabulous transformed into that cute skirt.

Love it.

Bella :)