Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ruffle-Bum Onesie

One of our good friends here in Ft. Wayne has several grandbabies including a brandnew little guy and is expecting her first grandaughter in November. She wanted to make a few things for these little babies and I offered to help show her how to make the tie onesies I posted earlier and try to make a ruffle-bum onesie. Instead of making our ruffles out of fabric like the tutorial found on this blog ( , she just bought some premade lace and we followed the tutorial from that point.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tie Onesie

I found the idea for this tie onesie on several different blogs & saw that someone made it for a booth they had at the farmers' market and knew I wanted to try to make it...I ended up NOT sewing them at all and just using this nifty heatbond stuff instead because I had tons of trouble not sewing the onesie to itself when I tried to sew down the tie.

These were a gift for Peter's 1st Birthday.

They're kinda big so he'll have to grow into them. I'm sure he'll look super handsome in them :)

a HUGE apology goes out to Kim and Phil for this photo of the three of's the best one of the birthday boy that I was able to get. Please forgive me

On another note:
Many of my sewing projects coming up will most likely be for Christmas presents so there may be much delay in my posting, but I will do my best to show y'all what I've been up to.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pillowcase dress without the Pillowcase

For Annalyse's Birthday, I wanted to make her something...anything. I had heard of these "pillowcase" dresses and thought they were super cute, but had no idea how to make them and didn't have a cute pillow case lying around to I scoured the web trying to find a pattern that was like a pillowcase dress but just used fabric it took me a while, but I finally found one. I already had the perfect fabric and all i really needed was elastic and bias tape...simple. My first article of clothing was in the works! My wonderful husband encouraged me, supported me, and even let me lock my self into our office/sewing room for the rest of the evening and part of the next day. I started and finished the dress in less than 24 hours. I'm super proud of it! I honestly can't believe how simple it was. I will definitely be making more in the near future!

(here is my Birthday Princess)

If you want to make this yourself here are a couple of suggestions:

  • the pattern is really long (for a two year old) so if possible measure the wearer so you don't waste fabric when you hem it up

  • the pattern says to do a 1/4 inch seam allowance for the sides...i feel that it was too small. I don't know if its because I don't know what I'm doing or what but I'm terrified that it might come unsewn.

  • don't buy expensive fabric...go to the fabric store and look at the clearance stuff...all together, fabric, elastic (which i have extra for additional dresses), and bias tape it cost me around 3-4 dollars to make. the fabric was on clearance for I think 3 dollars a yard and i used less than a yard!

  • I added an undershirt for Modesty but you aren't opposed to tank tops and such you don't have to use an undershirt.

  • this will make an awesome gift for a little girl. Ironically, I was at a store in Evansville after making this and saw that some college team apparel company was selling Women's sized shirts using a very similar method so it could be adjusted to be made as a shirt or, if you're bold enough, a dress for yourself.

If you want to make this cute little dress here is the pattern I used there are also tons of tutorials on how to make them out of a pillowcase if you feel so inclined just google it!