Ruffle Hearts Shirt

I really didn’t mean to make 2 heart shirts. The last one was supposed to be a different design, but I couldn’t come up with anything I liked more than a heart. It’s alright. It just shows how much I love her right?

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This ruffle heart shirt was so fun and easy to make! I used the same pattern I’ve been using since the HAPPY shirt and just appliqued the heart. I had a ruffle tank top that didn’t look great on me, so I just cut the heart out of that and sewed it on using this technique. I didn’t have to do anything! The hard part was the neckline… as you can see lol. The first time around it looked terrible. I tried to use the original neck binding from the green top I started with, but I couldn’t get it to look straight and I accidentally cut the neck opening too big in the first place.

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So…. I changed it to a regular old t-shirt neck and it worked out great! This picture is a little far away, but I promise it looks TONS better. Now it’s not too wide and falling off her shoulders either. Have I ever told you how much I love ruffles? So fun!

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One with the mustache just because…

You’ll get to see my son’s awesome Halloween costume soon. I can’t wait! There have been a lot of set backs, and it’s not quite how I imagined it, but it still looks pretty great so far. I hope your week is going great!

Grownup Baby Dress

Here is the second half of that $3 skirt I bought at WalMart! The bottom is a tank top that I have no idea where I got. It took the awesomeness of my husband to decide on the waistband. I voted for a thin lace band, but he wisely convinced me otherwise 🙂 …and he says I never take his advice seriously.

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I love the bow on the back! Can you see the collar? I also love that little detail. It’s a good thing baby has no other dresses to wear to church because she will be wearing this every week until she outgrows it. I sent a picture of the dress to my mother-in-law and she said it would make baby look too grown-up and she would cry. What do you think?

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I know this picture is a little crazy processed, but you should see the original lol. That’s my big girl! She gives that smile to everyone.

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…aaaaaaaaand another one.

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…and one of the back just for kicks. This is pretty close to the real color.

Just wait until I post the 3 new shirts I made for her this week. So cute! I love making baby clothes.

HAPPY

I’m going to be posting quite a few baby girl outfits I’ve been working on this month. This is the first of about 4 tops that I’ve made for baby girl and I’m so HAPPY with all of them. Ha ha… This project actually started out with a ruined shirt. I made the mistake of letting my baby eat spaghetti in a white shirt. Could I have cleaned it? Maybe… I didn’t really want to try that hard though. The shirt had some issues already anyway.

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This is after I cut it all apart to make a pattern. As you can see, the sequins were coming off. That was more than enough reason for me to make something new. So like I said, I cut the shirt up to make my pattern. I used some awesomely soft material that I got at Wal-Mart. I’ve been going for darker colors as I think they are safer for babies. Why do they make all little girl’s clothes in white and pale pink??? I vote for spill hiding colors from now on!

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Yep, that’s right! Some great yardage for $3! I love shopping the clearance isles.  I used the rest of the material to make the dress I’ll show you in the next post.

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She really is such a happy girl. Love her so much!

I’ve decided that I’m not very great at detailed tutorials. Thus, I am rededicating my site to be more inspirational rather than tutorial. I’ll still tell you how I did things in general with a few how-to pictures, but I’d rather link to another tutorial that’s already done and done really well, for you benefit.

Now that that momentous piece of news is out of the way, on to what I did last week.

Sometimes living in a small town is hard. Like when you go to your local Walmart and Kmart and boutique clothing shops and still can’t find a baby swimming suit for your outing tomorrow! What!? They carried down to 12 months old, but no 6-9 mos. I was tempted to let sweet Claira just swim in a swim diaper, but then I remembered I had some extra spandex from the suit I made for my sister a few years back. Yay for saving your extra material! I try to keep my stash to a minimum, but somehow I kept the spandex that I didn’t even buy. Lucky me!

DSC_3069aMaking swimwear shouldn’t be daunting for anyone. If you can sew a zig-zag stitch, you can sew a swimming suit. I don’t know why they seem so intimidating. If you happen to have or want to invest in a double needle, they are perfect for swimming suits as well. I used one here. You can kind of see how there is a double row of stitching on the top of the binding and a zig-zag on the bottom. That’s what a double needle will do. They are pretty inexpensive and I recommend them for almost every project.

To start my suit I traced a baby onsie sans sleeves. I dropped the front and back neckline a couple of inches to give it a little more of a suit look. I also cut out a lining for it even though my spandex was quite stout and not very see through. I didn’t want those lovely dark blue swim diapers showing through and making the suit look green. I sewed my lining together and then my suit, placed the lining inside-out into the suit so the seams were all enclosed, sewed elastic into the leg openings and stitched on my binding. FYI I didn’t have any clear elastic so I just used the regular kind. I wouldn’t worry about it if you don’t care if the suit will last for years and years. I don’t think we go to the pool enough for the chlorine to ruin this elastic any time soon.

This is how I did the binding. She also has many many tips on how to sew a swimming suit.

DSC_3083aA tip on color blocking. I find that where possible, it’s easier to sew your colors together and then cut out your pattern as opposed to all that measuring and making sure your pieces fit together jut right without any shifting.

DSC_3084aMy favorite part of this suit is that it’s diaper accessible! Why don’t all baby swimming suits have this option? Who wants to take a wet suit off a baby every time you want to give them a dry diaper? Not me. Also, if you are going to be inserting baby snaps onto any piece of clothing, I recommend buying some sort of snap pliers. I tried to add these with a hammer and a board… it didn’t go so well.

DSC_3080aI love this suit! I’m so glad I had some extra material and a little extra time. Babies in swim diapers are cute, but babies in swimming suits are much cuter. I think I’ll work one up with ruffles next time.

 

Black and White Flowers Baby Outfit

When I saw this black and white t-shirt at Walmart, I knew I wanted to make baby leggings out of it. Claira doesn’t have a lot of bottoms and black and white goes with everything right? So I started making the leggings and decided that she needed a top to go with them because as it turns out, black and white goes with NOTHING that we currently have. Lol! So I have kind of a tutorial of what I did. I hope it inspires you in your own sewing.

I start almost every project with a thrifted/cheap t-shirt. The first thing I always do is unpick the necks so I can use them later in my own collars.

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I’ve already traced my favorite baby leggings onto pattern paper so I have them for always. Although I did spend a whole day trying to find my pattern. When making leggings, you don’t usually want to have a side-seam. To make your pattern side-seam-less, place your front and back pattern pieces together with the straight sides touching. Overlap the seam allowance so you don’t have any seam allowance where the pieces meet. You can also see that I also line up my bottom hem with the shirt hem so I don’t have to hem the leggings at all. YAY!

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Now cut out your first leg. When you go to cut out your second leg BE SURE to flip your pattern over so you don’t end up with 2 of the same leg. Believe me, I did it the first time around and then only had enough material left to make them the old fashion way as seen below.

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I was pretty upset to say the least. Don’t make my mistake!

Sew the pieces together as per your usual pants sewing… place right sides together and sew both crotch arches. Then fold them so they look like pants and sew up one side of the inseam of the leg, and down the other. Fold over your waistband, sew with a stretch, zig-zag or other stretchy stitch and insert your elastic. Pants done. Bam! 20-30 min.

So for the top I traced one of my current baby tops for sizing onto pattern paper. I wanted to have a different colored yoke so I sewed my 2 colors together before cutting out my pattern. To determine how big to make my pieces I laid my pattern on the pink I was using for the bottom and drew a line where I wanted it to come.

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I cut it out and gathered it slightly in the middle.

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I laid the pink over the black and white to see where exactly I wanted it to be sewn on. Then I put them right sides together and sewed with a straight stitch.

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Then I top-stitched it to make the gathering lay flatter. It also makes it look more professional in general. Use a long stitch length and try hard not to stretch your fabric as you go along. 

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Now cut out your front and back. Sew one of the shoulders together using a zig-zag, stretch stitch or your serger. This is when I sew on the neck binding. I just use the previously cut out neckline of the original shirt and use a zig-zag stitch. I stretch it slightly as I go along so it curves with the neckline.

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Now sew your second shoulder together. I do it this way because that’s how I’ve seen it done on store-bought shirts. Now for the sleeves. I used the leftovers from the neck binding and bound the hems of the sleeves as well using the same technique as the collar. Zig-zag, stretching slightly… etc. For this shirt I also gathered the top of the sleeve before attaching.

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Sew on your sleeves and down your shirt sides and you have a lovely finished shirt. I opted to cut out some of the flowers in the pattern and sewed them on with tiny black beads in the middle. I have no idea how this is supposed to be done. I just used a needle and thread and square knotted it on the underside.

DSC_2955aI LOVE this outfit.

I know I’m not super detailed in my tutorials, but I assume you know the basics of sewing together pants and a shirt so I kind of gloss over those parts. This is more for inspiration that really detailed instruction. One more to come. I’m so excited for it too!