Saturday, January 10, 2009

Dress- up clothes (fast and easy!)

Here's a quick and easy way to make dress-up clothes for your little princess.  If your special little girls are anything like mine they live in dress-up clothes so make sure to reinforce all the seams!  This set was actually something Ella helped me with.  It was a gift for her little friend.

1.  Ella helped me choose fabrics and rip them to the desired length and width.  The length here was for a 5 year old from the waist to the floor plus 3 inches (1 1/2" for the elastic casing at the waist and 1 1/2" for the hem).
2.  Sew the strips together.  The more you use the fuller the skirt will be.
3.  Turn under the top to form an elastic casing.  Run elastic through and finish.
4.  Hem, try on and twirl!

1.  This shirt is very simple.  It's 2 rectangles of fabric.  I didn't measure the width, but the length is about from the armpit of the child to a little below the waist (however long you want)
2.  Sew the side seams together and hem the bottom and the top.
3.  Gather the top edge 
4.  For sleeves cut 2 more rectangles.  Again, the width doesn't matter, but the length would depend on the height of the child.  Hem the edges of these rectangles and attach to the front and the back of the shirt.  
5.  Embellish however you want.  Here Ella chose buttons and a fabric to gather for a ruffle effect on the straps.


Janelle said...

These are both so adorable and look very easy too! The shirt is just to cute! I can see that shirt being an every-summer-day kind of shirt! Thanks for the ideas!

Meg Flaming said...

That fabric looks familiar. :) Cute idea! I'm glad you are using it.

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