Is there anything cuter than little girls with piggy tails?
Am I the only one that thinks “play dresses” seem like an oxy moron? Thank goodness they actually DO exist, because we are in that phase where pajamas and dresses seem to be the only option in our house. Unless I cave to bribing. I’m not above bribing. Don’t get me wrong, I usually start with reasoning but as you can imagine that only goes so far with a 2 and 3 year old.
When I first discovered WAHM (work-at-home mom) cloth diapers, I decided to buy my own fabric sincerely intending to send it to be made into cloth diapers. For whatever reason, that didn’t end up happening (I think my husband kindly reminded me that we were already well stocked in that department). So I had a stack of knits that I had ordered and no idea what I was going to do with them. When I ordered these knits, I had no clue what I was doing. I did not realize that there were so many different types! Interlock, jersey, pique, oh my! Nor did I know what each type was best suited for. Honestly, I’m still fairly confused by that. Anyway, I ordered the polka dot knits for this project from Girl Charlee. They are a cotton/lycra blend if I’m remembering correctly.
At this point, the only thing I had sewn were our Christmas stockings and pillowcase dresses. What’s a girl to do? Turn to her trusty Pinterest boards, of course! (If you’re curious, you can find my blog Pinterest board here). Yes, I had a sewing board well before I had ever started sewing. At least I had a sewing machine, though. That’s somewhat redeeming, I suppose. I found a tutorial for a nightgown made out of an up-cycled t-shirt and decided to use my unloved polka dot fabric to create play dresses. You can find the tutorial here at Skirt As Top. I downloaded the recommended Flashback Skinny Tee from Made by Rae to use for the top. I just kind of winged the skirt part from the tutorial since I was using fabric instead of a pre-hemmed up cycled tee. I used both the puff sleeve tutorial and binding instructions from Made by Rae as well.
I actually made these dresses back in November. These are one of the very first articles of clothing I made and they were knit…. Some would call me brave to start with knit fabric, while some probably have another word they would use. 😉 I had read multiple tips on sewing with knits and used a walking foot and ballpoint needles. (Just like in my previous post here). Face your fears, right? Well, I stared knit fabric in the face and won….
Wow, sometimes I’m kind of goofy. Maybe I’ve been around toddlers too long. Maybe I’m just tired. Or maybe I’m really just silly.
Okay, let’s refocus… the tutorial was great. It had clear pictures and was easy to follow. The links to the patterns needed and techniques used were easily accessible. I was pretty pleased with myself when all was said and done. The pattern from Made by Rae was also so super easy to follow. I had never used a pattern before and this was the perfect one to start with.
The best part? Watching my girls twirl around as they said “thank you mommy! I love the dress you made me!” Cue melting heart….
Have a blessed day!