First off I never heard back from the winner of the baby Tu-Tu so I am calling a winner. The new winner is.....
Just e-mail me your address and I will get that in the mail. Congrats.
Our next item of business is a tutorial. Today's tutorial isn't really a review of any. I have seen this idea around a bunch and I wanted to try my hand at it. I didn't follow one specific tutorial, I read a bunch and decided on what I wanted to make and here is what I came up with.
1- Measure your child/the one who where will this dress. You need 3 measurements. First their chest, second under arm to the length you want the dress (or shirt) to be; and third, the top of where the dress will hit in front and in back. I got my third measurement after the main part of the dress was made so I could see easier where those areas are.
2- Cut your material. So my baby's chest measurement was 17 1/2. I doubled this plus 1 inch for seem allowance. The length was 13 inches, add 1 inch for hems. So I cut out a piece of material that was 35X14. If you are making this for a larger person whose chest is bigger than 22 you will need to cut out 2 pieces. (Most fabric is 45 inches wide so if the chest was 23 inches you would need to cut out a 47 inch piece which would be impossible so cut out two 23 1/2 inch pieces and sew together.)
3- Sew the side(s) together and hem both the top and the bottom of the material.
here for a tutorial on how to do that. Don't be daunted though it was a million times simpler than I thought it would be!
Depending on the age/size of who you are making this for will depend on how many rows you want to shir. I did 7 rows on this baby dress. Start just below your top hem and go to town. (This project is somewhat forgiving so don't stress if you aren't 100% perfect at it.)
6- Iron and sew a narrow hem on both sides of the strips.
8- Now grab 1 thread and gather your strap up to the size plus 1 inch of what you need your strap to be. I needed 6 inch straps so I gathered them up to be 7 inches long. Tie off the threads on both ends so your ruffle does not come undone.
9-Now turn your machine back to a regular stitch and sew straight over your ruffle stitch. This will prevent your ruffle from coming undone.
Now I am a little crazy and when we go to church I like everyone to have sleeves on their dresses so I threw a cute onsie on underneath the dress for church and it is still super cute. (Don't you just want to kiss those cheeks!)