That is the front and this is the back of me… running from the camera
I will try and get the pattern for the two dress pieces up on Monday. I simply free hand drew mine and I promise it is really forgiving because you gather so much of it You will also need to make some homemade bias tape. A fabulous tutorial can be found HERE at MADE. I used about a half a yard of fabric for this dress minus the bias tape, which always eats up a ton
and I had my top!
It is soooo embarrassingly easy and so fast that I already have everything cut out to make two more in different colors! Thankfully I received a package a while ago from Heather S. contain a ton of wonderfully stretchy and super soft jersey fabric. I decided to try first with the navy blue. I must admit I was very hesitant as I don’t usually sew with stretchy fabric. It makes me nervous, it’s unpredictable, it puckers and tucks. Turns out it is fabulous… as long as you are patient. I grabbed a tank I already own and used it as a guide. First I folded the jersey fabric and laid my folded tank on back and followed the outline of the back of the tank
The back has a much higher neckline:
(I also made mine a bit wider on the bottom for my ever increasing belly and longer to stretch over it)
I then folded the back of the tank so that I could follow the pattern of the front
I then laid the two pieces right sides together. I then pinned the heck out of the two sides and shoulder pieces so there was no chance of movement
Sew up both sides and across both shoulders. I was really worried about serging it. I thought it would go all wavy and puckered. But I just fed it through steadily and slowly and it only waved a tiny bit, totally unnoticeable
Once you are all done you can hem up the bottom. Again I pinned this, which I have not done in as long as I can remember but it made it an easy job. I also skipped hemming the arm pits as I never plan on wearing this tank without some sort of cardi, you know modesty prevails! Plus that is the fantastic thing about jersey knits is they don’t fray woo hoo! Once you are done turn everything right side out:
It was at this point I was asked to take a picture of a “super cool and very expensive spider”
Now I cut a LONG (super long) strip of jersey.
I originally cut it about 5 inches wide but it was WAY to wide and I cut it down to about 3. I stitched a gathering stitch all the way down the center of the strip and gathered it up until it was the same length as the circumference of my neckline
At this point it was requested of me to take a picture of a snowman so I had to take a break
I now pinned the ruffle, lining up the center with the neckline of the top.
I then topstitched along the center line, removing pins as I sewed.
Taddah!!! You are all done! How easy was that! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.
I wanted to make sure to get a picture ASAP before I spilled anything on it, which meant I didn’t have time to get anyone else to model, just me, and man am I a horrible one. I totally do the opposite of everything I suggest, I hunch, I squint my eyes and do a huge ridiculous smile, but hey, the top is cute right? And making it gave Sawyer time to create his playdough surfer dude:
While I am still excited to get the original top the instant gratification of having one right away sure is sweet!
If you have some stools that need little cushions these are super fast!
Measure your stool top. I wanted mine a bit smaller then the stool top. Cut two rectangles in these sizes. You will need four strips for the ties.
I don’t know what it is but I LOVE the unfinished, rustic look for the boys room. But if you like you can finish the edges of the strips. Once you are done lay the two rectangles right sides together then pin the four strips in place.
Once everything is smoothed out take some stuffing and begin stuffing.
Stitch up the hole and you are done!!
Wasn’t that so easy! The boys love them and their little bums are a lot more comfy
Today I am over at No Big Dill! I am so excited to be participating in Once Upon A Thread. I chose Hansel and Gretel as my literary inspiration. Hop on over to see what I came up with. I have to say the photo shoot was HILARIOUS! We were on our way to one location when I saw two goats and a hoarse on the side of the road. This is not that odd for Dili but the one goat was SOOO hairy I about died. Since I was going for a bavarian, swiss alps kind of idea I had to at least TRY to get some pictures of Evie with him. Especially since Evie was wearing her awesome Gretel boots from Joyfolie.
She threw bread at him, which he liked and I crouched down to get some pictures. Then he turned around and was all of a sudden a few inches from me.
I jumped out of the way and kept taking pictures. Then Sawyer “snuck up” on him and the goat reared back to butt him with his head. Well that was when we decided we should head out. Luckily I was able to get enough to work with for the post.
To read the whole story hop on over to No Big Dill, and while you are there check out the AMAZING outfits inspired by much loved children’s books.