It's finally here! I've been working on this PDF pattern tutorial for my signature Peasant Style Nursing Top for weeks. It is now available for pre-order at the special price of $12.99 for a short time until the launch, after which it will be $15.99. Click on the picture to read more!
A friend gave me a pretty adults A-line skirt today. I would have worn it, but I thought the fabric would make a really cheery girls dress. I haven't seen a tutorial online like this one, so I thought I'd share!
You need a skirt like this. I'm using an basic A-line skirt with gores and a zip at the back.
Any skirt will do really. But keep in mind that it should be a comfortable fabric for a child to wear.
Supplies: A length of lace, cotton tape, elastic, embellishments (not shown).
I like using a ready made skirt because it's hemmed and it has a facing that you can use to make a tunnel to thread the elastic through.
Start by making a buttonhole on the facing itself. You can make it anywhere you want, but I decided that I wanted the zip to sit flat at the back, and to let the elastic start two inches from the zip from each side.
Mark the buttonhole on the main garment from the right side, and sew two lines above and below the buttonhole, all around the top of the skirt, making sure that you catch the facing underneath.
Now to make the waist. Decide where you want the waist to go, and mark all around the skirt on the inside. Make sure your markings does not show through to the front.
Sew the cotton tape all around the waist markings, along the top and the bottom, so that you create a tunnel. Fold the ends under before you start sewing to neaten it.
And now the tunnel and casing are ready to be threaded with elastic.
Measure your child's chest and waist. Cut elastic so that it is 2/3 the measurement. You can vary this measurement to make it as tight or loose as you like.
Thread the elastic through two casings and secure the ends by sewing down.
It's almost ready! Just to do the sleeves.
Measure from under the armpit over the shoulder and use this measurement to cut your elastic.
Sew your elastic over the lace, making sure the lace sits wrong side up. Stretch the elastic as you sew to fit the lace. As you sew, the lace will gather.
You can use any lace, or a scrap piece of fabric. I like lace because I don't have to hem it!
Sew the ends of the lace to the inside of the neckline. Trim neatly so that it's not scratchy. I hated lace as a child because it made me itch like crazy!
Add a few embellishments like a flower and a ribbon for the waist. And ta-da!
Isn't it puuurrrty? I'm calling this my Daisy Lace Dress, and I'm selling it in my shop. :)
Feel free to share! Just don't forget to credit Wyld Chic Boutique!