Making girl's dresses quickly

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Making girl's dresses quickly

Post by ob1 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:28 pm

I got a good tip from a friend the other day - I want dresses with short sleeves, not straps, so my DD doesn't get sunburnt. I've been having a bit of trouble finding these. So, the tip was, sew some material onto the bottom of a T-shirt! Great idea I thought :-) DD isn't wearing a lot of T-shirts, but loves dresses, problem solved :-)
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Re: Making girl's dresses quickly

Post by Sezzles » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:45 pm

Great tip Tara! Would work well with T-shirts that had gotten a tad too short as well as they fit the same neck/arm hold for ages :)

One I discovered when DS was little too was when his pants/jeans got too short in the leg I'd hem them and voilà shorts!
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Re: Making girl's dresses quickly

Post by Mrs Shavas » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:52 pm

Another tip with pants is to create cuffs on the bottom, extra length for when they've grown up but not out.
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Re: Making girl's dresses quickly

Post by piggywiggy » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:13 pm

Another tip is to use (shiring) elastic thread in the bobbin (hand wind) so that you can just use a rectangular tube of fabric and auto gather it onto the t-shirt as shown in this tutorial http://asmallsnippet.com/2011/09/wanna-make-dress.html
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Re: Making girl's dresses quickly

Post by ob1 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:16 pm

Awesome tip Sarah :-) DS's trousers all have holes at the knees anyway!
I haven't added to any trousers, but I did used to buy the trousers a couple of sizes up, hem them, and then take them back down again with time :-) It doesn't seem to work right now as the waist is always too big, but I do have a couple of shorts where I've nipped in the waist too. I have great trouble buying the size they are supposed to wear, I always think, I'll get another year's wear out of it if I buy it bigger :-)
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Re: Making girl's dresses quickly

Post by Claude30 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:42 am

Yeah I have been converting DDs shirts into dresses for sometime now as she always grows up not out. Another I like to do is convert her shorts into skirts - either by adding a full skirt or just a panel to the front - gives her the freedom to run and move and flip while still being femine and not showing everyone her underwear.

I also do the pants to shorts with her, and long leeved dresses to short sleeve or sleeveless.

You know you can add sleeves to dress patterns really wasy too - just need to copy the shape of the bodice front and back and then decide the length - I pin the pa[er pattern piece together and then just trace the shape of the arm hole. Very easy to do.

Or Cut a tshirt off under the arms and attach it as a perminent inside any dress
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Re: Making girl's dresses quickly

Post by ob1 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:08 pm

I like the permanent t-shirt inside the dress idea too - not too hot - thanks :-)
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