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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Pattern Re-Mix:.

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So here is the tutorial on these sweet shirts that I shared last week on Me Sew Crazy. We were supposed to re-mix either a pattern or a tutorial or something - just think outside the box with our sewing.

I tossed around a few ideas in my head, before settling on a little re-mix on a pattern that I own, as well as a tutorial I did on my site.

It all started with this pattern for a Ruffled Neckline dress from Whimsy Couture (one of my fave pattern shops, by the way!)

Isn't it adorable?

I've made dresses using this pattern for both of my girls, and I love how they turned out.

Unfortunately, you don't really get to see a good picture of my girls wearing them because this is about how pictures go at our house.

Not smiling....

Or looking at the camera.

How about some silly faces?

And maybe get a good flash in there while we're at it?

Well, they are one and two, so what more can I expect, right?

Anyway, I digress....

I took the neckline from this pattern and used it to make these one shoulder tanks for my girls, which I shared the tutorial for on my blog a couple weeks ago. I made them using some fabric and some cheap-o t-shirts, and I thought they turned out pretty cute.

So for the re-mix, I thought that I would make the entire shirt out of fabric, and not do the ties at the bottom. I thought some shirring to bring it all in would be pretty cute, and I have to say, I think I am right!

I started off using some longer tunic style shirts that my girls already have to determine the length of the shirts.

I used the width measurements from the pattern, as well as the neckline measurements and band measurements.

The pattern comes with arm hole cutouts, but if you are doing this from scratch, a good rule of thumb is to just measure in an inch on the width, and five to six inches on the length, and just cut a slight curve between the two measurements.

Since we are going to be making a diagonal cut and eliminating one of the arm holes, you only need to hem up one arm hole. Here's what you'll have when you've done the arm hole, made your base shirt, and gotten your neckline ready.

Make your diagonal cut.

Attach your neckline using the directions in the pattern. If you don't own the pattern (you should!) then I'm sure you savvy seamstress' already know how to do this!

This is looking pretty cute just how it is, right?

Now it's time to shir! If you've never used elastic thread before, don't be afraid! It's just as easy as using regular thread! Wind your bobbin with the elastic thread, being careful not to wind it too tight. Use your regular thread on top. I set my machine to my longest stitch length - 4 - and my tension to 4. You back stitch just as you would when starting a normal row of stitching. I did four rows of shirring for my one year old.

For my two year old, I did five rows of shirring.

See how the shirring isn't too tight at the bottom there? There's a little trick to fix that! Hold your iron over it on a steam setting, and watch it shrink up! It's amazing and works like a charm!

Then it's the fun part: putting your darling new shirts on the cutest little ladies that you know! (With some matching headbands of course!)

Our neighbors have this little house, and it was the perfect distraction for me to attempt to take some decent pictures.

My two year old kept talking about wearing her 'beautiful dress.' To her, everything is a dress!

And here is why we call my one year old 'Cheeseball'.

Perfect little tops for the warm summer days (if we ever get any here in Utah!)

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  1. OMG, how adorable and clever! Thank you working with one of my patterns!:)

  2. Oh, I forgot to mention........love your new and modern blog design!!!

  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [08 Jun 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. Summer, those are darling. I need to get my butt in gear and do some more sewing!

  5. This is too cute! I've had it in my mind to make a one shoulder little girls outfit since last year and just haven't gotten around to it! I need to!!!

  6. So cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  7. Adorable! I would love if you would link up this project to our {{What I Made Wednesday Linky Party}}! Thanks!


  8. I love how you changed the pattern. Looks cute! And your girls are getting so big (again.) I can't believe your baby isn't a baby anymore. They look so different from each other!

  9. I love this! You did a great job.

  10. Love the one shoulder and the ruffles. And your fabric combos are soooo cute!

  11. so sweet! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you!

  12. How stinkin' adorable are those?! I want one in my size! lol Great job! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party!

    PS- Love the new blog design

  13. I LOVE these tops! And your fabric choices are awesome! The little models are cuties too!

    I'm linking this up as one of my favorite finds from this week.

    Kaleigh from Lotte Lu and Brother Too

  14. These r soooo cute- I have to think girl for my next baby- I hope positive thinking works!

  15. I LOVE this!! Going to try it for my lo!! THANK YOU!

  16. I am in LOVE WITH THESE & THOSE BABIES ARE JUST TOOOOO CUTE !!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK !!!! Super TUTS you are so easy to understand and fellow. Thanks, Linda


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